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Tuesday News: Clinton, Warren Trash Trump; SCOTUS Makes Corruption Easier; Time to Challenge More “Undue Burdens”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, June 28.

  • Andy Schmookler

    Something in that McDonnell decision by the Supremes puzzles me. Maybe someone here can provide some illumination.

    The crux of the puzzle is this: the decision looks like a bad one, but it was unanimous.

    As for its being bad, I’m with (for example) Dahlia Lithwick’s piece cited in the news summary above: SCOTUS Sure Picked an Appalling Decision to End the Term With. The major point being that at a time like this — when the problem of money buying our government is in a crisis stage, and when the rage and alienation of average people sensing that their voice doesn’t matter are ascendant — the Court’s requiring a blatant quid pro quo before officials’ taking bribes can be considered a crime is hardly what this nation needs.

    But if the decision is that bad, how is it that all those liberal justices are on board with it. These are people who dissented from Citizens United, with that terrible decision’s incredible (and one would guess intentional) blind spot about corruption and the appearance of corruption. Why would those four justices — Ginsburg, Breyer, Kagan and Sotomayor — go along with this decision?

    Does this unanimity mean that the decision was really the right one? And if that’s the case, what would be the remedy that would enable the legal system to punish politicians who collect Rolex watches and other goodies from the rich in exchange for special access and special treatment?

    Can anyone here clarify any of this?

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