Neil Gorsuch should, but won’t, refuse to take stolen seat on Supreme Court

  Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court, seems likely to win Senate confirmation — and it’s a shame. When Scalia died suddenly early last year, then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the high court. Obama said: I simply ask Republicans in the Senate to give him a fair hearing and then an up-or-down vote. If you don’t, then it will not only be an abdication of the Senate’s constitutional duty, it will indicate a process...

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Surprise! Big Business seems none too eager to see the Supreme Court get rid of Obamacare!

The lords and masters of the right-wing noise machine might be surprised to learn — if they haven’t already noticed — that much of the business community is siding with the Obama administration or otherwise isn’t bothering to involve itself in a Supreme Court case in which the very survival of the Affordable Care Act is at stake. As I see it, this doesn’t bode well for the Republican cause in this matter. There’s more about all of this HERE: We generally think of Big Business and Corporate America aligning...

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Clarence Thomas suggests that high court will soon legalize gay marriage in all 50 states

Even as recently as the beginning of this still-young century, it would have been almost unthinkable that same-sex marriage would soon be legal in every American state. But just such a situation now seems more likely than not. And don’t just take my word for it. Even one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s staunchest opponents of gay marriage seems ready to concede defeat, as we see HERE: The U.S. Supreme Court’s move on Monday to allow gay marriage to proceed in Alabama is the strongest signal yet that the justices are likely to...

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Have we lost our democracy in America?

Timothy Egan ventures an answer to the question above: How did we lose our democracy? Slowly at first, and then all at once. This fall, voters are more disgusted, more bored and more cynical about the midterm elections than at any time in at least two decades… You can trace the Great Breach to Justice [Anthony] Kennedy’s words in the 2010 Citizens United case, which gave wealthy, secret donors unlimited power to manipulate American elections. The decision legalized large-scale bribery — O.K., influence buying — and ensured that we would...

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Bad news for Scott Walker: Supreme Court blocks Wisconsin voter ID law

A scheme by Republican politicians in Wisconsin aimed at suppressing voter turnout has been negated by the nation’s highest court. The story is HERE: The Supreme Court on Thursday evening stopped officials in Wisconsin from requiring voters there to provide photo identification before casting their ballots in the coming election. Three of the court’s more conservative members dissented, saying they would have allowed officials to require identification… The Wisconsin requirement, one of the strictest in the nation, is part of a...

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