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Why the ACLU Has Called for an Investigation but Not Impeachment Now

0SHARESShare The recent credible allegations that President Donald Trump sought to interfere with an ongoing investigation regarding Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election, and the Trump campaign’s potential collusion therein, have prompted some to call for the president’s impeachment. The ACLU has not advocated impeachment. Rather, we have demanded a full and public investigation of the allegations, including potential crimes ...

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Victory! Court Allows Wikimedia’s Challenge to NSA Surveillance to Go Forward

0SHARESShare In a critical victory for privacy and the rule of law, a federal court of appeals ruled unanimously today that an ACLU challenge to NSA internet surveillance, Wikimedia v. NSA , can go forward. As the court explained, Wikimedia, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, persuasively argued that its communications are searched by the NSA. As a result, we’re ...

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This FBI Whistleblower and Former Undercover Agent Talks the Comey Firing, the Russia Investigation, and What We Can Expect From a Trump FBI

The last week and a half may be unprecedented in U.S. history — raising the specter of a possible constitutional crisis. It began with President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last Tuesday night, May 9. A little more than a week later, the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Robert Mueller, the FBI director before Comey, to ...

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Will Have Blood on His Hands if He Signs Two Anti-LGBTQ Bills Before Him

Late Sunday, Texas lawmakers rushed to advance two anti-LGBTQ bills as the state’s regular legislative session winds down. One bill, Senate Bill 2078 , targets transgender young people in schools and the other, House Bill 3859 , allows foster care agencies to discriminate against children in foster care and potentially disqualify LGBTQ families from the state’s foster and adoption system ...

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States’ Rights Arguments Aren’t Just for Segregationists

In 1798, the Federalist Congress passed a xenophobic Alien Act authorizing the president discretion to deport noncitizens he deemed dangerous because they might be allied with our quasi-enemy, France. The companion Sedition Act empowered the federal government to prosecute publishers and journalists if they published what Federalist prosecutors regarded as fake news — Republican criticism of Federalist policies. In response, ...

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There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences for Women

Last week, Lori Szala the national director of client services for the Human Coalition, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attempting to deny a connection between the availability of abortion and the economic well-being of women and families. Ms. Szala claims that linking abortion and economics “reduces mothers and their children to mere economic objects.” Abortion, she writes, ...

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Trump’s Version of the ‘Global Gag Rule’ Threatens Global Health and Free Speech

The Trump administration announced earlier this week a massive expansion of the so-called “global gag rule,” a policy that cuts off U.S. support from nongovernmental organizations abroad if they so much as provide information about abortion to women who might want to hear it. This expansion will have a devastating impact on global health — particularly for women and families ...

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If You Care About the Right to Vote, Here Are Six Things You Need to Know About Kris Kobach

On May 11, President Trump formed a commission on “election integrity” to investigate voter fraud and voter suppression in the United States. The executive order follows repeated, unsubstantiated claims from the president that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 presidential election. There are immediate red flags that the public needs to be aware of: namely the complete lack ...

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How More Trump Leaks Can Save America

This piece originally appeared on Time .  The Washington Post recently raised eyebrows when it emblazoned the slogan “Democracy Dies in Darkness” beneath its front-page logo. It “sounds like the next Batman movie,” joked New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet . But Baquet would surely agree with both the express and implied messages that the slogan is meant to convey: that the ...

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This State Representative Wants to Round Up Non-English Speaking Kids at School and Deport Them If They’re Undocumented. Here’s Why That’s Unconstitutional.

The state of Oklahoma is facing one of the worst budget crises in its history in the form of a nearly $900 million dollar budget shortfall . Legislators and the governor are scrambling to figure out how to get the state out of the red. But one state representative last week offered a plan that is as cruel as it ...

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