Editor’s Notes

by Andrew Hamm on October 31, 2014

Editor’s Notes

On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect the Court to issue orders from the October 31 Conference; we do not expect the Justices to issue any decisions on the merits. Our list of “Petitions to watch for that Conference is here.


Growth in the New Climate Economy

by Michael Spence on October 31, 2014

wind turbines Palm Springs California

Action to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions and mitigate climate change has long been viewed as fundamentally opposed to economic growth. Indeed, the fragility of the global economic recovery is often cited as a justification to delay such action. But a recent report, “The New Climate Economy: Better Growth, Better Climate” released by Continue →

Argument preview:  How much control do agencies have over what whistleblowers may disclose?

The legal issue the Justices will confront on Tuesday when they hear oral argument in Department of Homeland Security v. MacLean is easy enough to describe: When a federal statute bars whistleblowers from making disclosures that are “specifically prohibited by law,” does that bar also apply to disclosures prohibited by Continue →


Straw Into Gold: Candidates Trading Leadership PAC Dollars for Campaign Cash

by Viveca Novak and John Sugden on October 31, 2014


This story is cross-posted at

With just a few days remaining in the first quarter of 2014, Mary Landrieu did something generous: The embattled Democratic senator from Louisiana, herself in the midst of an exceedingly tough re-election race, used her leadership PAC to give $5,000 to the campaign of Sen. Continue →


Watch part 2 of our conversation with Sheldon Krimsky, editor of The GMO Deception: What You Need to Know about the Food, Corporations, and Government Agencies Putting Our Families and Our Environment at Risk. He is a professor of urban and environmental Continue →


We continue our conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eric Lichtblau about his new book detailing how America became a safe haven for thousands of Nazi war criminals. Many of them were brought here after World War II by the CIA, and got Continue →

Republicans are slamming Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for comments they say suggested Louisiana voters dislike President Obama because of his race. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Landrieu’s GOP opponent in her tough reelection race, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-...

SCOTUS for law students: Rearguments

by Stephen Wermiel on October 31, 2014

SCOTUS for law students:  Rearguments

Few procedures at the Supreme Court are more mysterious than the decision to reargue a case. Rearguments are rare among the approximately seventy cases that are argued each Term. Even rarer is any discussion or explanation of the process by the Court or its members, present or past.

Political scientists have Continue →


Democracy Now! 2014-10-31 Friday

by Amy Goodman on October 31, 2014

Democracy Now! 2014-10-31 Friday["Headlines for October 31, 2014", "Public Health vs. Civil Liberties: Debate over Ebola Quarantines Harkens Back to AIDS Panic in 1980s", "How to Buy a City: Chevron Spends $3 Million on Local California Election to Oust Refinery Critics", "Gubernatorial Continue →

Dem base: What about us?

by Amie Parnes on October 31, 2014

As if Democrats don’t face enough hurdles this midterm year, they’re also staring down a party base asking President Obama: “What have you done for me lately?”In fact, virtually every traditional pillar of Democratic support, from Latinos and...

Poland: Land of Junk Contracts

by John Feffer on October 31, 2014

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

Trade unionist Slawomir Rakowiecki says “Poland is an indisputable leader of the so-called junk contracts.” (Photo: John Feffer)

Cross-posted from

The Poles call them umowa śmieciowa or “junk contracts.” If you’re young and lucky enough to have a job in Poland these days, it’s likely to be short-term and come Continue →


‘Banking Caucus’ member aims for Senate

by Alison Fitzgerald on October 31, 2014

U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito wants West Virginians to know she’s a defender of community banks. From her seat on the House Financial Services Committee, Capito argues, she has protected small local financial institutions from the overreach of aggressive regulators.

Among her biggest supporters, however, are the biggest banks in the Continue →


The real Halloween scaries of 2014

by Jim Hightower on October 31, 2014

If you want a real Halloween fright, don’t look for it among the trick-or-treaters coming to your door – just check out the Republican spooks tying to peddle panic in this political year.

Early in the summer, their big scary was Continue →


3 Tips to Embrace Imperfections and Bounce Back from Mistakes

by Jennifer Twardowski on October 30, 2014

Happy Woman

“There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.” ~Conrad Hall

Back when I was a teenager, I was kind of a perfectionist. Or, well, I wasn’t really a perfectionist—I was actually a “fake” perfectionist.

Allow me to explain: I put on the perfectionist persona. I acted and behaved in a certain way so that everyone (including Continue →

Zen Man

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.” ~Eckhart Tolle

For thirteen years I’ve lived a high-risk lifestyle that focuses very much on the here and now, because I’m an entrepreneur, and that means making lots of fast Continue →



by crp_comm on October 30, 2014


Yes, more and more money is pouring into the 2014 midterm elections. And yes, secretive organizations are flooding the airwaves with depressingly misleading advertisements.

That’s exactly why it’s more important than ever to remember that, while money can influence elections, ultimately it’s voters who decide who to send to Congress.

So, get Continue →

Argument preview:  Racial gerrymandering, partisan politics, and the future of the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court has long ignored Justice Felix Frankfurter’s warning to stay out of the political thicket. It regularly hears challenges to redistricting cases (not to mention lots of other types of election cases), raising issues from the one-person, one-vote rule to vote dilution under the Voting Rights Act, to Continue →


In a letter released today, nine leading human rights groups urged President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as an obstacle to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12, 2014. The letter Continue →


Cold War and Cold Shoulder for Russia?

by Demdigest on October 30, 2014

The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally, says a prominent analyst. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. In particular, what has made Russia so keen to undermine the current international order, Continue →


Clinton makes economic case for women

by Amie Parnes on October 30, 2014

In what often sounded like a presidential stump speech, Hillary Clinton pitched advancing women's rights as a means of boosting economic growth during an address Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington.The former secretary of State, who...