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Low Information Voters

© Jen Sorensen It is naive to think that most people pay any attention to who represents them in government. In fact, only around half of Americans know the party affiliation of their Congressperson. Another quarter didn’t answer, and the final quarter thought they knew, but were wrong. This is even worse when you realize […]

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Are You Sure?

Thirty years ago, two black, mentally disabled men were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. One of the men spent all thirty years on death row. A few days ago, DNA evidence was used to show that both men are innocent, and they have been ordered to be released. Now here’s […]

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How to make a person

© Ruben Bolling The Supreme Court makes Pinocchio due for a rewrite, now that the easiest way to create a real person is to incorporate. Of course, in the fairy tale, greedy and bad boys are turned into donkeys on Pleasure Island. Too bad that doesn’t happen in real life, or we would have a […]

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Just the Place to Go!

© Tom Tomorrow I love Tom Tomorrow’s ability to point out the ridiculous nature of our situation. Just why is it that corporation that (may or may not) employ us are responsible for our health? And how do these corporations hold religious beliefs? And how the Supreme Court can use legal phrases like “sincerely held […]

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Laboring under a Lie

A few weeks ago the Supreme court unanimously ruled that Obama had exceeded his constitutional authority by making “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board. Recess appointments are specifically authorized by the constitution, and Obama used them because Republicans have been failing to approve many of his appointments to critical government jobs. But the […]

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Religious Free Speech

From Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s (blistering) dissent to the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing certain employers to violate the law by not providing contraception as part of their health insurance: Approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be ‘perceived as favoring one religion over another,’ the very ‘risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause […]

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The Justice of No

Tuesday, the Supreme Court handed a small victory to the Obama administration, ruling 6 to 2 to uphold the EPA’s authority to regulate coal pollution that crosses state lines. The two dissenting votes were from Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. They are not the brightest jurists on the court, but in their dissenting opinion, […]

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You have to Talk to remain Silent?

Last week, the Supreme Court made another bizarre and wrong decision, led by the conservative justices. Here’s the summary from SCOTUSblog: When petitioner had not yet been placed in custody or received Miranda warnings, and voluntarily responded to some questions by police about a murder, the prosecution’s use of his silence in response to another […]

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It is only Pork if it benefits someone else

Conservative Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts has issued a report that warns that the US court system is being damaged by the sequestration budget. According to Roberts, the cuts to the federal court system’s budget “pose a genuine threat to public safety”. So, Republicans will not let the government raise any new […]

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Woe is US

© Tom Tomorrow Well, I guess the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

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Judicial Activism?

© Matt Wuerker If you don’t know what this is about, I’ll let Jon Stewart explain it: The thing that amazes me is that Scalia is claiming that because Congress is too scared to vote against the Voting Rights Act, that it falls to the Supreme Court to change this legislation. Not because it is […]

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Amend 2012!

There were a number of ballot measures in the recent election that asked people if they wanted to see the Citizens United Supreme Court decision overturned. And the results are that over seven million people said that corporations are not people and money is not free speech. The state of Montana passed initiative I-166 with […]

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Supremely Unclear

In an interview with CBS, Mitt Romney tries to deflect the blowback that the Republican Party is receiving due to their hardline stance on abortion. The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. After all, if you believe that an embryo is a person, then any abortion — even in the case […]

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

© Ruben Bolling If the four conservative Supreme Court justices had their way, I think this would have been the largest abuse of “Judicial Activism” in the history of the world! Or at least since the Citizen’s United decision.

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Why Roberts Switched

© Robert Ariail One surprise around the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare is that it was Chief Justice John Roberts who cast the deciding vote, siding with the Liberals on the court instead of the Conservatives. Ironically, the reason he did this is a severe indictment of the conservatives, not just on the Supreme Court, […]

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