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Any Self-Respecting Supreme Court Would Have Struck Down the Texas Abortion Law

Andy Schmookler | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The essential fact in this Texas abortion case is this: that the purpose of the law was transparently to prevent women from exercising a right that the Supreme Court has declared that the Constitution grants them.

It's The Supreme Court, Stupid

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Those who have studied the role of the Supreme Court in American life understand above all this November's election is about who will nominate and confirm the next Justices.

Maybe A Supreme Court With 8 Justices Isn't So Bad After All

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

Amidst the partisan clash over whether a Supreme Court nominee should be confirmed in an election year, there’s a rising philosophical debate over w...

Supreme Court Nominations in an Election Year and the Anarchists in the Senate

Paul Finkelman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Paul Finkelman

One wonders what Justice Kennedy thinks of the behavior of Senator McConnell and his colleagues? Does he cringe at the notion that he would not have his job if the Democrats had acted this way in 1988?

Senate GOP Disses American Voters

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The majority party in the Senate is saying it doesn't acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate, twice-elected U.S. president with the right and duty under the U.S. Constitution to nominate justices to fill vacancies on the high court.

Antonin Scalia's Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Bill Blum | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Bill Blum

In November, when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, abortion-rights advocates across the country agonized that the death knell had sounded for Roe v. Wade.

The Future Of Abortion Rests On How One Man Wants To Go Down In History

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices have written some of the most consequential words about reproductive rights since 1973...

Supreme Court Showdown

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 02.24.2016 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

As a consequence of endless Republican obstructionism, voters are frustrated and angry with Washington. This has led to the rise of Donald Trump as a Republican presidential candidate, and a civil war within the party.

Hey Republicans! We Won't Stand for Your Stealing What We Won Fair and Square

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In 2012, Americans engaged in the constitutional process for deciding who would get the powers of the presidency. In that election, millions of us Americans won an important right: to have our guy name the person to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court if any were to open up. We won it fair and square.

The Legal Case Against Obama's Supreme Court Pick

John A. Tures | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's a little known fact, but there are legal arguments against President Obama being able to make his Supreme Court pick.

'Justice Scalia' Is an Oxymoron

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Scalia promoted anything but justice in his opposition to the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action, women's reproductive freedoms, and in particular, the rights and freedoms of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* people.

Watch the National Review Shift the Goalposts in the SCOTUS Confirmation Debate

Susan J. Demas | Posted 02.14.2016 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

The idea that a president with more than 10 months left in his term shouldn't do so is curious, but let's not pretend this is a serious tussle over constitutional intent.

Supreme Irony: GOP Peddles Denial of Justice!

Martin Lewis | Posted 02.14.2016 | Politics
Martin Lewis

Republicans have shown enormous respect for the Constitution of the United States of America and their hero Associate Justice Antonin Scalia by instantly using his death to demand that President Obama ignore the Constitution for the next 340 DAYS.

Ted Cruz Gets His Facts Wrong On Supreme Court Nominations

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz got facts wrong in a statement opposing the prospect of President Barack Obama nominating a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin S...

Here's What Happened Last Time An Outgoing President Made A Supreme Court Nomination

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 02.14.2016 | Politics

Just minutes after news broke Saturday afternoon that Antonin Scalia had died at 79, Republicans said they would not confirm President Barack Obama's ...

5 Reasons The Supreme Court's Climate Ruling Hasn't Destroyed The Planet. Yet.

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court issued a setback to the Environmental Protection Agency's plan to cut emissions from power plants this week, which tip...

As Prisons Stay Crowded, California's Governor Pushes Ballot Initiative to Cut Inmate Population

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.04.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

By Christopher Zoukis Midway through his first term as governor of California, in 1976 Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. signed into law a strict mandatory...

Justice Scalia Calls Out A Colleague For Flip-Flopping On Juvenile Justice

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

Justice Antonin Scalia didn't make it to the Supreme Court this week, but he did leave a snippy note for Justice Anthony Kennedy in a major juvenile j...

Supreme Court Sides With Children Automatically Sentenced To Die In Prison

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that children automatically sentenced to die in prison should get an opportunity to try for a more lenient sent...

The Most Important Election Ever?

Jason P. Steed | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics
Jason P. Steed

Assuming the next president gets to replace all four of the oldest justices (Ginsburg, Scalia, Kennedy, and Breyer), we're in for a big shift. A Democrat could transform the Court's somewhat reliable 5-4 conservative majority into a solid 6-3 liberal majority.

Supreme Court Makes Everyone Lie About Abortion

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Abortion again is headed to the Supreme Court. At issue is a Texas law setting medical standards for abortionists.

Solitary Confinement: A Personal Take

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 11.16.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

Looking into the future of American corrections, I present a question to both myself and others: If not solitary confinement, then what? For the most part there is no good answer in the current model of coercive rule.

Supreme Court To Hear Abortion Case That Could Erode Roe v. Wade

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.01.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could further narrow a woman's right to obtain an abortion. The dispute, which the justices adde...

Anthony Kennedy's Citizens United Disclosure Salve 'Not Working'

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the 2010 Citizens United decision allowing corporations and unions to spend unlimited ...

Justice Kennedy: Public Officials In Kim Davis' Position Should Follow The Law Or Resign

ThinkProgress | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a member of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc who nevertheless has authored several important gay rights opinions, sugg...