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Chief Justice Roberts' Wild Question About Congress And Immigration

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During oral arguments in a Supreme Court case that has the tech industry on alert, Chief Justice John Roberts asked a strange hypotheti...

The Biden Scenario

Jeff Wald | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Jeff Wald

The Answer to Trump, Fiorina, Carson & Sanders: Draft Joe Biden & Team

Americans Agree On One Thing: Citizens United Is Terrible

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of Chief Justice John Roberts taking the helm of the Supreme Court, and as academics and journalists loo...

Certiorari Denied: Remembering the Roberts Court's Shameful Abandonment of Torture Victims

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Dorothy Samuels

The Supreme Court speaks not only through its rulings in cases argued before it, but also through its choice not to hear certain cases -- the ones denied certiorari, in legal lingo. By refusing to hear claims brought by victims of Bush-era torture and detention practices, and failing to decisively reject the government's array of bad excuses for denying them a modicum of justice, the Court in recent years has sent an appalling message of indifference and impunity. These missing cases constitute a profound stain on the court's record, and they are worth recalling on this week's tenth anniversary of John Roberts's swearing-in as Chief Justice.

If You Liked 10 Years Of The Roberts Court, You'll Love The Next Republican President

Michael Keegan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the day Chief Justice Roberts was sworn in to the Supreme Court. In that decade, he has led a Court that has radically reshaped vast swathes of the law, undermining constitutional protections for civil rights and voting rights, reproductive freedom, workplace fairness, the environment, gun violence, consumer fairness and representative democracy as a whole.

Campaign Money Warnings Dismissed by Roberts & Alito Coming True

The Huffington Post | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidates from both parties are going to solicit six and seven-figure contributions directly from donors for the first ti...

Ted Cruz on John Roberts: Why Let the Facts Get in the Way?

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

When one looks at Roberts's overall record, it's clear that while John Roberts may not be the most conservative Justice on the current Court, he's nonetheless very conservative. But that probably won't stop Senator Cruz from saying otherwise. Why let the facts get in the way?

Ted Cruz Doesn't Love Chief Justice Roberts Like He Used To

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz has had a change of heart about the man who now leads the Supreme Court. During a Saturday speech at the conserva...

Bob McDonnell Wants The Supreme Court To Do Something It Doesn't Do

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) got a brief reprieve from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday. Now, he wants a much longer ...

Be Careful What You Wish For: Citizens United and the GOP

Steven Conn | Posted 08.01.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Republicans cheered the Citizens United ruling in 2010. Now they have it to thank for the spectacle of Ted Cruz calling Mitch McConnell a liar on the floor of the Senate and Donald Trump leading in the polls.

Why We've Been Duped by Presidential Fundraising Numbers

Linsey Pecikonis | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Linsey Pecikonis

Just last week, the political establishment was a flurry with news over which 2016 presidential candidate raked in the most money. Ever since the Ci...

The Same-Sex Marriage Decision Had Everything to Do With the Constitution

Alex Glashausser | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Alex Glashausser

Chief Justice John Roberts pouted. "Celebrate," he sniffed, sounding as festive as Ebenezer Scrooge. "But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it." Actually, the Constitution had everything to do with it.

SCOTUS Wraps Up: 5 Takeaways From the Supreme Court's Current Term

Bill Blum | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Bill Blum

Has the court under the leadership of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. lost its ideological marbles and, gasp, turned liberal? That's the billion-dollar question observers of the high tribunal are asking in the wake of the tumultuous October 2014 term.

People Power Prevails at the Supreme Court

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

At a volatile time in American democracy, where candidates by the dozens curry the favor of billionaires and citizens openly question the validity of elections, the Supreme Court this week upheld an important tool in revitalizing our democracy.

On King v. Burwell: What Is a Natural Reading?

Stanley Fish | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Stanley Fish

In King v. Burwell, decided last Thursday, the Supreme Court has once again (no doubt inadvertently) given us a lesson in the philosophy of language. The dispute in the case is over the meaning of the phrase "exchange established by the state." Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority, argues that the phrase can and should be read to include an exchange established by the federal government. He explains that "exchange established by the state" is ambiguous because when read in context (as he proceeds to do) it means something different than it does when read in isolation. Justice Scalia retorts that by the logic of such a reading, "everything is ambiguous." That's both right and not right.

The Warren vs Roberts Courts: Separate and Unequal Views on Marriage Equality

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The SCOTUS ruling to legalize same-sex marriage is a victory for human rights. The decision follows in the footsteps of its 1967 decision in Loving v. Virginia that outlawed states' bans on interracial marriage, an earlier victory for marriage equality. But there is a huge difference in the two rulings.

Supreme Court Justices Stop Playing Nice

Politico | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics

As the Supreme Court winds down a term marked by momentous decisions, two things stand out from the historic session. ...

Is the GOP Relieved Over SCOTUS Obamacare Decision?

Kevin Price | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

Regardless where conservatives and other critics stand on the decision, it passed the Supreme Court's muster. The predictable backlash actually sets the stage for a GOP that might actually be relieved by the Supreme Court decision for at least a couple of reasons.

Julia Craven

Clarence Thomas Thinks Slavery Kept Everyone's Dignity Intact | Julia Craven | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Clarence Thomas has lost his damn mind. In Thomas' dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that officially made marriage e...

Conservatives Brand John Roberts A Traitor For Saving Obamacare

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is John Roberts a regular Benedict Arnold? That's the feeling among some die-hard conservatives who are angry with the Supreme Court ...

John Roberts Obamacare

Jeff Danziger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

John Roberts Obamacare

SCOTUS Optimism

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

For political wonks, June is not the month to celebrate grads, dads, and brides, but instead the biggest SCOTUS month of the year. This year, the biggest two (or the two with the biggest political overtones, at any rate) will likely be held back until the very end of the month.

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

Corporate Disclosure Benefits Both Businesses and Democracy

Steve Roth | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Steve Roth

Investors need information about political spending so that they can make informed decisions. Political activity creates risk for companies, as Target discovered in 2010 when it saw boycotts in response to political spending in favor of a gubernatorial candidate who opposed same-sex marriage.

Marriage Equality, Sex Discrimination, and the Future of LGBT Rights

Dana Beyer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Such an opinion by Chief Justice Roberts would not only strengthen the decision but put into the Supreme Court's toolbox the importance of viewing discrimination against someone on the basis of her sexual orientation as simple sex discrimination. This would help bring "heightened scrutiny" into consideration in future gay-rights cases.