The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.
The centennial of World War I is a chance to remember naive predictions about how it and other fights would improve society—and the awful abuses those wars actually enabled.
"The kind of people who might have gone to NASA in the 1960s, Wall Street in the 1980s, or Silicon Valley in the late 1990s are now, I think, more likely than ever to work in municipal government." So says a well-educated young small-town mayor.
A recent ruling in a case on cell-phone searches may point to future limitations on surveillance.
Watching big companies abandoning corporate citizenship shows the flaw in the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision.
The events of the 1960s are fading into history, but John Lewis believes eyewitness accounts are key to continued progress.
Ted Olson often receives credit/blame for helping to create corporate personhood, but he's not so sure about the recent Supreme Court decision.
The civil-liberties advocate Anthony Romero said new information about NSA surveillance will be exposed in a forthcoming article.
Faith leaders friendly to the administration are asking for an exemption from a forthcoming gay-rights order.
The former House speaker loves Dallas Buyers Club, fears Michael Bloomberg, and says Congress needs a total overhaul.
The former NSA and CIA director says the phone dragnet was approved by all three branches of government. Actually, its adoption raises severe Madisonian problems.
John Hickenlooper opposed voter efforts to end prohibition. Now he is charged with implementing one of the first recreational weed markets in America.
Keith Alexander and Anthony Romero each led a team of panelists who argued about government surveillance and civil liberties.
A survey reveals deep uncertainty the country's future—but also growing consensus on issues like same-sex marriage and marijuana.
25 charts that show what the nation expects over the next 10 years
The former senator has yet to publicly come to terms with her catastrophic decision on Iraq.
The former secretary of state sees those who would deny women birth control or reject compromise as akin to the theocratic zealots she encountered on her travels overseas.
America's growing coalition of soccer fans looks a lot like the coalition that got Obama elected.
When one writer suggested that guns can be regulated without anyone's rights being infringed, he lost his job. Dick Metcalf told his story this morning to a skeptical crowd.
Constructive liberal discourse has been a source of important gains on these issues. The alternatives are toxic.