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The NSA Says It Is Ending One of Its Most Controversial Spying Practices, But It Could Be Resurrected if Congress Doesn’t Act Now

The agency claims it’s halting “about” surveillance, which should decrease the number of Americans unlawfully spied upon.

By Ashley Gorski, Noa Yachot
April 28, 2017

Federal Court Calls Trump’s Threats to Defund Sanctuary Cities Unconstitutional

This decision confirms that cities can opt out of the federal deportation force.

By Cody Wofsy
April 26, 2017

The ACLU Is at the UN Tomorrow to Testify on the Horrific Human Rights Record of US Private Prison Companies

The ACLU is staunchly against prison privatization, and we’re taking our case to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

By Carl Takei
April 26, 2017

Henrietta Lacks’ Story Is a Powerful Lesson That Patients Deserve Full Control of Their Genetic Data

Some testing labs are rebuffing patient attempts to get all their genetic data.

By Ken Deutsch
April 26, 2017

Anti-LGBT Forces in Congress Are Giving Trump Very Bad Advice

And if he takes their advice, we’ll see him in court.

By Ian Thompson
April 25, 2017

We All Need to Defend Speech We Hate

Controversial, critical, confrontational, and challenging speech is an essential part of any successful college education.

By Lee Rowland
April 25, 2017

In Its Rush to Kill, Arkansas May Have Executed an Innocent Man

The entire criminal justice system in Arkansas failed Ledell Lee, whose execution was part of the state's execution spree.

By Cassandra Stubbs
April 24, 2017

In Time for the Reform Debate, New Documents Shed Light on the Government’s Surveillance of Americans

Congress can rein in warrantless spying by enacting significant reforms to an important surveillance law.

By Ashley Gorski
April 21, 2017

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