Obama Takes South Carolina by Huge Margin

Barack Obama is up 55-27 over Hillary Clinton with 93% of precincts reporting. A few of the counties with only a few precincts reported — Chester, Hampton & Richland counties, most notably — contain far high numbers of black citizens than the counties which have reported their votes, and far higher concentrations of blacks than the overall state average. Hampton and Chester are both about 45-50% black, so Obama will probably edge up a couple more points before it’s over.
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Obama Victory: South Carolina Breakdown

Barack Obama didn’t just win this election, he dominated from one end of the state to the other. South Carolina has 46 counties and the only two counties Obama failed to win were Oconee County (birthplace of John Edwards, which only has a black population of only 8%) and Horry County which — with a large retirement community — skews heavily to Clinton and possesses only about half the proportion of black citizens as the rest of the state. Yet despite that Obama came within six points of Clinton there 33-39% of the vote and beat John Edwards by 33-28%. Obama’s individual vote count exceeds that of the two top Republican finishers combined, McCain and Huckabee who received 279,273 between them while Obama took 295,091 on his own.
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Most Interesting Application of Roe v. Wade Ever!

I must say that when people started fighting for the right to an abortion, I’m sure that they never thought that it would come up in this context. The Sixth Circuit, relying on Supreme Court precedent, held that the state of Missouri must provide transportation to abortion clinics for inmates who want an abortion. This will almost certainly be appealed and I will eagerly be watching to see if the Supreme Court takes it and then how it will rule.
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Hate Speech and the First Amendment

Speaking of the First Amendment, Glenn Greenwald posted an excellent piece yesterday about hate speech law in Canada. The hate speech movement has gained a ton of credence in Europe and Canada. Europe is especially sensitive to these types of law because of its violent encounters with hate speech during the course of the 20th century.
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