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By / 5.22.2014

In this year of partisan gridlock, there have been precious few issues that enjoyed broad bi-partisan support. Patent troll reform has been one of them – until now. With word out today that the Senate has set aside their effort on patent troll reform, gridlock has succumbed another victim. This time, the victims are businesses […]

By / 1.29.2014

In his State of the Union address, President Obama promised to go it alone on many issues, but there is one issue where he will find Congress to be a willing partner: ending patent trolling. Over the past year, Democrats and Republicans have quickly coming together to try to solve this growing area of litigation […]

By / 6.28.2013

Many liberals are outraged over this week’s Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the Voting Rights Act. They’re accusing the Court’s conservative majority of dissing Martin Luther King, who 50 years ago this summer led the epochal March on Washington; burying the Great Society’s noble quest for racial justice; and, resurrecting the noxious old doctrine of “states’ […]

By / 6.22.2012

Ed Kilgore is a PPI senior fellow, as well as managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, an online This week’s skirmishing in the presidential campaign revolved around the president’s immigration initiative and preparations for the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, due to be handed down next week. The executive order (technically issued by the […]

By / 8.31.2011

There’s a good rule of thumb–you get what you reward. Here’s a summary of current U.S. policy towards big corporations: Invest in the U.S., create jobs, and get sued by the government. You would think that during a business investment drought, any company that puts big money into the U.S. would be patted on the […]

By / 6.10.2011

As if the damage to fair and accountable campaigns in Citizens United was not enough, a decision this week in the Federal District Court of Virginia raises the daunting prospect that the Supreme Court’s logic in favor of corporate speech can be extended to a second, more direct, form of political participation: contributions to political […]

By / 3.30.2011

When the U.S. Supreme Court last year ruled in Citizens United that incorporated entities have the same First Amendment rights as individuals to spend money in political campaigns, it upended a century of settled law aimed at limited special interest influence in American politics. The predictable result was a torrent of new spending in the […]

By / 12.6.2010

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed today to hear an appeal to Connecticut v. AEP, a court of appeals granting eight states the right to sue American Electric Power (AEP) Co. and several other utilities for greenhouse gas emissions.  The states had argued that carbon dioxide emissions were a “public nuisance,” and hoped to force the […]

By / 10.28.2010

When officials stress that the public was never in danger, you should take them at their word.  Why? Because it’s very likely the DC “metro plot” was never real.  It was, in short, nothing more than an entrapment exercise.  Here’s an excerpt from the Washington Post: Officials stressed that the public was never in danger. […]

By / 10.18.2010

Just like their crazy-as-a-FOX cousins, the Wall Street Journal editorial page has indulged yet again in a spectacle of tragicomical self-victimization. An especially shameless recent raving targets the Democrats’ efforts to expose the furtive corporate backing behind their array of political front groups, of the sort that Rupert Murdoch, the brothers Koch and their band […]