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Waiting for Abigail Fisher

Monday mornings at the Supreme Court in May and June are opinion days, so where is the opinion in Fisher v. University of Texas?

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Supreme Court: Police Can Take Your DNA Upon Arrest

In what’s been hailed as a “resounding victory for law enforcement,” a sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can collect DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes.

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A Time for Harry Reid’s Backbone

Don’t be sidetracked Wednesday with the news of Michele Bachmann’s decision not to run again. That’s small potatoes relative to the biggest political and economic issue—and showdown—emerging in Congress.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Sides With Monsanto Over Soybean Farmer

The justices Monday ruled that Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman infringed Monsanto’s patent for genetically modified soybeans when he bought some of those seeds from a local grain elevator and used them for a second, late-season crop.

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Ted Cruz’s Presidential Buzz, Mark Sanford’s Special Election Chances, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher suggests a new rule for those who want to strip away constitutional rights to ensure “justice” and former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords gets a well-deserved honor. 

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Retired Supreme Court Justice Casts Doubt on Bush v. Gore

In an instance of too little and way too late, Sandra Day O’Connor appears to be having a case of buyer’s remorse.

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Cowardly Court: Where’s Our Gay Marriage ‘Masterwork’?

Gutless action has no place in the high court’s deliberations on marriage.

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The Fatal Prejudice of the Death Penalty

Bill Moyers looks at America’s gruesome history of capital punishment, racism and the highest court in the land with former ABC News reporters Martin Clancy (pictured) and Tim O’Brien, authors of the new book “Murder at the Supreme Court.”

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Same Sex, Different Day

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GOP and the Tide of Public Opinion

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Supreme Confusion

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Gay Marriage

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An Improbable ‘Fraternity’

How did a pioneering group of students that included future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas get into College of the Holy Cross, and how did they become leaders in American sports, culture, law and business? Author Diane Brady discusses what attracted her to their story. 

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Same-Sex Marriage and the Immigration Speed Bump

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss same-sex marriage as the issue moves to the Supreme Court. Will the justices’ decision be sweeping? The dramatic shift in public opinion on the topic may be reflected in the Republican Party’s repositioning, but pollster Nate Silver says only 25 percent of the GOP supports gay marriage.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

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Gay Marriage, Obama’s Whistle-Blower Crackdown and More

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A deeper look at the Supreme Court’s historic week, the Obama administration harasses whistle-blowers, and “Duck Dynasty” in revolt.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court’s Radical New Precedent

Out of all the newsworthy comments during this week’s Supreme Court debate over the legality of same-sex marriage bans, none was more revealing—or troubling—than that which came from Justice Sonya Sotomayor.

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Vow Gun Control Filibuster, Limbaugh Admits Defeat, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more legal troubles for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig related to that infamous bathroom arrest and Barbara Walters’ possible major announcement.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


A New American Rebellion

As the Supreme Court debated this week over the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Antonin Scalia noted the number of states that are permitting gays and lesbians to marry. "There has been a sea change," he said, "between now and 1996." He was right about that, but it’s not just gay marriage.

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Love and Cherish

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Gay Marriage

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Fighting DOMA: A Very Long Engagement

Hear remarks from Edie Windsor, the lead plaintiff in the case challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; watch clips from the documentary that tells her story of love in spite of the state; and hear a widely read activist argue that winning the right for gays to marry is not a strategy to achieve structural change.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE


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Using (and Reforming) the System

When it comes to policy, I fall into both of these camps—pro-Bloomberg on guns, but anti-Citizens United. And so I have been pondering the issue of consistency or, as some would see it, hypocrisy.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



DOMA May Be Doomed, O’Reilly’s Surprising Gay Marriage Comments, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Texas congressman’s run-in with the law and Ashley Judd’s big political announcement.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE



Edie Windsor’s Day in Court

Edie and Thea met in the early 1960s, in New York’s Greenwich Village. They hit it off.

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Everybody Must Get Stoned

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Asinine Scalia

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Presidential Con Artist

George W. Bush’s paintings do not reveal anything about the Iraq War, despite our wishing that they did; absurdly, the main argument against gay marriage is the state’s supposed need to regulate procreation; meanwhile, the entire Senate voted against Social Security cuts and the media said nothing. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Gay Marriage

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Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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Supreme Court Hears Prop. 8, Coulter and Hannity Flip Out Over Jim Carrey, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Nate Silver makes a prediction about gay marriage and North Dakota sticks it to women by enacting the nation’s strictest abortion law.

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Watch: Gay Marriage Opponents Undercut One of Their Major Talking Points

One of the top arguments that those who oppose allowing gay couples to wed routinely give is that it would be a “threat” to the marriage of straight couples. What happens when attendees at an anti-marriage equality rally Tuesday were asked about it, however, paints a different picture.

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Listen: Supreme Court Prop. 8 Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in the case concerning Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state.

Posted on Mar 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Stakes Before the Court

Don’t take anything for granted. The conservative activists on the Supreme Court may not be able to halt the inexorable shift toward acceptance of gay marriage, but we probably should expect them to try.

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The Tide

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The Morality Brigade

We’re still legislating and regulating private morality, while ignoring the much larger crisis of public morality in America.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Has Personal Connection to Prop. 8 Case

Roberts’ cousin is a lesbian who wishes to wed her partner. She currently can’t, however, because of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 this week.

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Rand Paul Weighs In on Drug Punishments, LaPierre Blasts ‘Insane’ Bloomberg, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Ted Cruz’s attempt to repeal Obamacare and why the debate on gay marriage may be over even before the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in a pair of cases on the issue this week.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Raft of Doom

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Why the Supreme Court Will Uphold Gay Marriage

There is good reason to be optimistic that the Roberts court will bow to the growing public acceptance of same-sex marriage.

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Scalia Voting Rights Act

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I’ll Take Romance

The opponents of same-sex marriage are certainly an unromantic bunch. That grim vision hit me as I read the arguments submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court for and against Proposition 8.

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Voting Rights Act

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Scalia Entitlement

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Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

Posted on Mar 4, 2013 READ MORE


Literacy Test

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Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE


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