Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to  Throw Out  Criminal Charges Against Perry
Nov18

Breaking: Texas Judge Refuses to Throw Out Criminal Charges Against Perry

The Austin American-Statesman, Governor Perry’s hometown newspaper, has just reported that Senior Texas State District Judge Bert Richardson has refused to throw out the criminal charges against Perry brought by a Travis County grand jury when it indicted Perry on felony charges of abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant. “The indictment resulted from his threat last year to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary...

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Turley Turns Coat
Nov18

Turley Turns Coat

Turley upholds the … republic? This showed up this morning [emphasis added]: TURLEY AGREES TO SERVE AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE November 17, 2014 by jonathanturley As many on this blog are aware, I have previously testified, written, and litigated in opposition to the rise of executive power and the countervailing decline in congressional power in our tripartite system. I have also...

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Boehner’s stall on immigration
Nov18

Boehner’s stall on immigration

WASHINGTON — Oh, please. All the melodramatic Republican outrage isn’t fooling anybody. The only reason President Obama has to act on immigration reform is that House Speaker John Boehner won’t. I repeat: That’s the only reason. The issue could have been settled a year ago. It could be settled in an afternoon. The problem is that Boehner refuses to do his job, preferring instead to spend his time huffing and...

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AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation
Nov16

AP: Reagan, Bush Also Acted Without Congress To Shield Immigrants From Deportation

Yet another sigh of how utterly hypocritical our partisan politics has become. From the AP (which will now be dissed as a bunch of liberals doing the bidding of the White House) comes this fact-based report: President Barack Obama’s anticipated order that would shield millions of immigrants now living illegally in the U.S. from deportation is not without precedent. Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and...

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Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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Obamacare vs. Scaliacare
Nov13

Obamacare vs. Scaliacare

WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. They might even stand on their heads and stop breathing if that would do the trick. It’s a shame they are approaching matters this...

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Cartoon: Supreme Court Obamacare Challenge
Nov12

Cartoon: Supreme Court Obamacare Challenge

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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Police Are Taught How To Best Benefit From Legalized Theft
Nov12

Police Are Taught How To Best Benefit From Legalized Theft

Civil asset forfeiture allows a police force to punish people by taking their property with no due process, no conviction, and possibly without charging them with a crime. It has become such a lucrative way for a police force to get money that they are becoming selective in which property they will seize. Police even go to seminars to teach them the best way to make money. The New York Times has recorded some of these seminars and...

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On Immigration, Nobody Is Winning
Nov11

On Immigration, Nobody Is Winning

In early October, with his popularity sagging and his party looking at potentially staggering midterm losses, President Barack Obama appeared at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual gala in Washington, D.C. His goal that night was twofold. First, he wanted to send a message through the 2,000 or so well-heeled advocates in the room that...

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Preposterous!
Nov09

Preposterous!

Preposterous! Well, not for the first time! The Supremes are outdoing themselves as comedians no one laughs at when it comes to the latest challenge to Obamacare. Wait a minute, “challenge” makes this decision to accept the case almost respectable. Don’t kid yourself. Armed with results of the midterms, they clearly believe anything goes. King v. Burwell is not so much a radical legal doctrine as it is a Monty...

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A Bad Week Gets Worse: Sixth Circuit Court Upholds Bans On Gay Marriage
Nov07

A Bad Week Gets Worse: Sixth Circuit Court Upholds Bans On Gay Marriage

As if the news wasn’t bad enough on Tuesday, there was even more bad news this week. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned rulings against bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. More on the decision at SCOTUSblog. This decision runs counter to decisions in  4th, 7th, 9th and 10th circuit courts which struck down bans on same-sex marriage in Virginia, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Utah,...

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How Republicans Could Shape The Supreme Court
Nov05

How Republicans Could Shape The Supreme Court

Republicans’ landslide victories in the U.S. Senate and House in Tuesday’s midterm elections spells all kinds of trouble for President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. But perhaps the most significant way GOP lawmakers will be able to undermine Obama’s legacy is by working together to keep the White House from appointing any future...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]
Nov03

Brittany Maynard Showed Us Death With Dignity Gives Patients A Voice [VIDEO]

Brittany Maynard, the voice of the right-to-die movement, passed away on Saturday in the manner that she wanted to: “peacefully in her bedroom, in the arms of her loved ones.” Maynard’s choice to take her own life after being diagnosed with brain cancer at the beginning of this year was authorized under the Oregon Death...

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Parties, groups ready thousands of lawyers for Election Day
Nov01

Parties, groups ready thousands of lawyers for Election Day

WASHINGTON — As Americans prepare to vote Tuesday in dozens of tight elections, the two major political parties and interest groups across the ideological spectrum already have lawyered up for potential problems at the polls or with election results. On Election Day, armies of partisan attorneys and poll watchers will be at the ready at voting… Parties, groups ready thousands of lawyers for Election Day graphic via...

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Court Rules Against Quarantine Of Hickox Representing A Victory For Science And Civil Liberties
Nov01

Court Rules Against Quarantine Of Hickox Representing A Victory For Science And Civil Liberties

A judge in Maine ruled yesterday against the quarantine of Kaci Hickox which the governor of Maine has attempted to impose, agreeing with the medical evidence that Hickox “currently does not show symptoms of Ebola and is therefore not infectious.” This is a victory for Hickox personally, along with a victory for both science and civil liberties. The politicization of Ebola has demonstrated the usual divisions between left and right in...

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Court Rules Against Quarantine of Nurse While Ebola Hysteria Leads To Lousiana Interfering With Medical Conference
Oct31

Court Rules Against Quarantine of Nurse While Ebola Hysteria Leads To Lousiana Interfering With Medical Conference

The hysteria continues regarding  Ebola.  We continue to face a variety of right wing conspiracy theories. Ebola. At least we have now had some good news regarding Kaci Hickox’s fight against the unconstitutional restrictions on her civil liberties when she returned from West Africa, and I’ve heard a doctor who is returning from West Africa also plans to resist the unscientific quarantine requirements. A Maine judge has ruled against...

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Interview with Major Todd Pierce
Oct31

Interview with Major Todd Pierce

Major Todd Pierce (U.S. Army, Retired) is an attorney who served as a Judge Advocate General (J.A.G.) officer in the United States Army. In that capacity, he has served on the defense teams for two Guantanamo military commissions defendants. On October 13, 2014 I had the privilege of interviewing Maj. Pierce by telephone. What follows are my interview notes, as corrected by Maj. Pierce. The Talking Dog: The customary first question is...

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O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?
Oct30

O’Keefe Hoist by his own Petard?

Remember Eric O’Keefe?  You know, from my Wisconsin series*? And my Howie Rich series*? And from the Sam Adams Alliance’s role in the genesis of the Tea Party*, and, finally in possible collusion with Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker, something called the The John Doe Investigation*; thence the high-powered Washington D.C. law firm, the countersuit in Federal court that stopped the investigation and left the prosecutors PERSONALLY...

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Kaci Hickox Is A Hero–Now On Two Counts
Oct30

Kaci Hickox Is A Hero–Now On Two Counts

Kaci Hickox is a hero. First for volunteering to help treat Ebola patients, as eradicating Ebola in West Africa is the only way to handle this disease. She became a hero again for standing up to unjust restrictions upon her civil liberties upon returning home and supporting the concept of making political decisions based upon science and reason as opposed to giving in to public hysteria. It was Hickox’s protests which forced Governors...

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