Senior Correspondent, Vox. I blame James Madison. Author of The Agenda: How a Republican Supreme Court is Reshaping America

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Fucking judges, man
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This is how high-risk people like myself and Justice Sotomayor are systematically forced out of sight due to our health. If it's happening to a Supreme Court Justice, what hope do me and my friends have?
Nina Totenberg reports that (1) the Chief Justice asked his colleagues to mask up out of respect for Sotomayor’s health concerns, (2) only Gorsuch refused, and (3) his refusal forced Sotomayor to participate in arguments and conference remotely. npr.org/2022/01/18/107342837…
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Anyway, if you want to read my piece "How America lost its commitment to the right to vote," which @SenWarren read from on the Senate floor tonight, it is here: vox.com/22575435/voting-righ…
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Wait, what?
Big ups to @imillhiser, whose entire piece on Brnovich is being read aloud on the floor of the U.S. Senate right now. vox.com/22575435/voting-righ…
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A few years ago, I was on a panel in Colorado, and I made a critical comment about Neil Gorsuch. After the panel, some dude came up to me, IDed himself as Gorsuch's ex-neighbor, and started berating me. Then he threatened to tell Gorsuch my name and what I'd said about him.
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It says a great deal about the culture of the Federalist Society, and of the GOP more broadly, that no one, at any point in Neil Gorsuch's career, said "Hey, this guy is a huge asshole. So why don't we nominate someone who is just as conservative, but less of a jerk?"
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This isn't good political messaging, but my honest assessment of where we're at a country right now: The problem isn't that Biden / the left / the squad / the Democrats failed. The problem is that our constitutional order is disintegrating. There aren't easy answers.
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very cool that this impossibly callous guy with poisonous levels of self-regard will be on our tribunal of unelected lawmakers for the rest of his life
Nina Totenberg reports that (1) the Chief Justice asked his colleagues to mask up out of respect for Sotomayor’s health concerns, (2) only Gorsuch refused, and (3) his refusal forced Sotomayor to participate in arguments and conference remotely. npr.org/2022/01/18/107342837…
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I guess America became a real country when Gloria Steinem and others feminists popularized "Ms." nytimes.com/2009/10/25/magaz…
The pronoun fad is so weird. Why not just say “Mr.” and “Ms.”? That’s what we did when America was still a real country.
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The major questions doctrine allows the justices to enact their own regulatory preferences because they've embedded these preferences within the doctrine itself: they apply the doctrine only when an agency decides to do something about a problem, not when it prefers not to.
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The federal website that will allow you to order 4 free Covid tests is now taking orders (although I've heard from some folks that it may not work if you use it from the same IP address as someone else) I just placed my order and it was super easy. covidtests.gov/
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This is a good point about why it doesn't make sense for Alito to resent Roberts for being passed over as chief. That doesn't mean that Nina's reporting is wrong, though. The fact that a belief is illogical or anachronistic has never stopped Alito from holding it.
1. Yikes. 2. The chronology of the “Alito would have been Chief if Rehnquist hadn’t died early” item doesn’t make sense, because Alito was nominated after they withdrew Harriet Miers, who was nominated after Roberts; the article incorrectly suggests that Miers preceded Roberts.
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Everything about Neil Gorsuch makes sense if you think of him as the mayor from Season 3 of Buffy.
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Looks like a dull orders list from SCOTUS today. Short dissent in which Gorsuch Gorsuchily determines that he must decide how to interpret a state's tax code.
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The notion that Alito has borne a grudge against Roberts for the last 17 years because Alito only got to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is the most Alito thing that ever Alitoed.
Gorsuch refuses to mask up to protect Sotomayor; Alito still thinks he should have been CJ; the libs are beside themselves; & the conservative fissures are showing amid competition to succeed Scalia. Altogether, not a happy group at #SCOTUS. npr.org/2022/01/15/107342837…
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