By Megan McArdle – I thought Republicans should have confirmed Garland, and I’ve written before that the arms race to procedurally hack the U.S. government — via controlling the Supreme Court, or dreaming up ever-more-arcane uses of the parliamentary rules — is bad for the country and needs to stop. That doesn’t mean I think it’s going to.
The escalating tit-for-tat game over the Supreme Court has been going on at least since the 1980s, and arguably long before that, in the post-New-Deal era when courts began tilting noticeably leftwards.
Under Reagan, conservatives sought to reverse that by grooming conservative justices for all levels of the courts. Democrats tried to keep them from doing so, culminating in the disgraceful treatment of Robert Bork. Ever since, we’ve been locked in a spiraling cycle of payback.
Everyone understands that this is destructive; everyone wishes it to stop. The catch is, they also believe that it needs to stop after they themselves get last licks in. And so it continues. more> https://goo.gl/ZY6FYW
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By Jeffrey Toobin – Far more important was the assertion in Citizens United that money is speech–that money contributed in support of a political campaign is entitled to full First Amendment protections.
This result led, in turn, to the conclusion that individuals could give unlimited amounts to support any candidate they wanted, as long as the money was controlled by a nominally independent entity, not the campaign itself.
The gist of the Citizens United decision is that the Supreme Court gave rich people more or less free rein to spend as much money as they want in support of their favored candidates. more> http://tinyurl.com/p3syzrc
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By Rick Ungar – This is the week.
With the Supreme Court expected to hand down it’s decision on Obamacare as early as Monday morning, here is an easy to follow review of what the court will be deciding—and what it all might mean.
Believe it or not, one possible outcome could be a decision that any ruling is premature. more> http://tinyurl.com/6ohqspx
By Marcus Stern, Kristina Cooke and Alexander Cohen – Ever since the Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case paved the way for Super PACS, they have been a legitimate new tactic for political campaigns. As far as can be determined, Winning Our Future (WOF), the pro-Gingrich political action committee, did not do anything impermissible under campaign finance laws. But a look at its regular reports to the Federal Election Commission reveals a degree of legerdemain that appears commonplace in FEC records and makes it difficult for the public to know who ends up with the record amounts of money flowing into the political system today.
“Opaque transactions in politics undermine public confidence in the process,” said Meredith McGeehee, owner of McGehee Strategies, which works on public interest advocacy, and policy director at the Campaign Legal Center. more> http://tinyurl.com/78vz44u
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CONGRESS WATCH RPC Obamacare Press Conference 3.27.12, YouTube [VIDEO 1:25] Rep. Ellmers and House GOP Women talk about Obamacare, YouTube [VIDEO 1:54] Ellmers: Supreme Court Should Choose to Protect Freedom for the Future, Rep. Renee Ellmers, Roll Call Congress. Renee … Continue reading