Supreme Court rules, in a 5-4 decision, that Florida can continue to bar judges and judicial candidates from soliciting campaign contributions. That might surprise you, given that the 5 comprised the four nominally liberal justices and John "Corporations are People" Roberts, but the decision (authored by Chief Justice Roberts) asserts that "States may regulate judicial elections differently than they regulate political elections, because the role of judges differs from the role of politicians." Justice Scalia's dissent is fairly cogent, but neither Justice wants to deal with the notion that money ain't speech.
U.S. District Court Judge dismisses a motion for an injunction against Vermont's GMO-labeling law, meaning the law will stand, for now, but will probably face another day in court. I'm sorry, but the corporate claims of "being harmed now" and "burdensome new speech requirements" make me laugh -- no corporation employs a hundred monks with quill pens to write their food labels, and more to the point, these are our Mostest Brilliantest Entrepreneuriest Entrepreneurs ever, the very highest class of folk in America or so their spokeshacks constantly tell us, but they sound like whiners whenever they're told to do something they don't want to do.
U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a lower court ruling over the Affordable Care Act's birth control mandate, giving new hope to groups that don't want to comply. Dig down into the weeds of this case and you'll be ashamed for the "religious freedom groups" (thanks again, "liberal" media!) who filed the lawsuit in the first place: they wanted to be exempt not merely from providing birth control for their employees, but from filling out more paperwork to gain exemption from the mandate, "more paperwork" here meaning writing a letter or filling out two pages of forms. What weaklings! But weaklings will plant their flags on just about anything and call it a "revolution."
Terrance Heath finds that right-wing media seem to have trouble seeing Baltimore police as in any way a problem. It's one thing to assert that police officers have a thankless job (made more thankless, I think police officers would agree, by the mad rush for good-looking crime stats that David Simon has described at length), but the right's insistence that criticism equals hatred is well beyond childish. And let's see how much right-wingers love their police officers when it's time for contract negotiations -- or when one of their political heroes "gets tough" about pensions for state and local public employees, since police officers are public employees, after all.
Finally, we learn that Sen. Marco Rubio sent a letter to the Department of Education last summer arguing for "leniency" for the for-profit education corporation Corinthian Colleges -- which just the other day shuttered its remaining two dozen-plus campuses. You may recall that Mr. Rubio supported "a new, independent accrediting process" for colleges not too long ago, one that would better recognize "innovative, lower-cost competitors"; do you suppose he was thinking of Corinthian (which, on at least one campus, cooked job-placement numbers by paying other businesses a couple grand per head to "hire" graduates for 30 days or so before firing them, all so it could continue eating taxpayer money!) when he said that? Either way, being President requires better decision-making acumen than Mr. Rubio has demonstrated here.