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The House Tells Sessions’ Justice Department It Will Not Stand for Civil Asset Forfeiture

In a bipartisan vote, the House voted to rein in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resurrection of abusive forfeiture rules.

By Kanya Bennett
September 13, 2017

The Pentagon Can’t Stop the Trans Ban. Now It’s Time for Congress and the Courts to Act.

Gen. Jim Mattis is studying how to implement the ban, not whether to institute it.

By Ian Thompson
September 13, 2017

Trump’s Tweets Threaten North Korea, but Only Congress Can Declare War

The Constitution couldn’t be any clearer. The president can’t take the nation to war without congressional authorization.

By Christopher Anders
September 8, 2017

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

The so-called ADA Education and Reform Act is bad news for people with disabilities, and we must stop it in its tracks.

By Tyler Ray, Vania Leveille
September 6, 2017

Trump Administration Stigmatizes Islam and Undermines Civil Liberties

The Trump administration has been conspicuously silent on the bombing of a Minnesota mosque.

By Brian Tashman
August 11, 2017

Amidst Intense Partisanship, a Glimmer of Light Shines Through on Juvenile Justice Reform

Congress is close to passing legislation to help kids turn their lives around rather than lock them up.

By Jennifer Bellamy, Jake Flanagin
August 11, 2017

The Government Is Abusing Its Surveillance Powers. Don’t Believe Those Who Say Otherwise.

Following the Constitution doesn’t hinder our national security.

By Neema Singh Guliani
July 31, 2017

Donald Trump Attacks Transgender People to Help Build Border Wall

In a nakedly political move, Trump endangers transgender soldiers to pay for wall with Mexico.

By Faiz Shakir
July 28, 2017

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