Tag Archives: Supreme Court

The continuing war on voting rights: the Husted case

This is bad. John Roberts, who cut his teeth in the Reagan Justice Department writing briefs and memos arguing for the gutting of voting protections, realizes his career ambitions. In a majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito, the U.S. … Continue reading

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Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission – what it means

Happy Pride! In a case brought by a Colorado baker, the court ruled by a 7-2 vote that he did not get a fair hearing on his complaint because the Colorado Civil Rights Commission demonstrated a hostility to religion in … Continue reading

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‘RBG’ sentimentalizes Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s achievements

Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves a documentary that can trace the wrinkles of her jurisprudence and still entertain, and RBG isn’t it. Exploiting the American penchant for turning intelligent forthright older women like Katherine Hepburn and Betty White into delightful old … Continue reading

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John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

The retired John Paul Stevens, ninety-seven, published a column in today’s NYT in which the following words appeared: But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment. Concern that … Continue reading

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Once again — the carnage in Parkland

At the dawn of the new millennium I covered Parkland as a Sun-Sentinel news intern. A quiet city undergirded by an opulence that avoided ostentation — Al Gore visited several times that autumn (it remains a Democratic stronghold in Florida’s … Continue reading

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On the Cake Artist and the gays

After reading the transcript of the oral argument for Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, I was sure we who want the gay couple to prevail had lost Anthony Kennedy, the Most Important Man in America. Before I reach … Continue reading

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How the GOP still wins with Donald Trump: the courts

Since the Reagan era, Republicans have kept their eye on the federal courts, seeing them, correctly, as citadels of reaction that stand for decades. Democrats have not. One of the reasons I voted for Hillary Clinton was, whatever else, I … Continue reading

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Repealing the Second Amendment? Yes.

When writing about guns, commentators appeal to credibility and emotion by alluding to their pasts. Even yours truly will and did. Hunter dad. Hunter cousins, whose kids adore hunting too; they all go to Central Florida every fall, an excuse … Continue reading

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Las Vegas will change nothing

I’m proud I’ve the kind of friends who write, “Fuck prayers and thoughts” on social media. Prayers and thoughts save no one: they assuage the mild guilt of the thinker and the worshipper. Legislation saves lives. The first point people … Continue reading

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Neil Gorsuch’s progress

In another reminder, as the fag ends of Pride get scattered to the winds, of Why Elections Matter, the Supremes said it was unconstitutional for Arkansas to keep one same sex parent off a baby’s birth certificate just because one … Continue reading

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Barack Obama’s legacy, Part #32

Because Hillary Clinton would have nominated these federal judges had she won the election: He has already received attention for calling Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute”; said he “strongly disagree[s]” with the Supreme Court’s decision in Lawrence … Continue reading

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Kill the filibuster. Now.

A real talking filibuster is rare enough that it deserves plaudits, even if it’s curly-haired Rand Paul doing the blabbing.

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