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Adam Liptak, gun legislation, the Supreme Court

More on gun legislation and law: …the bottom line is that Liptak’s spot-on, and that I think that the Supreme Court will use that Illinois case that Liptak discusses to make clear that the Second Amendment is not absolute. The Illinois statute bars carrying any weapons in public, even unconcealed ones. I think that, 5-4, […]

Scotusblog roundup…fyi

Beverly Mann makes Scotusblog roundup again: Monday’s oral arguments in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum continued to generate press yesterday. Coverage of the arguments comes from Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal, Garrett Epps at The Atlantic, Alison Frankel at Thomson Reuters, Steven D. Schwinn at Constitutional Law Prof Blog, Trey Childress at PrawfsBlawg, Julia […]

Scotusblog’s Wednesday roundup links Angry Bear

Another recognition for Angry Bear contributors comes in the form of Scotusblog Wednesday roundup: You may have heard of Scotusblog because of the coverage of Supreme Court’s decision on court challenges to parts of Obamacare. Beverly Mann, having begun to write for Angry Bear as an added subject which I believed to be an increasingly […]

Supreme Court faces pressure to reconsider Citizens United

Lifted from an e-mail by Beverly Mann in response to an inquiry of mine on a Washington Post article: Hi Dan. The key paragraphs in a Washington Post article earlier this week, called Supreme Court faces pressure to reconsider Citizens United ruling say: The Supreme Court has already blocked the Montana decision, and the justices […]

Corporate Leveraging of Campaign Contributions Under Citizens United

Last week, Dan posted what had been an email message I sent him in response to a link he’d sent me to an article by Thom Hartmann on Truthout about the Supreme Court’s infamous Citizens United opinion.  The key (consecutive) paragraphs of Hartmann’s piece, which I quoted in my email/post, were: Most Americans don’t realize […]

Corporations are not people and Thomas Hartmann

by Beverly Mann Thomas Hartmann writes via Truthout: Most Americans don’t realize that the idea that ‘corporations are people’ and ‘money is speech’ are concepts that were never, ever considered or promoted or even passed by any legislature in the history of America. Neither were they ever promoted or signed into law by any president […]

Dahlia Lithwick looks at the judiciary system

Dahlia Lithwick writes about the masterful attention Republicans have given to the judicial system in  The Washington Monthly: For anyone considering the 2012 election’s importance to the future of the American judiciary, one fact stands out: next November, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be seventy-nine years old. If a Republican wins the presidential election, he or […]

The Beginning of the End of Citizens United?

 I sent a link to Beverly to this article which stated Citizen United was not so much about corporate personhood. Here is her response, and in addition in a later e-mail Beverly makes this key point (intro amended for readability): …that no constitutional amendment is necessary in order to nullify Citizens United, because Citizens United actually was […]

Comments on Journalist Chris Hedges’ article “Why I’m Suing Barack Obama”

by Beverly Mann Comments on Journalist Chris Hedges’ article, “Why I’m Suing Barack Obama”(reformatted for easier reading) Dan asked me if I could comment on an article published yesterday on Truthdig, republished on Truthout, by veteran foreign correspondent and current Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges. The article is titled, “Why I’m Suing Barack Obama.” Hedges’ Truthdig […]

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Strange Political Prediction—And Other Recent ACA-Litigation Events

by Beverly Mann Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Strange Political Prediction—And Other Recent ACA-Litigation Events Well, as you all probably know by now, there have been two major developments in the courts within the last two weeks on the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a., “Obamacare). On November […]