Bench Memos


I just got a galley copy of Radicals in Robes: Why Extreme Right-Wing Courts Are Wrong for America by Cass Sunstein. The press release is all over Bill Pryor (you’ve heard it before: he wages war on VAWA, Voting Rights Act, etc.).

Let me daydream a moment. Yes, yes. That’s President Bush. He’s…what’s that?…ah yes. He’s nominating Bill Pryor to SCOTUS in a picture-perfect Rose Garden ceremony. And, what’s that? Barbara Boxer imploding.

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Politics & Policy

The Blackface Party

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Film & TV

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