As long as there have been elections, there have been attempts to keep eligible people from voting.

Set in the advertising world of the 1960s, 'Mad Men' is stunning to look at - a Camelot-era parade of smartly dressed professionals lounging around on midcentury modern furniture.

After you pay your E-ZPass bill, there is no reason for the government to keep records of your travel.

Corporations have enormous treasuries, and there are a lot of things they want from government, many of which clash with the public interest.

One way to reduce the need for layoffs would be to cut back on hours, spreading the available work among more employees.

A publicly run health care program could compete with private insurance companies, which have a record of overcharging and underperforming.

The Enron scandal is worthy of the highest level of scrutiny, both because of the enormity of the crimes that may have been committed and because of what the largest bankruptcy in American history has already begun to reveal about the weaknesses in our nation's corporate structures and regulatory oversight.

Regency romances end in marriage; zombie stories end in the zombies being vanquished. 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' delivers both.

Patents have a place in medical science - for new inventions that advance the state of knowledge.

An election in which people have to wait 10 hours to vote, or in which black voters wait in the rain for hours, while white voters zip through polling places, is unworthy of the world's leading democracy.

Supporters of tough voter ID laws are not afraid of vote fraud - they are afraid of democracy.

Federal law should hold organizations like the League of Women Voters harmless if they make good-faith mistakes while registering people.

Conservative Justices have a history of not standing by their professed commitment to judicial restraint.

Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets have a great deal of information about all of us - and the government wants to be able to see it.

Liberal judges tend to be expansive about things like equal protection, while conservatives read more into ones like 'the right to bear arms.'

Congress needs to toughen the laws protecting elections and make clear that anyone interfering with democracy will pay a stiff price.

Republicans and blacks had an unlikely alliance around 'max black' after the 1990 census. By concentrating black voters in some districts, the strategy elected a record number of black congressmen in 1992. But the remaining 'bleached' districts were more likely to elect white Republicans.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the major achievement of President Obama's first term.

If a company knows it may have to pay a large amount of money if it poses an unreasonable threat to others, it will have a strong incentive to act better.

It was not until the civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s that Congress got serious about the assignment laid out in the post-Civil War amendments.

A key reason that elections are run so badly is that in most states, political partisans are in charge.

The Senate should refuse to confirm nominees who do not take Congressional power seriously.

As self-driving cars become more common, there will be a flood of new legal questions.

One of the great debates about the Internet is whether it is making people more or less free.

If you're going to call a book 'The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History,' readers will expect some serious carrying on about race, and Thomas Woods Jr. does not disappoint.

Ballot formats should be standardized nationally rather than left to the often bad judgment of local officials.

It is hard to imagine an area in which Congress has more express constitutional authority to act than in protecting the right of minorities to vote.

The civil rights and antiwar movements taught Americans to question authority.

Vampires are sleek demons for good times. They suavely leech off society - like investment bankers who plunder outsize shares of deals for themselves or rapacious fund managers.

When the government takes video of people in public places, the images should only be kept as long as they may reasonably be needed to investigate a crime. After a few days, if there has not been a report of a crime, they should be destroyed.

Voting in presidential and congressional elections is a national right - and the national government should protect it.

In the James Cameron blockbuster 'Avatar,' 3-D cinematography is the real star. The bugs and crawling creatures seem to slither into the theater seats. The floating mountains of the planet Pandora hover gloriously overhead. And the Na'Vi, Pandora's 10-foot-tall, blue-skinned natives, come convincingly to life.

The minimum wage can play a vital role in lifting hard-working families above the poverty line.

It is not hard to see why the FBI wants wiretapping backdoors. It would certainly make its job easier. But rejiggering the Internet so government can conveniently monitor everything we say and do online is too high a price to pay for making law enforcement more efficient.

There is no room on the federal bench for a judge who does not treat all people as equal before the law.

When tulip mania dies down, all that remains are pretty flowers. When bubbles burst, nothing is left but soapy residue. But the Internet revolution, for all its speculative excesses, really is changing the world.

State assaults on the separation of church and state are nothing new.

The first thing to understand about surveillance video in public places is that there is already a lot of it going on - though it is impossible to know how much.

The press should not get special privileges - if they drive recklessly or put people in danger, they should be subject to every reckless driving and endangerment law on the books - but they should also not be singled out for special punishment.

Our movements reveal a great deal about who we are. A record of our locations over time can reveal whether we go to tent revivals or radical political meetings, abortion clinics or AIDS doctors.

Mass layoffs produce big winners and losers. Most workers who remain are financially unscathed, even though their employer is struggling.

If we are going to have self-driving cars, the technical specifications should be quite precise.

There was a rule, back when I was an education lawyer in Alabama, about visiting public schools: always go on a rainy day so you can see how badly the roofs leak.

A Reagan appointee, Justice Kennedy is no liberal, as he has shown on issues from affirmative action to corporate campaign spending. But he has repeatedly sided with gay litigants before the court.

DMs are a lot like email - and should have the same privacy protections as a mailed letter.

There is no actual need to tighten voter ID rules: there have been extraordinarily few instances of people committing fraud at the polls.

It makes sense to have cameras in places where terrorism and crime are of particular concern - such as in Times Square or near major bridges and tunnels. It would be more troubling to learn, however, that the government has focused cameras on the front doors of our homes just to keep track of our comings and goings.

Lawsuits prod companies to make their products safer.

There is a lot of talk in conservative circles about judicial modesty and deferring to the political branches. That view of judging often overlooks the important role that courts have in protecting people's rights. But if there was ever a time to defer, it is when Congress is protecting voting rights in the exact way the Constitution directs it to.