Supreme Court

Corporations Are People When They Donate to Campaigns—But Not When They Violate Human Rights?
October 02, 2012

The Supreme Court this week took a position at odds with it's Citizens United holding: corporations aren't persons when they aid and abet torture.

Richard Posner Responds to Antonin Scalia’s Accusation of Lying
September 20, 2012

In the September 13 issue of TNR, Richard Posner reviewed Reading Law, a new book by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Bryan A. Garner. Soon afterwards, TNR published an exchange between Garner and Posner about the review. Here, Posner responds to the latest critical response by Antonin Scalia: Reuters invited me to respond to a statement made by Justice Scalia in an interview of him by Stephen Adler on September 17. The statement comments on a purported statement of mine in a review in the New Republic of Reading Law by Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner.

Why the Supreme Court May Soon Strike Down a Key Section of the Voting Rights Act
September 10, 2012

The Voting Rights Act may be doomed when it reaches the Supreme Court next year.

How Mitt Romney’s Abortion Rhetoric Is One Big Exercise in Gaslighting
August 30, 2012

Romney says abortion isn't an important factor in the election. You got that, ladies?

Meet 5 Up-and-Comers Showcased at the GOP Convention
August 28, 2012

Meet the newcomers in the RNC lineup, including a former Hooters promoter and a GOP governor who's slyly leaving the door for Obamacare funds.

The Campaign’s Biggest Buckrakers
August 24, 2012

AFTER THE SUPREME COURT issued its Citizens United decision in 2010, money poured into the U.S. electoral system like never before. Ten billion dollars will likely be spent on the 2012 race, up from $7 billion in 2008—making electioneering one of the few U.S. growth industries in an ailing economy. Campaigns and super PACs have already spent $332 million on TV advertising in the presidential race alone (three-quarters of that sum on negative ads). This avalanche of cash has caused a lot of angst about the future of democracy.

The Incoherence of Antonin Scalia
August 24, 2012

America's most prominent conservative judge offers a blistering assessment of the Supreme Court's most outspoken conservative justice.

The Conservative Legal Stars Who Presaged John Roberts' Health Care Decision
August 17, 2012

John Roberts's Obamacare decision followed conservative reasoning that even Paul Ryan should support.

Did Bush v. Gore Eviscerate Gun Control?
August 06, 2012

In the days after the Aurora horror I was considering floating a theory about the past decade’s decline in support for gun control even in the face of a string of mass shootings. I never got around to it, and put it on the back burner. Well, here we are just a couple weeks later and I once again have what we in the news business call a “peg” for my argument—another half dozen shot dead by a well-armed nutcase. So, here’s my idea: that the Supreme Court seriously undermined the prospects for gun control efforts long before its 2008 ruling in D.C. v.

GOP String Divas
August 02, 2012

Tampa is the strip-club capital of the U.S. Tampa will soon be the Republican capital of the U.S. Here's an update on the impending collision.

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