SCOTUS Already Upheld Broad Executive Discretion on Immigration

Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress points out something important about both the Republican freakout and potential (and actual) lawsuits against Obama over his executive orders on immigration: The Supreme Court only a couple years ago upheld broad executive branch discretion on immigration, with two of the court’s conservative members in the majority.
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Admiral Fired Over Cheating at Poker

Last year, Rear Admiral Timothy Giardini was fired as the #2 man in charge of America’s nuclear forces. It’s now been revealed why he was fired and it fascinates me for two reasons. First, because it involves poker: He was cheating at poker by creating $500 poker chips to use in casinos. I’ll give the second reason a bit later.
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We Have the Best Government Money Can Buy

The Sunlight Foundation has done more to document the influence of money over our government than any other organization and they’ve produced an exhaustive new study that shows the staggering return the most politically active corporations receive for their investment of billions of dollars in campaign contributions and lobbying. The study examines the 200 most active companies in this regard between 2007 and 2012, three years before and after the Citizens United ruling. The results are entirely unsurprising.
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Palin Spews Stupid on the Immigration Order

Sarah Palin got on her failing “TV” channel and tossed a predictable word salad about Obama’s executive order, making the same ridiculous partisan claim that if his party lost the election, the voters rejected each and every policy they might support. As if that’s really what determines the votes that swing an election.
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California AG Admits Her Office Screwed Up on Prison Labor

California Attorney General Kamala Harris, considered a real rising star with a big future either on the federal bench or in electoral politics, is quite upset that attorneys in her office argued in a case that the state can’t afford to release inmates early because they benefit from prison labor.
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Is Obama Trying to Prevent Release of Torture Report

After belatedly and grudgingly agreeing to release the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Bush torture regime, President Obama has done everything possible to delay and obstruct that release. I think there’s a very good chance he’s doing this with the idea that once the GOP takes control of the Senate, it would rescind that release and bury it.
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Most Evangelicals Believe Extreme Weather Caused by ‘End Times’

We know that denial of global warming is as much an article of faith — and I mean this literally, in the sense that it rejects all evidence and reason — for the Christian right as the resurrection of Jesus is. A new survey shows that nearly 80% of evangelical Christians in this country think the extreme weather we’re experience is really caused by the end times.
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Jefferson-Impersonating Lawyer Disbarred in Kansas

I may have to modify my frequent statement that Mat Staver and Larry Klayman are the worst lawyers in America. This guy may be worse. Dennis Hawver has been disbarred by the Kansas Supreme Court for “inexplicable incompetence.” Hayver showed up at his disbarment hearing dressed as Thomas Jefferson, as he’s done many other times in court.
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Ted Cruz’ Staggering Lack of Self-Awareness

I’m starting to think that Ted Cruz was created in a lab by Bryan Fischer, so perfectly does he embody the lack of self-awareness and psychological projection for which I named the Bryan Fischer Award. Either that, or he is a pathological liar who simply doesn’t care whether anything he says is true as long as it serves his political goals at any given moment. That seems more likely. Witness his op-ed in Politico declaring Obama to be a “monarch” because of his immigration order.
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Gheen Thinks Sheriffs Should Arrest Obama Over Immigration

A group of right wing county sheriffs are going to hold a protest in Washington, DC on Dec. 10 over Obama’s immigration policies. William Gheen, the flagrantly racist head of the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, thinks that while they’re there, they should arrest Obama for his executive order on immigration.
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