Ian Millhiser

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The State of Texas has made a game out of getting neighbors to spy on neighbors, with big winners taking home $10,000 or more in prizes. That seems like the sort of thing that a government should not be allowed to do.
genuinely struck at how conservatives refuse to take responsibility for their beliefs and actions, as well as the consequences of both. twitter.com/libbyemmons/st…
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It seems bad that the most powerful nation that has ever existed seems likely to voluntarily choose authoritarianism because gas prices are high.
Unpopular (?) opinion: Despite the various, very serious threats to American democracy, things would *mostly* be fine if the balance of elected power more closely reflected the popular will (e.g. Senate seats proportional to population, no Electoral College, less gerrymandering).
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I dunno, seems like a major question to me. Let's wait for Congress. twitter.com/USCPSC/status/…
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Some folks are in my mentions telling me I’m wrong. But I read somewhere that it is self-evident that we are all created equal. And I think the United States of America should really just run with that as a guiding principle. twitter.com/imillhiser/sta…
"If the Democrats hold the House and add two Senators in November I will vote to pass a law making Roe's protections the law nationwide and change the filibuster rules to guarantee that bill gets an up or down vote. And I will do that in January 2023."
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I don’t believe that the problem with the United States government right now is that Joe Biden is too old. The problem is that our Constitution is too old. So old it was written by fucking slaveholders!
Wait, Biden's deal with McConnell is that Biden gets 2 TEMPORARY prosecutors in return for a LIFETIME appointment to the federal bench?! That's unconscionable. @DickDurbin should pledge that Meredith will receive no hearing. And @SenSchumer should pledge he'll get no floor vote.
Yes. You are correct that there is no point to the United States Senate and it should be abolished. twitter.com/ChristyPat2020…
No, I am mad that it is immoral to treat a person from California as 1/68 of a person from Wyoming. I am aware that it was designed that way. The framers did lots of immoral things. Like writing a Constitution that explicitly protects slavery. twitter.com/PolObs31/statu…
There is no moral defense of a Senate which treats every person in California as 1/68th of a person from Wyoming.
Love that NPR gave me some airtime to explain why the Constitution is bad and should be replaced with a system where we aren't ruled by unelected judges and every American's vote counts equally. wbur.org/hereandnow/202…
Um, hi @Google. Just wanted to flag for you that Ketanji Brown Jackson is still a sitting federal judge.
I think that one thing John Roberts understands, that Sam Alito does not, is that Susan Collins was perfectly happy with a status quo where Roe was nominally still on the books but didn't actually do anything -- and it's in the Republican justices' interest to keep her happy.
Highly recommend Julian and @nicholas_bagley's originalist research, which debunks much of the fake originalism pushed by people like Gorsuch. I'd also suggest that, if good originalist research takes this much time to complete, then it is a stupid way to decide legal cases. twitter.com/jdmortenson/st…
"...Moore v. Harper could concentrate an unprecedented amount of power in gerrymandered state legislatures, should alarm anyone who cares about democracy." — @imillhiser This @voxdotcom piece on SCOTUS agreeing to hear Moore v. Harper is required reading.bit.ly/3ugA3RV
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Today would be an especially good day to abolish the Senate.
What's the name for a system of government where nine unelected rulers wield plenary and unchecked power over an entire nation?
I'm still stunned that the entire Republican majority of the Supreme Court just made up a bunch of fake facts in a big constitutional case, then stuck with their lie even after Justice Sotomayor produced photographic evidence they were lying. vox.com/2022/6/27/2318…
If you are a law professor who is inclined to defend the Supreme Court of the United States as an institution, consider that this may not be your moment.
The Supreme Court's decision to hear a case next term that would give state legislatures huge power over elections is the biggest threat to our democracy since January 6. vox.com/23161254/supre…
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This graf, from @mjs_DC's latest, summarizes the Problem of the Supreme Court in a nutshell. Congress is a lumbering body that can barely do anything w/o supermajorities in the Senate. But SCOTUS only needs five votes to exercise the legislative power. slate.com/news-and-polit…
So, did any Supreme Court clerks actually turn over their cell phones to law enforcement?
I will state, for the record, that I am friends with zero Supreme Court justices. I have had off-the-record conversations with several of them, but I have never been at a cocktail party with Sammy Alito. twitter.com/adamdavidson/s…
Congrats on coming up with (checks notes) … Roe v Wade. politi.co/3NyV3Kl via @politico
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Nothing in the Constitution requires Congress to pay for Supreme Court clerks. Or secretaries. Or air conditioning.
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I’m genuinely curious what the rates are for tweeting out ads for crappy footwear.
"The bottom line after the West Virginia decision is that agencies may still exercise regulatory authority, but only subject to a judicial veto. SCOTUS has effectively placed itself at the head of much of the executive branch of the federal government." vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
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“The case is perhaps the gravest threat to American democracy since the January 6 attack,” @imillhiser writes. Consider that statement. To even bring this case before the Court is a threat to democracy, let alone the ruling which we can already anticipate. apple.news/ASh53ckBAQW2bP…
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I really can’t emphasize enough that there’s no legal substance to this “major questions doctrine” that the Supreme Court just used against the EPA. It’s just a discretionary veto power wielded by Brett and Amy. vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
The Constitution should have safeguards against the 12 creepiest guys at every law school forming a club that eventually crowns five of its members God-Emperors.
The jokers who control the Supreme Court right now have a list of grievances that stretch back to 1937. They've only just started burning shit down.
This is correct and why I find a lot of the anti-voting sentiment on this site very off-putting twitter.com/mattyglesias/s…
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The Constitution doesn’t even mention the words “climate change.” Checkmate, libs.
Alright, just recorded my last radio interview of this awful, awful Supreme Court term. It's time to start drinking.
I wrote a brief piece explaining why Biden's "victory" in the Supreme Court's Remain in Mexico case wasn't really a victory. vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
The Supreme Court hands Biden the smallest possible victory in its “Remain in Mexico” case vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
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The United States has three branches of government, the Judiciary, which makes laws. The Executive, which sends a lawyer to the Supreme Court to argue in favor of laws. And the Senate, which blocks Democratic nominees to the judiciary.
Everybody just read @imillhiser's explainer on WVa v. EPA because he explains how damaging the decision is. If you want to know what I think, just read Ian's post while screaming. twitter.com/imillhiser/sta…
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It is very important that we never do anything to undermine institutions that take away our rights and that are engaged in a sustained war against US democracy.
Sure, the Supreme Court is implementing an unpopular political agenda from the bench, and may destroy US democracy in the process. But Amy Coney Barrett is very smart and I want her to hire my students as law clerks. So I'm glad she was confirmed.
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The Supreme Court fundamentally rewrote America's separation of powers in its big EPA decision, effectively placing the judiciary at the head of much of the Executive Branch of government. vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
The Supreme Court’s big EPA decision is a massive power grab by the justices vox.com/2022/6/30/2318…
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"The Supreme Court’s announcement on Thursday that it will hear Moore v. Harper, a case that could concentrate an unprecedented amount of power in gerrymandered state legislatures, should alarm anyone who cares about democracy." vox.com/23161254/supre…
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My deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who will now have to deal with Neil Gorsuch for the rest of her life.
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