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To fix ‘out of whack’ US Judiciary and Supreme Court, Biden says he’ll create commission to study reforms

“There’s a number of alternatives that… go well beyond packing,” Biden asserted. “The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, October…

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Lindsey Graham openly violates committee rules to schedule vote on Barrett nomination

‘This Is Unprecedented’ “Senator Graham just further proved the illegitimacy of this sham process by again breaking the rules to ram through a justice to rip away healthcare from millions in the middle of a pandemic.”…

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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Environment News SCOTUS

Barrett says she has no ‘firm views’ on climate crisis

‘We Don’t Need a Climate Denier on the Supreme Court’ “If you’re neutral on climate change, you’re complicit in the collapse of the planetary ecosystem upon which the survival of every living thing depends.” by Jake…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

Supreme Charade

by Wade Rathke October 14, 2020 New Orleans   There’s a bitter irony to the current charade called a confirmation hearing for a new justice to join the United States Supreme Court. All of the players,…

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Posted in Campaign finance Common Dreams Corporate Influence Dark Money SCOTUS

‘Look for Power in the Shadows’: watch Sheldon Whitehouse shine light on ‘Dark Money operation’ behind GOP Supreme Court takeover

“Something is not right around the court. And dark money has a lot to do with it. Special interests have a lot to do with it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 14 Democratic Sen….

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Posted in Common Dreams Election Tampering News SCOTUS Voter suppression

SCOTUS nominee Barrett says she would approach election tampering with ‘an open mind’

“This shouldn’t be a hard question. The fact that she would not answer it is deeply troubling.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Tuesday, October 13 When Judge Amy Coney Barrett was asked Tuesday during her second…

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Reproductive rights advocates say Barrett signing anti-choice ad confirms pre-existing bias

“Trump said he’s only nominating justices who’ll end Roe and criminalize abortion,” says NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president Ilyse Hogue. “We take him at his word.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Thursday, October 1 Amy Coney Barrett,…

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1 Million+ people in less than 3 days sign petition demanding RBG seat not be filled until 2021

Ginsburg’s dying wish was that her Supreme Court seat not be filled until a new president was installed. “With less than 50 days until the election and voting already underway in many states, it’s important that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Race for the White House 2020 SCOTUS

Dems pressured to ‘pick a fight for once’ over RBG seat as Collins and Murkowski oppose pre-election vote

“To pretend that norms will constrain Trump or McConnell would be folly, yes. But for Democrats, the media, and the public to concede the ground in advance is to do their dirty work for them.” by…

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Posted in Common Dreams News SCOTUS The People Speak

Early AM protest outside Lindsey Graham’s home over RBG replacement

‘He Told Us to Use His Words Against Him’ “In the spirit of RBG, we will not allow a double standard in how our Congress deals with late-term Supreme Court appointments.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Posted in Editorial/opinon Op/Ed SCOTUS The Conversation

Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped shape the modern era of women’s rights – even before she went on the Supreme Court

by Jonathan Entin, Case Western Reserve University Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, the Supreme Court announced. Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement that “Our nation has lost a jurist of historic stature.”…

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Posted in News Pro Publica SCOTUS

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ‘advocate for equality and reason,’ dead at 87

On her deathbed, she told her granddaughter: “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, September 18, 2020 This is a…

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Participants behind a banner reading "COVID BEHIND BARS = DEATH" attend a rally at Rikers Island in New York. Rights advocates have urged state, local, and federal officials to release vulnerable inmates during the coronavirus pandemic and ensure that prisons and jails are equipped with safety measures to prevent outbreaks. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Jails News Prisons SCOTUS

Supreme Court rules jail does not have to provide basic protections to inmates

As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases “There is no legal principle justifying this stay. The only ‘principle’ animating it is the belief of the Republican appointees to the Court that prisoners are subhuman.”…

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Posted in Abuse of power Black Lives Matter Common Dreams Congressional Oversight News SCOTUS

Trump seizes on Bush-era torture memo author John Yoo’s call for Extralegal Executive Authority

‘Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy’ “There is a lot of continuity between the Bush and Trump administration, including an almost limitless view of executive power.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Progressives are raising alarm after news Sunday…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS

The Rules of Law

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  The rule of law has been getting a rough ride during Trump time. Now with Supreme Court decisions dropping like flies all around us with one mixed message after another, many…

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in favor of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, saying that nearly half of Oklahoma falls within a Native American reservation. (Photo: wbentprice/Flickr/cc)
Posted in Common Dreams First Nations First Peoples News News SCOTUS

Holding US Government to its Treaty promises: Supreme Court rules nearly half of Oklahoma still Native American Territory

“The big news at the Supreme Court today will be Trump’s taxes,” said Cherokee writer Rebecca Nagle. “But for Indians in Oklahoma, we’ll be talking about today for decades.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, July…

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Posted in Common Dreams Investigations News SCOTUS Taxes

Supreme Court allows New York prosecutor to subpoena Trump financial records

‘No One Is Above the Law’ A split decision on two separate cases pertaining to the president’s taxes will likely leave the documents out of public view until after the election. by Julia Conley, staff writer…

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Posted in Bribery Investigations News SCOTUS The Conversation

Trump gets no special protections because he’s president and must release financial records, Supreme Court rules

“[N]o citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion. Follow the money. Investigators are…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report SCOTUS Voter registration Voter suppression

Alabama just doesn’t like its people it seems

by Wade Rathke Little Rock   There’s nothing new about states, particularly blood-red states, trying to suppress the vote. The Republican strategy continues to be not to change one iota in their far right, white grievance,…

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Posted in Asylum Common Dreams Deportation News SCOTUS

Betraying ‘bedrock principle’ of due process, Supreme Court allows fast-tracked deportations

“This decision means that some people facing flawed deportation orders can be forcibly removed with no judicial oversight, putting their lives in grave danger.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, June 25 The ACLU warned Thursday…

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Posted in DACA News SCOTUS The Conversation

Supreme Court ruling on Dreamers sends a clear message to the White House: You have to tell the truth

by Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell When it came down to it, the fate of 700,000 immigrants brought to U.S. as children hung on a simple question: Does the White House have to tell the…

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DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. On Thursday morning, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, denied the Trump administration's attempt to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. (Photo: Drew Angerer)
Posted in DACA Justice News SCOTUS

Supreme Court rejects Trump effort to end DACA program

Dreamers Are Home “Today we celebrate and tomorrow we will continue to fight because Trump’s attacks on the immigrant community must end.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, June 18, 9 am Immigrant rights advocates celebrated…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica SCOTUS Taxes Trump Inc

Meet the shadowy accountants who do Trump’s taxes and help him seem richer than he is

The Supreme Court fight over Donald Trump’s tax returns has pushed his accounting firm into the limelight. In various episodes over 30 years, partners — including the CEO — have run into trouble for fraud, misconduct…

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Posted in Courts/justice DACA News Off the wire SCOTUS Youth

Supreme Court DACA decision isn’t just about Dreamers — it’s about whether the White House has to tell the truth

Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts Lowell The fate of 700,000 people facing deportation may hang on a new question facing the U.S. Supreme Court: Is the White House legally obligated to tell the whole truth when…

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