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Amanda Terkel

McConnell Skips Obama Dinner, Eats With Federalist Society | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sam Stein contributed reporting. WASHINGTON -- On the day that Republican leaders were supposed to have a bipartisan meeting and an intimate dinner ...

Amanda Terkel

Mitch McConnell: Counting On The Courts To Help GOP Overturn Health Care Reform | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) outlined a second part of his strategy in repealing health care reform in a speech to the...

Amanda Terkel

The Federalist Society: Where Are They Now? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Federalist Society is one of the most powerful and unique organizations in the conservative orbit, describing itself as "a group of ...

Scalia Spars With Liberal Justice Over Death Penalty, Democratic Election

AP | BETSY BLANEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

LUBBOCK, Texas — One of the most conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most liberal ones sparred Friday over capital pu...

A Right to Bare Arms? Arm Bears? The 2nd Amendment (Civics Primer #2)

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

There is little doubt that the Founders and Framers expected men to have a gun at the ready to defend the country. But does that 18th century logic still hold in a country with a standing army, state militias, and local police forces?

The Chamber, Citizens United, and the Campaign for the Third Branch

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

While the success of the Chamber of Commerce's attempt to influence the mid-term election remains to be seen, we already know that its decades-long effort to influence the United States judiciary has been a resounding success.

Big Brothers Are Watching You

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

Orwell's "1984" was twenty-six years off target, and picked the wrong side of the capitalistic coin. The Koch brothers are Big Brother, and the millio...

The Word: Feariness

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

There are two kinds of fear, and they're easy enough to tell apart. The real kind of fear is the fear that keeps you safe. The false fear is what the doomsayers use to attract members and money.

Justice Alito Will Not Attend Obama's State Of The Union

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — When Supreme Court justices enter the House of Representatives in their black robes for the president's next State of the Union add...

Citizens United -- Game Changer

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We can't really predict what will happen on November 2. All we know is that the historical trends are pushing against the Democrats, and that Citizens United has definitively tipped the scales in favor of the oligarchy.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Unhurt After Fall Outside Rhode Island Restaurant

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia is unhurt after he tripped outside a restaurant in Providence, R.I. The incident happened Sunday just after...

Kagan: She Had Me at Scalia

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian F. Keane

Even though they clearly differ in their approaches to the law, there is little doubt that Kagan believes Justice Scalia is someone who should be on the Court. I couldn't agree more.

Sessions Obsessions Hatch a Conspiracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Supreme Court nominee hearings clearly bring out the worst in Republicans. The contradictions and hypocrisy seen in their differential treatment of Republican and Democratic candidates for the court are awe-inspiring.

WaPo 'On Faith': Religious Freedom to Exclude | Michael Kessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Michael Kessler The Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited opinion in Christian Legal Society Chapter of the University of California, Hastings C...

Supreme Court Rejects RNC's Soft Money Appeal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban on unlimited contributions to political parties, rejecting a Republican Party appeal ...

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.

A Right-Wing Court? The Democrats Fault

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Greener

To halt the Supreme Court's inexorable march toward the far right, the president must nominate a legitimate liberal, a known quantity, a product of the Democratic Party left

Week's Funniest Joke: GOP Demands Obama Nominate Mainstream Candidate to Supreme Court

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Obama should nominate an overtly leftist candidate as a counterweight to the right wing extremism of Alito, Roberts and Scalia. Let the GOP filibuster, and bluster. Bring it on.

When Ideology in Supreme Court Confirmations Goes Too Far

Seth Stern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Stern

Twenty years after Brennan's retirement, we are witnessing yet another confirmation battle where most senators of the opposite party seem inclined to reject a nominee based largely on ideological grounds.

Eugene Scalia, Antonin Scalia: Father And Son Appear Divided Over Campaign Finance Law

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eugene Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, thinks the provisions drawn up in the DISCLOSE Act, the legislative response to the Suprem...

What Are Honest Services?

James D. Zirin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James D. Zirin

No one can seriously doubt that we live in a time sadly memorialized by the dishonesty and hypocrisy of public officials. Is prosecuting them under an "honest services" statue effective?

Supreme Court's Majority Sides With U.S. Chamber Of Commerce In Over 2/3 Of Cases

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)— A study from a liberal interest group says the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts has a decidedly pro-business tilt, e...

The Five Factors I Hope the President Considers When Choosing the New Supreme Court Justice

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

The new justice must be just liberal enough to be outraged by the philosophies of Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts and Samuel Alito.

Dan Froomkin

Justice Stevens, Last Of His Line | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Justice John Paul Stevens's departure from the Supreme Court represents the end of an era. Just not the one you are probably thinking of. Stevens's u...

Antonin Scalia Gives Sonia Sotomayor A Supreme Court Linguistics Lesson

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It's not just what you say, but how you say it, Justice Antonin Scalia often advises lawyers. So when Justice Sonia Sotomayor was ...