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Justice Scalia 'very likely' doesn't know what he's talking about on the death penalty

Justice Scalia "JUSTICE BREYER speculates that it does not 'seem likely' that the death penalty has a 'significant' deterrent effect," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia writes in his concurring opinion upholding Oklahoma's use of a drug used in a gruesomely botched lethal injection. Show More Summary

Santorum: gay marriage, not climate change, is the real threat to the planet

The Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage will be providing endless joy in GOP candidate watching in the coming months and Rick Santorum did not disappoint Sunday on Fox & Friends. Santorum bemoaned the fact that President Obama has spent time using the bully pulpit to talk about climate change. Show More Summary

Mike Huckabee compares opponents of equality to Martin Luther King Jr.

Mike Huckabee Mike Huckabee is not done talking. Immediately after the Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality, the former Arkansas governor and far-right presidential candidate went fire and brimstone, saying "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. Show More Summary

Supreme Court rejects EPA's regulation of power plants' emissions of mercury and other toxins

The U.S. Supreme Court plunked a setback into the lap of the Environmental Protection Agency Monday by trashing the agency's regulation of emissions of mercury and other air toxins from electricity-generating plants. The court overturned a lower-court decision in the case of Michigan v. Show More Summary

Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi are on the wrong side of history and they want us to know it

As if determined that the South should retain its poor reputation on civil rights for another generation or two, the attorneys general of three states are saying "not so fast, Supreme Court" when it comes to marriage equality. In Texas,...Show More Summary

Supreme Court upholds Arizona's independent redistricting commission, dealing blow to Republicans

Advocates for redistricting reform scored a crucial victory today when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission. Passed by the voters in 2000, in an effort to remove legislators' bias from the redistricting...Show More Summary

Supreme Court upholds Oklahoma's use of drug that led to bloody, botched execution

You knew last week's good feelings about the Supreme Court were going to slip away sooner or later. Welcome to sooner. The court, by a five to four margin, upheld the use of midazolam for lethal injection. Oklahoma has been using midazolam...Show More Summary

Cartoon: JEB!

I was traveling this weekend and wasn't able to write about the SCOTUS gay marriage decision, but here's a relevant cartoon from 2013.

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Is Tammy Duckworth's 17-point lead just too good to be true?

Illinois Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth Leading Off: • IL-Sen: What the what? Local pollster Ogden & Fry just released a new survey of Illinois' Senate race, and they have Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth beating GOP Sen....Show More Summary

Daily Kos Radio is BROKEN BY CAMP at 9 am ET!

Well, I've survived Scout camp, for now. But I'm not in the clear just yet. In a couple days, when the blood work comes back, we'll find out whether I've just got the flu, a bad cold, or Lyme disease. Ah, the Great Outdoors! For now,...Show More Summary

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: 'Ten days that turned America into a better place'

via Twitter Don’t Tear Down the Confederate Battle Flag (6/19) The Democrats Created and Own the Confederate Flag (6/26) Next week it'll be "Democrats started WWI, invented pneumonia and were responsible for flu pandemics". Michael Cohen has a more appropriate look backward [UK spelling]: But then something amazing happened. Show More Summary

Open thread for night owls: Obama's Grace

James Fallows: I think Barack Obama’s eulogy [Friday] at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator. It was also one that could have come only at this point inShow More Summary

Ice cream, steam, and fireworks

As a kid, in the days leading up to the Fourth of July, I was almost as excited as I was at Christmas. It was even better in some ways; the presents in the form of fireworks were freely available in advance of the big day. In fact, we...Show More Summary

Texas attorney general tells county clerks they can refuse marriage licenses to gay couples

No Texas flag here! Dead-enders, Texas edition: County clerks can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples based on religious objections to gay marriage, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Sunday. Paxton noted that clerks...Show More Summary

Is the Confederate flag debate a decoy?

Dylann Roof wanted to start a race war. He tore the scab off of a sore we all know is there. Right beneath that scab is the Confederate flag, and right below that Confederate flag is what many believe is the promise of the Confederacy: white supremacy. Racism of decades past is very different than racism today. Show More Summary

White identity offers bland nothingness or racism. An inclusive American identity is the answer

An inclusive sense of Americanness can engender unity across racial lines. He chose whiteness and hate instead. People need a positive sense of identity. We need to feel like we belong to a community larger than ourselves. If we can’t...Show More Summary

That is some heritage to be proud of

You are proud of this as your heritage? This past week a lot has been said about a flag. A flag that flying is akin to someone wearing a T-shirt that says, Buffalo Bills 4-time Super Bowl Champions. It is a flag that belongs to the losing side. Show More Summary

GOP laments 'worst decision since Dred Scott.' Again.

If nothing else, the Republican Party is an irony-producing machine. In the very week that some GOP leaders reversed course on displaying the Confederate battle flag in the wake of the Charleston slaughter, the party's best and brightest protested that the U.S. Show More Summary

'Gone With the Wind': The real Southern heritage

Dr. Samuel Green, a Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon, at Stone Mountain, Georgia on July 24, 1948, flanked by two children Southerners have got to realize that Margaret Mitchell was a writer of fiction. She did not chronicle the romance of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy. Show More Summary

North Carolina's Selma

Anyone who thinks the civil rights movement ended in 1968 and is simply a part of history hasn't been paying attention. That movement continues and is being carried forward by a broad inter-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-issue coalition based in North Carolina, led by the North Carolina NAACP, headed by the Rev. Show More Summary

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