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Monica Youn

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A First Amendment Litmus Test?

(1) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 1:16 PM

By Monica Youn, Attorney, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

The phrase "First Amendment thought police" may seem a contradiction in terms, but that didn't stop Sen. Mitch McConnell last week from fulminating on the Senate floor against then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan's defense of the...

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Sue 'Em Back to the Stone Age: The RNC Files Suit to Reverse the Small Donor Revolution

(38) Comments | Posted September 2, 2009 | 11:43 AM

To the millions of grassroots activists and fundraisers who came of age in the 2008 election, the year 2000 seems like the era of the dinosaurs - a time when the fundraising landscape was the fiercely guarded territory of corporate behemoths, whose massive footprints and titanic struggles for dominance made...

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Activist?

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 2:06 PM

As in every Supreme Court confirmation hearing, in Judge Sonia Sotomayor's questioning before the Senate yesterday, accusations of "judicial activism" are flying thick and fast. But what exactly is this thing called "judicial activism" that everyone seems so worried about? Yesterday, both Senator Orrin Hatch as well as an op-ed...

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News Flash: Greed and Stupidity Can Coexist!

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2009 | 4:39 PM

Last week columnist David Brooks of the New York Times published an op-ed setting out two explanatory narratives of our current economic crisis, which he dubbed the "greed narrative" and the "stupidity narrative." Brooks describes the greed narrative (as detailed in Simon Johnson's Atlantic piece "The Quiet Coup"...

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The Traffic of Pay-to-Play Politics

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2009 | 10:28 AM

Roads and bridges apparently lack the headline value of Kennedys and Clintons, and Friday's unanimous Senate confirmation of Obama's nominee for Secretary of Transportation Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) excited little news commentary. This is a crying shame because roads and bridges - and the lucrative contracts for their construction --...

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