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Break Up the Harvard/Yale Monopoly on the Supreme Court

Susie Hoeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susie Hoeller

As part of the "advise and consent" power, the Senate could require that nominees be selected on a rotating basis from each of the twelve federal judicial circuits.

No More Life Without Parole - It's About Time

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Reginald Dwayne Betts My story was in...

Supreme Court Bans Life Sentences Without Parole For Some Teen Criminals

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled that teenagers may not be locked up for life without chance of parole if they haven't killed anyone. B...

Restoring Democracy After Citizens United

Daniel J. H. Greenwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel J. H. Greenwood

All that's required to fix the United Citizens decision is a statute that demands that politically active corporations be what Justice Kennedy myth claims they are: associations of citizens.

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part Two: The Supreme Court

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

2013 may seem like a long way off to the folks who brought the San Francisco marriage case. But in terms of making the kind of progress that might help us win at the Supreme Court, it's tomorrow.

The New Normal

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

The nomination of Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens as a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court is historic. The great thing about a historic first is that it begins the process of transforming what came before into an outdated anachronism.

Hey, Union-Busters: We'll Give You a Supermajority

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

It's great that Sen. Johnny Isakson and his fellow conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate now back the supermajority concept that the Employee Free Choice Act achieves through "card check."

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S WOMEN: The Tale of Elena Kagan's Nomination

Michelle Kraus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michelle Kraus

The tale of Elena Kagan's nomination to the highest court of this nation reveals the under belly of prejudice in this country against women. The very ...

Elena Kagan: Getting to Know Her Through the Loss of Her Parents

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

We've already learned that Elena Kagan is a remarkable woman with outstanding professional credentials. Something else, however, may be even more revealing about her character.

Bank Of America To Publish Political Donations

Wall Street Journal | By MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL and DAN FITZPATRICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

New York City Comptroller John C. Liu has scored a coup in an ongoing national effort to increase corporate transparency after the U.S. Supreme Court ...

Thieves Take Controversial Mojave Desert Cross

AP | ROBERT JABLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A cross erected on a remote Mojave Desert outcropping to honor American war dead has been stolen less than two weeks after the U.S...

The San Francisco Marriage Case, Part One: Possible Outcomes

Matt Coles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Coles

Several people have asked me questions recently about the marriage case in federal court in San Francisco (the case brought by Ted Olson and David Boi...

Will Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Experience Sexist Attacks?

Sam Bennett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Bennett

I would bet dollars to donuts that Kagan will be raked over the coals and accused of lacking experience -- simply because she's a woman.

John Roberts: Scene At Obama's State Of Union Was 'Very Troubling'

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address was "very...

Student PIRGs In Naive, Pointless Effort to Thwart Corporate Persons

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

A new video contest sponsored by Student PIRGs (Public Interest Research Groups) is seeking entries that "show Congress that corporate persons should ...

USA's Open Season on Chemical Dumping

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

With so much progress over the last 50 years, who'd have thought we may soon be reliving the fictional life of young Lucy Lynch in mid-20th century Thomaston. I am filled with nostalgia at the thought.

Chicago Handgun Ban: Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In McDonald v. Chicago Today

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

**HuffPost Chicago has a reporter covering this case in Washington. Check back for updates as arguments begin.** Chicago's longstanding ban on handgu...

Senator Reid: Stop Folding Your Hand

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Senate Democrats are fighting for their electoral lives against the filibuster, and Harry Reid is folding the few cards left in his hand.

Chicago Fire Department Racism? Court To Decide If Firefighter Suit Moves Forward

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday seemed willing to let a group of African Americans sue Chicago for discrimination over a hiring test th...

Deceptive Big Bank Ads Will be Key to Election 2010

Mary Bottari | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Groups for and against the current financial reform bills have already conducted their polls, polished their messages and are starting to engage in ad-war skirmishes.

"Let's Franchise Democracy!" First Corporation Running for Congress Offers Franchise Opportunity

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

It's not enough for corporations to have the right to buy direct authority over democracy. If we are to truly control politics to the utmost of our market-driven potential, we must own a monopoly.

White House Pledges $78.5M In Effort To Halt Asian Carp

AP | JOHN FLESHER and MATTHEW DALY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Navigational locks and gates in Chicago-area waterways crucial for shipping may be opened less frequently than usual under a $78.5 ...

KBR is Asking for It

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Isenberg

To paraphrase comedian Henny Youngman's famous one-liner, take my KBR, please. After all the bad press U.S. engineering and construction company KBR ...

Asian Carp: White House Summit Begins Week Of Activity

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A week of activity on the impending Asian carp crisis kicks off Monday with a meeting at the White House. Nancy Sutley, the president's top environme...

Rod Blagojevich Reindicted: Charges Do Not Rely On 'Honest Services' Statute

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rod Blagojevich was reindicted Thursday, as prosecutors try to keep an upcoming decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on "honest services" fraud from d...