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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...

Asian Carp: Michigan Asks Supreme Court To Intervene Again

Chicago Breaking News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Michigan's Attorney General today filed a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court, again asking the judges to force closure of locks and dams in Chicago-ar...

Heeere's Johnny

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Only time will tell whether the monetary floodgates will open to corporate involvement in political campaigns since businesses can now make independent expenditures in support of candidates or parties.

Justice Sotomayor: Right-Wing on the Death Penalty?

Marlen Suyapa Bodden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marlen Suyapa Bodden

In all the hoopla over Citizens United, few noticed that in the case Wood v. Allen Justice Sotomayor delivered the majority decision denying relief to the petitioner, a death row prisoner in Alabama.

Ryan Grim

Pelosi Taps Task Force To Counter Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Democrats are forming a Citizens United task force to decide on the best set of legislative push back against the Supreme Court decision that up...

Kansas Accidentally Spends $17 Million Meant For Lawsuit Against Colorado Over Water

KMGH Denver | AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas lawmakers accidentally spent $17 million set aside to finance litigation aimed at forcing Colorado and Nebraska to abide by wat...

Alito Mouthing Off

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Justice Alito's behavior shows why Supreme Court justices, if they can't control themselves, probably shouldn't attend these events.

Corporate Persons Get Shout-Out From President Obama

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

In the wake of the Citizens United decision, the first "corporate person" to run for Congress, Murray Hill Inc., has announced its candidacy in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

Supreme Court Ruling Spurs Corporation To Run for Congress:First Test of "Corporate Personhood" In Politics

William Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Klein

I'm sharing with readers of the Huffington Post some exciting news. I've agreed to serve as campaign manager for the first "corporate person" to exer...

Never Buy a Bad Senator Again

Michael McCarthy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael McCarthy


The Roberts Court Strikes Out: Legislators on the Bench

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

Big business couldn't be more delighted by last week's decision in Citizens United.

Asian Carp: Michigan Rep. Introduces Bill To Force Action In Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Following last week's Supreme Court decision not to force action on the Asian carp migration, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan introduced legislation Wednes...

Asian Carp: Lake Michigan Has Carp DNA, Supreme Court Denies Michigan Plea For Action

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Army Corps of Engineers will announce Tuesday afternoon that DNA of the invasive Asian carp has been found in Lake Michigan, reports the Milwaukee...

Prop. 8 Federal Lawsuit Begins, Cue Right-Wing Media Hysteria

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

Few other issues whip the conservative media chattering class into a frenzy like the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. This unprecedented federal legal challenge is unlikely to be any different.

Let the Prop 8 Trial Be Broadcast

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

The Court should lift the temporary stay and permit public access, real access, to the important proceedings occurring in the California District Court.

The Death Penalty Revisited, Again

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Some innocent dead men walking can now take hope. Two cases have been decided in the last four months that suggest it may actually make a difference whether or not the visitor to the death chamber is guilty or innocent.

Clarence Thomas To Other Supreme Court Justices: Be Quiet!

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Clarence Thomas, the justice long known as the silent member of the Supreme Court, criticized his colleagues Friday for badge...

Asheville Atheism Attacked Anew

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Elected officials in North Carolina are constitutionally disqualified from office if they "deny the being of Almighty God." But let us not pick on the ignorant bias of the Tar Heel state.