An Observation or Two on SCOTUS

Well, more than two…

Maine Joins ‘National Popular Vote’ Compact

A longstanding project inches forward.

“Hostages”

Trump is giving aid and comfort to insurrectionists.

The Outrage Machine

Punditry, complexity, and democracy.

Keeping Insurrectionists Out of Office

It’s easy if you try.

Trump Ballot Eligibility Ruling Could Come Today

If so, he’ll almost surely win bigly.

SCOTUS Puts Trump Election Interference Case on Ice

The Supreme Court has effectively derailed the main criminal case against the likely Republican nominee.

Congress Contemplating Counter-Insurrection

A truly insane proposition.

Alabama Says Frozen Embryos Are Children

A narrow ruling in a civil case could have huge consequences.

Tit, Meet Tat

The inevitable threats to remove Biden from the ballot emerge.

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Headline juxtaposition of the day

Really not much to add on this one

The Maine Ruling

A compelling document.

Jefferson Davis and Section 3

Some historical context.

The 14th Amendment, Section 3

Trump betrayed his oath. That should disqualify him from office. That’s the whole point of section 3 of the 14th.

Donald Trump Removed From Maine Ballot

Another state has declared him an insurrectionist.

Trump the Supreme Loser

He appointed a third of the Justices but has the worst record before them in modern history.

Why Trump Will Almost Certainly Stay On The Colorado Primary Ballot

A few predictions that are going to disappoint just about everyone.

Colorado Supremes Ban Trump for Insurrection

A historic ruling likely to be overturned.

Another Judge Rejects 14th Amendment Solution

It’s going to be up to the American people to keep Trump out of the White House.

Testing Section 3

State election officials are standing by for challenges to Trump’s right to run.

14th Amendment Solutions

One weird trick could save us from Trump.

SCOTUS Lets Stand Transgender ADA Inclusion

The justices declined to review a bizarre 4th Circuit decision.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Black History Month reception, Monday, February 27, 2023, in the East Room of the White House. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a Black History Month reception, Monday, February 27, 2023, in the East Room of the White House.

Biden the Adult in the Room

There’s been a load of compromising.

Student Defies Judge at Graduation

Because screw the other students.

Manchin Won the Debt Ceiling Fight

Neither Republicans nor Democrats are happy. But one man is.

High School Graduation and Individual Expression

Either it’s a public forum or it’s not.

When Does Politics Stop Being Politics?

When we do it, it’s negotiation. When they do it, it’s hostage taking—and terrorism.

Yellen Again Rejects Trillion Dollar Coin

A silly workaround to an infuriating problem that won’t go away.

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Colleges Fear Affirmative Action’s Demise

A pending Supreme Court ruling could be more impactful than many realize.

Banning Trump From Office

The January 6 Committee recommends invoking the Insurrection Clause.

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Bipartisan Bill Protects Same-Sex and Interracial Marriages

Congress is poised to legislate protections previously mandated by the courts.

SCOTUS Declines to Declare American Samoans Citizens

The court, rightly, punted the issue to Congress and local leaders.

The January 6 Hearings Are Over. Now What?

The investigation produced mounds of evidence. Will it matter?

The Respect for Marriage Act Versus The Filibuster

Another example of why the filibuster needs to go.

House Passes Marriage Protection Bill

The symbolic vote attracted a handful of Republican votes.

Judicial Supremacy vs Popular Constitutionalism

Who should have the final say on the law of the land?

Abortion and the Filibuster

Assuming they had the votes, should Democrats carve out yet another exception?

The Disqualification Clause and January 6

A provision of the 14th Amendment to keep Civil War generals out of office is back in play.

1+1=3 1+1=3

Pence Likens Election Reform to Capitol Riots

It doesn’t add up.

Debt Ceiling Thoughts

American exceptionalism at its worst. (Plus some history!).

Women Likely to be Included in Draft

A long-overdue change appears to be happening.

SCOTUS’ Consistent Inconsistency on Voting Cases

A defensible distinction could give way to a Constitutional crisis.

Does the Constitution Cover Texas?

The Lone Star state is making up its own rules.

Ginsburg Says Start Over on ERA

A feminist icon offers some advice her allies will not want to hear.

Fifth Circuit Blocks Mississippi Ban On Abortions After 15 Weeks

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked a Mississippi law that banned nearly all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

Mississippi Wedding Venue Refuses Service To Interracial Couple, Citing Religious Beliefs

A wedding venue in Mississippi is citing religious beliefs in support of its decision not to allow an interracial couple to utilize their facilities.

Conservatism without Originalism

A defense of a modest philosophy of judicial interpretation.

Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Transgender Student In Bathroom Access Case

A Federal Court has ruled once again in favor of a transgender student in Virginia who was prevented from using the bathroom conforming to their gender identity.