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August 20, 2013
Kagan said that a case involving violent video games prompted some of her fellow justices to try their hands at a few of the titles in question. “It was kind of hilarious,” she recalled.

Oh my goodness can you imagine all the Supreme Court judges getting together at Clarence Thomas’s place and ordering a bunch of pizza and playing Team Fortress and Counterstrike and Call of Duty all night to get perspective on video game violence? And Kagan and Sotomayor have both played for years and everyone else is terrible at it and they’re all just chilling out eating pizza? I want this to happen so badly. (via jakke)

LTMC: This ends with Sotomayor throwing the controller down and screaming “LAWYERED” at everyone while Clarence Thomas bitches at Scalia for eating the last of the wings and getting blue cheese on his Holy Cross hoodie.

(via letterstomycountry)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s a gamer, but it wasn’t really her scene. Everyone knows RBG loves RPGs.

(via letterstomycountry)

17:30 // 11 months ago
July 3, 2013

Poll: Early reactions to last week’s headline-grabbing SCOTUS decisions

  • 56% of those who participated in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll said they approved of the Supreme Court’s decision DOMA ruling.
  • 51% of those polled said they approved of the Court’s Prop. 8 ruling, which cleared the way for state-recognized gay marriage to return to California.
  • 33% of respondents agreed with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Voting Rights Act, with a 51% majority expressing their opposition to the ruling that portions of the VRA were unconstitutional. source
15:59 // 1 year ago
June 30, 2013
They lost in the district court, they lost in the court of appeals and they’ve lost in the United States Supreme Court. And I think we’ll be better off in this country if we stopped doing this sort of thing that is divisive and is hurting people who live next door, who work for us, who are our cousins and brothers and sisters.
Former Solicitor General Ted Olson • Discussing an effort by opponents of same-sex marriage to stop the issuance of marriage licenses in the state of California, which started back up on Friday. The move was quickly batted away, without comment, by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Sunday, though opponents could try asking another Supreme Court justice to consider the move. Olson argued in favor of proponents of same-sex marriage in court.
14:26 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013

How the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage rulings are affecting state politics

  • changing gears Politicians in a number of states, most notably Oregon, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, have started discussing repealing laws which bar same-sex marriage in the state, whether through laws or through amendments. (29 states have amendments similar to the one struck down in California.) In the case of Oregon, the state’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, argues that the federal ruling underscores the urgency of the issue. “Oregon has not yet lived up to the ideal of equal rights for all,” he stated. A court decision in Michigan involving a same-sex couple adopting one another’s children could also play a factor in that state—that decision was on hold due to the Supreme Court decisions.
  • doubling down In the case of West Virginia and Indiana, however, Republicans in the states are considering strengthening state laws barring same-sex marriage through the usage of amendments. One advocate in Indiana, the American Family Association of Indiana’s Micah Clark, argues that the decision should be left up to voters. “The future of marriage matters,” he told the Associated Press. “And it belongs in the hands of Hoosier voters, not the courts, not Hollywood, and not the activists seeking to change it from what it is and always has been.” source
11:15 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2013
Lesson of the day from the SF Chronicle: If you run a wraparound section featuring a big story, make sure you mention it on the front page or the internet will think you missed the story. The internet lives and breathes on PDFs of front pages, guys. (via Newseum)
EDIT: Via Luis Rendon, here’s what the ACTUAL front page, which was a wraparound spread, looked like.

Lesson of the day from the SF Chronicle: If you run a wraparound section featuring a big story, make sure you mention it on the front page or the internet will think you missed the story. The internet lives and breathes on PDFs of front pages, guys. (via Newseum)

EDIT: Via Luis Rendon, here’s what the ACTUAL front page, which was a wraparound spread, looked like.

10:36 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2013
They are all watching a network not to be named, George, and for whatever reason there is a delay, and so when they hear it they are going to, trust me, erupt and you and I won’t be able to hear each other.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom • Offering a comment to ABC News regarding the Prop 8 Supreme Court decision, which he learned about from the reporter who contacted him. Why’s that? Well, here’s the thing: CNN, which famously got burned by a Supreme Court ruling last year, has been playing it extra cautious this time around, so much so that all of the other networks had the decision long before CNN did. And Newsom’s staff was watching CNN for the news. Hear that? That’s what overcompensation sounds like. Classic Zucker.
21:50 // 1 year ago
18:00 // 1 year ago
washingtonpoststyle:

Plaintiff Edith Windsor after SCOTUS strikes down DOMA.
Image via Getty

EDIT: As imwithkanye points out, this image is not from this morning, but from March 27.

washingtonpoststyle:

Plaintiff Edith Windsor after SCOTUS strikes down DOMA.

Image via Getty

EDIT: As imwithkanye points out, this image is not from this morning, but from March 27.

(via perzadook)

10:45 // 1 year ago
evanfleischer:

Well played, Google.

Clever.

evanfleischer:

Well played, Google.

Clever.

10:43 // 1 year ago
10:42 // 1 year ago