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Supreme Court: Law says organizations cannot be sued for torture

The United States Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a law on the books since 1991 precludes organizations, both political and corporate, from sued for torture or murder outside of the U.S. In a unanimous ruling on Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority (PDF), Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that the careful text of…

Supreme Court debates ’1984′ scenario in GPS case

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court delved Tuesday into the issue of privacy amid 21st century technology, hearing arguments on whether police can use a GPS device attached to a vehicle to track a suspect without a search warrant. The US government asked the justices to reinstate the conviction of…

Republicans force one-week delay in Judiciary’s Kagan vote ‎

US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes on Tuesday forced a largely symbolic one-week delay in a key Senate panel’s vote on his second US Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan. The US Senate Judiciary Committee will now take up the nomination on July 20, when the panel is set to send…

Blows fingernails, smiles slyly

Thanks to M. LeBlanc for tweeting me about this. My article at RH Reality Check, which I wrote Sunday and went up today, is about how I think the mainstream media is out to kill health care reform, and they’re eager to use abortion as a tool to do that.…

Why are they so scared?

Via Atrios, Craig Crawford shoots and scores, when discussing the reprehensible behavior of Senate Republicans towards Sonia Sotomayor, particularly Lindsay Graham’s. They are coming across as a bunch of snarky and bitter old white men who cannot bear the thought of their kind losing power. Well, exactly. It’s hard to…

Fundie Rev. Rob Schenck anoints Sotomayor Senate hearing room with oil

Back in 2006 I blogged about Rev. Rob Schenck’s freakshow (“Holy greasing of the wheel, er, ass for the Alito hearings“). As reported in the WSJ at the time: Capitol Hill police barred them from entering the room to continue what they called a consecration service. But in a bit…

Okay…

Republicans are angered beyond belief, friends, because they only have five weeks to read over all of Sotomayor’s opinions. Several Republicans said they were upset with Leahy for scheduling the hearing without much GOP input and indicated they may use delay tactics in committee and on the floor to give…

In Black World, Nouns Are Verbs And Verbs Are Magic Planes With Puppy Pilots

The guy in charge of leading the opposition to Sonia Sotomayor has declared that blacks, unlike Hispanics, “don’t think like everyone else“. In more Sotomayor news, Newt Gingrich doesn’t believe he should have called Sonia Sotomayor a racist. Sort of. You see, he still thinks she’s a racist who says…

Unintended effects?

Okay, I promise that this is my last post in response to Dr. Tiller’s murder, at least in the long spate of coverage we’ve had today. But it strikes me as no coincidence that the shooter was moved to assassinate Dr. Tiller during a spate of increased coverage on reproductive…

Not To Be That Guy

But, pro-lifers, there may be something wrong with your movement when you have to send out press releases making clear that you don’t actually condone cold-blooded murder. As Ezra and Ann Friedman point out, it is part and parcel of the activist anti-choice movement to proactively interfere with and intimidate…

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