SCOTUS Splits 4-4 On North Carolina’s Racist Voter ID Law, Lower Court’s Overturn Of Law Remains Intact

Bloomberg reports:

An evenly divided U.S. Supreme Court refused to reinstate North Carolina’s Republican-backed voting restrictions for the November election, leaving intact a lower court’s conclusion that lawmakers intentionally discriminated against racial minorities.

The high court rejected the state’s bid to halt much of the federal appeals court ruling, dividing 4-4 on the central questions. The rebuff — issued without explanation — is a victory for the Obama administration and civil rights groups, which challenged the North Carolina law and won a ruling that is likely to help Democrats in November.

The North Carolina law imposed photo-identification requirements, reduced the number of early-voting days and eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting.

A three-judge panel said the provisions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision,” violating the Constitution’s equal protection guarantee and the Voting Rights Act. A federal trial judge had upheld the law.

  • Gustav2

    OT: No ‘Mercan flag for Donnie in Mexico.

    • safari

      What?

      • Gustav2

        In the speeches broadcast right now from Mexico, Peña Nieto has a Mexican podium and flag, Trump just has the Mexican podium

        • Paula

          He is not an elected,official. He is a private citizen. I don’t know if protocol warrants a flag. Does it?

          • Gustav2

            No, it doesn’t, but I would have liked to be a fly on the wall when Trump was told that.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            He’s not even very private, and barely a citizen.

          • clay

            Has he passed the exam, yet?

        • Guy in CA

          I hope Mexico built a wall around his podium and made him pay for it.

          • Gustav2

            They just showed him ‘Chapo’ Guzmán’s prison cell.

        • edrex

          What? No Russian Flag?

    • bambinoitaliano

      I hope it’s intentional. Relegate him to just a regular visitor.

      • safari

        I’d rather they shave his head and throw delicing powder on him.

      • thom

        he’s not representing the US so he doesn’t get a flag. only official representatives get a state welcome

        • Gustav2

          I know, I bet they bitched though and brought their own flag.

        • bambinoitaliano

          In that case, when Hillary visit they make a faux pas and place the American flag 🙂 I assume being formal first lady, senator and secretary of state deserve that much.

          • Gustav2

            No, out of office. The Clinton campaign wouldn’t have this setup. The two of them would not be at podiums, but armchairs in front of the audience.

        • Rex

          Hopefully he never will represent the USA.

    • Paula

      I hope that CBP doesn’t let him back in the country.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Or make him smuggle himself back in.

    • Rex

      I wish they’d put a sombrero on his head.

      • safari

        It’d be beautiful he gets used as a stage prop.

        • Joe in PA

          He’d be requesting renumeration to be sure. Nothing comes for free. Sigh.

      • Soren456

        I wish a mariachi band had begun to play as Trump began to speak, `a la the bagpipe kids.

  • j.martindale

    Hurray! Unfortunately, local election boards in NC are already disobeying the intent of the order by eliminating early voting and reducing the voting locations.

    • safari

      I’m still confused by “early voting”. My state has never had early voting. We also don’t have reasonless absentee ballot voting, either. (Thanks GOP)

      • BearEyes

        I’m in blue CT with no early voting and an absentee ballot still needs a reason

      • j.martindale

        It is particularly helpful for people who have trouble getting off work to go and vote. It keeps waits short and doesn’t discourage people in larger cities where minorities live and there can be long lines on election day.

      • BobSF_94117

        Reasonless absentee voting is usually a GOP favorite. It benefits them.

      • clay

        The NC state legislature received testimony that extending early voting to include the Sunday before Election Day significantly increased African American participation through Black Church get-out-the-vote efforts and including people who rely on public transit for commuting to work (takes longer each way). Bizarrely, they didn’t bother to ask about Dem vs. GOP voters– it was a BLATANTLY racist violation of the Voting Act.

    • Vista-Cruiser

      Details here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/us/politics/election-rules-north-carolina.html

      No wonder Governor McCrory still has that smirk on his face.

  • Paula

    Don’t worry Pat, Madame President will take care of these little issues for you very soon.

  • octobercountry

    Woohoo—FU, NC!

  • Sam_Handwich

    another kick in the nuts to that smug bastard McCrory

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Nut. Singular, I’m afraid.

    • Uncle Mark

      You got me thinking of Pink Floyd’s Wall with that comment:
      ALL IN ALL IT’S JUST ANOTHER KICK IN THE BALLS

    • Chris Baker

      Although, this isn’t the final ruling, right? It was just an appeal to stay the lower court’s ruling. SCOTUS could still hear the actual appeal of the case (since it takes only 4 votes to hear an appeal). But if Clinton wins, then the law is all but dead.

      • IamM

        Yes.

  • Blackfork

    HA HA HA HA HAHAAH!!!! Fuck you, republicans.

  • Todd20036

    Somehow, I suspect the GOP’s attempt to keep SCOTUS conservative by not allowing a vote on the vacant seat is backfiring more often than they had hoped.

    The lower courts are liberal because of Obama (partly). But it seems I overestimated Kennedy.

    He may be on our side for gay rights, but he really doesn’t give a damn about racial minorities.

    • Gustav2

      He’s post-racial just like the country!

    • Lazycrockett

      We HAVE to win the senate or McTurtle will hold off as long as possible to replace the dead one.

    • j.martindale

      He always sides with the conservatives when it is a political issue–e.g. Bush v. Gore.

  • Treant

    Scalia…still dead. Good.

    • Mark

      Dead, dead, dead, 🙂

      • Treant

        By this point, that slurpy, sticky sort of dead.

      • TuuxKabin
        • Ray Taylor

          Good Loard-A-Mighty. If I had seen that as a kid I never would have sucked anything at all.

          • TuuxKabin

            We saw the play two or three times in a small intimate Off-Off-B’dway theatre. The entire play is available on youtube. Shock Headed Peter is taken from Struwwelpeter. Ten illustrated and rhymed stories, mostly about children. Each has a clear moral that demonstrates the disastrous consequences of misbehavior in an exaggerated way.

            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter

      • Michael

        Yay! Golden Girls reference! 🙂

      • Christopher
    • Uncle Mark

      One should only say good things about the dead. I see your mama done brought you up right.

    • DJ John Bear

      deader than a doornail dead

    • dwieboldt

      If only he could be deader…

    • Librarykid

      And such a legacy to leave Republicans!

  • Oikos

    Thanks, Dead Scalia!

    • Sam_Handwich

      we were out at a restaurant when that news broke. i will never forget YELPING with glee

      • Oikos

        Now for Thomas to kick the bucket. I’ll raise a toast. Obama needs to send that pillow drone soon.

        • bambinoitaliano

          He might already been dead. Someone ought to check his pulse. He hasn’t spoken for a decade. It could be a few mice under his robe that pushes his signature.

          • Uncle Mark

            He’s been dead inside for a long time.

          • LackofFaithify

            Was just about to comment about if we are sure it actually breathes or not to begin with. Pillow drone could be quite useless…

          • bambinoitaliano

            The GOP conspiracy theory. They can’t afford to have another one die on them so they did the Weekend at Bernie’s trick.

          • Florencejsolberg1

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          • ChrisMorley

            FLAGGED and REPORTED yet again

          • (((GC)))

            Like the white mice that commissioned the creation of the Earth from Magrathea in order to find the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe, and Everything?

            If so, they truly do NOT have our best interests at heart!

            https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/6f/f6/d2/6ff6d2e2cc9a0dd284d6f95a27ebde1a.jpg

        • Pilot Nozzle

          ” …send that pillow drone soon” hit me just right – I blasted a cackle heard across every cubicle in our office.

        • Gene

          you beat me to it,.
          my first thought when I read this was “Thomas…a black man, voted for these anti black restrictions. incompetent ideologue and total fool”

          • Kevin Perez

            Thomas got his, screw everyone else!

          • Todd20036

            That’s my life plan actually.

            Oh, you meant something else.

          • olandp

            I remember many, many years ago at a gay bar in the afternoon, I saw a man in the men’s room with “Fuck the world” tattooed on his arm. I had had a couple of drinks and couldn’t help myself. I replied, “That’s quite an ambition!”

          • (((GC)))

            The motto of the Republican Party.

            It’s actually based on sound Biblical principles:
            (and the quote isn’t an outlier; there are other similar ones)

          • Duane Dimitrov

            The sad truth though is that Clarence “I’m the only lobotomized individual to ever sit on the Scotus” Thomas will be in that fucking chair FOREVER.

            As will fucking Alito.

          • That_Looks_Delicious
          • BobSF_94117

            He’s just trying to influence the election by scaring the base into getting out and voting.

          • Nowhereman

            He shouldn’t be on the court for a lot of reasons, but foremost in my mind is that his wife–and presumably he too–is active in the Tea Party.

          • Like that he and his wife took a BRIBE? They should bot be in jail and he should most certainly not still be on the bench.

          • Librarykid

            That picture of the two of them sitting side-by-side with the Bible was like syrup of ipecac.

            Speaking of his wife, it would be interesting to know his views on Loving v Virginia BEFORE the ruling.

          • Nowhereman

            It would indeed.

          • Todd20036

            Quisling, is the word you are looking for.

          • Librarykid

            Total Tool, Too

        • 1Myles1

          Death of anyone belittles me.

          • perversatile

            ”A Noble Spirit Embiggens the Smallest Man”
            – Jedidiah Springfield

        • jOn Garrett

          Pillow drone, lol. 😅

        • Hal Watts

          The worms have almost finished with Scalia and are hungry for more!

      • PickyPecker

        I wasn’t listening to the news, but hubby yelled up the stairs (where my office is) in excitement. Had we had champaign, it would have been opened. Went out for dinner instead.

        • edrex

          We happened to have a bottle in the fridge, and it was opened. I texted a smiley emoticon to friends without any caption and they all knew exactly why.

        • Vista-Cruiser

          Where you opened the Urbana instead…

      • delk

        Yelping with glee:

        We we disappointed that they had run out of the daily special but that was made up with the complimentary dessert of dead scalia.

      • Hal Watts

        My husband was working in the yard–I ran outside with the news and we were hugging and kissing. Had a nice bottle of wine that night to toast hopefully a better future for our country….

      • Ninja0980

        I had a toast upon hearing the news.
        Good riddance to that POS.

    • LackofFaithify

      I am shocked. The man performed an action that benefited other human beings…granted that action was his fat, corpulent, pear-shaped body dying, but hey, credit where credit is due right?!

    • bambinoitaliano

      A few of them work better from hell.

    • JT
      • Whiskered Sot

        Gah! Even drawn, those two look repulsive.

      • Oikos

        LOL

    • Nowhereman

      Fitting that he died at one of those kinky conservative all male retreats. I wonder if they dress up funny and go outside and pee on trees like they do at the Bohemian Grove.

    • Dying is the best thing he ever did as a justice. Was that mean? Good. I read his anti-gay rants in minority opinions so fuck Scalia and all his fans.

    • IamM

      4-4 Get out the vote people.

    • Librarykid

      Karma sure is biting the Rethugs in the ass repeatedly no? Such a shame Karma does not carry rabies. At least with a divided court, it will be harder for them to decide the election.

  • aar9n

    “both parties/candidates are the same”
    “I’m just not voting/voting for stein/Johnson”

    This is why we vote blue no matter who

  • Bill Post

    Wah wah…said the French horn…. or “freedom horn” if you’re Republican

  • thom

    uggh the Mexican president has got himself in a hole. he didn’t expect trump to show up but now that he has he doesn’t want to bash him. they’re playing nice on cnn right now.
    talking about “constructive conversation”

    • Gustav2

      Peña Nieto did say NAFTA has helped both countries…lol

      • thom

        he’s doing his best to make trump presidential

      • bambinoitaliano

        What a dumb ass!. He was just in Canada not too long ago.

    • Lazycrockett

      MSNBC interpreter doesn’t seem to know the language.

      • thom

        cnn is worse

        • Lazycrockett

          MSNBC is acting like he is being bothered to do this. He is actually sighing like a teenage emo.

    • bambinoitaliano
    • Lazycrockett

      I haven’t figured out one thing bout this speech.

    • Lazycrockett

      He isn’t looking good here.

    • Lazycrockett

      Well Drumpf is coming off like a 12 year old giving his first speech in front of class.

      • thom

        fucking fucker … he started out his campaign calling Mexicans rapists now he talks about how “tremendous” they are

        • bambinoitaliano

          Shows that he is a two face liar! Con artist.

        • BobSF_94117

          Well, they’re tremendous rapists…

      • bambinoitaliano

        And his spoke person and the media outlet will have a front page news of him looking presidential shortly.

    • BearEyes

      he didn’t expect trump to show up
      mistake numero uno

    • Lazycrockett

      Well Neito didn’t let Drumpf get the hand shake photo op. He didn’t move from the podium.

      • thom

        damn, no wonder he has horrible poll numbers. he’s completely fumbling these questions. and he let trump control the room

      • thom

        Trump’s (listless) performance isn’t important in itself. What was important was that EPN stood there and took him seriously.
        @jbarro

  • Rocco

    Perfect! Ain’t karma a bitch? Lol.

  • Gigi

    Can’t wait for Hillary to pack the court will her Liberal judges. She’s crooked so she’ll probably change the law to force the conservative judges to take an early retirement the day she’s sworn in. Then she’ll do away with the second amendment and take away all the guns. She can totally do that too because, you know, she’s Hillary. And crooked.

    • Mark

      And then do away with freedom of religion and persecute all them thar christians too!

      • BearEyes

        by taking away their tax exemptions.

        • EdA

          And make same-sex marriage compulsory, whether either party wants it or not, and allow us to choose whom we want. (I pick Matt Damon and/or Kevin Bacon.)

      • Gigi

        That goes without saying.

  • WeRTheSquirrels

    The sad thing is that this would have been allowed had Scalia been alive.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Sadly for him cause he is dead!

  • geoffalnutt

    Poor Butt-Hurt-licans…AGAIN!!!!!! Yay!

  • TheManicMechanic

    Scalia being dead is turning out to be as good for the country as it is for the worms.

    • Hank

      What makes you so sure, that the worms agree??? /s

    • Uncle Mark

      Doesn’t that make the worms cannibals?

    • Paula

      I thought the worms wouldn’t touch him out of professional courtesy.

    • Chucktech

      I think it also drives home the criticality of this upcoming election. This is NOT about “I hate Hillary” or “Hillary is a crook” or “Benghazi!!!11!!!1” It’s about shit like SCOTUS.

  • LackofFaithify
  • jakeinlove

    Ha! How’s that non-appointed judge working out for your McConnell & N.C.???!!!

  • Hal Watts

    Scalia is still quite dead. As my very charming, diplomatic southern mother would say at the death of a bad person, “His passing leaves the world a better place…”

  • LovesIrony

    klan loving shits loose again

  • Sam_Handwich
    • TrollopeReader

      LIAR !! PANTS ON FIRE !! /s

  • coram nobis

    A summer decision, even a stay or per curiam order, is unusual. Let’s see what happens, first Monday in October.

  • FAEN

    As a Northcarolian it gives great pleasure to say this-SUCK IT MCBIGOT! SUCK IT HARD!

  • safari

    O/T: I wish I’d stop getting Trump ads on here

    • Jay George

      If you’re using Chrome, you can get Adblock. 🙂 Pretty sure they have it for other operating systems as well.

      • safari

        I usually have it enabled. This is one of my few whitelisted sites.

        • johncAtl

          Only other option then is to delete the cookies. Deleting all is painful. And it can be hard to pinpoint which ones are driving the ads.

          So just look at it as the GOP giving Joe money.

    • Mike C

      Every Trump ad you see is a dollar out of Donald’s pocket and right into Joe’s. Enjoy!

    • OdieDenCO

      click on it, JMG gets $ donny pays money. I click on one at least once a day

      • johncAtl

        I think Joe said recently that you don’t actually need to click on them. He’s getting paid for impressions.

        • OdieDenCO

          no, you don’t need to click on it to earn money for JMG. but clicking on it returns a higher revenue

          • johncAtl

    • Kevin Perez

      I’m enjoying it. I see it as money to keep this website going while having zero influence. I just hope that Joe.My.God. insisted on payment up front. That Trump guy is likely to stiff you.

  • Sam_Handwich

    Trump’s reading from a prepared statement, so he’s not dropping his usual mouth turds. But i don’t see the point in this trip ….and Nieto ends up looking more informed and intelligent

    • bambinoitaliano

      He think he could convince the Latino communities to vote for him. Hey there, look at my Mexican schtick.

      • PickyPecker

        Look at my Mexican!

        • johncAtl

          People say he has the best Mexicans.

        • TrollopeReader

          Look at all my Mexicans! They’re the best! They work so hard! And so cheap! I don’t even have to pay them for their siestas! [Trump, not me!]

    • Bruno

      Guessing here. tRump is trying to come across looking presidential. Standing on a podium near the leader of another country. Not calling people names. Reading from a teleprompter. It’s what they’ve been trying to mold him into the last couple weeks.

      • houstonray

        I said it last night I think (fear) he will come out of this with a rise in poll numbers…a lot will depend on what he says tonight in Arizona and how his crowd reacts….

        • Bruno

          As long as he doesn’t say anything controversial, it won’t hurt him at least. A couple weeks ago people might scoff at the idea he could control himself, but now I’m not so sure he can’t.

          • johncAtl

            Can he control himself on a debate stage with Hillary? I’m sure she is being coached on how to say things to best get under his skin.

          • Bruno

            To be honest, I think so. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed about tRump, it’s that he’s VERY competitive with men and somewhat understated around women. I could totally see him just shrugging everything off. He won’t come off looking good in any debate, but I don’t know if we’ll be seeing him go off the rails like he did in the primaries either.

          • johncAtl

            But what about women who threaten his ego/masculinity? Megyn Kelly, Rosie O’Donnell, Elizabeth Warren, etc.

          • Bruno

            He fights them on Twitter, not in person. Even Megyn Kelly seemed to cow him with that question at the debate. It was only later on Twitter and on the phone with male journalists that he knocked her.

      • TrollopeReader

        is his teleprompter in espanol??

    • safari

      Think of it as the joy of a parent leaving their unruly child at day care and coming to pick them up and learning that they went through the entire day with only one time out and no biting.

    • TrollopeReader

      not watching … anything of interest or import??

    • Merv99

      The point is to reassure suburban white swing voters. It could actually help Trump, if he doesn’t anger his base.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        David Axelrod said on TV last week that Trump’s apparent softening or appeals to black and hispanic voters is really a “bank shot”; i.e., what he’s really trying to do is appeal to college-educated white voters who he has been losing to Hillary (and he would be the first Republican candidate to lose that demographic in several generations). I think Axelrod may be right.

  • billbear1961
    • Sam_Handwich

      MagnifiBEAR!

      • billbear1961

        It may be the Republic’s last hurrah, candidate Handwich; for the MSM, in their grovelling subservience to Drumpf, have turned against democracy!

        But let us celebrate while we can, and let Drumpf and his fascist party KNOW we will NOT let them GUT the Constitution and take us back a CENTURY without descending on the BASTARDS like a relentless SWARM of enraged HORNETS!!

        Did you HEAR me, slobbering fascist LACKEYS in the MSM?!

        • PickyPecker
          • billbear1961

            THAT is how I must react–ALWAYS–when faced with the machinations of these GANGSTERS–God DAMN them!!–instead of wringing my hands and weeping in fear, dearest Picky P!!

        • TrollopeReader

          ROAR !!!

        • MB

          Your husband unit cautioned me a few days ago not to directly enlist your help in being absolutely outraged, that you already have enough outrage for the two of us 🙂

          N I C E…K i t t y…….

  • Ninja0980

    Dead Scalia, the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Todd

    Bwaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa

    Bwaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa

    Bwaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa

    Bwaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaa Haaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Lazycrockett

    OHH they Brought in Brian Williams it must be Newsy.

    • TrollopeReader

      heh! maybe he’ll “verify” the reports with personal knowledge ….

  • Duane Dimitrov

    Boy, Scalia’s move from the DC area to the inner circles of Hell–and, yes, if there is a Hell* this now-defunct fuckwad is most definitely a resident–is the gift that keeps on giving.

    *Spoiler: Angry Sky God doesn’t exist, neither does heaven or hell.

  • bkmn

    A reminder that this election will impact whether SCOTUS goes further to the right or swings back to the left. This is big.

    • Gerry Fisher

      mmm-hmmm!

    • Homo Erectus

      Especially if we take control of the Senate. Buh-bye Mitch!

      • PeterC

        McConnell’s efforts to destroy the ability of the Supreme Court just did not pay off this time.

        • Librarykid

          He is such a used ass-wipe.

    • Ninja0980

      Not just SCOTUS but the lower courts as well.

  • bambinoitaliano

    The coward would not dare bring up the subject. https://twitter.com/BraddJaffy/status/771083159391899649

  • Kevin Perez

    Had Garland been confirmed, he may have upheld the North Carolina law. Mitch McConnell just handed North Carolina’s electoral votes to Hillary Clinton on a silver platter

    • clay

      Why? I thought he was in the Sandra Day O’Connor school of looking at the specifics of the case– what the legislature did and the law effects– both of which are so obvious in this case that the AG didn’t even offer a defense of the law.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    This right here is why it is so important to not throw a tantrum and let Trump fill the vacancy.

  • Ninja0980

    Just a reminder of why this election is so important.
    We knew voting rights were under attack when the five RATS gutted the VRA but now we know that they would gladly uphold any and all voter suppression laws.
    Get out and vote this fall, unless we want to go back to the Jim Crow days.

    • Belthazar

      No truer words written. Wish I could upvote 10x!

    • billbear1961

      The behaviour of the 4 reactionary “justices” is SHOCKING! That Kennedy would support such blatant racism shocks me!

      Thank God Breyer didn’t let us and democracy down THIS time!!

      • zhera

        It says a lot that Kennedy’s vote is shocking but Thomas isn’t.

        What the hell is going on in Thomas’ head?

        • William

          A game of Pong.

          • His ears are the paddles and his eyes are just blipping back and forth like the original 70’s Cylons.

        • Reality.Bites

          Not much

        • PeterC

          Nothing

  • Bruno
    • safari

      The state slighted him. He must claim it in the general to heal the scar in his soul.

      • Bruno

        Definitely hard to see that happening, even with a tighter race there.

    • Sam_Handwich

      he has 22 campaign offices there. 22! a quarter of his national total

    • clay

      It’s home to Rinse the Prius– you wanna bet those opened just after the RNC?

    • Vista-Cruiser

      In early November, I’ll be volunteering for the Democratic Party in either Wisconsin or Ohio.

  • Lazycrockett

    The media is running with the Drumpf is presidential in Mexico cause he stood there and read from a piece of paper. MSNBC said the stagecraft was an A+ seriously.

    SMGDHROMS

    • safari

      He stayed on script. That’s all I guess we’re looking for today.

      • OdieDenCO

        still hoping for an arrest at the airport for
        1) defamation of Mexican dignity or
        2) bring diseased ferret into country

        • safari

          I’m sure there is a Mexican equivalent of the TSA and their “random screenings”.

        • Richard, another Canuck

          Didn’t $100million disappear in the Trump Baja project that never was built? Perhaps he will be at least taken into custody for questioning about this deal.

    • Bryan

      “Thanks, Nicole Wallace.”

    • nowaRINO

      No, that came only from ‘w’s former press secretary.

    • Ninja0980

      Only came from W’s press sectary.

      • Lazycrockett

        Keep watching they are all parroting it.

        • Bruno

          This is why I’ve given up on MSNBC outside of the primetime shows on demand.

        • billbear1961

          They KNOW that jackass is dangerously unfit to be POTUS.

          The monumental level of irresponsibility makes me SICK!!

        • Ninja0980

          Just did and flipped the channel.
          It’s amazing how much of a pass they keep giving him, it truly is.

    • Gustav2

      Earnest delivered a sick burn while speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, saying it remained to be seen whether Trump’s reception in Mexico would be as enthusiastic as then-Sen. Obama’s trip to Germany during his 2008 presidential campaign.

      “It is not uncommon of course for leading presidential candidates to make overseas trips,” Earnest told the press pool. “One of the highlights was a trip to Germany, where the president spoke in Berlin to a crowd of about 100,000 Germans who warmly received him and enthusiastically cheered his speech. We’ll see if Mr. Trump is similarly received.”

    • PickyPecker

      ARTFUL! MASTERFUL! INCREDULOUS! not.

      Watch, tho….this quickie visit will show up on his resume under ‘foreign policy.’ lol

      • BobSF_94117

        Hey, he’s now got a 100% success rate in foreign affairs!

        • Reality.Bites

          Haven’t two ended in divorce so far?

    • Jonty Coppersmith

      The media folks only say what their corporate overlords allow them to say. No more free and independent media it seems. Even local newspapers are being bought out by the big corps.

    • BobSF_94117

      So, a bunch of people who make their living reading from a script read from a script saying Trump read well from a script.

      OK.

    • Ninja0980

      Expect them to the same for the debates as well.

  • The Opinionaire

    Somewhere in the depths of Hell, Scalia’s Ghost cries boiling tears of sadness.

    • coram nobis

      Enough to put out the Lake of Fire.

  • i wish i believed voting still matters, or is properly counted in every state.

    that said, this is good news. the simple fact is that amurka is “browning.” more Hispanic/Latin voters, more aware and active Af-Am voters, even more young people voting. to the old white men who control most of everything, this is all very scary. and there is nothing they can do about it.

    this 4-4 thing on the SCOTUS is proving to be more interesting than i thought it would be. the current Senate may not give the negro president a choice, but that isn’t working out exactly like they thought it would. this is one of those cases where what might’ve been a bad thing, actually worked out to be a good. more voting is always good, in my book.

  • AndyinChicago

    Man, this really puts the presidential election in perspective. Among the other million things.

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • Sam_Handwich

      hey that scared me

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Well, I hear he does like sandwiches.

  • SelectFromWhere

    And we in North Carolina REJOICE!!
    Suck it, McCrony!!

  • timncguy

    NC county Boards of Election, in reinstating the eliminated days of early voting, are still trying to eliminate hours, Sundays and polling places in order to still make it more difficult for people to take advantage of early voting.

    • safari

      It’s almost like they’re trying to make a trainwreck out of complying…

      • timncguy

        I think they may find themselves back in court before the election

    • clay

      Cutting out Sundays, and the public testimony the legislature recorded that led to that, was the biggest thing that ruined their defense.

      • William

        My county only has one Saturday of early voting even though two are allowed.

    • zhera

      I find is absolutely insane that the states can do these things. One law for all the states, equal and liberal access to voting for all. Anything else is insane!

      • John L

        up vote x 1000! And while we’re at, voting districts to be drawn by non-partisan committee, not by the party in power.

  • itsjoe618

    Governor McBigot is screwed now. Haha!

  • SelectFromWhere

    This really is huge, because NC is a swing state currently trending Blue at both the Presidential level and, most importantly, the governor level. Now that this is settled, “McCrony” should be out the door in January! His election was a fluke in the first place; NC usually goes Dem at the state level.

  • BobSF_94117

    It really is startling how willing half the Court is to tolerate abuse of the most precious civil right there is.

  • anne marie in philly

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! love wins again! FUCK YOU, mccrory!

  • Merv99

    I never understood the problem with making it easy for everyone to vote and letting the chips fall where they may.

    • Octavio

      That’s damn communist thinking!

    • andrew

      Republicans know that the higher the voter turnout the harder it is for them to win. So they try to suppress the vote, especially the votes of minorities who vote overwhelmingly Democrat.

  • Octavio

    kHmmmm . . . having only eight judges has turned out to be sort of a good thing so far. Hmmmmm . . . .

    • Friday

      Honestly, this one’s so egregious it’s a wonder it wasn’t 6-2.

  • Robert Conner

    Evenly split on voter suppression? Nice, America. Really nice. The GOP needs to go to the fabled trash heap of history, the sooner, the better.

    • clay

      or– evenly split on racist voter suppression.

      Not sure if that’s any better or worse.

      • Robert Conner

        Imagine Clarence Thomas voting in favor of suppressing black voters. Oh, actually you probably won’t have to imagine it!

        • Reality.Bites

          He only votes for it because he can’t actually do it.

          In the old south there were some black slave owners. Given the opportunity he’d absolutely have been one of them

  • Homo Erectus

    Vote like your life depends on it!

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say but in many instances of civil rights, a person who is good in one area can be a total dick in so many others.
    Today’s example of that being Anthony Kennedy, who thinks same sex couples should have a right to be married but being able to vote, especially if you are a POC?
    Whole different ballgame.

  • MB

    This is EXACTLY why there needs to be a Democratic President in the White House and a secure Democratic majority in The Senate (who confirms the SCOTUS nominees) for the next EIGHT years – to prevent the takeover of SCOTUS by old-school, fundamentalist, racist and xenophobic ideology of the 1940’s.

    Do WHATEVER you have to do (that’s completely legal of course) to get out the Democratic vote in your State. I don’t care if you do not like Hillary – – – – –

    **** THIS is more important than ALL of us or ANY of us. ****

  • William

    That Scalia smothering hotel pillow deserves a place of honor in the Smithsonian.

  • Michael Smith
  • ian

    Excellent news and a reminder how important it is to vote a Democrat ticket from top to bottom. Things on the SCOTUS are much better since that turd Scalia got flushed, but imagine where we’d be if it was not Scalia who died but RBG?

  • rextrek1

    just saw the Headline, did NOT read the article yet – but let me guess WHICH 4 – were FOR the LAW…………Gawd I HATE the GOP – Republicans and Everything they stand for……..

  • ceeenbee

    So pleased we have 8 justices.

  • JustSayin’

    Ha-Ha

    • Bj Lincoln

      That was my gut reaction. LOL

  • David

    Another reason to be happy that Scalia kicked the bucket.

  • TJay229

    Boy Paul Clement just cant win a case in SCOTUS can he…. LOL

  • JCF

    Oh Antonin, let me sing it again!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkq7WZTzkLQ

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  • robirob

    I bet now he will blame it on lack of funds that he can follow through.

  • Hugh Mabry

    Hopefully some more of the conservative pieces of shit will die, the court will move left, where it should be, and the United States of America will improve, at least a small amount.