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May 2011

PATRIOT Act Extended Four More Years

On May 27, the House passed a bill extending the PATRIOT Act for another four years. The Senate initially approved the bill with a 73-27 vote, despite vigilant efforts from Senator Rand Paul (including a seven-hour filibuster) to add amendments that would have restricted the federal government’s ability to authorize warrantless searches and single out […]

The Clear Benefits of Decriminalizing Marijuana

The history of the Drug War is a long, complex, and fascinating piece of U.S. policy that combines controversial ethical and legal arguments in its defense. Beginning with an anti-marijuana campaign in the 1930s, cumulating in the creation of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973, and spreading its reach to more than 50 countries around […]

Osama bin Laden’s Assassination Changes Nothing

“10 years, 2 wars, 919,967 deaths, and $1,188,263,000,000 later, we managed to kill one person.”‎ Even after the supposed victory of bin Laden’s death, who wants to bet that the U.S. military remains in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, and the other 130+ countries we occupy for an indefinite amount of time? Osama bin Laden’s […]