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Rep. Johnson: Citizens United allowed corporate money to dictate public policy

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) condemned the influence of money on American politics on Saturday, the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision. “An activist Supreme Court, misusing its authority by legislating policy from the bench, ignored decades of legal precedent when it ruled…

WATCH LIVE: Protesters ‘Occupy the Courts’

Occupy Wall Street activists will demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court Friday and outside courts all over the country to mark the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. Watch this live video from protesters with “Occupy the Courts,” broadcast Jan. 20, 2011.…

Supreme Court rejects judge-drawn Texas election maps

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday ruled in a Texas political dispute, rejecting judge-drawn election maps favoring minority candidates andDemocrats in the 2012 congressional and state legislature elections. In its first ruling on political boundary-drawing based on the 2010 U.S. Census, the high court unanimously set aside the interim maps…

Supreme Court considers rights of U.S. permanent residents

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in three cases on the rights of foreign-born permanent residents of the United States, two of whom face deportation and a third who was denied re-entry after traveling abroad. The US government has been deporting record numbers of non-citizens —…

Supreme Court rejects Internet speech cases

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take two cases involving three separate incidents involving free speech protection for public school students on the Internet. In all three cases students were punished for posting obscene and derogatory information on students or school officials by using their home…

Pakistan court rules prime minister in contempt

Pakistan’s top court Monday found embattled Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in contempt for not complying with orders related to re-opening corruption cases and summoned him to appear in person. The move escalates the pressure on Pakistan’s weakened civilian government, which faces separate court procedures that could unseat its leadership and force early elections at…

Swearing and nudity: Supreme Court eyes indecency

WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court questioned whether battling indecency made sense in these times, in a case involving blurted broadcasting of curse words, and TV series’ bare buttocks shots. Justices reviewing the case were vocally divided. Some insisted on keeping regulation in place while others stressed that the vast…

Marge Baker: Movement against Citizens United ruling ‘is going to grow’

Marge Baker of People for the American Way predicted Monday that the movement against the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling was going to continue to grow and expand through grassroots organizing. “The only answer we really have to the toxic issue of money in politics is to amend the Constitution,”…

Why Stupid Questions About Stupid Contraception Are Smart

Irin Carmon has a great rundown of Mitt Romney’s botchtastic answer on the constitutional right to contraception at Saturday’s GOP debate, which can be fairly summarized as such: “It is silly that you would ask me about whether something is constitutionally protected. After all, nobody is threatening it. It’s constitutionally…

Texas election map fight goes before Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court next week will step into a partisan battle over remapping congressional districts in Texas, the court’s first review of political boundary-drawing resulting from the 2010 U.S. census, with elections ahead in November. At issue in Monday ‘s arguments will be whether Texas uses maps…

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