The Republican Party was famously described by Ronald Reagan as a "three-legged stool" comprised of fiscal conservatives, social conservatives, and national security conservatives. Rather than representing the triumph of any of those groups, writes Matt Welch, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is a consensus electability candidate who dabbles in all three with varying levels of conviction. As the party gathers in Tampa this week to coronate Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention, keep an eye on the unresolved discord between the party's competing factions. Though you will hear a lot this week about GOP unity against President Barack Obama, that masks an ideological peace that at best is fragile, unattractive, and unsatisfying.
A newspaper staffed by the country's most famous journalism school says it shouldn't have covered a Jeff Sessions event.
The Eighth Amendment prohibition against excessive fines and fees applies to states as well, SCOTUS rules, opening a new way to challenge outlandish forfeitures.
It's safe to say this guy would not make a good president.
"You have a situation where a person owed $8 and lost their house. I mean, how is that equitable?" asked Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein.
Campus conservatism must take the threat of the far right seriously.