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‘Left, Right & Center’: Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples and against minority voters, the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, President Obama’s stated goals on climate change, and Texas Sen. Wendy David and former South African President Nelson Mandela—two politicians who stand for something.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Most Political and Activist Court

The week’s judicial work leads to the question of which way the Supreme Court is looking and how the nine justices are using their enormous power, some of it unchecked even by public needs and wishes.

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

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Gay Rights: The Bigger Picture

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Marriage equality isn’t the big issue, Congress struggles to pass immigration reform, Brazil’s World Cup protests, and what the hell is the matter with Texas?

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Limited Reach of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings

How proponents of marriage equality and progressives generally proceed from this point depends on understanding exactly what Wednesday’s decisions on DOMA and Proposition 8 said and didn’t say. To do that, we must look beyond the headlines.

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Marriage Equality and White Supremacy

The danger in the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the Defense of Marriage Act is of the LGBTQ community being seduced into the mainstream and forgetting the plight of the oppressed just as it becomes more broadly accepted.

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The Third Political Branch

We prefer to think of the Supreme Court as an institution apart from politics and above its struggles. In the wake of this week’s decision gutting the heart of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, its actions must now be viewed through the prism of the conservative movement’s five-decade-long quest for power.

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The Supreme Court Makes History: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

The U.S. Supreme Court announced three historic 5-4 decisions this week. In the first, a core component of the Voting Rights Act was gutted, enabling Southern states to enact regressive voting laws that will likely disenfranchise the ever-growing number of voters of color.

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Watch: Pelosi’s Classic Response to Bachmann Anti-Gay Marriage Statement

The House minority leader gave the ultimate reaction that could work for just about every future crazy thing the outgoing Minnesota congresswoman says.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Scalia Freaks Out in Gay Marriage Dissent

Justice Antonin Scalia had what amounts to the equivalent of a legal meltdown in the dissent he wrote for the Defense of Marriage Act case, dismissing the majority opinion as “legalistic argle-bargle” and claiming that it promoted “homosexual sodomy.”

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Gay Marriage Rulings: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Denies Proposition 8 Backers’ Appeal

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act while ruling the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 lacked standing to argue the case in federal courts.

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Obama Outlines Climate Change Plan, Weiner Leads Comeback Race, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including PolitiFact considers possible outcomes for Wednesday’s Supreme Court same-sex marriage decisions and “The Daily Show’s” John Oliver takes aim at the media and the government over whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

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Gutting the Voting Rights Act

No matter how you parse it, the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder is a constitutional train wreck of historic proportions. But unlike most such disasters, this is one we saw coming.

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Would Class-Based Admissions Be Better?

Affirmative action lives for now. But there was enough in Monday’s Supreme Court opinion to suspect it will be diminished further in time, which makes it an opportune moment to think again about what some people think could be a fairer and more palatable way of ensuring diversity on America’s campuses—class-based affirmative action.

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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

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Gay Marriage: Why the Supreme Court Might Disappoint Conventional Thinking

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The stock market plunges, Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar reacts to the news that direct talks between the United States and the Taliban have already broken down, Texas wages a war on high school kids and the Supreme Court threatens the happiness of gays everywhere.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision: A Whimper, Not a Bang

The Supreme Court on Monday finally issued a ruling on the case challenging the University of Texas at Austin’s race-conscious admissions program that it heard eight months ago, but it was by no means a sweeping decision on the issue of affirmative action.

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Supreme Court Helps Big Business Screw the Little Guy

The justices sided with big corporations Thursday when they ruled 5-3 that companies can write contracts that force small businesses to challenge monopolistic practices on an unaffordable individual arbitration basis rather than through class-action lawsuits, effectively killing the ability of small businesses to defend themselves in court against larger predatory ones.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Supreme Court Warning

The Massachusetts Democrat vocalized concerns that the Supreme Court is being captured by corporate special interest groups during a speech at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy National Convention.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Controversial Voting Law Struck Down, Snowden ‘Honored’ by Cheney, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Obama’s poll numbers take a dive amid controversies plaguing his administration and a new report says Virginia’s Republican governor is using taxpayer dollars for personal expenses.

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On DNA, Scalia Was Right

The words “Antonin Scalia was right” do not flow easily for me. But the court’s most uncompromising conservative was correct when he issued a dire-sounding warning from the bench: “Make no mistake about it: Because of today’s decision, your DNA can be taken and entered into a national database if you are ever arrested, rightly or wrongly, and for whatever reason.”

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Warren Asks White House for Transparency, Christie Slow Jams the News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Marco Rubio’s immigration reform bill threat and the circumstances in which Ann Coulter thinks the Republican Party “deserves to die.”

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Is the Surveillance State Constitutional?

Despite constitutional protections against unlawful search and seizure, the Supreme Court and Congress have given the other branch of American government extraordinary power.

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SCOTUS Rules for Rumsfeld, Maher Slams ‘Original Teabagger’ Reagan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a petition to pardon NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is created and a former colleague of Fox News host Sean Hannity has some tough criticism for him.

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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.

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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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