Tag Archives: Supreme Court

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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The hysterics over the filibuster

Get rid of the filibuster, an undemocratic vestige of an earlier time when the Senate stood against the forces of reaction. Spare me the drool about the Senate as a place where cooler heads prevail. They might have except when … Continue reading

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What we lost when we lost Merrick Garland

Thomas Geoghegan ponders what we lost when Clinton lost the election, didn’t flip the Senate, and couldn’t get Merrick Garland confirmed: By a five to four vote, gerrymandering of congressional districts would have been struck down. Even more than “money … Continue reading

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‘Trump shouldn’t be allowed to choose a justice in the last year of his presidency.’

I’m sure you will find in A Grand Illusion, the blog to which I contributed between 2004 and 2007 before this little project got off the ground, a piece by yours truly in which I explained in what I thought … Continue reading

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Behold — Neil Gorsuch

I defer to Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog: “[Neil] Gorsuch is still a very natural choice for any Republican president to nominate as a replacement for Scalia — someone who would espouse similar principles, stand firm on similar doctrinal commitments, reach … Continue reading

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America, we’re in for it

Ezra Klein on the president-elect’s hysterical tweets last night (to which I won’t link): I’ve noticed a lot of people on Twitter seem to think Trump’s tweet is scary because it’s false, but the actually scary interpretation is that he … Continue reading

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Making the personal the political: Loving

Before her own death in 2008, Mildred Loving eulogized her husband Richard thusly: “He took care of me.” Apart from the Fourteenth Amendment considerations, the Supreme Court case heard in 1967 bearing their name should have pivoted on Mildred’s sentence. … Continue reading

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What do Warren Burger and RFK have in common?

Michael J. Graetz and Linda Greenhouse and – The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right With his windswept cottonball hair and authoritative burr, Warren Burger looked the part of a chief justice to a boy growing up … Continue reading

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