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Obligatory Campaign Finance Ruling Post

whateverWe'd probably be violating some kind of poli-blogger law if we didn't post anything on the Supremes' campaign finance ruling (and we imagine the punishment would involve Glenn Reynolds sitting on us). But, omigod, how can anything involving so much money be so boring? And confusing, too! By the looks of things, campaign donations follow the same course of the Kennedy assassination "magic" bullet.


But we live to serve, so if you need a round-up. . .

Excerpts From Court Ruling on McCain-Feingold Law [WaPo]

New Means For Political Cash [AP/Yahoo]

  • Cato Institute chief John Samples: "The court gave Congress more power and job security. The rest of us have less political liberty and a less-accountable government." [USAToday.com]

  • The NY Post tries some sarcasm: "When it comes right down to it, who really needs the First Amendment anyway?" [NY Post]

  • Kaus isn't that upset: "Because the law turned out to not be as restrictive of speech as most people, including most of its editorial-page supporters, think it is." [Kausfiles/Slate]

  • Electionlawblog.org (not, we confess, on the blogroll): The Court showed "its willingness to defer to Congress over the appropriate role of money in politics." [Electionlawblog.org]

  • Eugene Volokh: "Longest decision in U.S. Supreme Court history?" It's heavy, too, "weighing in at 298 slip opinion pages." [The Volokh Conspiracy]

  • Steve Hayward say to watch for NRATV: "There is an exception in the McCain-Feingold statute that allows "bona fide" media organizations (i.e., the New York Times) to endorse federal candidates, which is one reason why the NRA has been mulling over the idea of going into the media business, perhaps by buying some TV and radio stations." [NRO/The Corner]
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A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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