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In Blistering Dissent, Appeals Court Judge Slams Colleagues Who Upheld Gay Marriage Bans

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"If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams."

Ryan J. Reilly, Huffington Post

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marriage052512.jpg11/06/2014 | A federal appeals court judge on Tuesday issued a scathing dissent to an opinion supported by two of her colleagues who upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky.

In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the rulings of lower federal courts that found same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional.

But in a blistering dissent, Martha Craig Daughtrey wrote that while her colleagues' opinion would make "an engrossing TED Talk or, possibly, an introductory lecture in Political Philosophy," it "wholly fails" to address the issue of whether a state constitution's ban on same-sex marriage violates the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The majority opinion "treats both the issues and the litigants here as mere abstractions," Daughtrey wrote.

Ryan J. Reilly is a D.C.-based reporter who covers the Justice Department and the Supreme Court for the Huffington Post. He has covered federal law enforcement and legal news since 2009, previously reporting for Talking Points Memo and MainJustice.com.

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‘Dangerous precedent’ – Ray McGovern on excessive police force

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  • Liberty activist and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern has been released by New York police, after spending hours behind bars. Joins RT to tell everyone what happened.
  • Part 1: Ray McGovern describes brutal arrest at Petraeus event 
  • Part 2: Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Question

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Part 1: Ray McGovern describes brutal arrest at Petraeus event 

“I was warned as soon as I got to the ticket-taker, ‘Ray, you’re not welcome here,’” he recalled to RT.

RT 

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October 31, 2014 | Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst-turned-antiwar activist, shared details with RT on Friday about an incident the night before in New York City during which he was arrested for trying to enter a public event.

McGovern, 75, says he had ticket to see former CIA director David Petraeus speak Thursday night at the 92nd Street Y, a “world-class cultural and community center,” according to its website, but was arrested before he could get inside.

RT news covers the major issues of our time for viewers wishing to question more and delivers stories often missed by the mainstream media to create news with an edge. RT provides an alternative perspective on major global events, and acquaints an international audience with the Russian viewpoint.

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Part 2: Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Question

New York City police arrested ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern to prevent him from attending a public event where he planned to pose a pointed question to retired Gen. David Petraeus, another sign of how much U.S. neocons love democracy, writes Robert Parry.

Robert Parry, Consortium News 

Screen-shot-2014-10-31-at-11.00.47-PM-300x261.pngScreenshot of New York City police arresting ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern outside a speech by retired Gen. and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus (Via RT.com)

October 31, 2014 | Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who was arrested by New York City police on Thursday night to prevent him from attending a speech by retired Gen. and ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, told me the day before that he was planning to ask a question during the Q-and-A.

McGovern, who writes regularly for Consortiumnews.com, compared his goal in New York to his famous questioning of then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in Atlanta in 2006 when McGovern pressed Rumsfeld on false statements he had made about Iraq’s WMD and ties to al-Qaeda.

Robert Parry Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his new book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from barnesandnoble.com).

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We Already Know Who Won the 2014 Election

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This is the democracy the Roberts Court has brought us -- one in which politicians feel free to deprive targeted constituencies of the vote and special interests feel free to buy up elections.

Wendy Weiser and Lawrence Norden, Huffington Post

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11/03/2014 | There is still suspense over what will happen on Election Day, with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But regardless of who wins, we already know the 2014 election belongs to the U.S. Supreme Court.

This is the first election where the country will experience the full impact of the Court's recent decisions rewriting the ground rules of our democracy.

When the Court dismantled our laws regulating money in politics and gutted core voting rights protections, we knew those decisions would have consequences. But only now are we seeing the full scope of their impact: a return to pre-Watergate, pre-Civil Rights era practices. Cash from unknown sources is flooding the most important races, while state politicians have instituted new barriers to the ballot box for millions of Americans. Regardless of who wins, the integrity of our elections has been undermined.

Wendy Weiser:  Democracy Program Director, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law

Lawrence Norden: Deputy Director, Brennan Center for Justice Democracy Program

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GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing, Brad Friedman, Salon

  • Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here.
  • There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting … and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.

 

 

 

 

GOP voter ID law gets crushed: Why Judge Richard Posner’s new opinion is so amazing

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  • Conservative icon/federal judge changes mind on photo ID laws, issues blistering dissent against them. Read it here.
  • There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting … and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.

Brad Friedman, Salon

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Monday, Oct 13, 2014 | If you read just one top-to-bottom dismantling of every supposed premise in support of disenfranchising Photo ID voting restrictions laws in your lifetime, let it be this one [PDF].

It is a dissent, released on Friday, written by Judge Richard Posner, the Reagan-appointed 7th Circuit Court of Appeals judge who was the one who approved the first such Photo ID law in the country (Indiana’s) back in 2008, in the landmark Crawford v. Marion County case which went all the way to the Supreme Court, where Posner’s ruling was affirmed.

Investigative journalist and broadcaster Brad Friedman is the creator and publisher of The BRAD Blog. He has contributed to Mother Jones, The Guardian, Truthout, Huffington Post, The Trial Lawyer magazine and Editor & Publisher. 

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