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Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

The Roberts Court has done it again. Deter­mined to make the ter­ri­ble impli­ca­tions of the Cor­po­ra­tions Unit­ed and McCutcheon deci­sions look tame by com­par­i­son, the Supreme Court ruled this morn­ing that because it believes cor­po­ra­tions to be peo­ple, an arti­fi­cial for-prof­it enti­ty like Hob­by Lob­by is enti­tled to reli­gious lib­er­ty, and so it does not have […]

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In landmark ruling, U.S. Supreme Court bars warrantless searches of mobile phones

Who says there’s no such thing as pri­va­cy in the dig­i­tal age? Not John Roberts’ Supreme Court, which today issued a much-need­ed deci­sion rul­ing that Amer­i­can police forces must gen­er­al­ly obtain a war­rant before they can legal­ly search the mobile phone of some­one they have arrest­ed. Roberts’ major­i­ty opin­ion was signed by every oth­er justice, […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Education, Policy Topics

Republicans (predictably) filibuster Elizabeth Warren’s bill to ease student loan debt

A bill spon­sored by Mass­a­chu­setts Sen­a­tor Eliz­a­beth War­ren to ease stu­dent loan debt has sad­ly become the lat­est wor­thy piece of leg­is­la­tion to be stalled in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate by the Repub­li­can Par­ty, which might as well offi­cial­ly rename itself the Par­ty of No (because that is its answer to just about every good idea). […]

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Eric Cantor to resign as House Majority Leader within weeks as David Brat celebrates

Fol­low­ing his defeat in last night’s Vir­ginia pri­ma­ry, House Major­i­ty Leader Eric Can­tor has decid­ed to step down as Major­i­ty Leader in advance of the end of his term in office, set­ting off a scram­ble for his posi­tion between mul­ti­ple Repub­li­cans. In the cau­cus that holds the House major­i­ty, the posi­tion of Major­i­ty Leader is […]

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WOW: Eric Cantor unexpectedly losing to Tea Party challenger; looks like he’s finished

Big, big, big news tonight out of the Old Domin­ion: John Boehn­er’s sec­ond in com­mand in the House Repub­li­can cau­cus, Major­i­ty Leader Eric Can­tor, appears to have unex­pect­ed­ly lost his seat in Con­gress. Elec­tion results out of Vir­ginia show that Repub­li­can vot­ers in today’s low turnout pri­ma­ry are heav­i­ly favor­ing Can­tor’s Tea Par­ty chal­lenger David […]

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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Amer­i­ca’s dead­ly gun vio­lence epi­dem­ic has once again vis­it­ed Wash­ing­ton State. Today, at Seat­tle Pacif­ic Uni­ver­si­ty, one young per­son was killed and sev­er­al oth­ers were crit­i­cal­ly and seri­ous­ly hurt by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shoot­ing at stu­dents ear­ly in the after­noon. The gun­man was tack­led and sub­dued by an […]

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Tim Eyman’s latest slew of initiatives includes scheme to end Seattle’s new $15/hour wage

Hav­ing appar­ent­ly decid­ed that it’s been too long since his ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry received any media cov­er­age, Tim Eyman yes­ter­day used a tried and test­ed gam­bit for drum­ming up pub­lic­i­ty: He filed a slew of ini­tia­tives to the Leg­is­la­ture and then fired  off a pro­mo­tion­al email to what’s left of the state’s polit­i­cal press corps. Two of […]