When President Bush nominated Priscilla Owen to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, one of the arguments made against her was that she took to long to issue opinions. Could the same argument be made against Judge Sotomayor? In at least one case, Connecticut v. American Electric Power, Judge Sotomayor is on a Second Circuit panel that has taken an unconscionably long time to issue an opinion. As Jonathan Zasloff notes, it’s been almost three years since the Court heard oral argument in the case, and nothing’s happened. In the case, several states are suing several large utilities alleging that their emission of greenhouse gases contribute to the “public nuisance” of global warming. Because of the subject matter, and recent developments in climate change policy, the court could require supplemental briefing or rehearing, but they have yet to do so. This may be an isolated case, but it is disturbing nonetheless.
The Russians are engaged in “information warfare” against the United States. That was the big soundbite at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s press conference Friday afternoon, announcing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s election-meddling indictment against 13 Russians and three Russian ... Read More
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More