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Heeeeere's Johnnie

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The question this week is why Chief Justice John Roberts did not insert any smiley faces in his opinion in the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. It is obvious to any reader of the opinion that he was having a good time writing that opinion.

Selig v. America: Should the Captain be Kicked Out of the Avengers for Juicing?

Hart Seely | Posted 04.08.2014 | Comedy
Hart Seely

Originally, Captain America was a limp, scrawny runt. At a trading card convention, he met Jose Canseco, who hooked him up with Roger Clemens. Even though Captain America was frozen for 70 years, his urine still tests hot.

Post-Party Democracy Can Restore the Rule of the Many Over Money

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.09.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

Now legally for sale to the highest bidder, multi-party representative democracy may well be compromised beyond repair. When elected officials increasingly represent their contributors instead of constituents, voting becomes a form of disenfranchisement disguised as consent of the governed. The more things get out of hand, the less radical the alternatives appear. To restore the rule of the many over money, we need to go way beyond the same old campaign financing debate and start thinking about reforming our system of democratic governance itself. It's time to open up the political imagination and think outside the conventional ballot box.

Transparency and Reputation: There Is No Place to Hide

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Reputation, brand and image are very important priorities for corporations, organizations and institutions. These characteristics and the products and...

Russell Conwell: His Theology of Wealth and Today's GOP

James Zogby | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

I thought of Russell Conwell's bizarre nineteenth-century theological glorification of wealth this past week when the Supreme Court removed one of the last remaining limits on the amount of money wealthy donors could spend in political campaigns.

What Makes Me Question Whether Our Voices Really Matter

Rebekah Bolser | Posted 04.04.2014 | Teen
Rebekah Bolser

I believe that young people need to be empowered to be leaders of today and create positive change in this world. I'm finding this harder and harder to do when youth votes are worth less and less to elected officials.

The Supreme Court Are the Lead Architects of the Next Financial Collapse

David Fagin | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
David Fagin

By ruling this week that there are no limits regarding private campaign contributions, the Republican majority of the Supreme Court have taken another brazen step in an almost mind-bogglingly deliberate attempt at eviscerating whatever roadblocks remain on the way to total corporate governance.

A Tale of Two Siblings, the ACA, and the Supreme Court

Drew Altman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Drew Altman, Ph.D.

There is a part of the Affordable Care Act that is not at all working as originally envisioned, because the Supreme Court dramatically altered the structure of the law when it ruled that the expansion of Medicaid should be voluntary for states.

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Martin Marty | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

While scientists and partisans argue whether or not "abortion" is an appropriate definition for what birth control products actually do, public involvement tends to be less scientific than it is religio-political.

A Principle of Unsurpassed Ugliness

Michael C. Dorf | Posted 03.28.2014 | College
Michael C. Dorf

Increasingly, contemporary conservatives elevate even far-fetched claims of liberty over the greater good.

Directly Destroying Democracy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The rich can buy more of everything. More food. More cars. More houses. More vacations. More boats. But for a democracy to function properly, they should be forbidden from buying more votes.

Fighting Westboro Hate And A Secret

Michael Smerconish | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Michael Smerconish

Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder was just 20 years old when he died in a one-vehicle Humvee accident in Iraq on March 3, 2006, just five weeks after his deployment. A half-dozen Westboro members picketed Matthew Snyder's funeral at a Roman Catholic Church in Maryland one week later.

Supreme Court Orders Fresh Look At Gun Conviction

AP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says defendants have to know in advance that their accomplices would use or carry a gun while committing a crime...

The NSA, Planned Parenthood and Your Right to Privacy

Steven Conn | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Not a week seems to go by without more revelations about how the NSA (or recently the UK's GCHQ) monitors our electronic communications. Who knew that all the time I waste watching old movie clips on YouTube was so interesting to the guardians of our national security.

The Impact of the Next President on the Supreme Court

Jonathan Hobratsch | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hobratsch

With two deeply divided parties, the next president has a crucial influence on the future of the Supreme Court that is rarely discussed as we get closer to the 2016 election.

Discrimination, Inc.

David Gans | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
David Gans

What does anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona and Kansas have to do with a pair of Supreme Court cases out of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania challenging the Affordable Care Act? Quite a lot.

Frustrating the Clean Air Act's Goals

Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green
Michael A. Livermore and Richard L. Revesz

Today's case is just one of hundreds of stall tactics by industrial polluters in their nearly half-century campaign to evade the requirements of the Clean Air Act. As so many of our citizens continue to die as a result of these stall tactics, we can't be blamed for feeling waves of déjà vu.

Obama's Climate Change Approach Faces Massive Test

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry groups and Republican-led states are heading an attack at the Supreme Court against the Obama administration's sole means...

Kentucky Couple Sues State For Same-Sex Marriage License

AP | BRETT BARROUQUERE | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky couple sued the state Friday, seeking to force it to issue same-sex marriage licenses after a federal judge ruled ...

Not All Protesters Are Plump Lil Old Grandmas

Yirssi Bergman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Yirssi Bergman

In McCullen v. Coakley , the plaintiff describes herself as "plump." She is short, and is 77 years old. They try to make it sound as if all protesters are and look like her. But that's not what we see and experience, week after week, in front of our health center.

What George Will Gets Wrong about Unions, Home Healthcare Aides, and the First Amendment

Charlotte Garden | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Garden

The misleading arguments being made by George Will, and the plaintiffs in Harris vs. Quinn, go well beyond established protections, and would cripple the system of public sector collective bargaining that has worked well for decades.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Nevada Ballot Case

AP | SANDRA CHEREB | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's unique "none of the above" voting option for statewide races will remain an election spoiler for the foreseeable f...

The Surprising New Polling on Marriage in Utah (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 03.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Marriage equality is officially on hold in Utah, but new polling data indicate that the public is quickly coming around.

Utah Ruling May Foreshadow Supreme Court Defeat for Gay Marriage

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Amy Dardashtian

The larger issue here, which most people are completely missing, is that the Utah case will likely climb its way up to the Supreme Court no matter the outcome in the 10th Circuit, and the Supreme Court's stay is a clue into how the highest court may rule on the broader question: Is it constitutional for states to ban gay marriage?

Dueling Judicial Rulings on NSA Spying, and Why They Don't Matter

Shahid Buttar | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Two federal judges reached opposite conclusions in separate cases challenging NSA spying. One was thoughtful; the other reflected much of what is wrong with our courts. Ultimately, however, neither will matter. The NSA's dragnet continues unabated, and only Congress is poised to stop it.