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|Mad Men 7.14 - 'Person to Person'
It's the real thing! (Courtesy AMCtv) It doesn't matter if Don Draper literally is the person who'd like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony . It really doesn't. ...
|Mad Men 7.12 - 'Lost Horizon'
Caution: McCann Erickson May Be Hazardous To Your Hard-Fought Advances Against The Patriarchy. /Mad Men/ begins with an image of a man falling from a skyscraper; this week, it's the ladies' turn. ...
|Roberts Court upholds judicial fundraising restrictions
In a move which stunned many Court observers—certainly including me—the ...
|Supreme Court respects Fourth Amendment, protecting meth heads
Today's your lucky day, Jesse. Lucky Dennys Rodriguez. Pulled over for (briefly) driving in the shoulder lane by officer Morgan Struble one night in Nebraska, Rodriguez and his passenger must have ...
|Mad Men 7.10 - 'The Forecast'
Don, she's seventeen. Come on. “Do you ever think there’s less to actually do, but more to think about?” Mad Men , as self-conscious a show as there has been, is all about the navel-gazing ...
|Mad Men 7.9 - 'New Business'
How would you like a full serving of your past? (Courtesy: AMCtv) Mad Men isn't Lost. There is no final Big Question we're trying to answer, no couples we're hoping to see reunited. To be sure, ...
|Mad Men 7.8: 'Severance'
In a show which rivals The Good Wife for uncomfortable elevator scenes, this was really something. (Courtesy AMCtv) /Is that all there is?/ For the entire gang at Sterling Cooper & Partners, that'...
|Upholding Obamacare, for the wrong reasons
"This is a straightforward case of statutory construction ...
|A fishy Supreme Court decision
Commercial fisherman John Yates got let off the hook by the Supreme Court of the United States today. Caught by Officer John Jones of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the ...
|North Carolina GOP finds appalling new level of anti-democratic treachery
North Carolina Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger First they try to make it harder to vote , while also manipulating the ...
|Netroots Chairman's Pub Quiz VIII: The Reckoning
Winners and New Champions: Shirt Pleat (DLCC) Oh, we've had protests before, and costumes, and chants and merriment, but this year's Netroots Nation Chaiman's Pub Quiz featured two elements we've ...
|NN15: Please join us in Arizona
I want to talk to you about how energized I was from this past week in Detroit, from seeing Vice President Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Rev. William Barber, and most importantly so many ...
|[UPDATED] The Manassas Sexting Case, and "Known Unknowns"
[Warning: graphic sexual content discussed. No way to avoid it in this diary.] Pretty clearly I misspoke at various times in the rec-listed diary on the Manassas sexting case for ...
|Supremes keep Saudis on the hook for potential 9/11 liability
The Supreme Court has kept 9/11 victims' hopes for ...
|It's June, so time for the Roberts Court to screw workers again
It has become an annual tradition like the returning of the swallows to the Old Mission in San Juan Capistrano and the Mummer's Day Parade. If it's June, a conservative pro-...
|In Hobby Lobby, Supremes grant religious objection rights to for-profit corporations.
In a widely-awaited-but-still-85 percent-as-sucky-as-you-feared 5-4 decision this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States has held that for-profit corporations are "persons" for purposes of ...
|Supreme Court effectively kills presidential recess appointments
The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session. --/...
|Supreme Court protects your smartphone from the police
In a pretty universally awesome decision authored by Chief Justice John Roberts issued Wednesday—and yes, I'm as surprised to be typing those words as you are to read them—the Supreme Court ...
|The Roberts Court issued another ticket good for one day only.
(TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images) Remember how upset you ...
|Supreme Court to review standards for prosecuting online threats
When do online threats of violence go too far? More to the point, is the test for evaluating a criminal threat whether /a reasonable person/ would have regarded the communication as a threat, or ...
|You can't sue a website just because its users suck
This guy helped keep the Internet free. Even for the bad stuff. If it weren't for Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act , this site would not be what ...
|Supreme Court approves prosecuting straw gun purchasers
In a 5-4 decision today authored by Justice Kagan , the Supreme Court of the United States approved the constitutionality of a federal prosecution of a man who acted as a straw purchaser for a ...
|Mad Men 7.7 - 'Waterloo'
July 20, 1969 It is humbling to try to write about an episode of tv like Sunday's midseason finale of /Mad Men/, one which redeemed an occasionally scattered run of episodes with an hour of ...
|Supremes: If you lead the police on a high-speed chase, don't complain later.
I have written this diary before (2007) , and today's more-or-less unanimous Supreme Court decision ...
|Supreme Court halts Florida's ability to execute the intellectually disabled
In 2002, the Supreme Court held in /Atkins v. Virginia/ that it's unconstitutional to execute someone with an intellectual disability. Florida interpreted that meant that if your IQ is 70 or less, ...
|One county shows why Tom Corbett is doomed
In 2010, Tom Corbett carried Centre County, PA, by a 55%-45% margin . It's in the center of the state (duh), and sufficiently purplish that even in 2012, when Barack Obama carried the state 52%-47%, ...
|Mad Men 7.5 - The Runaways
Oh, Ginsberg. Don't do it. (Courtesy AMCtv.) This week, on Mad Men : Don and Betty find themselves at parties where they don't fit in; Ginsberg take steps to ...
|Mad Men 7.4: The Monolith
Really, Peggy? Really? (Via AMCtv.com) When a giant metaphor is called out as a giant metaphor throughout an episode, does it lose or gain metaphorical (or real) weight? These are the sorts of ...
|Supreme Court upholds religious prayers in local government proceedings, 5-4
This is why she's on the Court. Today's Supreme Court decision in /Town of Greece v. Galloway/ isn't about whether Congress ...
|Defendants' rights, victims' rights, and the worst of crimes
Some cases just break your heart. Completely. When she was eight and nine years old, she was sexually abused by her uncle in order to produce child pornography. Her uncle was prosecuted, required to ...
|Mad Men 7.3: Field Trip
SC&P's Power Trio? This week's Mad Men episode is a series of short stories about disappointment. Every character we see—and in that regard it's noteworthy that we don't see Pete ...
|Mad Men 7.1: Time Zones
Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and Bonnie Whiteside (Jessy Schram) (Photo by Jordin Althaus/AMC) Look at those two, smiling in sunny California. Because they appear to be the only happy people ...
|Supreme Court [heart] Boobies!
Finally closing the book on a story I've been reporting since April 2011 , the Supreme Court of the United States this ...
|Ask me anything about DailyKos, Netroots Nation, and ...
Hi! I'm Adam. Since 2006, I've been a featured front-page writer for this site on legal issues, and recently celebrated my 10th year and (gulp) 60,000th comment on this site. Most of my writing for ...
|DC Circuit guts net neutrality rules
In a 63-page opinion handed down this morning , the United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit struck down FCC regulations on ...
|Supreme Court scrutinizes the recess appointment power
The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the Senate, by granting commissions which shall expire at the end of their next session. U.S. Const'n, ...
|The Supreme Court wants to look at the ACA again, and they're coming for your birth control
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Tuesday that it will review two decisions testing the constitutionality of the ACA's contraceptive mandate as it pertains to ...
|Can a corporation believe in God? The contraceptive mandate in court
The Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, GWB appointee and author of today's decision This morning, the DC Circuit ruled in favor of a challenge against the constitutionality of the ACA contraceptive mandate, ...
|We're not letting that Nebraska judge get away with it.
If you remember my diary from October 4 , you know the story of Nebraska judge Peter Bataillon. He's the Omaha trial court judge who denied a 16-year-old in the foster system her right to make the ...
|You won't believe this new abortion decision, or who decided it.
Justices of the Nebraska Supreme Court Perspicacious online warrior/organizer Natasha Chart flagged today's 5-2 unsigned Nebraska Supreme Court decision denying an pregnant Omaha sixteen-year-...
|Justice in Florida: Marissa Alexander gets a new trial
Marissa Alexander You remember Marissa Alexander, of course, the 32-year-old Florida mom sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a ...
|California starts regulating political blogging. Why?
The California Fair Political Practices Commission /Previously, on the Wild, Wild Internet:/ The FEC threatens to regulate blogging in early 2005 ;
|Pennsylvania judge halts same-sex marriage licenses
In a 34-page opinion issued Thursday morning , the Hon. Dan Pelligrini of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ordered Montgomery County register of wills ...
|Text someone who's driving, and you might get sued: a torts lesson
David and Linda Kubert (David Gard/New Jersey Local News Service) A New Jersey court is now the first in the nation to answer this question, and it's a doozy: if you text (or email) someone who you /
|Judge blocks Pennsylvania voter ID enforcement, again
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom ...
|Are "Some People" Disrupting DailyKos Discussions?
It's a metaphor. I'll explain. I'll make this brief. Because I keep having to write this . Mr. Pensador's diary yesterday raises a charge ...
|Divided Court ♥ Boobies, sets up Supreme clash?
Picking up on a story we last discussed in April 2011 , the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has upheld the right of two two middle-school girls to wear "I ♥ ...
|Netroots Nation 2013: I need your feedback.
Yet again, our biggest conference ever. Thank you all so much. We each have our own memories of Netroots Nation 2013, from the panels and plenaries to the exhibit hall to the social events to the ...
|Prop 8 is dead, but not for the reason you'd want.
California's temporary ban on same-sex marriages is dead. The Supreme Court of the United States held Wednesday morning that supporters of California's Proposition 8 suffered no concrete injury when ...
|The DOMA Decision
The Supreme Court of the United States has declared unconstitutional Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, which barred the federal government from recognizing or granting equal benefits to ...
|NN13: Chairman's Pub Quiz recap
Your winners, and new champions Congrats to The Best-Looking Attorneys-General in the Country (f/k/a Calitics) for finally winning the Netroots Nation Pub Quiz in this, their seventh attempt. We’...
|The Voting Rights Act has been gutted
President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Amendment XV Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any ...
|Supremes screw workers, yet again (2x)
(Courtesy Mark Noel) I'm ...
|Supremes punt on University of Texas' affirmative action policy
In a 7-1 decision today , the Supreme Court of the United States deferred an ultimate decision on the constitutionality of the University of Texas' affirmative action plan for college admissions. ...
|Mad Men: The Quality of Mercy (6.12)
Ted Chaough, on the hot seat (courtesy AMCtv) This week's episode is mostly about the characters who know who they are, and those who aren't as self-aware.
|Supremes chisel away at Miranda. Again.
Pretty much every year, the Supreme Court finds another way ...
|Scalia, Supremes reject Arizona voter suppression attempt
Gov. Jan Brewer has lost again. In a 7-2 decision announced Monday morning , the Supreme Court of the United States has rejected the state of Arizona's efforts to add a proof of citizenship ...
|Supremes: You can't patent DNA, but ...
In a unanimous decision Thursday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States held that naturally occurring DNA within the human body cannot be patented, though synthetic copies /of/ those genes ...
|Mad Men: Favors (6.11)
Moshe Dayan is watching you. Why? He just is. A child peers into a room to see two people who probably shouldn't be having sex, having sex, leading to disastrous consequences. Meanwhile, men build ...
|Supremes enforce ex post facto clause, while Justice Thomas would go back to 1798
No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed. --U.S. Constitution, Article I, sec. 9, cl. 3 Let's be clear: Marvin Peugh is a bad man, and no one questions that he engaged in a pair ...
|NY AG Schneiderman brings sunshine to 'dark money'
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman As a general matter, state attorney generals have broad regulatory powers over nonprofit organizations operating in their states, and New York's attorney ...
|Mad Men: A Tale of Two Cities (6.10)
Revolutions are everywhere at the end of the summer of 1968 —in Chicago, to be sure, but also within the hallways of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Cutler Gleason and Chaough & Partners. Let go ...
|Supremes approve creation of massive DNA database from criminal suspects
"Seriously, Justice Kennedy? Are you for real?" Today’s judgment will, to be sure, have the beneficial effect of solving more crimes; then again, so would the taking of DNA samples from anyone who ...
|Why did the IRS demand protest info from pro-life groups?
Conservatives have been up in arms about IRS inquires which allegedly were overly intrusive ...
|Mad Men: The Crash (6.8)
Don Draper meets a new friend. (Courtesy AMCtv) Friends, I've seen some messed-up stuff on television in the past week: a /Scandal/ finale with a jaw-dropper of a last line;
|501(c)(3)s, 501(c)(4)s, and the rest. A primer.
Let me try to answer all of this in one place, because it's getting asked a lot. First off: review this chart prepared by the Alliance for Justice . Learn it, memorize it, love it. It breaks down ...
|Mad Men: Man With A Plan (6.6)
(Three people with plans. Courtesy AMCtv) Margarine. It's not the same thing as butter, it's not the real thing, and no one likes it as much. Don, in particular, doesn't realize that everyone is ...
|The most pro-business Supreme Court in modern history
The two most pro-business justices in modern history. Surprise: It's the current one !Thus far, this term has proved ...
|Mad Men: For Immediate Release (6.6)
(Courtesy AMCtv.) Close the door. Have a seat. We cannot discuss this episode, in which the ramifications of "The Other Woman" continue to affect our world as clients are gained and lost because ...
|Mad Men: The Flood (6.5)
(Courtesy AMCtv. OMG, that's totally Harry Hamlin as Cutler, Gleason and Chaough head of accounts Jim Cutler, the man who made the law look so cool that the author of this post became a lawyer.) ...
|Mad Men: To Have and To Hold (6.4)
(Courtesy AMCtv) The Bechdel Test is usually failed in Hollywood—does your work have a scene with two named women, talking to each other, about something other than men? This week's Mad Men ...
|YouTube prevails against entertainment industry copyright suit
In April 2012, I reported on the Second Circuit decision reviving a billion-dollar 2 suit filed against YouTube in 2007 by a broad coalition of plaintiffs, including Viacom, Paramount, the Premier ...
|New Jersey judge recognizes bloggers are journalists
Tina Renna (@UCWAtchdog) Many many moons ago, when the land was young (June 2011), I told you about a New Jersey Supreme Court decision which many in the press had misinterpreted as denying the ...
|Supremes resist efforts to force blood draws from suspected drunk drivers
(The Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States) Today's your lucky day, Tyler McNeely. Do you remember the night of Saturday, October 2, 2010, Tyler? Probably not, because by 2:08 ...
|A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day for human rights and terror victims
(Courtesy of Mark Noel) This morning, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Nigerian victims of torture, extrajudicial executions, and other crimes against humanity could not sue in the United ...
|Conservative Supremes thwart fair wages claim, and Kagan lets 'em have it.
Yet again, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States has closed the courthouse doors to an individual seeking redress against a corporation. A registered nurse had sued the Northeast ...
|Mad Men: The Collaborators (6.3)
Courtesy AMCtv "Now I understand. You want to feel shitty, right until the point where I take your dress off. Because I'm going to do that." —Don Draper Don knows what he's going to do, because ...
Three thoughts upon reading the upcoming NYT Mag profile of the former congressman , to whom I can't refer, by law, without using the adjective "disgraced" in the same ...
|Supremes put a leash on drug-sniffing dogs at your home
Those aren't Scooby Snacks! /Previously in The Fourth Amendment and You/: Supreme Court says slapping a GPS onto your Jeep Grand Cherokee is a "search" because it's on your property; also ...
|The Supreme Court won't uphold Prop 8, but ...
Today's oral argument before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of California's Prop 8 yielded no clear signs as to where the Court will go. Members of the Court clearly seemed ...
|How much is a hijacked LinkedIn account worth? You'll be amazed.
As someone who tracks issues of social media and the law, I've been following this one for awhile. Hope you find it interesting. The facts of /Eagle v. Morgan et al/ (E.D. Pa. Mar. 12, 2013) are ...
|Obama's brief urges marriage equality ... in California (and seven other states)
Well ... mostly. (Courtesy ABC News.) The United States Department of Justice has filed its amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the Prop 8 litigation. While it does say that the Equal ...
|Five reasons why Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is in grave danger
President Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Four years ago, the Supreme Court punted on whether Section 5 ...
|Justice Scalia makes a funny, for a good cause.
The case of /Maryland v. Alonzo Jay King/ (because all criminals use their middle names) was argued before the Supreme Court of the United States Tuesday morning. The question presented is whether ...
|Supreme Court says FISA spying is 'none of our business'
In a 5-4 decision issued Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court of the United States has decided that individuals and organizations cannot challenge the constitutionality of FISA's global surveillance ...
|Supreme Court likes dogs who are good at meth
Don't you dare question Aldo That dog? His name is Aldo, and he's a German shepherd who has been trained to detect methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. You don't want to mess ...
|Supreme Court gives itself another chance to gut campaign finance law
The Supreme Court of the United States There are limits, and then there are limits. Beyond the $2,600 per candidate per election federal limit, current law also restricts wealthy individuals in the ...
|When do campaign contributions become bribes?
The no-longer-Hon. Steven Terry “If you can’t eat [lobbyists’] food, drink their booze, . . . take their money and then vote against them, you’ve got no business being [in politics],” ...
|Netroots Nation 2013: Panel Proposals Due Soon!
[This diary is a re-post, but I don't know of another way to say this. Please spread the word.] As chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation, I'm excited. Because this is where the fun ...
|D.C. Circuit guts president's recess appointment power
United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Constitution, Article II, Sec. 2, Cl. 3: The President shall have power to fill up all vacancies that may happen during the recess ...
|If you like quinoa, asparagus, or free trade, read this.
Back in 2007-08, those of us engaged in the Obama-Edwards-Clinton debates on this site couldn't shut up about the difference ...
|SCOTUS declines to review Georgia gun law
The Supreme Court of the United States Again, it's the dogs that don't hunt bark which require some attention, and in this case it's an argument which the Supreme Court today decided /not/ to hear, ...
|Netroots Nation 2013: Help Set Our Agenda
As chairman of the board of directors of Netroots Nation, I'm excited. Because this is where the fun really starts: watching your proposals come in to create our conference agenda , ultimately ...
|The 112th Congress: A farewell list
Per the 20th Amendment , the terms of the members of the 112th Congress expire at noon on Thursday, ready or not. As I did two years ago , ...
|The law does not protect Cock Suckers.
Trademark law doesn't, anyway. Meet Marsha Fox. Since 1979, she has used the image of a crowing rooster and the name COCK SUCKERS to promote her rooster-shaped chocolate lollipops (see above), ...
|What gun control does the Second Amendment allow?
Everyone is wondering, and the truth is, we don't know. We are in the embryonic stages of constitutional analysis, since it's only been four and a half years since the Supreme Court held that the ...
|Second Circuit confirms: Unpaid HuffPo bloggers to remain unpaid
In March, the Hon. John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York dismissed the class action lawsuit filed by Jonathan Tasini on behalf of Huffington Post bloggers who were not paid for their ...
|Scam Artists and DailyKos: A renewed plea
[This is a slightly revised version of a diary first posted on November 30, 2006 . Unfortunately, it seems necessary again.] DailyKos is one of the most well-intentioned communities there is -- ...
|A second appeals court rejects DOMA
Thea Spyer and Edie Windsor, back in the day (via NYCLU) The United States Court of Appeals for the Second ...
|Supreme Court agrees to hear case in which DailyKos is involved
Under the Commonwealth of Virginia's freedom of information law , only Virginia residents and journalists for certain media entities can request public records from the state: Except as otherwise ...
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