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Activist Judges

Can Republicans Be Persuaded to Join the Fight Against Citizens United?

Matt Zencey | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Matt Zencey

Will there ever be enough Republican support to accomplish the daunting task of overturning the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, which lets corporations and unions spend millions of dollars to drown out your voice in elections?

The Supreme Court: Out of Touch and Out of Line

Nan Aron | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Nan Aron

It's probably too much to ask that the Supreme Court's right wing espouse the same principles from one case to the next. But legal flip-flopping is not the biggest potential problem in the Court's consideration of the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court Might Decide Their Second Election

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

It was a similar crew of conservative justices on the Supreme Court that decided that their long-held beliefs on states' rights were irrelevant and made George W. Bush our next president in 2000. Now, they're back -- and they might decide yet another presidential election.

Gingrich, Santorum, Perry, Bachmann to Court: "Will an (Activist) Judge Put Me on Virginia Ballot?"

Paul Abrams | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Virginia Law sets the conditions for candidates to get on the Virginia primary ballot. Now come Gingrich, Santorum, Perry and Bachmann asking a judge to overrule the law and put them on the ballot. What kind of judge could possibly do that?

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Strikes Back At Critics

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

AMES, IOWA -- Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus fired back Tuesday against critics seeking to oust her and two other justices who were a ...

Christian Bias and Supreme Court Extremism

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The Supreme Court revealed to the world recently an extraordinary religious extremism that belies any quaint notion of judicial restraint.

Conservative v. Liberal Justices: Piercing the Myths

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Conservative commentators have persuaded the public that conservative judges apply the law, whereas liberal judges make up the law. These are appealing but wholly disingenuous descriptions of what judges actually do.

Citizens United Reveals the Danger of Our Right Wing Supreme Court

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Here is the dirty little secret the GOP doesn't want you to know: The four extreme right wing Supreme Court justices are as activist as any judges can get.

Marriage Rights Should Not Be Determined By Popular Opinion

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Allowing marriage to become the subject of a popular opinion poll, as has taken place in this country, disturbs the very principles upon which this nation was founded.

Scalia Misquoted On Brown v. Board Of Education (CORRECTED)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CORRECTION: An item posted here -- reporting that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that if he were on the court in 1954, he would have dissen...

The Supreme Lightness of Meaning

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Just what do people mean by "judicial activism? Should we prefer judicial passivity?

In Choosing Souter's Replacement, Obama Should Follow the Lead of... George W. Bush?

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

If George W. Bush was able to influence the Court for the next 20 years, Obama certainly should do the same.

The Final Rose Ceremony: Prop 8

Judge David Young | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge David Young

Every once in a while basic constitutional rights safeguard minority groups from the tyranny of an electoral majority. I'm hoping this is one of these times.

Still With Us: The Politics of Fear

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

The past few weeks have given us yet more evidence that our post-9/11 Islamophobia is still alive and well.

What So Proudly We Hail (video)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tom Gregory

Times may change but he American Flag remains undaunted, ready to solicit a tear of joy, surge of pride, or a blast of an anthem at her spot-lit presence.