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Wishful Thinking: The First Hundred Days After Nov. 8

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, hopefully Elizabeth Warren will challenge her in the 2020 Democratic primaries if Clinton isn’t sufficiently progressive and bold during her first term.

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The Right-Wing Legacy of Justice Lewis Powell, and What It Means for the Supreme Court Today

The late Justice Antonin Scalia may loom large in recent SCOTUS history, but another conservative member of the top court was hugely influential in his own right.

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If Hillary Clinton Wins the Presidency, This Is the Most Left-Wing Thing She Will Do

For those Bernie Sanders supporters who can’t imagine a center-right Clinton presidency doing anything progressive, contemplating one prospect could help salve the injury of loss.

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Abortion Rights Find Strong Champions Among the Clergy

The news media are not presenting a complete picture. For generations, many ministers have stood with people making difficult choices about their reproductive lives.

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The Supreme Court Makes Herstory

With hundreds of abortion restriction bills in play around the country, this week’s landmark victory in a Texas battle over the issue is cause for celebration, but not rest.

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Game Changer: The Best Analysis of the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision

After the court handed a sweeping victory to abortion rights advocates, there was a torrent of analysis on what it means and what comes next.

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Clarence Thomas Argues Strenuously to Keep Guns in the Hands of Domestic Abusers

Despite his protestations of Second Amendment rights, things didn’t go well for the Supreme Court justice Monday.

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Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration Ruling That Imperils Millions

Republicans once again push migrants into legal limbo.

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Attorney in Supreme Court Abortion Battle Outlines Just What’s at Stake

As the Supreme Court considers its stance on the contentious Texas law, Stephanie Toti, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, weighs in on how it has affected women’s health care.

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What’s at Stake in the Latest Supreme Court Showdown Over Contraception and Religious Freedom

In oral arguments Wednesday, religious groups contend that just signing a form to facilitate access to birth control violates their rights.

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Donald Trump’s Scary, 12-Point Legal Agenda

The presumptive Republican nominee is part angry populist, part xenophobic nationalist, part reality-show huckster and part latter-day Benito Mussolini. But there are coherent goals in his ideological scramble—including remaking the Supreme Court.

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We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Empty Supreme Court Seat Could Sow a Whirlwind of Confusion

Antonin Scalia’s death has left an even number of justices on the bench. Now, a potential tie vote in a challenge to an Obamacare mandate highlights the trouble that could result.

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Samantha Bee Asks Why GOP Is Blocking ‘Gentle Law Hobbit’ Merrick Garland From the Top Court (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host did not mince words Monday night as she criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

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The Party of Trump Versus Merrick Garland

In a span of about 12 hours, Americans were given definitive evidence that the Republican Party is now in thrall to its most ideologically and tactically extreme forces, while the Democrats still look to the center ground and to compromise.

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VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

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Attorney General Loretta Lynch Takes Herself Out of Running in Search for New Supreme Court Justice

President Obama has vowed to present his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia before leaving office, but one of the rumored candidates on Obama’s short list—Attorney General Loretta Lynch—has taken herself out of the running.

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The Important Abortion Case That Many Americans Have Never Heard About

How we got to this week’s abortion showdown—and how the views of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could help shape the outcome.

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Antonin Scalia’s Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Before the passing of the hard-right justice created the possibility of a dramatic shift in the Supreme Court, there was fear that Roe v. Wade would be undercut in a pending case. Now beleaguered rights proponents are looking to Justice Anthony Kennedy to swing the ideologically divided bench their way.

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VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

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Elizabeth Warren Joins Groups Demanding GOP Leaders Reverse Supreme Court Blockade

“To refuse to act on a nomination of this magnitude is a failure to govern. We urge these senators to take a step back and consider what legacy of governance they want to leave for our country.”

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Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

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GOP Senators Flatly Refuse to Meet With Any of Obama’s Supreme Court Candidates

Leaving no room for ambiguity or civility, Senate Republicans on Tuesday issued a decree that they would not even entertain the idea of giving face time to any Supreme Court nominees President Obama might present during his remaining time in office.

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Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

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President Obama Goes Constitutional on GOP Foes, Vows to Name Scalia’s Successor

The president’s background in constitutional law is coming in handy this week.

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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert’s Moving Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia

On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday night, the comedian recalled a memorable moment he spent with the late Supreme Court justice.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Court Fight for the Ages

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday means that President Obama or his successor—if that successor is a Democrat—could overturn the current conservative majority on the court, which could lead it to revisit many of the most troubling decisions of recent years.

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Could a Post-Scalia Court Restore Campaign Finance Sanity and Pull Back From Plutocracy?

There is no guarantee that the successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia will be a liberal. But only if Ted Cruz wins the presidency can we expect a nominee as hard right as Scalia.

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How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

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Top 5 Scalia Rulings That Helped Progressives (Video)

I don’t imagine Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and I would have agreed about very much. But his passing is an opportunity to point to a few things on which we, as Americans, did agree because of our commitment to the Constitution, despite our different interpretations of it.

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Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

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The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day

With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

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Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

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‘No Más Bebés’: Documentary Highlights History of Forced Sterilizations in L.A. (Video)

A film by Renee Tajima-Peña revives the historical context for our ongoing mistreatment of undocumented immigrants—and reminds us why it shouldn’t be forgotten.

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Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue

The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

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