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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…

Wisconsin Supreme Court won’t take up voter ID case

The Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to take up appeals to the state’s new voter ID law Monday, but an advocate against the law remained hopeful that they would take up the case in the future. The law, which requires residents to show photo ID in order to vote, was blocked…

Obama to hold forum on women and the economy

US President Barack Obama hosts a forum Friday on women and the economy, as aides warn of a “devastating” impact on the key voting bloc if the Supreme Court overturns his health care law. The White House said the forum would “examine the ways in which the administration has worked…

Rove: Obama a ‘political thug’ for Supreme Court remarks

President George W. Bush’s former senior advisor on Tuesday said that President Barack Obama was “some kind of political thug” because he suggested that it would be “unprecedented” for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the health care reform law. During his show on Tuesday, Fox Business host Lou…

CNN’s Toobin: Appeals court judge threw ‘judicial hissy-fit’

An appeals court judge who claimed President Barack Obama was challenging the authority of federal courts was just throwing a “judicial hissy-fit,” according to CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. “Totally extraordinary and totally inappropriate,” Toobin said. “This was a judicial hissy-fit.” U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Jerry Smith…

Delegitimizing the Big Bad Bully in the White House

There seems to be a renewed effort to delegitimize President Obama, and this time it’s not based on the fact that he’s a cryptofascist socialist secret Muslim, radical Christian, secularist Kenyan Usurper who was raised by transvestites, is probably gay, and has traveled to Mars at the CIA’s behest. Oh…

Combative Obama warns Supreme Court on health law

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the “unelected” Supreme Court not to take the “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” step of overturning his landmark health reform law. In a highly combative salvo on a case which could have a critical impact on his reelection chances, Obama warned that health…

Howard Dean: Striking down individual mandate will help Obama

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean (D) on Sunday predicted that if the United States Supreme Court strikes down a key part of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, it could actually benefit him in the 2012 general election. Dean told Fox News host Chris Wallace that the Affordable Care…

Sen. Leahy: Supreme Court thinks corporations can be president

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Thursday that corporations could be elected president according to the rationale of the Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. “I remain troubled today that the Supreme Court extended to corporations the same First Amendment rights in the political process that…

Maddow: Political decisions increasingly cost Supreme Court credibility

In 2000, weeks after the general election, the Supreme Court broke down along partisan lines and voted 5 to 4 against a recount in Florida, making George Bush our 43rd president. On Tuesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow discussed how that landmark decision began a…

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