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Key Members of Congress Are Pushing a Federal Appeals Court to Make Clear That Anti-Gay Discrimination Is Illegal

A case currently under review by the Second Circuit could set the record straight on LGBT protections at work.

By Ian S. Thompson
June 28, 2016

Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act

Some senators are pushing a bill that would allow the FBI to collect even more sensitive information without a warrant.

By Karin Johanson, Adam Brandon
June 22, 2016

The Use of Error-Prone and Unfair Watchlists Is Not the Way to Regulate Guns in America

Using the broken watchlist system to regulate gun ownership raises issues of fundamental fairness.

By Hina Shamsi, Chris Anders
June 20, 2016

Border Patrol Union Scorns Award for Agents Who Follow Policy to Avoid Deadly Force

National Border Patrol Council leaders call it ‘despicable’ to commend agents who subdue armed suspects without killing them.

By Chris Rickerd
June 13, 2016

The Government’s Hacking Powers Are About to Grow Exponentially

The Department of Justice and FBI want the power to hack millions of computers with a single warrant.

By Neema Singh Guliani
May 19, 2016

The Religious Refusals Fight Comes to Washington

Passing the Do No Harm Act would restore the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to its original intent.

By Ian S. Thompson
May 18, 2016

The Best Way of Stopping Out-of-Control Immigration Prosecutions Is to Avoid Them in the First Place

Federal prosecutors have discretion to prioritize cases. Border-crossers returning to their kids shouldn’t be on that list.

By Chris Rickerd
May 4, 2016

Our Military Shouldn’t Turn Its Back on Servicewomen Who Need an Abortion

How the U.S. military restricts servicewomen from accessing abortion on military bases is a discriminatory scandal.

By Ellen Haring
April 28, 2016

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