Justice Kennedy's Legacy


His legacy? Two words: Citizens United (otherwise known as the return to the Gilded Age of graft and corruption).

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Hillary: “In a single term..."


Wow, Hillary touches a nerve:

“In a single term, the Supreme Court could demolish pillars of the progressive movement,” Clinton said Monday afternoon at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. [source]

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Thank You, Justice Scalia


A lot of us -- at least those of us paying attention -- knew that the coming election would have incredible consequences regarding the Supreme Court and that because of this it really wouldn't matter who ultimately the Democratic candidate was. There also seemed to be a certain enthusiasm deficit among Dems which was only natural seeing as though our guy has been in office for the past 2 terms. The GOPers didn't need firing up. And we did -- especially with so much, again particularly the Supreme Court, at stake.

This perspective has now been given an incredible, almost meteoric boost thanks to the abrupt departure of Anthony Scalia from this worldly life.

So, thank you, Justice Scalia, thank you for this final service to your country!

Media Follow-up:

Paul Waldman: "Everyone now understands that the Supreme Court may be the most important issue in this election (which I’ve been arguing for some time), not only because of this vacancy but because of the advanced age of so many of the justices."

UPDATE (2/18): This guy begs to differ...

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NPR: Citizens United is Good for Unions Too!


Actually the segment on NPR's All Things Considered was titled, 'Citizen's United Ruling Benefits Union Campaigners'.

It was about as close to propaganda as NPR can get. The very notion that Unions, in decline for the past 30 years and who represent maybe 8% of workers in the private sector and a bit more in government -- that Unions can come even close to matching what Corporate America is putting together is disingenuous to say the least.

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Question of Timing: SCOTUS Decision on Opening the Corporate Financial Floodgates


I understand that the decision to open the corporate financial floodgates for political campaigns is the direct legacy of GOPer appointments to the Court since the days of Ronald Reagan.

The weird thing is, is this the best time -- when the nation is doing a belly flop on the economy and corporations aren't, shall we say, particularly popular -- is this the best time to hand them such a present?

Can you say, backlash?

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Your Strict Construction Looks Like Activism to Me


All day long, WBBM Radio played Sen. Orin Hatch's comment that 'empathy', which is one of Obama's criteria for selecting a Supreme Court justice, was just "a code word for an activist judge." All day long, they played this.

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Sun-Times Has Obama-mania in All the Wrong Places


Why Obama?

Judging by this picture in the Chicago Sun-Times [online], you'd assume Obama figured prominently in yesterday's proceedings in the Tony Rezko Trial. I mean, it's his picture along with that of defendant Tony Rezko and "star witness" Stuart Levine.

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