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Prop 8 Overturned.

Los Angeles Times:

A federal judge in San Francisco decided today that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, striking down Proposition 8, the voter approved ballot measure that banned same-sex unions.

U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker said Proposition 8, passed by voters in November 2008, violated the federal constitutional [...]

Besides the Bon Mots, What’s the Point of the Kagan Hearings?

Crossposted from

With only 19 percent of Americans aware [PDF] that Elena Kagan is the nominee being confirmed to the Supreme Court this week, it’s not a surprise that some are questioning the usefulness of the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings.

While Newsweek calls the hearings “boring” and “unilluminating,” The New York [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: The joke's on who?

So where do we go from here? President Obama has been portrayed as a monkey, witch doctor, various types of pimps and now The Joker. Certainly, there’s more variations on this general theme.

But I really want to know, what’s the endgame? Is this supposed to advance some principled political opposition? Or merely “to get [...]

Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

Back in the Princeton days.

Sounds good, don’t it?

The only other sitting justices who failed to clear the symbolic 70-vote threshold are Justices Alito and Thomas. Nate Silver says it’s unclear how much the proportion of Latin@s in a senator’s state would influence the way they voted on Sotomayor.

…among the [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Acting Stupidly

Because of technical difficulties and an unusually busy work day, this almost became Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup. Sorry I’m late again.

DougJ at Balloon Juice: “We’re a country where a uniform and a badge entitles you to arrest people for speaking loudly on their porches.”

Your PostBourgie-approved weekend reading material:

First things first, Stacia, [...]

A Fair Point.

I tried my best to avoid the hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. It’s honestly hard to tell what the Senators really think because they’re so busy show-boating, and the only thing you’ll learn about Sotomayor is that she, like others before her, has the innate or practiced ability to be as bland as possible [...]

Sotomayor Hearing Open Thread.

I’ve been home sick for the last three days and I’ve spent much of that time with tissue stuffed up my left nostril and my browser pointed to, where they are live-streaming the boring, painful, and occasionally entertaining Sotomayor hearings. Between sneezing, wishing boils on Jeff Sessions, and a pox on Lindsay Graham, [...]