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The Selling Out of Our Democracy

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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)

No Public Money for Arizona Candidates

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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)

Supreme Court to Kids: Resume Fire (Update)

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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)

SCOTUS Considering Change in National Gun Ownership Laws

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The U.S. Supreme Court may be ready to change the scope of the Second Amendment, as five of the top court's justices (guess which ones?) have signaled their opinions about American citizens' rights to bear arms and appear ready to take steps that could override some local and state gun rules, with Chicago as a potential starting point.

Obama Takes Oath Again, Just to Be Safe

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The second time was the charm for Chief Justice John Roberts, who flawlessly administered the oath of office to Barack Obama a day after botching the pledge. The White House counsel explained that they opted for a repeat "out of an abundance of caution." Obama actually legally became the president even before taking the oath the first time.

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In case you missed Chief Justice Roberts bumbling the oath of office or you just want to relive the historic moment when Barack Obama became the nation's 44th president, the first of African descent, here is his swearing in and speech in its entirety.

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There is no mystery to the missing lightning rods. John McCain neglects to volunteer the names of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as model jurists for an obvious reason.

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It's time for those of us who are old enough to remember when the U.S. Supreme Court was a major force for racial integration and justice to stop living in the past. We need to realize that, for the foreseeable future, any progress our increasingly diverse country makes toward fairness and equality will come in spite of the nation's highest court, not because of it.

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week regarding the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress. The case should indicate how the newly formed court will approach abortion rights without the presence of Sandra Day O'Connor.

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