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  • April 21, 2010 8:42 pm | ByMiranda 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 | ByJen 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 | ByBen 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 | ByMiranda 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 | ByDrew 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 | ByJen 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 | ByMiranda 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 | ByMiranda 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…

  • April 14, 2010 8:34 pm | ByDrew 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…

  • April 14, 2010 6:41 pm | ByBen 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 | ByDrew 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 | ByMiranda 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…

  • April 13, 2010 4:06 pm | ByBen 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 | ByMiranda 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…

  • April 12, 2010 6:17 pm | ByPaul 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 | ByMiranda 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…

  • April 9, 2010 9:22 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Gingrich: Let’s Shut Down the Government Again

    In a how-to talk to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last night, titled “Becoming the Party of Yes,” Newt Gingrich advocated the proactive step of shutting down the federal government.Talking Points Memo reports:"Stage one of the end of Obamaism will…

  • April 9, 2010 5:45 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Republicans Already Vowing to Obstruct Supreme Court Nomination

    We don’t know who the next Supreme Court nominee will be, but Senate Republicans are already vowing to put up a fight. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement this morning wishing retiring Justice John Paul Stevens well and…

  • April 9, 2010 5:19 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    Continuing Stevens’ Legacy

    Justice John Paul Stevens’ announcement that he will retire this summer marks the end of an era for the Supreme Court and a crucial opportunity for President Obama and the Senate to shape the Court’s direction. Stevens—the last survivor of…

  • April 8, 2010 10:38 pm | ByMiranda Blue

    A New Meaning of “Yes”

    Newt Gingrich, it seems, has learned a new word. The title of his talk tonight at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference is “Becoming the Party of Yes.”The party of “yes”?It’s a worthy goal, but the GOP has a long way…