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  • Some ideas, like some gunshots, can be heard around the world, and down the centuries. On the night of February 22, 1946, a young U.S. diplomat named George Kennan, then based in Moscow, sent a famous telegram outlining what he saw as a gathering conflict with the Soviet Union. In embryonic form, that telegram prefigured a strategy Kennan would later term "containment": a "long-term, patient but firm and vigilant" resistance to Soviet expansion.

    May 15, 2007
  • Six months after Congress enacted the Military Commissions Act of 2006 with its eyes firmly on the polls, there have been many promises and proposals from legislators about how to remedy the damage done to civil liberties by that law-but little action. Despite the powerful advocacy of former military officials, religious figures, and law enforcement officials, Congress has as of yet failed to fix a single one of the MCA's many flaws.

    May 14, 2007
  • Talk of emergencies and their consequences has been thick in the air since 9/11. The Bush administration insists that the current fight against terrorism -- a situation it has an interest in depicting as a continuous crisis -- requires the courts and Congress to take a back seat. But the White House's claims of omnicompetence starkly conflict with mounting evidence of negligence and malfeasance. From the stacks of cash gone astray in Iraq to the embarrassing criminal proceeding against CIA agents in Germany for the erroneous "rendition" of an innocent man, the news for mavens of centralized executive authority is hardly comforting.

    May 9, 2007
  • REMARKABLY, President Bush has not learned any lessons from the excesses of his "war on terrorism," now in its sixth year. Even though the president's own secretaries of state and defense have warned that the prison at Guantánamo is undermining America's credibility, the president continues to assert the powers of a king by detaining people without charge and without court review whenever he deems them "enemy combatants." This strategy contradicts America's core values and undermines the fight against terrorism.

    May 8, 2007
  • by Annette Bernhardt and Adrianne Shropshire

    May 7, 2007

    While plaNYC is extraordinary in its ambition, it misses a vital opportunity to make New York a truly sustainable city - one that harnesses growth and public investment to generate jobs that pay a living wage and allows everyone to participate in our economy.

    May 7, 2007
  • Ciara Torres-Spelliscy responds to NY Sun's mischaracterizations of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act

    April 27, 2007
  • Sometimes, complex, intractable problems require complex, expensive solutions. So it’s particularly frustrating when government refuses to adopt a free, simple and proven method to address an important social issue

    April 11, 2007
  • Newsweek column on restoring voting rights

    April 10, 2007
  • Florida, the scene of infamous election-day chaos and massive voter purges during the 2000 presidential election, took an important step towards resolving its democratic crisis yesterday. Governor Crist's bold action was just the latest in a national movement that has gained significant momentum in the past year.

    April 9, 2007
  • THE HUFFINTON POST
    April 9, 2007
    By Erika Wood

    Florida, the scene of infamous election-day chaos and massive voter purges during the 2000 presidential election, took an important step towards resolving its democratic crisis yesterday. With the stroke of a pen, Governor Charlie Crist issued new Rules of Executive Clemency that restore voting rights to potentially hundreds of thousands of Florida citizens who had been permanently disenfranchised as the result of a felony conviction.

    April 9, 2007

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