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Ex Parte Merryman

May 25, 1861 – Pennsylvania militia seized John Merryman at his Maryland home for suspected secessionist activity. This provoked a controversial legal dispute between the president and the U.S. 907 more words

Abraham Lincoln

John Brown

In 1860 Lincoln was antislavery, but he was not an abolitionist.  The distinction is important.  Abolitionists wanted to quickly end slavery everywhere.  Lincoln hated slavery, but he rightly believed the U.S. 219 more words


Why Goats Can't Vote ...

What if voters across the U.S. suddenly decided to read the Constitution, to educate themselves in the ways of our democracy?  What if they took their right to vote responsibly, instead of simply responding to bluster and television ads? 939 more words

Social Commentary

Creeditize it! ...or Don't.

Last week a man named Trebor Gordon, Pastor for the Harris County GOP, tried to block a Muslim, Syed Ali, from serving as a precinct chair for the Republican Party in Harris County, Texas.  2,865 more words


U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul introduce bipartisan bill to block expansion of FBI hacking authority

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., yesterday introduced the Stopping Mass Hacking (SMH) Act to protect millions of law-abiding Americans from government hacking. 935 more words


What Can Students Learn from the Supreme Court Vacancy? The Implications of an Empty Seat on the Court

By Judge Tom Jacobs and Natalie Jacobs, coauthors of Every Vote Matters

As you probably know, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia unexpectedly passed away February 13, 2016. 887 more words

Free Spirit Author

Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

Editor’s note: Michael Ratner, the pioneering civil rights and constitutional lawyer, died Wednesday from cancer complications at age 72. In 2013, Ratner spoke on Truthdig Radio with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and former Truthdig Managing Editor Peter Scheer. 146 more words

U.S. Foreign Policy