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**Live from the Republicans' Self-Made Gehenna:** Remember: the barrel of what passes for "moderate" Republicans these days is thoroughly rotten: **Scott Lemieux**: _[The Five Worst Roberts Court Rulings][]_: >Most progressives would rank Citizens United v. FEC as the worst ruling ever handed down by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts... [The Five Worst Roberts Court Rulings]: >But five other rulings are... even more disastrous.... Shelby County v. Holder. The Roberts Court’s evisceration of the most important civil-rights legislation passed since Reconstruction was its lowest moment.... The “equal sovereignty of the states” doctrine that the chief justice used to trump Congress’s explicit powers is a Roberts invention, and he has yet to identify any constitutional basis or Supreme Court precedent for it.... As Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg noted in a dissent that gets the better of the Roberts majority opinion on every point... [his] argument makes as much sense as “throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” >NFIB v. Sebelius... its Medicaid expansion holding.... It would be hard to identify a worse decision in the history of the Supreme Court.... As a legal argument, it’s not quite as bad as the one... Continue »