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Antonin Scalia

Scalia and Alito: Have You No Sense of Decency, Sirs?

Bill Quigley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

It is past time for family, friends, lawyers, legal associations and law schools to ask Alito and Scalia to halt and to answer the question "Have you no sense of decency, sirs?"

Igor Bobic

Jeb Bush Admires Clarence Thomas, Thinks Antonin Scalia Is The 'Most Interesting Opinion Writer'

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two current Supreme Court justices stand out to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who is almost certain to launch his campaign for presi...

The Top Arguments for and Against Same-Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court

Matt Baume | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

There are consequences to waiting. Couples are denied their rights, which has ramifications from child custody to driver licenses to death certificates. Look at what the status quo means: Gay couples separated in hospitals. Losing their life savings when one passes away. Having a marriage license revoked when they cross state lines.

Thank You, Bobby Jindal!

Steven Conn | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

At one level, Jindal's essay is almost bizarre -- a sloppy combination of faulty reasoning, self-promotion and aggrieved whining. But Jindal has also inadvertently clarified what's really at stake in this recent flare-up over "religious freedom."

Does Religious Freedom Trump Other Constitutional Rights?

James D. Zirin | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
James D. Zirin

Religious fundamentalism is alive and well in the Supreme Court, and abortion rights are an endangered species. The interesting thing is that the terms "abortifacient," "Obamacare mandate," "accommodation," "buffer zone" or "contraceptive" were all unknown at the time of the Constitution.

5 Things to Look for in the Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

Adam Winkler | Posted 04.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Adam Winkler

During oral argument, the justices aren't interested in educating the citizenry. The questions and comments fly quickly -- and usually right over most people's heads. To help out, here are five things to look for in Tuesday's oral argument.

Antonin Scalia Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'The High Court's Counterweight'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was celebrated in Time Magazine's list of "The 100 Most Influential People," joining the ranks of such notab...

Wolf at the Door: Antonin Scalia and the Legal Conservative Movement

Peter Schwartz | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Schwartz

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once remarked in a dissent that many dangers visit the Court in sheep's clothing, "but this wolf comes as a wolf....

Jonathan Cohn

Here's What Scalia Said About Obamacare Last Week. It's Not What He Said 3 Years Ago.

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

It's going to be at least a few weeks, and probably a few months, before we know what the Supreme Court is going to do with Obamacare. But Wednesday's...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week proved that while the arc of the moral universe may bend towards justice, it often takes a very circuitous route. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Affordable Care Act. At stake is not only the future of Obamacare but also the frayed legitimacy of the Court itself. The unintentional joke of the day was offered by Justice Scalia, who, apparently without irony, suggested Congress would fix Obamacare if the court struck it down: "You really think Congress is just going to sit there while all of these disastrous consequences ensue?" Good one. Less funny was the Justice Department's scathing report that same day detailing egregious discrimination by the Ferguson police department and court system. It certainly added sobering context to Saturday's marking of the 50th anniversary of Selma's "Bloody Sunday" march. We have come a long way and yet we still have so far to go.

Five Takeaways From the King v. Burwell Arguments

Jamin Raskin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Jamin Raskin

5. This argument makes clear how important it is to have the right Justices on the Supreme Court. It's not just for the big-forest constitutional questions but for the in-the-trees statutory questions where a lot of our law is made, and where all of us have a very important stake.

For Catholics, There's Something About Torture

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

For American Catholics to confront American torture, we have to confront our own tortured and torturing history as a church.

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

Activist Comics: Disclosure

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 01.18.2015 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

After $145 million of anonymous spending in the midterm elections, the American public remains none the wiser as to who not only wanted to spend fortunes influencing politics, but needed to do it without exposing their identities and their motives.

Congress Should Reject War Authorization Against Islamic State: Tell President No to Stupid War

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

President Barack Obama finally is obeying the law. He wants Congress to authorize military action against the Islamic State. That's what the Constitution requires.

Question Before the Court: Can Corporations Betray Retirees?

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

M&G has stricken hundreds of families in this rural West Virginia region with fear. They're scared they won't be able to afford health insurance they believed they'd earned. A decision by the Supreme Court affirming the lower courts' rulings would relieve retirees like 78-year-old Tackett and restore justice in Point Pleasant.

Supreme Court Lifts Hold On Gay Marriages In Kansas

AP | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas. The court on Wednesday denied the state's request to prevent ...

We Need an Accounting of America's Innocent Prisoners

David A. Love | Posted 12.30.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Jimmy Dennis, William Nieves, Fred Thomas, the original Lex Street Massacre defendants and others are not aberrations. Surely there are more, many more, in prisons in Pennsylvania and throughout the nation.

Testing Under the Influence

Tom Dalzell | Posted 12.28.2014 | San Francisco
Tom Dalzell

Rarely are California's doctors, unions and the Republican Party on the same page -- but this year, Proposition 46, which would mandate drug testing for doctors, is making some strange bedfellows.

Opponents Ask Supreme Court To Block Texas Voter ID Law

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Civil rights lawyers on Wednesday asked a U.S. Supreme Court justice to block a Texa...

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

Shadee Ashtari

Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion'

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The separation of church and state doesn’t mean “the government cannot favor religion over non-religion,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia a...

Ginsburg Singles Out The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling

New Republic | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge’s judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade mi...

ORNSTEIN: Judicial Activists Undermining The Constitution

The Atlantic | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Even so, there is another strain of interpretation that has arisen to challenge this one, closely identified with Justice Antonin Scalia. Known as tex...