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Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com

Sex, Violence and the Supreme Court – NYTimes.com.

July 7, 2011, 8:30 pm

Sex and the Supremes

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Let’s Talk About Redistricting – NYTimes.com

Let’s Talk About Redistricting – NYTimes.com.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus

June 19, 2011, 9:49 am

Let’s Talk About Redistricting

The following is an edited transcript of an interview with David Wasserman, the House editor of The Cook Political Report. Mr. Wasserman is Cook’s resident redistricting expert and the author of “Better Know a District,” the The Cook Political Report’s 2012 redistricting outlook. (Readers might also want to check out Cook’s redistricting scorecard for background).

We will post the conversation in two parts, this being Part 1, which focuses on the more general aspects of redistricting. Part 2 will focus on more granular details at the state and local level. The interview was conducted by Nate Silver and Micah Cohen.

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Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com

Behind the Republican Resistance to Compromise – NYTimes.com.

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver’s Political Calculus

July 7, 2011, 10:17 am

Why the Republicans Resist Compromise

The chart that I’m going to show you is one of the more important ones that we’ve presented at FiveThirtyEight in some time. It helps explain a lot of what’s going on in American politics today, from the negotiations over the federal debt ceiling to the Republican presidential primaries. And it’s pretty simple, really, although it took me some time to track down the data.

Here’s what the chart will show: The Republican Party is dependent, to an extent unprecedented in recent political history, on a single ideological group. That group, of course, is conservatives. It isn’t a bad thing to be in favor with conservatives: by some definitions they make up about 40 percent of voters. But the terms ‘Republican’ and ‘conservative’ are growing closer and closer to being synonyms; fewer and fewer nonconservatives vote Republican, and fewer and fewer Republican voters are not conservative.

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The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money – NYTimes.com

The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money – NYTimes.com.

In an important prosecutorial-misconduct case this term, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority threw out a $14 million jury award for a New Orleans man who was imprisoned for 18 years, including 14 on death row, for a robbery and a murder he did not commit. One month before John Thompson’s scheduled execution, a private investigator discovered that prosecutors had hidden evidence that exonerated him.

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For Candidates, It’s Time for Oratorical Contraception – NYTimes.com

For Candidates, It’s Time for Oratorical Contraception – NYTimes.com.

ELECTIONS routinely start with candidates’ pledging more debates than they’ll ever really consent to, committing to a positivity that sours faster than unrefrigerated milk and promising to listen as much as they talk, a congenital impossibility.

For the 2012 presidential race, I’d like them to make a different vow — and actually keep it.

How about everyone’s agreeing to shut up about their kids?

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Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com

Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves? – NYTimes.com.

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ARE there really only nine Supreme Court justices?

It seems that everywhere you look, you see one popping up: giving speeches, signing books, leading workshops, posing for pictures at charity functions. This is what law professors call “extrajudicial activity,” and we have seen a spate of it lately, not only during the court’s summer recesses, when justices fly the marble coop, but throughout the term that began last October and ended this week.

“Extrajudicial” is a term that covers most of what judges do when they are not judging. Of course, in the public sphere, there is really no such thing as purely extrajudicial activity for a Supreme Court justice, any more than there is extrapresidential activity for Barack Obama. Virtually everything the nine do and say — whether in robes, suits or leisure wear — has potential bearing on the reputation of the court.

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