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Supreme Court to decide whether lawsuits require harm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a dispute pitting big business against consumer groups, the Supreme Court hears arguments Monday on whether a person has to suffer legal harm to sue a company over an alleged kickback it got. Cleveland home buyer Denise Edwards sued her title insurance company under a 1974…

Is Roe safe? Absolutely not.

I have to admit, I was genuinely surprised that readers of this blog showed up in comments on this post to spread the glib myth that abortion rights aren't actually under real threat in this country.  This is a myth that has two major proponents: glib liberal men who use…

More 90s nostalgia

Jessica Wakeman interviewed Diablo Cody—and finding out that Cody is a year younger than me made me feel old and under-accomplished, I’ll tell you what—and they had this exchange that stuck with me: The Frisky: Do you still consider yourself a Riot Grrl? DC: I’m an old Riot Grrl. (laughs)…

Supreme Court justice hearings as political theater

Confession: I haven’t had the stomach to flip on the TV and watch the Sotomayor hearings, because I have so little tolerance for the charade that there’s no such as fundamental political differences that inform the process. Judges pretending they don’t have opinions, Republican Senators pretending they have any intention…

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…

The complex questions about the marriage equality movement and the Olson/Boies federal lawsuit

(There are Qs of the Day in this post as well.) Bush v. Gore adversaries Ted Olson and David Boies appeared on Larry King last night to make their case why it’s the right time to pursue a federal decision on marriage equality arguing that Prop 8 violates the U.S.…

Way to go, Mark Halperin!

I’m sure y’all have seen this at this point, but who cares? It’s an insta-classic in the art of acting like a super-entitled prick. This is an official Time.com blog. It’s hard not to boggle at the nerve that it takes to declare white men an oppressed group because they’ve…

Dude Nation turns Supreme Court stupid

One of the major problems with lack of female representation in Congress and the courts is that even when men are generally liberal and try to get it, the boys club mentality seems to set in and infect their ability to act like compassionate adults who grasp that women are…

Iowa Supreme Court rules in favor of marriage equality

After April 24th, gay and lesbian couples will be able to marry in the heartland. So much for blaming the coastal liberal radical homosexuals for this one. Des Moines Register: The Iowa Supreme Court this morning struck down a 1998 state law that limits marriage to one man and one…

One thing the Senate probably won’t screw up

We hope, at least. Nancy Pelosi has declared that passing the Lilly Ledbetter Act is a major priority for the House, and that it will likely pass tomorrow. The act is a way to get around the Supreme Court’s use of a really strained technicality to invalidate discrimination claims filed…

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