Politics, the Constitution, and the Roberts Court

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:49pm

When I was a law student at the University of Chicago in the late 1960s, I had the great privilege as having Philip Kurland as one of my constitutional law professors. Kurland was one of the most distinguished constitutional scholars of his generation. He was also, by the standards of the day, quite conservative, and often a sharp critic of the Warren Court.

Harry Reid Got It Right! Cliven Bundy Is A Domestic Terrorist (VIDEO)

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 10:36pm

Cliven Bundy seems to accept Harry Reid's characterization of him being a domestic terrorist. Listen to his unrepentant anti-government stance.

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Sunday Roundup

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 9:56pm

This week began the way so many do: with more tragic gun violence, as three people were killed in two shootings at Jewish centers in the Kansas City area, part of the 86 killed by guns in the U.S. every day.

Eyewitness Testimony No Longer A Gold Standard

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 7:04pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

Ten Negative Messages The Republican Party Is Sending To America’s Kids

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:57pm

What lessons are republican representatives teaching America's kids? Here are ten of the worst things the right wing role models for our children.

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Ukraine Unrest: U.S. Military Exercises In Eastern Europe Considered

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 5:20pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

The US Prison System Needs a Total Overhaul

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 2:20pm

"We have embraced the idea that being mentally sick is a crime."

It is way past time to overhaul the U.S. prison system.

I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has.

Governor Recounts 'Tough' Decision To Close Boston During Hunt For Bomber

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 2:09pm

BOSTON (AP) — Several days after the Boston Marathon bombing, Gov. Deval Patrick received a call in the pre-dawn hours from a top aide telling him that police officers outside the city had just engaged in a ferocious gun battle with the two men suspected of setting the bombs and that one was dead and the other had fled.

Within hours, Patrick shut down the region's public transportation system and made an extraordinary request of more than 1 million greater Boston residents: Shelter in place.

And for the better part of April 19, 2013, nearly everyone did.

Elizabeth Warren Focuses On Working Family Woes In New Book

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 1:46pm

BOSTON (AP) — At the beginning of her new book, "A Fighting Chance," U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren describes the moment she grew up.

She was 12, living in Oklahoma with her family, and noticed her mother putting on a dress for a job interview to answer telephones at a local Sears store. Warren's father had had a heart attack and bills were piling up.

5 Most Scandalous Popes Of All Time

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 1:38pm

Since St. Peter, the world has seen 266 official popes, so it’s no surprise that some abused their power.

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