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  • April 27, 2010 5:52 pm | By Ben Betz

    Two Must-Read Op-Eds on the Stevens Vacancy and What This Court Fight Should Be About

    In his column yesterday, E.J. Dionne laid out exactly the right prescription for liberals and Democrats in the upcoming confirmation battle over the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens.We don't know who the nominee is yet, but we know…

  • April 26, 2010 8:04 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Double your delay: Senate GOP picks another tactic off the obstruction menu

    Some more evidence of the Senate GOP’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of getting nothing done: trying to put off a vote on Wall Street reform, Senate Republicans are filibustering the motion to proceed to the legislation, adding yet another layer…

  • April 22, 2010 8:46 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Senators Study How to Break the Filibuster Gridlock

    Yesterday’s confirmation of Chris Schroeder to head the Office of Legal Policy was a welcome break in the gridlock that GOP senators have created over President Obama’s Executive Branch nominees. (Though, as has become the pattern, they made sure Schroeder’s…

  • April 21, 2010 8:45 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Greatest Hits of GOP Obstructionism

    The Senate Rules Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow to discuss the history of the filibuster, as Democrats consider their options for limiting GOP abuse of stalling tactics.People For’s Marge Baker just released a memo on some of the GOP’s…

  • April 21, 2010 8:42 pm | By Miranda Blue

    New People For Report Tracks the Rise of the Corporate Court

    When the Supreme Court decided this year to open the electoral process to floods of money from corporate interests, it provoked a vehement public backlash. But Citizens United v. FEC was just the tip of the iceberg of a decade…

  • April 21, 2010 4:22 pm | By Jen Herrick

    Justice delayed is justice denied

    I recently reported that an agreement had been reached to move forward on the District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act. Four days later came word that this was no longer the case. The fight is not over, but DC’s…

  • April 20, 2010 7:03 pm | By Ben Betz

    Undermining Trust in Government: A Cynical, But Winning, Strategy

    John Perr wrote what I consider a must-read post over at Crooks and Liars about how Republicans, when in power, fail miserably at governing and seem to do their best art destroying our country. The results of their policies --…

  • April 20, 2010 1:41 pm | By Miranda Blue

    An economic historian debunks the originalist rhetoric of Citizens United

    Justin Fox, on his Harvard Business Review blog, has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC. He interviews Brian Murphy, a history professor at Baruch College who studies the economics and politics of early…

  • April 16, 2010 11:27 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Senator Sessions Plays the “Judicial Activism” Card

    At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, Senator Jeff Sessions said that that Goodwin Liu’s writings represent “liberal judicial activism.” And he doesn’t like it!But what Sessions apparently does like is conservative judicial activism. Overturn more than a century of…

  • April 16, 2010 6:55 pm | By Jen Herrick

    DC voting rights bill expected to move next week

    DC has waited over 200 years to have a voting voice in Congress. Today the nation’s capital may be as close as it’s ever come to making that dream a reality.On Wednesday afternoon came the breaking news that an agreement…

  • April 15, 2010 8:15 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Kyl disagrees with 69% of Americans on SCOTUS nominee

    In his remarks on the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, President Obama alluded to his displeasure (which he hasn’t exactly been keeping secret) with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Now the GOP is crying “litmus…

  • April 15, 2010 4:01 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Can the filibuster be fixed?

    The threat of filibuster is holding up Senate business more than ever before, and Senators are at odds over whether to do away with or amend the rule that’s causing so much trouble.People for Executive Vice President Marge Baker joined…

  • April 14, 2010 8:34 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Democrats Figure out GOP Strategy on Nominations

    In an article in Politico today, titled “Dems: Ignore GOP in court choice,” some Senate Democrats show that they’ve got the GOP strategy on the upcoming Supreme Court nomination figured out already.“I don’t think you can count on any Republican…

  • April 14, 2010 6:41 pm | By Ben Betz

    Legislative Achievements Will Live or Die in the Courts

    President Obama was elected on a promise of change, but in order for any of his legislative accomplishments to remain in place, they will need to survive court challenges. Health care reform has passed. Major financial regulatory reform could be…

  • April 13, 2010 8:49 pm | By Drew Courtney

    Meet the Right’s Newest Judicial Codeword

    Maybe the Right Wing is finally realizing that after Citizens United, “judicial activism” just doesn’t cut it for slamming judicial nominees who aren’t willing to overturn a century of settled campaign finance law. So they’re trotting out a brand new…

  • April 13, 2010 8:46 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Corporate Spending in Judicial Elections Skyrocketing

    For those still in doubt about the potential for corporate influence in national elections in the post-Citizens United world, it might be helpful to look at the growing sway of corporate money in state-level judicial elections.Eliza Newlin Carney at the…

  • April 13, 2010 4:06 pm | By Ben Betz

    GOP Obstruction: The Saga Continues

    The first day back from spring recess and Republican senators were at it right off the bat, continuing their unprecedented obstruction and trying to filibuster the extension of unemployment benefits for over a quarter of a million out of work…

  • April 12, 2010 7:35 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Sessions revives the empty “judicial activism” argument

    Justice Stevens only announced his resignation a few days ago, and already the far right is throwing around the familiar Republican talking point about a potential “activist” Supreme Court nominee:Several days after Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his…

  • April 12, 2010 6:17 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Bob McDonnell vs. the Right to Vote

    Mere days after rewriting the history of the Civil War - turning it into a war for independence with nothing to do with slavery - Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has done it again. But this time, instead of denying people's…

  • April 9, 2010 10:25 pm | By Miranda Blue

    “A new breed of judicial activist” on the D.C. Circuit

    With public attention now focused on the selection of a new Supreme Court Justice, it might be easy to forget the federal judicial appointments that get a lot less press, but which can also make a whole lot of difference…