It was surely the only time that lawmakers hammering out the financial-regulation bill were lobbied by a man wearing a hoodie and a New York Yankees baseball hat. That’s how Russell Simmons showed up on Capitol Hill earlier this month to fight a proposal to cap the fees retailers pay banks to process debit-card payments.
In a bright yellow suit and matching bow tie, DJ Cassidy took a bite of his five-foot-tall 30th- birthday cake in the shape of a bottle of Hennessy Black and gave some instructions to the guests on the dance floor.
The 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case is fast becoming as explosive as Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) or Roe v. Wade (1973). It took nearly 60 years before the Supreme Court reversed the Plessy endorsement of “separate but equal” treatment of the races in Brown v. Board of Education, and opponents of abortion are still waiting (probably in vain) for Roe to go.