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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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Paul Blumenthal

John Roberts Basically Thinks It's OK When Politicians Just Do What Wealthy Donors Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to campaign finance law, Chief Justice John Roberts taketh away even as he giveth. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court uphe...

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

Matt Baume | Posted 06.29.2015 | 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.

Paul Blumenthal

Supreme Court Actually Upholds Campaign Finance Restrictions On Judicial Fundraising

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld the right of states to ban elected judges from soliciting campaign contribution...

Even Chief Justice John Roberts Can't Avoid Jury Duty

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

United States Chief Justice John Roberts reported for jury duty in Maryland on Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. After answering two que...

The Role of Super PACs in Menendez Corruption Charges

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

The Menendez indictment shows that by opening the door for Super PACs, the Roberts Court destroyed candidate contribution limits as a practical matter and has left us with the inherently corrupt system an earlier and far wiser Supreme Court warned the nation about.

Tea Leaf From The Silent Chief?

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court oral argument on Wednesday in King v. Burwell featured thousands of words, dozens of provocative questions, two engaged and skillful...

Don't Overlook Chief Justice Roberts When It Comes To Obamacare

The Washington Post | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

Three years ago, a gruff-sounding Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked a question during the marathon hearings on the constitutionality of the Affo...

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.

Obamacare on the Docket Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.02.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans in Congress have been saying for five years now that their top priority is to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. The problem, however, is that they are now scrambling to come up with something (anything!) that would help convince John Roberts to vote against the ACA.

John Roberts Could Again Swing Obamacare Case In Government's Favor

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2015 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Three years ago, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts cast the tie-breaking vote...

What the Supreme Court Can Learn From Ted Cruz

Scott Titshaw | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Scott Titshaw

Sen. Cruz's "State Marriage Defense Act" is unlikely to become law anytime soon. Yet it is a good example of the kind of chaotic reaction the U.S. Supreme Court eventually could unleash if it upheld anti-gay state marriage laws in the case it will hear later this term. Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts, are you listening?

Jesse Rifkin

Axelrod Tried Talking Obama Out Of '04 Senate Run: Memoir

HuffingtonPost.com | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

Longtime Democratic operative and Obama aide David Axelrod tried to talk the president out of running for the U.S. Senate in 2004, according to Axelro...

Will Justice Roberts Join the Marriage-Equality Majority for All the Wrong Reasons?

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

I offer a potential outcome on marriage equality when the Supreme Court takes it up this spring: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the majority and writes the decision himself.