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Why Doesn’t The U.S. Just Start Electing Its Supreme Court Justices?

SCOTUSMichael Lind writes on Salon:

On Monday, we had another example of the Supreme Court’s ideological division: a 5-4 ruling, along partisan lines, giving police the right to conduct strip searches for any offense. This came on the heels of last week’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court about the constitutionality of the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act, which led many observers to predict that the nation’s highest judicial body will strike down part or all of the controversial healthcare reform package.

But the hearings were instructive in other ways. They showed once again that political partisanship is closely correlated to a justice’s view of the law. And they proved that the Supreme Court once again is functioning, not as a court, but as a third house of the federal legislature.

The U.S. Constitution, like many state constitutions, really is two constitutions in one. There is the black-letter constitution, which consists of rules about which there is little or no dispute.

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New US Political Group “No Labels” Holds First Meeting In New York

BloomberVia BBC:

A coalition of Democrats, Republicans and independents from around the US has created a new group in the hopes of reducing political partisanship.

About 1,000 people joined the group, called No Labels, in New York for its first meeting at Columbia University.

Independent New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia were among those who attended the event.

The group says it hopes to have an impact on the 2012 presidential vote.

The founders of the organisation claim No Labels is not a third political party but rather a home for those in the US who have felt homeless amid the recent growth of both liberal groups and the Tea Party movement.

[Continues at BBC News]

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