Politics around the nation

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John Lott Jr. argues in new book that judicial-nominations system is broken; responses from Michael Teter, Clint Bolick, John McGinnis [Cato Unbound]

“Weaponized IRS” meets Administration’s political needs at cost of future public trust [Glenn Reynolds, USA Today]

“For some time, however, cause lawyers have moved in and out of government, thus complicating the traditional picture of lawyer-state opposition.” [Douglas Nejaime, “Cause Lawyers Inside the State,” SSRN via Legal Ethics Forum]

Gun rights: public opinion has changed over the decades in a big way [Bryan Caplan, Steven Greenhut]

“Mostyn Law Firm donates $1 million to help Wendy Davis in Texas governor’s race” [Washington Examiner, New Republic] Plaintiff’s bar supporting GOP primary challenges to Texas Supreme Court incumbents Phil Johnson, Jeff Brown, and Chief Justice Nathan Hecht [TLR]

Nassau’s Kathleen Rice: “Anti-Corruption Panel Co-Chair Receives Big Donations From Sheldon Silver’s Law Firm” [Ken Lovett, NYDN]

Rule of thumb: a political party leans libertarian in proportion to the number of years since it last held the White House [Orin Kerr]

Dept. of Justice indicts a prominent Obama critic on campaign finance charge [Ira Stoll]

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