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January 12th, 2023 - 4:15 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Racism

Trump’s Supreme Court is a hanging court

The Supreme Court is no longer a place you can go to stop the execution of an innocent person, or of someone whose sentencing was influenced by racial bias. Since 2019, when Trump put his first two appointees on the court, the new conservative court majority hasn’t accepted a single death pena[...]

December 21st, 2022 - 10:58 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans, Russia

It’s time for patriotic Americans to turn off Tucker Carlson

Voldymyr Zelenskyy is a towering figure on the world stage. His country is the victim of an unprovoked attack by Russia. The invaders shelled apartment blocks and hospitals; and kidnapped, tortured, and murdered helpless civilians. The Ukrainians took it and fought back with incredible bravery. With[...]

December 7th, 2022 - 12:43 am § in Law and Courts

Lawyers go rogue; will the Supreme Court follow?

Moore v. Harper is a case before the Supreme Court that legal experts agree could upend American democracy. In this case, conservative lawyers are asking the court to give state legislatures absolute power over state and federal elections. (See story here.) This is a prescription for minority rule. [...]

November 24th, 2022 - 5:07 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans

It’s easy to debate a conservative

I’ll show you, with a specific example. I’m going to pick apart this piece by James Antle III, a conservative pundit (see his profile here). Before diving into it, though, I’ll remark that we don’t hear much political debate in the U.S. anymore, just a lot of partisan noise. [...]

October 23rd, 2022 - 7:09 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Why a genuinely “originalist” Supreme Court would uphold affirmative action

The Supreme Court’s conservatives claim to be “originalists,” a doctrine which holds that the Constitution means what its authors intended. This term, the court will revisit affirmative action, and lawyers opposed to the practice will argue the 14th Amendment requires college admis[...]

October 20th, 2022 - 4:22 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans, Russia

Tulsi Gabbard’s delusions

Tulsi Gabbard’s recent public comments are so friendly to Russia you wonder if she’s on Putin’s payroll (I can’t prove she is). Just two years after running for the Democratic presidential nomination, the former Hawaii congresswoman is quitting the Democratic Party. This will[...]

October 6th, 2022 - 1:07 am § in Politics, Republicans, Schools & Colleges

Girls can’t code

Reshma Saujani (bio here) is an American lawyer and activist who believes in empowering girls. That’s made her a target of rightwing haters. Saujani founded a nonprofit called Girls Who Code, and wrote a series of books called Girls Can Code, aimed at empowering girls to pursue high-paying job[...]

September 14th, 2022 - 7:50 pm § in Law and Courts, Religion, Schools & Colleges

Why discriminating against gays isn’t a religious right

Private colleges are in the limelight this week in the religious right’s war against gays. Earlier this week, the Seattle Times reported that Seattle Pacific University, a private Methodist-affiliated college, is suffering enrollment declines and shedding faculty and students because of its po[...]

September 2nd, 2022 - 12:27 pm § in Economics, Politics

GOP senator’s Social Security rescue plan: Go back to work

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who has the temerity to ask Wisconsin voters to re-elect him after calling Capitol rioters “tourists,” has come up with another bold idea. (He’s nothing if not imaginative.) “There are a number of innovative ideas I would support,” he told const[...]

August 16th, 2022 - 3:06 pm § in Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Why is a girl too young to have an abortion, old enough to be a parent?

Self-contradicting conservative rationalization is playing out in Florida courts, where a circuit judge, then a state appeals court, ruled a pregnant 16-year-old is not “sufficiently mature to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy.” (See NBC News story here.) Florida law requires minors to g[...]