Politics & Law

Thomas Mann Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, et al.

Editor’s Note: For full disclosure, Tom Mann (joined by Norm Ornstein) filed an amicus curiae brief in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.

James Madison would be pleased. The 5-4 decision announced today by the Supreme Court upholding Arizona’s use of the initiative to establish an independent redistricting commission … More >

Rosemary Joyce Marriage equality as evolution

How quickly things have evolved.

Three years ago this month, I was in Campeche, Mexico, participating in an international congress about the archaeology of the ancient Maya. And I was keeping an eye on the Supreme Court, waiting to write an op-ed that I hoped would be a celebration of an … More >

Brad DeLong Why did the supreme court decide yet another ObamaCare case today?

This morning, Republican-appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote and five of his colleagues — Democrat-appointed Breyer, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan; and Republican-appointed Kennedy — agreed that:

Section 18031 [of the Affordable Care Act–i.e., the ObamaCare Law–] provides that “[e]ach State shall . . . establish an American Health Benefit … More >

Jonathan Simon To start a race war: Dylann Roof and the ideology of white supremacy

The mass murder of parishioners at the historic Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, South Carolina law week, by a young white supremacist intensified the already profound national conversation about racism and violence that has been building since the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. There are … More >

Jill E. Adams Privacy should arm the many, not just shield the few

When it comes to our most intimate experiences and decisions, the right to privacy should arm the many, not just shield the few who can afford to pay for it. We’ve learned in the years since Griswold v. Connecticut that privacy is not a panacea for the fulfillment of all … More >

Jeremy Adam Smith Racism is not a mental illness

On Wednesday, a young white man named Dylann Roof killed nine black people at prayer in South Carolina. Some have called it racism. Others say it was a crazy, isolated act. “He was one of these whacked out kids,” said Senator Lindsey Graham. “I don’t think it’s anything broader than … More >

Lawrence Rosenthal The Stakes: Koch & Co. aim for a revolution in 2016

The 2016 election ambitions of the Koch brothers and what they represent on the Republican right wing, free-market absolutism, are nothing short of breathtaking. They feel within their grasp a historical opportunity they have been dreaming about for decades to turn back liberal institutions and customs. Things have lined up … More >

Brian Carver Citizens Appeal to the Courts: Free Your Documents

Several federal judges across the country will be receiving some unusual mail on Friday. Piles of postcards will arrive on their desks written not by litigants before their courts or by lawyers working on someone else’s behalf, but written by ordinary citizens concerned about PACER, the electronic system intended to … More >

Robert Reich Whatever happened to antitrust?

Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling weakness of modern antitrust.

The banks had engaged in the biggest price-fixing conspiracy in modern history. Their self-described “cartel” used an exclusive electronic chat room and coded language to manipulate the $5.3 trillion-a-day currency exchange market. It … More >

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