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The 1 Percent Court

A Court for the money power, and our democracy is at stake.

'Citizens United' and the Corporate Court

Giving corporations the inalienable right to buy elections.

The Way Forward

Fight for a Court that speaks of and for the rest of us.

Protesters

The NRA’s dire warnings that the president is a threat to the Second Amendment are bogus—but profitable.

At a solidarity event in Manhattan, Pussy Riot supporters drew connections between threats to free expression in Russia and in the United States.

The Fourth Amendment was designed to guard against arbitrary governmental authority. That shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of jail officials and cops on the beat.

But the fact that five justices were nearly willing to strike it down shows just how conservative this Court truly is.

 Mitt's reaction to today's decision was feeble, and telling.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, but in other recent decisions has also guaranteed that corporations will have even more power to shape public debate about the issue.

Contrary to many claims, the Supreme Court did not uphold the “show me your papers” provision of SB-1070—the decision is a near-complete victory for immigrants’ rights.

Blogs

There’s really nothing “meta” about metadata.

June 10, 2013

Congress has a responsibility to check and balance surveillance abuses. It has failed up to this point. 

June 6, 2013

Amid speculation about the bombing, a great city and its people are responding to tragedy with a strength that is the stuff of poetry.

April 16, 2013

The late New York Times columnist believed telling critical truths about your country was a higher form of patriotism.

March 25, 2013

For all his talk of being guided by the libertarian philosopher, his record is weak on individual freedom. 

August 15, 2012

The state of Pennsylvania did a terrible job defending its voter ID law—but today a judge ruled it constitutional anyway.

August 3, 2012

A 93-year-old woman who voted in every election for five decades will lose her right to vote this November. The question of constitutionality that presents goes before a judge tomorrow.

July 24, 2012

The GOP admits that it believes voter ID laws will win Romney the election. 

July 9, 2012

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading, and the traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

June 29, 2012

"It’s going to be hard for conservatives to say that John Roberts condoned a socialist plan,” Howard Dean tells The Nation.

June 28, 2012