In this episode of System Error, we investigate how the U.S. Supreme Court became a broken institution.
In which John Green teaches you about the election of 1860. As you may remember from last week, things were not great at this time in US history. The tensions between the North and South were rising, ultimately due to the single issue of slavery. The North wanted to abolish slavery, and the South wantedContinue reading “VIDEO: The Election of 1860 & the Road to Disunion: Crash Course US History #18”
The Supreme Court’s cert grant last June in Moore v. Harper was an ominous note on which to end an explosive term. The grant seemed to broadcast an openness to embracing what’s known as the “independent state legislature theory,” or ISLT. It is a once-fringe idea that the U.S. Constitution, and in particular Article I’s “elections clause,” grants toContinue reading “Oral Argument in Moore v. Harper and the Perils of Finding “Compromise” on the Independent State Legislature Theory”
From Hungary to Texas, the Breaking the Vote teams travel around the world to trace the steady rise of authoritarianism and its impact in the U.S.
‘When Trump supporters peacefully protest, suddenly “Law and Order” is all they can talk about!’ Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Esther Byrd to the state’s Board of Education, a move that will almost certainly serve to further politicize that appointed panel. A former Marine, Mrs. Byrd is currently the legal assistant and office manager for the Law Office of CordContinue reading “Esther Byrd, QAnon-adjacent defender of Jan. 6 insurrection, appointed to Florida Board of Education”
Interracial marriage, the Indiana Republican argued, should have been left to states The U.S. Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage, Indiana Sen. Mike Braun, a Republican, argued on Tuesday. Suggesting the historic Loving v. Virginia ruling by the Supreme Court decades ago was a case of improper judicial activism, Braun said the court shouldContinue reading “Republican Sen. Mike Braun says Supreme Court was wrong to legalize interracial marriage”
The annual number of anti-LGBTQ bills filed has skyrocketed over the past several years, from 41 bills in 2018 to 238 bills in less than three months of 2022. State lawmakers have proposed a record 238 bills that would limit the rights of LGBTQ Americans this year — or more than three per day —Continue reading “Nearly 240 anti-LGBTQ bills filed in 2022 so far, with most targeting trans people”
The fringe politician making craven appeals to “America First” racists can’t stop talking about a notorious taped address. Facing simmering outrage over her decision to deliver a taped speech to a white-nationalist conference in Orlando last month, Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin insisted she did not know the infamous Holocaust denier who organized the event. InContinue reading “Right-Wing Idaho Lt. Guv’s Latest Defense of Speech to Racists Is Worst Yet”
The dispatching of troops to the sprawling private ranches, far from the border, raises questions about the use of National Guard troops, who have widely decried the mission as aimless, political and oversized, as the cost of the effort has already ballooned to $2 billion a year. Earlier this year, about 30 Texas National GuardContinue reading “National Guard troops were dispatched to famous Texas ranches with private security as part of border mission”