What We're Reading: Full Power

June 29, 2011

What We're Reading: a daily round-up of quick hits, clips, and opinion pieces touching on key issues of democracy, justice, liberty and national security.

TPM reports fifteen Democratic Senators have written Attorney General Eric Holder, urging that the Justice Department use its "full power" to review the wave of voter photo ID laws being passed in states across the country.

The best thing the Washington Post can say about Monday's Supreme Court decision holding Arizona's Clean Elections Act unconsitutional is, "it could have been worse."

But conservative columnist George Will calls the decision a "win for political speech and political money."

On Thursday, the FEC is slated to vote on an advisory opinion request from two Democrat-affiliated Super PACs, "asking whether it would be legal for lawmakers and federal office holders to solicit money on behalf of a Super PAC raising unlimited sums of money."

Rep. Mike Honda and actor Martin Sheen take to the pages of the Washington Times to promote drug courts as part of criminal justice reform, reducing recidivism, and cutting the costs of our outsized prison system.

The New York Times asks, Should Justices Keep Their Opinions to Themselves?