Archive | January, 2012

Episode 54: Politics, the Supreme Court and Gingrich on the Judiciary

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We have a lot to talk about in this week’s episode — from the president’s State of the Union address, to the GOP primary season which continues this week in Florida, to a big privacy case decided in the Supreme Court. In part two, we explore some of Speaker Gingrich’s more controversial views on the…
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Citizens United is 2 — But Who Isn’t Buying In?

Citizens United, the decision that lets unlimited corporate funds into elections, is two years old. What does it have to show for itself? Well — let’s crunch some numbers: Between the 2008 and 2010 elections, spending by independent groups, including corporations, increased approximately 130% from $119.9 million to $280 million, according to the Campaign Finance…
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President Says State of the Union is “Strong”, GOP says State of the Union is “Grave”. Who’s Right?

The ideals of 2008’s pre-presidency have been replaced with a real understanding of the realities of the American democracy and the politics of the Washington system. In last night’s address, President Obama came out fighting, ready for the coming election battle. As of last night, it is no longer Game Over, as it has been…
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Newt Gingrich's most recent subject of scrutiny is the judicial branch of the U.S. government

Can Presidents Ignore the Supreme Court?

The latest news from the GOP primary circuit is that South Carolina winner and rising star Newt Gingrich has vowed to put the judiciary back in its place. Part of what this means is ignoring Supreme Court decisions he does not agree with: “If the court makes a fundamentally wrong decision, the president can in…
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GPS Tracking is Illegal Without a Warrant Rules the U.S. Supreme Court

If you’re a fan of the television series “Breaking Bad” you know the basic script for the important GPS tracking / 4th Amendment search and seizure case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court today. Like the fictional DEA agent “Hank,” in the show, police in the real life case of United States vs. Jones, secretly…
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