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Richard Posner

Mike Pence Can't Bar Syrian Refugees Based On ‘Nightmare Speculation,' Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 10.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Republican vice presidential nominee and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence won’t be able to follow through on his attempt to discriminate again...

Ties That B(l)ind

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 08.13.2016 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Taking seriously the slippery slope argument, Macedo makes a persuasive case, rooted in democratic principles and social reality, for distinguishing polygamy from same-sex marriage.

Tankman, the GOP and Voting Rights

Bennet Kelley | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 and reauthorized multiple times, most recently in 2004 without a single Senator voicing opposition. Then two events occurred that shook the nation from its forward trajectory.

Will 'Obola' Fear-Mongers Sway Voters? Yes, Unless Dems Retake Offense on Economy and Obstruction

HuffPost Radio | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Republicans are conflating crises as if there's an ISIS terrorist with Ebola at the Border. Lowry and Shrum debate if hitting the panic button can work in November, and if Dems can counter with good economic news and GOP voter obstruction. Then: Is Panetta patriotic or betraying?

Hand-In-Hand: Marriage Equality and Gender Equality

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

We do have a long way to go, even if SCOTUS takes up the issue this fall. But our society is clearly moving in the direction of marriage equality for all. More than ever before, couples of all stripes are demanding equality, freedom and recognition in their marriages, and are refusing to abide by laws that lag behind.

Louisiana Judge's Gay-Marriage Ruling Riddled With Errors (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

2014-09-08-AFER982014small.jpgOn its face, the Louisiana marriage case seems straightforward enough: As in over 30 other states, the plaintiffs have sued for access to marriage on the grounds of due process and equal protection. What's unusual in the case is the bizarrely error-filled ruling delivered recently by Judge Martin Feldman.

Reagan-Appointed Judge Wants to Legalize Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, LSD

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court judge nominated by former President Ronald Reagan believes that all illegal drugs should be decriminalized and r...

The Republican 'Great White Hope:' Manipulating Election Laws

Stanley Kutler | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

We have been victimized by carefully-calibrated public relations campaigns alleging that loyal, upstanding, law-abiding Americans are being negated by voter corruption. It is not true. Make no mistake: This is a Republican, corporate-funded effort to exclude American citizens from the voting process.

What Would Mitt Have Done in Ukraine? And Ryan/Rangel/Rand on Race

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


In light of blustering jingoists, is Obama weak or wise on Russia-Crimea? Then: Has DuBois's 'color line' been crossed by Ryan, Rangel or Rand? Will Dems lose it all in '14 but run the table in '16?

Richard Posner tackles complexity

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Has a nation ever been more tightly connected, more endlessly chatty, and more generally baffled? We bathe in verbiage - oral and written, emailed, bl...

Judge Posner and Judicial Humility

Eric Segall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Segall

There has been a huge hoopla over comments made by Judge Richard Posner during a HuffPost Live interview with Mike Sacks, and in various other media outlets, that he likely made the wrong decision upholding Indiana's Voter ID law in Crawford v. Marion County.

Facile Turnout Stats on Voter ID: Wrong, the First Time

Justin Levitt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Justin Levitt

A simple before-and-after turnout test won't ever be up to the task. It's bad math that leads to bad legal analysis. Think of it as cotton-candy statistics: It looks tempting, at least at first, but there's absolutely no substance to it. It should not be used to gum up the conversation.

Chief Justice Roberts and the Right-Wing Majority's True Colors

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Roberts is a Stepford judge - the tip of the spear of the conservative movement's three decade long march through the judiciary - a robotic ideologue ceaselessly committed to undermining legal protections for the vulnerable while further stacking the deck in favor of the already-powerful.

Guns in America: How Many Lives Is It Going to Take?

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 02.16.2013 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

When will the expansiveness of the Second Amendment be curtailed? When will elected representatives in Washington act and not utter wasted words? When will President Obama act to make gun control part of his second term?

Call It Democracy 2012: An Electoral Storm

Matt Kohn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Matt Kohn

There is no better time than the present for American citizens to take a look at the history of presidential elections through the lens of the Electoral College.

Scalia Hurls 'Lie' Charge

Reuters | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics

By Terry Baynes NEW YORK, Sept 17 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday escalated a war of words with a pro...

The Scalia-Posner War and Why it Matters

Eric Segall | Posted 11.17.2012 | Politics
Eric Segall

Scalia relies no more (or less) on text or history than any other Supreme Court Justice; he just indignantly claims that he does.

Federal Judge Slams 'Absurd' Laws Against Marijuana, Other Drugs

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

Richard A. Posner, a conservative U.S. Court of Appeals judge, declared his support for scaling back strict federal prohibitions on drugs, particularl...

Reagan-Appointed Judge: Deregulation Movement Made 'A Fundamental Mistake'

Posted 08.24.2012 | Business

Apparently the financial crisis was a big enough disaster to convince even some of the firmest deregulation advocates that they were wrong. Federa...

Judge: Allowing Citizens To Record Police In Public Violates Cops' Privacy

Posted 11.14.2011 | Chicago

On Tuesday, a judge indicated that the American Civil Liberties Union's challenge of the harsh Illinois eavesdropping law banning the audio recording ...

Is College Tuition Too Low? | DAVID LEONHARDT | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Gary Becker, the Nobel laureate economist, and Richard Posner, the federal judge and author, argued on their shared blog last week that tuition should...

The Great Repression: The Crisis of Richard Posner

Jonathan Lipson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jonathan Lipson

There is nothing wrong with changing your mind, and perhaps Judge Posner should be lauded for doing so publicly. But breaking with the past is one thing. Burying it is another.

Is Richard Posner Destroying the Chicago School of Economics?

Damien Hoffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Damien Hoffman

Although Posner still walks the intellectually gutted halls of the University of Chicago, he has no reservation helping tear their remaining ruins down from within.

More Compelling Evidence That Free Market Capitalism Doesn't Work Without Government Regulation

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Now we have a leading University of Chicago economist making the key economics rationale for quick passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

A Guide To The Best Books On The Financial Crisis

Daily Intel | Moe Tkacik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This week marks the official publication of the longest, most comprehensive, and highest-priced ($32.95!) work of Crisis Lit yet, New York Times repor...