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BREAKING: Kennedy Retires

Justice Kennedy announces his retirement. President Trump will get a second Supreme Court pick, likely solidifying a far-right court majority for years to come.

Fruit of the Poison Tree

There are plenty of others who can give you smarter and more knowledgable takes on the Janus decision. It’s terrible. As Justice Kagan says, it’s weaponizing the First Amendment, a new interstate commerce clause, only for power rather than rights. The only very mild saving grace in the Janus decision is that labor saw this coming a mile away and they’ve had time to prepare as much as possible. There’s not a lot they can do but there are steps to mitigate the damage. The decision itself is the purest form of right wing judicial activism and illegitimate because it relies on the corrupt appointment of Justice Gorsuch.

Subpoenaing Trump's Taxes

Could a Democratic Congress subpoena Trump’s taxes (yes)? And what are the big cases of corruption and dereliction of duty that are ripe for real congressional oversight? We discuss it all in the new episode of The Josh Marshall Podcast. Listen here or listen on iTunes. Whatever you do, please take a moment to subscribe to my Podcast on iTunes. It’s a great listen and by subscribing you help us introduce the show to more listeners. Thanks.

A Shocker But Not A Surprise

There are countless stories to tell about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s big upset win tonight in New York’s 14th congressional district, based in adjoining (across the river) parts of Queens and the Bronx. But the most important one is that it really should not surprise us. New York is a dramatically different city than it was even ten years ago. The differences are vast compared to two or three decades ago when representatives like Joe Crowley and other challenged incumbents began their careers. It makes perfect sense that a young person of color with social democratic politics would be a winner in this district.

Here are some basic demographic facts about the 14th district.

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Stunning thing about Rep. Joe Crowley’s apparent defeat tonight is not just the result but that it’s not even close. It looks like a 15-point margin. And he may not be the only incumbent to go down in New York City. Yvette Clarke in the 9th District is up by a single point, just about 300 votes over challenger Adem Bunkeddeko. As I wrote this morning, real elections are a great thing. New York City needs more of them.

Also felon Michael Grimm went down to a resounding defeat. I’d have liked both him and Donovan to lose. But since one had to win, this is probably the better result, though it’s probably a harder race for Democrats to win now.

Of the two others I mentioned this morning, Eliot Engel crushed all his opponents and my rep, Carolyn Maloney, is winning comfortably, by a similar margin to the one Ocasio-Cortez holds over Crowley. Wow.