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Archive for July 1st, 2010

Gun Shy: 4 Justices Take on Constitutional Rights

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on July 1st, 2010 4:31 am by HL

Gun Shy: 4 Justices Take on Constitutional Rights
Jacob Sullum, Reason
On Monday the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment applies to states and cities as well as the federal government. Judging from their objections, the four dissenters were still reeling from the Court's landmark 2008 decision recognizing that the amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms.In their dissenting opinions, Justices John Paul Stevens and Stephen Breyer (joined by Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor) worry that overturning gun control laws undermines democracy. If “the people” want to ban handguns, they say, “the people”…

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After the Fall, John Edwards Parties On
Gabriel Sherman, New Republic
On Saturday night, April 24, 2010, five days before John Edwards's mistress Rielle Hunter sat down with Oprah to talk about the by-then-infamous sex tape and other embarrassments that had destroyed his political career, the former presidential candidate showed up at the West End Wine Bar in downtown Durham, North Carolina. It was around ten o'clock, and Edwards wanted a glass of wine after finishing dinner with friends at a nearby restaurant.When he got to the door, Edwards was disappointed to learn the bar was closed for a private event. A group of Duke public policy grad students…