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Ari Melber

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Why Roberts' Extreme Voting Rights Opinion Could Drive Congress to Act

(50) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 5:13 PM

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court knocked out a core part of the Voting Rights Act and then told Congress to fix the mess.

In Shelby County v. Holder, Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion is a model of extremism pitched as incrementalism.

It does not announce new standards for civil rights...

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What the Affirmative Action Case Suggests for Voting Rights -- and the 'Post-Racial' Fights to Come

(38) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 5:17 PM

So the Supreme Court didn't dismantle affirmative action in its long-awaited ruling on Monday. It didn't really affirm the program, either.

Instead, the court left affirmative action intact, but stressed that universities must clear a high bar to defend it.

In judicial jargon, that bar is called "strict...

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Court Rejects CIA's Alice-in-Wonderland Defense of Drone Secrecy

(15) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 11:17 AM

A federal appeals court rebuffed the Obama administration's drone policy on Friday, ruling that the CIA stretched its considerable secrecy powers "too far."

The stinging decision may be the biggest news in the war on terror that you've never heard about.

The Washington Court of Appeals is...

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Why Graph Search Could Be Facebook's Largest Privacy Invasion Ever

(89) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 7:58 AM

Here is one iron law of the Internet: a social network's emphasis on monetizing its product is directly proportional to its users' loss of privacy.

At one extreme there are networks like Craigslist and Wikipedia, which pursue relatively few profits and enable nearly absolute anonymity and privacy. At the other...

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Obama Deploys Campaign List to Hammer GOP on Taxes and Discharge

(7) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 10:28 AM

The election may be over, but the Obama campaign's emails are still coming.

On Monday, Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter emailed supporters asking for help in pressuring Congress to back the president's tax plan. And in contrast to many past forays into Obama's email advocacy -- which focused...

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In Court Today, a Battle Over Whether the Filibuster Is Constitutional

(80) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 10:25 AM

President Obama recently said Congress should "seize the moment" and summon a majority to push immigration reform. There is only one problem -- Congress already did that.

During Obama's first term, majorities in the House and Senate backed the DREAM Act, (the bill creating a path to citizenship...

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Obama's Victory -- A Mandate for Liberal Government

(94) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 8:46 AM

President Obama's reelection marks the most decisive mandate for an assertive, progressive governing model in well over a generation.

It is worth beginning with a memory. Barack Obama was first elected after a period of profound failure by elite and government institutions, from finance to foreign policy to Hurricane Katrina,...

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On Hurricane Politics and Policy

(50) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 9:46 AM

Yesterday I walked around Red Hook, a coastal patch of Brooklyn that was hit hard by the storm last night. The sidewalks are littered with soaked furniture. Residents are picking through piles of belongings in front of their apartments, deciding what might be salvageable.

Many ground floor and basement buildings...

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Why Romney Is Losing the Meme Election

(7) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 9:43 AM

Mitt Romney did not just lose the debate on Tuesday night, as most people can see by now. He also handed the Internet ammunition to memorably mock him for several more news cycles.

While candidates have always worried about gaffes, this year's nominees are navigating the first...

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Paul Ryan's Debt Talk Contradicts His Entire Career

(16) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 9:10 AM

Paul Ryan gives the first major national address of his career at the RNC on Wednesday night, and he will have to do more than "introduce" himself. He needs to rebrand himself.

That's because Ryan's new role contradicts his entire government career.

While many focus on Ryan's budget...

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The Key Passage From the Health Care Ruling

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:23 PM

If you read one part of the Supreme Court's ruling upholding President Obama's health care law, make it this breakdown of the Constitution's boundaries for Congress' power. This is the heart of the case:

Although the breadth of Congress' power to tax is greater than its power to...
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Why Does Obama Get Better Traffic Than Romney? (Conservatives)

(12) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Mitt Romney is not exactly big on the Internet. After months on the trail, he lags far behind Barack Obama as both a candidate and a topic. Obama nets more supporters and dollars through his online campaign, and draws more traffic in news and search -- one...

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Do Liberals Support Obama's Kill List?

(71) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 9:56 AM

President Obama is wielding several security powers that have been historically controversial among Democrats, from indefinitely detaining Guantánamo prisoners to shutting down torture lawsuits as “state secrets” that cannot be addressed in court. There has not been a major Democratic backlash, but all the recent attention...

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Reporter: Romney Campaign Has Jewish Test for Mormon Coverage

(424) Comments | Posted June 3, 2012 | 8:42 PM

Jason Horowitz, the enterprising Washington Post reporter who broke the story about Mitt Romney's high school "pranks," just cracked another window into camp Romney. Romney aides challenge media coverage of Mormonism by asking journalists to compare their stories to hypothetical coverage of Jewish candidates.

Horowitz explained...

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Did Obama Endorse Gay Marriage for Political Reasons? Good.

(28) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 12:08 PM

As soon as President Obama endorsed gay marriage last week, the principles have been mixed with the politics. And that’s actually a good thing.

On Tuesday, the political class fixated on a new poll showing that almost 70 percent of Americans think politics drove Obama’s decision. It’s the...

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New Hampshire: Ron Paul Beats Expectations, But Not The Press, Romney's Real Victory

(90) Comments | Posted January 10, 2012 | 11:30 PM

You know who won, so here are my takeaways from what might be the beginning of the end:

1. Romney Actually Won Big
There is a rumor going around that Romney did not win convincingly. "Five Years Campaigning, Less Than 40%?," blared Huffington Post's quizzical election headline....

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The Four Most Important Results from Iowa

(176) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:54 PM

Here are my takeaways from this year's Iowa Caucus:

1. Not a Three-Way Finish

The Iowa results seem to suggest a close three-way race – 25-25-21. Yet among self-identified Republicans, the totals were actually 28-27-14, showing that Santorum and Romney lead the...

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Iowa Caucus Guide: Santorum Fights Paul for Evangelicals, Romney Battles Himself

(74) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 12:32 AM

The Republican presidential race actually begins Tuesday night. It is worth remembering that this is the first time we will hear from the voters—that everything up to this point, while presented as The Campaign, was actually a long, voter-less preseason consisting primarily of candidates, politicos, donors and reporters...

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The Underminey Backlash Against Newt, Starring Peggy Noonan

(64) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 9:20 AM

So I love it when Peggy Noonan writes columns like this sweet and vicious contemplation of Newt Gingrich. We learn that Gingrich is detested most by those who worked with him -- a powerful list of Republicans who are now “burning up the phone lines in Washington”...

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The Most Important Liberal in America?

(96) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 10:58 AM

Is Jon Stewart the most influential liberal in America media?

This has been a popular claim for a while, since Stewart clearly has more political influence than most politicos. In fact, many of his most famous moments turned on his ability to stop joking and get...

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