Richard Reeves: The most powerful political operation in the country now is the Supreme Court, with the men and women in black are on their way to deciding their second national election in just the first decade of the century. In 2000, the justices stopped the counting of votes in the presidential election. This year they tilted (or mutilated) congressional elections by ruling corporations (and unions) may anonymously pump millions of dollars into campaigns. Citizens can give much smaller amounts, but have to reveal their names and addresses -- "transparency" they call that. "There is no legitimate case against transparency.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, accused of money laundering, will get a fair trial in Austin, a Texas judge ruled Wednesday. The Republican was indicted in 2005 on charges he illegally sent $190,000 in corporate money through the Republican National Committee to help elect GOP Texas legislative candidates in 2002. DeLay, who resigned in 2006, has pleaded not guilty to money laundering and conspiracy.