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As my show started at 10am ET, I had one eye glued to the SCOTUSblog live blog coverage of their decisions.  There was a very good decision today in the ruling that said juveniles couldn’t be given life sentences without the possibility of parole.  There was another good decision, for the most part, on Arizona’s SB1070, which struck down most of that heinous law, but kept the “paper-please” portion (though without commenting on what should be done with the information that someone stopped is or is not in the country legally).  And the really ugly part came in its 5-4 decision striking down the Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld a 100-year-old Montana state law that banned corporations in that state from spending any of their corporate cash to support or oppose a candidate or a political party.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont responded quickly, with this message arriving very quickly in my inbox:

 WASHINGTON, June 25 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Montana Supreme Court ruling that allowed limits on campaign contributions:

“I am extremely disappointed but not surprised that the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Montana court ruling that would have allowed limits on campaign contributions.

“The U.S. Supreme Court’s absurd 5-4 ruling two years ago in Citizens United was a major blow to American democratic traditions. Sadly, despite all of the evidence that Americans see every day, the court continues to believe that its decision makes sense.

“In recent weeks, multi-billionaires such as the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson have made it clear that, as a result of the Citizens United decision, they intend to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to buy this election for candidates who support the super-wealthy. This is not democracy. This is plutocracy. And that is why we must overturn Citizens United if we are serious about maintaining the foundations of American democracy.

“I intend to work as hard as I can for a constitutional amendment to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision.

“In his famous speech at Gettysburg during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln talked about America as a country ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’ Today, as a result of the Supreme Court’s refusal to reconsider its decision in Citizens United, we are rapidly moving toward a nation of the super-rich, by the super-rich and for the super-rich. That is not what America is supposed to be about. This Supreme Court decision must be overturned.”

To see Sanders’ proposed constitutional amendment, click here.

 The Supreme Court will again convene on Thursday to release their final decisions for this session, including on the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare)….

I discussed today’s decisions as they were announced with Stephen Goldstein, op-ed columnist for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and author of Atlas Drugged: Ayn Rand Be Damned!

Also on the show this morning, I chatted with the Democratic candidate for Congress from Pennsylvania’s 16th district, Aryanna Strader, who goes up against one of the right’s biggest champions against women’s reproductive rights, Joe Pitts. She’s been endorsed by the Blue America PAC, and could use your help!

And if it’s Monday, it’s Fools on the Hill™ with Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars – she watches the Sunday talking head shows so you don’t have to, and brought us these stories today:

 In a reality-based world, this whole “Fast and Furious” trumped-up scandal would be dismissed and ridiculed by a press corps interested in informing the public.  But instead, the media laps up the Republican framing eagerly, allowing them to push this absolutely ludicrous conspiracy theory that Obama is taking their guns away by not actually pursuing gun control laws, but by allowing a federal agent to be killed by guns purchased legally and run over the border.  Try as I might, I can’t find any sense to the conspiracy, much less evidence.  But when has that stopped the media from enabling a conservative meme?

The sad part is that even Darrell Issa, who was booked on three different shows, admits that there’s no evidence that the White House is involved on Fox News Sunday.  But that doesn’t stop him from doubling down and asserting that this is all again about gun control on This Week.  

And then there are the proxies.  Former Republican presidential candidate and current Texas governor Rick Perry told Bob Schieffer that President Obama’s use of executive privilege is positively Nixonian.  Perry conveniently forgot about all the times that his Texan predecessor GWB invoked executive privilege.  Apparently, it’s too much to ask Schieffer to push back on the such over the top accusations.

On Meet the Press, Darrell Issa pointedly refused to answer David Gregory’s direct questions. To his credit, Gregory was pretty tough, getting it out there that Issa’s pursuing information about what the DOJ may have said about Issa, not about the incident that resulted in Agent Terry’s death.  But Issa barrels through with his talking points anyway.  But the thing that gets me is the Democratic proxy in the person of Bill Richardson.  When asked for his response, Richardson goes down the milquetoast route and starts off with a “Both sides need to concede….” statement.  Seriously, how difficult is it to find strong Democratic proxies willing to call this out for what it is?  (the entire clip is long—almost 3 minutes—but it’s worth listening for the contrast and the set up Richardson gets and blows).

Credit where credit is due, at least Hilary Rosen does a decent job of acting as a proxy and said exactly what needed to be said: Holder is the target because he’s the man between the GOP and voter suppression laws.

And finally, because it’s too funny to pass up: Peggy Noonan apparently exceeded her Sunday mimosa limit before appearing on the This Week panel, admitting that she forgot mid-sentence what her point was.  And yet, it’s a safe bet she’ll be on another show next week.  But her point still won’t be clear.