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The First Amendment vs. American Democracy

Sometimes, the First Amendment sucks. I’m not supposed to say that: As a career-long journalist and a civil libertarian, I’ve long fancied myself a First […]

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PA Leads the Nation in Juveniles Who’ll Spend Their Entire Lives in Prison

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory life sentences for offenders under the age of 18 violate the Eighth […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, 5-4; Technicality Will Allow Gay Marriage in California

The Supreme Court has struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which let states and the federal government refuse to recognize gay […]

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Forget Everything Else: Today Is Probably Gay Marriage Day

Yes, we’ll be covering other news today at The Scoop. But honestly: Today is almost certainly Gay Marriage Day at the Supreme Court. One way […]

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I Never Want to Hear Conservatives Complain About “Judicial Activism” Again

Hello conservatives, I have a request for you: Please, please, please, for the love of God, please never complain about “judicial activism” ever again. If […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Portion of Voting Rights Act

CNN: A deeply divided Supreme Court has limited use of a key provision in the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, in effect invalidating the […]

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Can Christianity and Gay Marriage Coexist in America?

In the world I’d love to see five years from now, two — seemingly oxymoronic — things will be true: • My gay and lesbian […]

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Court’s DNA Ruling Shows Antonin Scalia Isn’t All Bad

Believe it or not, Antonin Scalia doesn’t always suck. Yes, the conservative Supreme Court justice has plenty of retrograde ideas, and yeah, he’d like to […]

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Yes, Philadelphia: Comcast Is Your Master

A group of Philadelphians who challenged Comcast’s mastery of the TV-internet-phone universe here has failed: A Supreme Court ruling denied the company monopolizes the Philadelphia market, […]