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Constitution Check: Is the "Roberts Court" Driven by Politics?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

In today's polarized political environment, commentators can get caught up in the partisanship, and assume that government action not to their liking is necessarily driven by political bias. That borders on the silly and, at a minimum, shows a lapse of historical memory.

Mike Sacks

President Obama Locks Horns With Chief Justice Roberts

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Looking to a Supreme Court decision in the health care case months away, President Barack Obama has locked horns with Chief Justice John...

Meet the New Boss: Is the Court Making a Supreme Power Grab?

Ethan Rome | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

If the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, or key components of it, it will be saying that it's the new boss in lawmaking and that Congress should step aside.

Cry the Beloved Country: Why the Supreme Court Should Leave Obamacare Alone

David Paul | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
David Paul

Lost in the arguments of conservatives and right-wing activists was the fact that the individual mandate -- the essential element that would bring tyranny to our homes -- was initially raised as the preferred strategy for health care reform by the right.

Mike Sacks

The Roberts Court Comes Of Age

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 04.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "I win. Every time." So said Chief Justice John Roberts during Supreme Court argument Wednesday afternoon, stepping into the shoes of so...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Takes On Life-Without-Parole Sentence For Teens Convicted Of Murder

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2005, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for minors no matter how heinous the crime. In 2010, the justices drew the same line...

Mike Sacks

Why Supreme Court Conservative Majority Doesn't Mean Health Reform Smackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court will not overturn health care reform. At least if the five-justice conservative majority that brought the country Citizens United an...

Liberals Look For Conservative Supreme Court Allies On Health Care Law

ABC News | Ariane de Vogue | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

With less than two weeks to go before the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear six hours of oral arguments in the case challenging the constitutionality...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Debates Lying About Military Honors

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning appeared divided over whether to strike down a federal law that makes it a crime for a person to ...

Citizens United Revisited? Buckle Up, Chief Justice Roberts

Josh Silver | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Josh Silver

If our current campaign finance system isn't corrupt, what is? A handful of billionaires can decide who the next president will be. If our Supreme Court doesn't find that corrupt, then they are using a very different dictionary than the rest of America.

Mike Sacks

100,000 Progressives Petition Justice Clarence Thomas To Recuse Himself From Health Care Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the health care cases to be heard in March took a theatrical turn at the Su...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Leaves Clues How It Will Decide Health Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Kaiser Family Foundation poll published as the Supreme Court went into mid-term recess last week reveals that nearly 60 percent of Ame...

Mike Sacks

Warrantless GPS Tracking Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The installation of a GPS tracking device onto a suspect's car constitutes a search -- and therefore could require a warrant -- the Supr...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Shields Church From Minister's Lawsuit

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Employees of religious organizations whose job duties reflect "a role in conveying the Church's message and carrying out its mission" ar...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Fusses Over Indecent TV

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "There's a bare buttock there, and there's a bare buttock here," said Seth Waxman, pointing up to the historical and mythical figures th...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Backs Away From Texas Firestorm

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time and timing was of the essence Monday afternoon during Supreme Court oral argument over which legislative maps Texas may use in its ...

Mike Sacks

Justices Weigh Guns, Gangs And Broad Search Warrants

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court grappled with guns, gangs and a detective's good faith in executing a search warrant at oral argument Monday morning. ...

Mike Sacks

What 'Citizens United' And A Case Tuesday Have In Common

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn't always cast the decisive swing vote. He too can be found in dissent, aggressively lobbying the law to tu...

Mike Sacks

What Do Facebook And Justice Scalia Have In Common?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- What do Facebook and the conservative majority of the Supreme Court have in common? Based on Monday's oral argument, it appears they're ...

Mike Sacks

Justices Consider The Limits Of Privacy On Public Sidewalks

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The justices appear poised to go big or go home when it comes to protecting privacy rights against digital intrusion. Antoine Jones, ...

Mike Sacks

Passports Bring Israel-Palestine Conflict To The Supreme Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court had a taste of Middle East conflict on Monday morning, when the justices were urged to settle a spat over the status o...

Mike Sacks

Chief Justice Roberts Defends Scalia's Honor

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's 9th Circuit smackdown season at the Supreme Court and, judging from Tuesday morning's oral arguments, Richard Lee Pollard could be ...

Mike Sacks

Justice Ginsburg Left Standing Up For Consumers

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After spending several years clearing a path for corporations to contract away their customers' access to courts generally and class act...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Mulls Death Row Inmate's Mailroom Mix-up

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Antonin Scalia became Alabama's best friend on Tuesday morning. During oral argument in the case of death row inmate Cory Maples...

Mike Sacks

Justices Give Leading Lawyer A Hard Time

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics

Kicking off its new term Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that tests a state's power to defy federal law. Usually ...