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Taibbi and Olbermann Talk Money and Politics

In this clip from Thursday’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” Rolling Stone’s provocateur du jour, Matt Taibbi, weighs in on a decision by the Montana Supreme Court that could deal a substantial blow to the notorious Citizens United SCOTUS ruling of 2010, which represents at least one issue around which some conservatives and progressives can rally for change.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: The Fight Against Citizens United

As Campaign 2012 marches inexorably onward, we might pause to consider the game-changing impact upon the ritual of campaigning that the Supreme Court’s notorious Citizens United decision of two years ago is bound to have.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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The Supreme Court Approves This Vicious, Cowardly Message

Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate’s behalf without the usual “I approved this message,” makes for much “more effective and brutal” adverts.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Stealth PAC Serves Romney in Iowa

Observers credit a spate of attack ads for Newt Gingrich’s recent tumble—and Mitt Romney’s rise—in Iowa polls ahead of the state’s Republican caucus. But where did they come from? Not Romney’s campaign, but rather a PAC staffed by former Romney insiders and empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to spend as much as it likes to destroy his opponents.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



AP / David J. Phillip

Obituary: John Lawrence Fought the Ban on Gay Love and Won

John G. Lawrence of Lawrence v. Texas, arguably the most important gay rights case in the history of the Supreme Court, was angry when police charged into his home to find him having sex with Tyrone Garner. His courage in pressing the case led to a 2003 decision that read, “The state cannot demean their existence or control their destiny by making their private sexual conduct a crime.”

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jim Cole

Attack of the Super PACs

While the Iowa Republican caucuses might not tell us much about who will win the party’s presidential nomination, they already reveal plenty about how the new world of unlimited campaign contributions is corrupting politics.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Three Supreme Court Cases That Should Worry You

If the Roberts court is consistent, 2012 could be remembered as a very bad year for working people, minorities and the poor.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


L.A. City Council Votes Against Corporate Personhood

This week, Los Angeles became the first major city in the United States to call for “a constitutional amendment to clearly establish that human beings—only human beings—are entitled to constitutional rights,” Move To Amend LA founder Mary Beth Fielder announced. 

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 READ MORE



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The Battle for Gay Marriage Plods On

The sponsors of Proposition 8 and other contested laws are entitled to defend such measures when the state refuses to do so, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday afternoon. The ruling could push the long argument over same-sex marriage—which has wearied its proponents and adversaries—to the desks of federal judges, including those on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



Marc Nozell (BY-CC)

Supreme Court Takes Its Time on Health Care

The Supreme Court has agreed to decide the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul once and for all and it has devoted 5½ hours to oral arguments—more time than any other case in 40 years. Arguments usually last only an hour, except in special cases.

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

The Case You Go to Law School For

Meet the woman who spent 22 years working alone and without pay to set free a convicted serial killer who, in all likelihood, is innocent.

Posted on Oct 18, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court to Review Health Care Law

The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review whether Congress overreached its constitutional power by passing the 2010 health care law, which would require almost every American to have health insurance.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 READ MORE


Troy Davis and the Machinery of Death

On Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Troy Anthony Davis was scheduled to die. I was reporting live from outside Georgia’s death row in Jackson, awaiting news about whether the Supreme Court would spare his life.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Troy Davis Is Dead

Troy Davis’ 22-year ordeal is over. The state of Georgia executed Davis on Wednesday night. In the years since he was convicted of killing an off-duty police officer, seven of the nine witnesses who testified against him recanted their testimony and his cause gained many supporters, among them the pope and Jimmy Carter. (more)

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Rejects Davis Appeal

The Supreme Court has refused to stay the execution of Troy Davis. Davis was scheduled to be executed Wednesday night, but the Court delayed his lethal injection in order to consider the case. Davis’ execution is now expected at any moment.

Posted on Sep 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court Intervenes in Texas Execution

The U.S. Supreme Court stopped the execution of a Texas murderer Thursday who was sentenced to death by jurors who were told he was a bigger threat to public safety because he is black.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 READ MORE



Ken Mayer (CC-BY)

Health Care Act Wins a Battle on Its Way to the Supreme Court

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Virginia ruled in favor of the health care reform law Thursday, dismissing two suits. (more)

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE


The FBI’s Terrorism Factory

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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The FBI’s Terrorism Factory

This week on Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: How the FBI uses its 15,000 informants to sucker and seduce angry Muslims, and the effort to amend the Constitution to dehumanize corporations.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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Appeals Court Panel Strikes Down Health Law Mandate

A federal appeals court panel ruled Friday against the part of President Obama’s new health care law that required most Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer some penalty. (more)

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The Selling Out of Our Democracy

For years, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court has flapped mightily in the face of any attempt to deny American corporations their ability to disenfranchise and dispossess the American public. (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Death Penalty and the Costs of an Obsession

The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else.

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE



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10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

Posted on Jul 10, 2011 READ MORE


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No Stay From SCOTUS for Mexican on Death Row

The four justices (guess which ones?) who were hoping to hold off the execution of Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican citizen on death row in Texas, didn’t get their wish Thursday.

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



Phil Roeder (CC-BY)

Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

John Dean Knows How to Get Rid of Clarence Thomas

For good reason, there has been serious hand-wringing over what to do about the ethical lapses of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. There is clear precedent for how to deal with the justice. Thomas could be forced off the bench.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



Violent Video Game Ban Blown to Smithereens

The Supreme Court overturned California’s ban on violent video games; social networking sites may be effectively enhancing our social lives; and a case of public urination in Oregon forces a city to flush its reservoir. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Todd Goodrich

No Public Money for Arizona Candidates

In a second major ruling Monday, U.S. Supreme Court justices split along ideological lines to reject an Arizona campaign finance law that offered public funding to candidates unable to raise the enormous sums of money needed to run for political office. (more)

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court to Kids: Resume Fire (Update)

American kids scored a victory Monday over parents who just don’t understand how the U.S. Supreme Court could uphold an appellate court’s decision striking down a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. (more)

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Irwin Fedriansyah

Indonesia Frees ‘Playboy’ Editor

We’ve been tracking the fate of Erwin Arnada since 2006, when the editor launched a PG version of Playboy in the world’s most populous Muslim country. After all these years, the Indonesian high court has invalidated the indecency charges on which Arnada was convicted. It’s a big day for swimsuits in Bali.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


Wal-Mart and Trial Lawyers

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Posted on Jun 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart 1, Women 0

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously against a group that sued Wal-Mart over alleged sex discrimination in matters of pay and promotion in the name of up to 1.5 million women who worked there and at Sam’s Club since 1998. Monday’s decision reversed a California U.S. Court of Appeals decision. (more)

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 READ MORE



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The Dubious Friendship of Clarence Thomas and Harlan Crow

After U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas secured a financial favor that led to the preservation of an aging cannery site in the community of his birth in Georgia, legal ethicists are voicing concerns over his friendship with Harlan Crow, a Dallas real estate magnate and contributor to conservative causes. (more)

Posted on Jun 19, 2011 READ MORE



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The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE


The Body Baggers of Iraq

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK: Unconstitutionally crowded prisons, battlefield medicine, a very special segment on the Marines who collect their dead in Iraq, and just a little bit of Jesus. Plus: Reese Erlich reports from Egypt. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE



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DSK Pleads Not Guilty

He was met by hecklers siding with his alleged sexual assault victim outside the New York Supreme Court, but former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn kept his own words to a minimum, pleading not guilty in a brief court appearance Monday.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


Why Our Broken System Sends the Wrong People to Prison

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, we investigate why so many innocent people end up in prison; find out how much various college majors really pay; look into the future of depression-chic food; and learn why Apple’s high profits threaten teachers. Plus, another special report from the cutting edge by Mr. Fish. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

Why Our Broken System Sends the Wrong People to Prison

On this week’s episode of Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK, we investigate why so many innocent people end up in prison; find out how much various college majors really pay; look into the future of depression-chic food; and learn why Apple’s high profits threaten teachers. Plus, another special report from the cutting edge by Mr. Fish.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE


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High Court Takes On Immigration Legislation

What are we to make of Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling, which will make life more difficult for Arizona employers who deliberately hire undocumented workers? The Atlantic’s Andrew Cohen offered his perspective later that day.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP / California Department of Corrections

Cleaning Up California’s Cruel Prison System

Much as it did with the South regarding segregated schools and other public facilities in the Jim Crow days, the Supreme Court has ordered a recalcitrant California to obey the Constitution.

Posted on May 25, 2011 READ MORE



Rob Shenk (CC-BY-SA)

Supreme Court Orders California to Lose as Many as 46,000 Prisoners

California’s overcrowded prisons have “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements,” causing “needless suffering and death,” according to a 5-4 majority of the U.S. Supreme Court. The state, which imposes draconian sentences on repeat offenders, must now find a way to reduce its prison population by at least 38,000 inmates.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia / Jim Kuhm

Supreme Court: Class Action Lawsuits Are a Privilege, Not a Right

There is a takeaway message from this latest devastating ruling by the Supreme Court, which says there is nothing wrong with giving corporations the power to prevent cheated consumers from banding together to mount class action lawsuits, and it is this ... (more)

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Wisconsin’s Supreme Showdown

Angry Wisconsin liberals are using the state’s Supreme Court election as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker and taking aim at expletive-flinging Justice David Prosser. Will this justice be served?

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Wis. Top Court Race in Dead Heat

Any significant political activity that takes place within the borders of Wisconsin these days is bound to take on a certain intense charge, given Gov. Scott Walker’s recent machinations, and the current battle over a state Supreme Court seat is no exception.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Split on Wal-Mart Suit

Is the law of our land gender-neutral? And might the gender of the justices handling a case—as in the case of the gargantuan and complex sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court—impact important legal decisions?

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Georgia and the U.S. Supreme Court: Tinkering With the Machinery of Death

On March 28, the Supreme Court refused to hear the death penalty case of Troy Anthony Davis. It was his last appeal.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Morry Gash

Gov. Walker Does ‘Something Big’

The tea-party-enabled Wisconsin Legislature is working overtime to protect its governor.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 READ MORE



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Clarence Thomas, You Have the Right to Remain Silent

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hasn’t asked a question during oral arguments in five years. Why the silent treatment? To paraphrase Thomas, why beat up on the visiting lawyers when you already have your mind made up? (more)

Posted on Feb 22, 2011 READ MORE


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Activist Judges Strike Again

The Constitution is rooted and understood in terms of its history; without that, it is merely an isolated document, portraying a moment in 1787. We can do without the arriviste Michele Bachmann to tell us exactly what its words mean.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


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