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A Missed Chance on Religious Freedom

Religious liberty in the United States is a gift, based, as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissent to Monday’s public prayer decision, on “the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.”

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Church and State

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Supreme Court Permits Prayer At Town Meetings

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The Constitution—for Christians Only

The following video shows Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore saying, among other things, “Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the god of the Holy Scriptures.”

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The Post-Constitutional Era

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear our challenge to the law that lets the military indefinitely imprison U.S. citizens is another example of the transformation of the judiciary into an enemy of the Constitution.

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When Cruel and Unusual Punishment Becomes Usual

The state of Oklahoma tortured a man to death this week.

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Did the Supreme Court Just Kill Dirty Coal Plants and Save the World?

The Supreme Court on Tuesday affirmed that the Environmental Protection Agency has the prerogative to regulate air pollution that spills across state lines.

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Two Felons Could Force the Supreme Court to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

The last thing we would expect from the Roberts court is a robust defense of civil liberties, but judging from the tenor of Tuesday’s oral argument, we could be in for some surprises.

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The Racists Among Us

Let’s not pretend that deadbeat rancher Cliven Bundy and basketball team owner Donald Sterling are the last two racists in America. They have company.

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Chris Hedges’ Indefinite Detention Case

In a major decision Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and other plaintiffs the right to challenge a law that allows the U.S. military to indefinitely detain people alleged or suspected to have helped al-Qaida or the Taliban.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor’s eloquent dissent against the decision to allow Michigan to discriminate by race and sex in the college admissions process has the power to wake those asleep in the dream of our country’s presumed inevitable progress.

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Former Justice John Paul Stevens: Legalize Pot

The leading Supreme Court liberal who retired in 2010 said Saturday that the federal government should legalize marijuana, drawing parallels with the failure of alcohol prohibition.

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The Court Stacks the Deck

Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

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The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

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The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

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Race Matters: Resegregation and the Rollback of Affirmative Action

“I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” So proclaimed Alabama Gov. George Wallace more than half a century ago.

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Affirmative Action

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Unsurprising Affirmative Action Decision Is Bad News for Gay Marriage

The current Supreme Court has consistently decided for states’ rights and majority rule, which could be a problem as same-sex marriage cases work their way through the judiciary.

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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Block on Affirmative Action

Publicly funded colleges in Michigan still won’t be able to take applicants’ racial background information into consideration in the admissions process, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a referendum that passed in the Great Lakes State in 2006 banning the practice.

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Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Given the reality that the Koch brothers are now the most important and powerful players in American politics, it is important to know what they want and what their agenda is.

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Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement

It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

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Big Party Donors Make Congress the Marketplace of Ideas

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SCOTUS Decision

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Supreme Court Decision

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Obama and the Johnson Legacy: Recollecting the Great Society

President Obama appeared in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night to deliver that rarest of speeches: a tribute to a former president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose administration still remains in controversy.

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LBJ’s Way

The Johnson comeback brings with it a new appreciation of the durability of the reforms enacted on his watch.

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United States of John Roberts

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Free Speech

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Voter Suppression

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Party Loyalty: Why the Supreme Court Is Wrecking Our Democracy

It’s a shame that the Republican majority on the Supreme Court doesn’t know the difference between an oligarchy and a democratic republic.

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Wizards of Ooze

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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Supreme Court: McCutcheon v. FEC

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‘The Fight to Save Our Democracy ... Just Got Harder’

“Two events this week have made the fight to save democracy from big money, already an uphill battle, even harder,” the introduction to Bill Moyers’ latest video essay says.

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Money Equals Speech

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Donors

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Friday’s Jobs Report and the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon Debacle

What does the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon decision this week have to do with Friday’s jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March?

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McCutcheon and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful McCutcheon decision by the five Republican appointees to the Supreme Court wouldn’t be as dangerous.

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On Our Highest Court, a Former Lobbyist Guts Campaign Finance Reform

For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is deeply troubling. But not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom—and anyway, not a matter of grave concern.

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Happy Hour

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Money Votes

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Sheldon Adelson’s Menagerie

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Is It Time to Jump Down the First Amendment Rabbit Hole With Clarence Thomas?

It’s painful to say, but given the perverse logic of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, Justice Clarence Thomas may be correct about the direction of federal campaign finance law.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Science’s Dire Warning: Humans Are Baking the Planet

The majority of the world is convinced that humans are changing the climate, for the worse. Now, evidence is mounting that paints just how grim a future we are making for ourselves and the planet.

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Scott Walker Doesn’t Want You to Vote

Across the land, Republican state legislators have shouted “voter fraud, voter fraud” to justify various schemes to restrict voting. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is now leading the charge.

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SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

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Why Does the FBI Treat Nonviolent Activists Like Terrorists?

Peace activists in the Midwest are the latest victims of a surveillance state hellbent on prosecuting terrorists where none likely exist.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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How Sheldon Adelson and the American Oligarchs Are Ruining Democracy

Ironically, at the same time as I was holding town meetings in Vermont, a handful of prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidates (Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie and Scott Walker) trekked to Las Vegas to audition for the support of Sheldon Adelson, the multibillionaire casino tycoon who spent at least $93 million underwriting conservative candidates in the last election cycle.

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