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Why 15-Year-Old Travion Blount Got More Than 6 Life Sentences for a Crime in Which No One Was Hurt

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, as one of his last acts in office, reduced the sentence of a 23-year-old African-American inmate named Travion Blount to 40 years in prison, making him eligible for release at age 55.

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The Sad, Outrageous Case of the Cuban Five

The federal prosecution of the group of intelligence officers known as the Cuban Five was a travesty of justice that needs to be remedied.

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2014: Seize the Moment

Congress has just ended one of the worst and least productive sessions in the history of our country.

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The NSA Strikes Back

Just when you thought that momentum in the struggle to rein in the NSA was shifting in the direction of civil liberties, along comes another reminder that momentum is fleeting.

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Federal Judge Legalizes Gay Marriage in Utah

Utah is the 10th state to get gay marriage this year—and the second this week—but it’s an especially significant one considering that voters in the state have not followed public opinion.

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The Great American Class War

Toward the end of his tenure, when he was writing an increasing number of dissents on the Rehnquist Court, Supreme Court Justice William Brennan was asked if he was getting discouraged. He smiled and said, “Look, pal, we’ve always known—the Framers knew—that liberty is a fragile thing. You can’t give up.” And he didn’t.

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The Gentrification of Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

As rising prices in the rest of the beloved Brazilian city are pushing more people to live in shantytowns, they may become unaffordable to lower income residents; Bob Dylan has been charged in Paris for comparing Croats to Nazis; meanwhile, a forthcoming Supreme Court ruling will put the “corporations are people” argument to the test. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Vancouver Bids Adieu to Doorknobs

In an effort to make doors more accessible to the majority of its inhabitants, the Canadian city has banned doorknobs in favor of lever handles; two Saudi Arabian men were arrested for offering strangers “free hugs”; meanwhile, the Supreme Court will decide in two cases whether corporations have religious beliefs or not. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Supreme Court to Review Contraception Provisions in Obamacare

As if the contested law known as Obamacare didn’t have enough assailants already, the United States Supreme Court has added another level of complication by deciding Tuesday to take another look at the sections in the Affordable Care Act dealing with contraception coverage.

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Meet the Worst Judge in America

Now that Senate Democrats have deployed the so-called nuclear option, the question arises: From a progressive perspective, who is the worst sitting federal judge in America today?

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A Nuclear End to Denial

With their dramatic decision, Senate Democrats have frankly acknowledged that the power struggle over the judiciary has reached a crisis point and that the nature of conservative opposition to President Obama is genuinely without precedent.

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Enough of GOP Obstruction

Way to nuke ’em, Harry. It was time—actually, long past time—for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to invoke the “nuclear option” and ask his colleagues to change the Senate’s rules.

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Be Thankful for the People Struggling to Limit NSA Spying

The president, members of Congress and now even the Supreme Court have all come to the defense of the most invasive espionage program ever. Luckily a few lawmakers say “no.”

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Sisters Asunder

Looks like the holidays are going to be, shall we say, a bit awkward for the Cheney family.

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The NSA Has Pissed Off the Entire World—Will the Supreme Court Intervene?

The National Security Agency has pissed off the world, and the world is fighting back.

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Death for the Disabled: Should We Kill Freddie Lee Hall?

The U.S. Supreme Court now faces what may be the most important legal challenge to the death penalty in years.

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How the Wealthy Wage War on Democracy Itself

The Supreme Court considers brushing aside the final vestige of campaign finance laws.

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The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

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Two States Start ‘Separate but Equal’ Voting Systems

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and a separate ruling tossing out Arizona’s “proof of citizenship” law, Arizona and Kansas have adopted separate voter registration systems for federal and state/local elections, the latter requiring proof of citizenship. Look at it as Jim Crow 2.0.

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Single-Payer Prescription for What Ails Obamacare

The for-profit health-insurance industry in the United States is profoundly inefficient and costly, and a sane and sustainable alternative exists—single-payer, otherwise known as expanded and improved Medicare for all.

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Abortion’s Back on the Supreme Court Docket

Two new cases regarding abortion rights in the U.S. are coming up before the high court. Let’s just hope SCOTUS doesn’t further limit access to reproductive health care as many states are finding ways to do just that.

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Dark Money Group Wins IRS Recognition as Tax-Exempt Nonprofit

The IRS has granted nonprofit status to America Is Not Stupid 2013, a so-called dark money group best known for a 2012 election ad featuring a talking baby who compared the smell of his diaper with a Montana senator.

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Justice Scalia Gets Most of His News From Talk Radio

The man who was once the Supreme Court’s most conservative justice (now there’s a depressing past tense) tells New York magazine that he gets most of his news listening to talk radio on the way to and from work.

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Racism and Cruelty Drive GOP Health Care Agenda

The actions of Republican governors to deny the working poor access to health care is simply a continuation of the divide-and-conquer politics that have informed Republican strategy since Richard Nixon.

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Supreme Court Could Eliminate Campaign Caps on Individual Donors

An effort to remove the limits on total campaign contributions by a single donor is before the Supreme Court. Progressives predict the elimination will lead to an estimated $1 billion increase in giving over the next seven years by the top 1,219 donors from the 2012 election.

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How Republican Extremists Are Shredding Every Principle the GOP Claims to Uphold

By Washington standards, the current government shutdown is an everyday disaster—of a kind we are gradually learning to expect whenever the Republican Party controls Congress.

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The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

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Elizabeth Warren Slams the Corporate Court

“You follow this pro-corporate trend to its logical conclusion, and sooner or later you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that functions as a wholly owned subsidiary of big business,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said in a speech Sunday to the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.

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Supreme Court Preview: A Storm Is on the Horizon

As the war clouds gather over Washington in preparation for airstrikes against Syria, the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court have returned from summer break and are preparing to kick up a legal storm of their own as they resume their quest to radically transform federal law and the Constitution.

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First SCOTUS Member Officiates at Gay Wedding

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg conducted the marriage ceremony between her close friends Michael M. Kaiser and John Roberts. The wedding took place in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, only a few months after the Supreme Court overturned DOMA and California’s Proposition 8.

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The Last Chance to Stop the NDAA

An “anti-terrorism” provision permits the military to seize U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely. If the Supreme Court refuses to take up an appeal that I and fellow plaintiffs are filing, our nation will become a militarized state where all dissent is stifled.

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GOP Dream Speech

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I Have a Dream

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North Carolina Voter Suppression Laws

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So You Think You Can

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Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

The horrible bloodshed in Egypt on Wednesday marked a turning point in the country’s modern history, locking it in to years of authoritarian paternalism and possibly violent faction fighting.

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