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.
The clock is ticking for the anti-democracy “independent state legislature” takeover. Democratic politicians, along with independents and Republicans who likewise revere democracy, are justifiably savoring 2022 midterm voters’ historic affirmation of the core principle of government by representatives elected by popular majorities. But these pro-democracy leaders must now pivot to confront an as yet unacknowledgedContinue reading “How the Supreme Court Plans to Undermine Future Elections”
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”
She urged Republicans to remove GOP Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger from House committee investigating insurrection Conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas said in an interview published Monday that although she attended a rally on January 6, 2021, she “played no role” in planning the events that day and that she doesn’t involve her husband,Continue reading “Wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says she attended pro-Trump Jan. 6 rally”
In the spring of 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) exploded when Donald Trump cited a baseless conspiracy theory that claimed Cruz’s Cuban-born father was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy. At a news conference in Evansville, Indiana, Cruz, then competing in the GOP presidential primary against the front-running Trump, slammed the celebrity TV mogul: “Let’sContinue reading “Ted Cruz Is Fundraising Off a Debunked 1/6 Conspiracy Theory”
Carlson slammed Kavanaugh over the Supreme Court ruling on a health-worker vaccine mandate. Kavanaugh upheld the vaccine mandate for health workers at federally-funded facilities. “Cringing little liberal,” Carlson said Thursday. The Fox News host Tucker Carlson called the Trump-nominated Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh a “cringing little liberal” because he upheld vaccine mandates for healthContinue reading “Tucker Carlson called Brett Kavanaugh a ‘cringing little liberal’ for upholding vaccine mandates for health workers”
The Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine-or-test mandate for private companies, writing that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration didn’t have the power to regulate public health.