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Power grab in Washington

Radical Republicans want absolute power to appoint Supreme Court justices that will favor corporate interests and the extreme right over the rest of us.

To get it, they plan to use a parliamentary trick they call the “nuclear option” to overturn 200 years of bipartisan checks and balances that have kept the courts fair for centuries.

Last term Senate Democrats confirmed almost 95 percent of President Bush’s judicial nominees. Eliminating the filibuster is not about overcoming “obstructionism,” it’s about the desire for complete one-party control.

While the “nuclear option” is likely to come up in a fight over a nominee, make no mistake – the real targets here are the four Supreme Court seats likely to turn over in the next four years.

Republicans have taken millions of dollars from their corporate backers. Now they’re seeking to use the courts to pay back their big donors by overturning protections they have long agitated to remove, like labor rights, environmental laws, and privacy rights.

John J. Bradley


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