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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Wingnuts' love-hate relationship with the 14th Amendment

The Supreme Court building in Washington DC
Of all of the Republican-manufactured controversies during the Obama presidency, a less-remembered episode may be the most telling of all. Unable to prevent three-fifths of the Senate from voting to confirm Elena Kagan as the newest Supreme Court justice, Republicans in May 2010 denounced Obama's nominee—for declaring that the Founding Fathers' three-fifths of a person standard for counting African-American slaves was a "defect" in the U.S. Constitution.

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