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California Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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On May 15, 2008
The California Supreme Court, six of whose seven members are Republicans, has ruled that the exclusion of same-sex couples from the legal benefits is unconstitutional (pdf). The opinion isn’t lucidly formatted but if I count the votes correctly it was a 4-3 decision [confirmed here.] After finding that marriage is a fundamental right (a premise […]

Acquittal

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On April 25, 2008

…in the Sean Bell case (Bell, who was unaramed, was killed and two of his also unarmed friends wounded after 50 shots were fired by officers in Jamaica, Queens.) And the acquittal was on all cha

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"A revolution but half-accomplished"

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On December 12, 2007
Reading part of an econ dissertation linked by Yglesias, I’m reminded Carl Schurz’s famous description of Reconstruction. In her project, University of Michigan graduate student Melinda Miller examines the post-civil war economic status of Cherokee freedmen and measures it against the livelihoods of emancipated slaves throughout the rest of the former Confederacy: The Cherokee Nation, […]

Who Cares?

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On December 12, 2007

Writing about the “is sexual orientation genetic or is it a choice?” pointless dichotomy, M. Leblanc makes a point that isn’t made often enough: Arguing that things are out of someon

Herbert v. Bobo

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On November 13, 2007

Following up on the fine post of his colleague, Bob Herbert tees off (implicitly) on David Brooks’s attempts to whitewash Reagan’s awful record on civil rights and use of rhetorical code t

Eisenhower and Race

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On November 12, 2007
Matt says he’s reading this book defending Eisenhower’s record on race. I haven’t read it, so maybe it makes the case. But I would be skeptical on several fronts that the book would need to be overcome: I think there is, in fact, good reason to believe that Eisenhower’s appointment of Warren was not a […]
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