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Chief Justice John Roberts

'Unfettered' Prayer and the Roberts Court

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Don't say I didn't warn you what a Supreme Court led by a Chief Justice John Roberts would be like on separation of church and state. In 2005, I was invited to be an expert witness in the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings on John Roberts appointment to be Chief Justice.

Where the Tea Party and Occupy Movements See Corruption, John Roberts Sees Gratitude

David Paul | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Chief Justice John Roberts persists in denying what to the broad swath of the American public is self-evident: Money is corrupting our politics and undermining public confidence in our political institutions.

Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising

Danny Schechter | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Everyone's taking about the Supreme Court's perfectly predictable "Citizens United 2" McCutcheon decision. It's what we are not talking about that worries me.

Paul Blumenthal

The Roberts Court Tees Up The End Of Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission on Wednesday has potentially big implications for the future...

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.

The Difference Between Conservative and Liberal Justices

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

What is really going on here is a combination of intentional insularity and ideological patronage. Instead of wanting to have their ideas tested and challenged by their clerks, the conservative Justices apparently want their law clerks to applaud and affirm their views.

Paul Blumenthal

McCutcheon v. FEC: Supreme Court Skeptical Of Campaign Contribution Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slim majority of Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Tuesday that the federal government may cap the total amount of money that in...

The Umpire Changes the Rules

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Will we finally see the umpire that the Chief Justice promised us? Or will he continue to move the foul lines and alter the strike zone to favor the rich and the powerful? Americans should keep their eyes on the Court.

Chief Justice John Roberts' 'Snippets' Dissent

Charles Francis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Charles Francis

"Snippets" of legislative history are not a reason to "tar the political branches with the brush of bigotry," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in his dissent in Windsor, supporting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Roberts could have risen above "snippets" to look at congressional history itself.

If You're Pro-Choice You Should Take Heed

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?

We the People... No More?

Darryl Woodard | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

Corporations are made up of people, but given their juggernaut of financial power which also gives corporations the ability to live long and prosper to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, does that make corporations people too?

Joan Walsh: "They Are Trying To Repeal The 20th Century"

92nd Street Y | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, editor at large Joan Walsh spoke with us about her disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decisio...

The 15th Amendment Trumps the 10th Amendment on Voting Rights

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Chief Justice Roberts's other argument, that the states are entitled to "equal sovereignty," may be a nice idea, but it is not found anywhere in the Constitution.

Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As history has shown, radical Republicans won't be content with stealing the vote from the black guy down the street or that Latina woman at church or the college student next door or the senior citizen who relinquished his driver's license. They're coming for your right, too.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Gay Marriage, Black Voters and Roberts's Radicals-in-Robes

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgRon Reagan and Erick Erickson debate judicial matters after the DOMA and VRA decisions. But there's a larger subtext -- is Obama's center-left country and Roberts's hard-right Court moving toward a collision? Then, Obama tries to cool off the planet and the frenzy over Snowden.

The Supreme Court Rules There Is No One Left Standing To Appeal Prop. 8

Jessica Levinson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jessica Levinson

In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is simply no one left standing to appeal California's infamous 2008 ballot initiative, Proposition 8.

Brand New Day

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

So much bile has been spewed for so long by those who predicted society's total collapse if gay folk were granted equality under the law -- our simple right to the pursuit of happiness.

Jason Linkins

Utopia Achieved As A Litany Of Pervasive Discriminatory Practices Are Ended With Magical Thinking

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4, party-line vote, gutted the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. But don’t worry, everybody. "Our country has changed," assure...

Howard Fineman

John Roberts Is Washington's Most Cold-Blooded Pol

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The shrewdest, most manipulative and radical politician in this city isn't the president or a member of Congress. He's the chief justice...

Chief Justice Roberts and the Right-Wing Majority's True Colors

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Weiler

Roberts is a Stepford judge - the tip of the spear of the conservative movement's three decade long march through the judiciary - a robotic ideologue ceaselessly committed to undermining legal protections for the vulnerable while further stacking the deck in favor of the already-powerful.

Supreme Court Stands With NGOs In Landmark Free Speech Ruling

Lindsay Coates | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Today, NGOs scored a major legal victory when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that a USAID policy requirement infringed upon Americans' right to free speech.

Springfield's Lesson for Chief Justice Roberts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Anthony Michael Kreis

It is a matter of if and not when the freedom to marry will prevail in Illinois. However, this week Springfield reaffirmed that the country in which we live is a far cry from a place where politicians are "falling over themselves" to stand for same-sex couples' equality.

On the Least Dangerous Branch and the Politics of Judging

Ray Brescia | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Ray Brescia

Whether the Court's recent turns will threaten the public's perception of the Court, and the court system as a whole, remains to be seen. But the jury is out, and the data seems to be coming in: The Court appears in the midst of a significant partisan turn, one that could threaten its long-term legitimacy.

The Supreme Court and Marriage Equality

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Justice Roberts has demonstrated that he understands that as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court he has a responsibility not just to his own ideological views, and interpretation of the constitution, but to the institution of the Court as well.

WATCH: Colbert Talks John Roberts' Gay Cousin

Posted 03.29.2013 | Comedy

Even though the oral arguments for and against the Defense of Marriage Act have ended, Stephen Colbert is on pins and needles waiting for a decision. ...