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There's a War in Cyberspace over Icons vs. Text
January 17, 2013

How would you like to learn about an app's terms of service?

Charles Cooper: The Other Superlawyer in the Gay Marriage Case
January 14, 2013

One of the most remarked-upon aspects of the upcoming Supreme Court challenge to California’s gay-marriage ban is the odd couple leading the charge: Ted Olson and David Boies, the conservative and liberal superlawyers who squared off in 2000 in Bush

The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013

The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?

The Captive of San Clemente
December 21, 2012

THAT FAINT CLANKING SOUND, arriving through the open window of his home office: Was it coming from the courtyard? Was it being made by the pulley they’d attached to the house’s outside wall? Christ, it couldn’t be, thought Nixon, looking at his new digital watch: 6:15 p.m. No, they still had the round-the-clock nurse with them, and she wouldn’t be letting Pat get up from her long afternoon nap for another 15 minutes, when he’d join her for a glass of fruit juice and dinner off the TV trays. He heard the clanking again and realized it was just the halyard hitting the flagpole.

Bad Odds: Online Gaming Would Only Widen Tribal Inequality
December 12, 2012

Casinos already divide Indian tribes into haves and have-nots. Legalizing poker will only make the problem worse.

How Can the Supreme Court Help Gay Rights? By Keeping Out Entirely
December 12, 2012

Dear Supreme Court Justices, Last week, you agreed to hear two landmark cases about gay marriage. In the broader of the two cases, which comes out of California, you could establish same-sex marriage nationwide as a matter of constitutional right. This is a ruling that most gay Americans would celebrate as a historic victory for civil rights. But I want to suggest that you make history, and advance the cause of gay equality, in a different way: by butting out. I bow to no one in my support for marriage equality.

Can Gay Marriage Supporters Count on Kennedy?
December 11, 2012

Whether narrow or broad, his decision is likely to favor marriage equality.

Gay Rights Gets a Brown v. Board—If It Doesn't Backfire
December 10, 2012

The Supreme Court has announced it will look at two gay marriage cases. Chris Matthews feels a thrill running up his leg. Shivers are probably the right response. But not necessarily the Matthews kind. The Court’s consideration of the sweeping challenge to California’s Proposition 8 raises the odds that the Supreme Court strategy may backfire—a risk that the modest challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was likely to avoid.

The Data Plan
December 08, 2012

Don't like affirmative action? The alternative could be much worse.

Understanding Mohamed Morsi
December 07, 2012

ON A SULTRY MORNING in late September, I drove for two hours on the traffic-choked roads north of Cairo to Al Adwa, a Nile Delta town of dusty alleyways, mosques, and crumbling red brick houses. This is where Mohamed Morsi, the president of Egypt, was raised. Morsi left nearly four decades ago, but he returns regularly to visit his younger brothers, who still work the family farm, and to celebrate Islamic holidays.

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