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It’s Time for Congressman Issa to Come Down From the Roof and Support the First Amendment

Rep. Darrell Issa has stood idly by as the city of Vista attacks his constituents’ right to protest outside of his office.

By Edward Sifuentes
June 22, 2017

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter

Disturbing police dash cam video from Minnesota shows an officer beating a motorist.

By Jana Kooren
June 22, 2017

If the Government Spied on You, How Would You Know?

We’re suing the Justice Department to disclose when the government tells people it electronically spied on them.

By Anna Diakun
June 21, 2017

Video: CIA Officials Forced to Testify About Torture Program

As the torture psychologists head to trial, ex-CIA officials speak frankly — and under oath — about the brutal program.

By Noa Yachot
June 21, 2017

What Is DACA and Has It Changed Under Trump?

Here are some answers to basic questions about DACA.

June 20, 2017

Victory! The Slants Are Officially Rock Stars of the First Amendment

The Chinatown dance-rock band The Slants are the new poster children for the First Amendment.

By Lee Rowland
June 19, 2017

My Father’s Gun Charge Almost Ruined My Family. Fair Sentencing Saved It.

A son reflects on his father’s incarceration, gun violence, poverty, and reforming the criminal justice system.

By Kevin Harden, Jr.
June 16, 2017

In Rhode Island, Some Schools Think They Have the Right to Spy on Students With School Laptops

School officials can secretly access school-issued laptops at a student’s home without any suspicion of wrongdoing.

By Marcela Betancur
June 15, 2017

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