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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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.02.2015 | 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 02.24.2015 | 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 02.13.2015 | 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.

Supreme Court To Begin Electronic Filing Of Cases

AP | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is belatedly developing an electronic filing system similar to those used in courts around the country, Chief Ju...

A Call to Arms

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

Never has the foundational constitutional principle of one person, one vote been so undermined by a Supreme Court majority that apparently believes money is king.

Texas Newspapers Could Carry Democracy From... Hong Kong!

Jim Sleeper | Posted 12.24.2014 | Politics
Jim Sleeper

Texas voters should emulate Hong Kong residents by turning out massively on November 4 to defy their state's and our Dred Scott Supreme Court's effort to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens who've voted legitimately in the past.

Playing Politics With the Supreme Court Over Obamacare

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Michael Carvin, the lead attorney in this round of attacks on the ACA, apparently expects the Supreme Court to play along with him. But he might have trouble convincing the justices to join his game.

SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Manners Matter

Soul Dancer | Posted 12.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Soul Dancer

As an out gay monk, reverend and private-practice counselor/social worker, I daily witness the impact of Windsor v. United States.

Ginsburg Singles Out The Current Supreme Court's Worst Ruling

New Republic | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered a judge’s judge when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1993, an incrementalist who thought Roe v. Wade mi...

Our Politically Polarized Supreme Court?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A good deal of the growing lack of confidence in the Supreme Court these days is due precisely to the concern that the justices are increasingly voting in ways that reflect the political values and preferences of the presidents who appointed them. Americans, in other words, increasingly believe that the justices are voting as "Republicans and Democrats." If this is so, it is not because the justices are "repaying" the favor of their appointment, but because presidents have gotten better at selecting nominees whose judicial approaches are likely to lead them to vote in ways that more or less conform to the appointing president's own political values and preferences. But is any of this true? To test this possibility, I did a simple, back-of-the-envelope "study."

Black Gain Is White Pain -- How the White Right Justifies Racial Injustice

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.09.2014 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

To the modern right, black gain is white pain. The more respectable among them have learned that if you pretend to believe that racism does not exist, despite the undeniable evidence, you can perpetuate white supremacist outcomes indefinitely.

Would You Pass the US Citizenship Test? Take This Quiz!

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.22.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

The following questions were taken from the list of 100 civics questions. Admittedly, these are some of the harder ones. Could you pass?

Chief Justice Calls On American Lawyers To Mend Partisan Divide

AP | PHILIP MARCELO | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Monday, said lawyers should p...

Working as a Defense Attorney Shouldn't Mean Political Suicide

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Advising the accused is not a politically popular job. But it is a necessary one. To criticize defense attorneys, the chief checks against prosecutorial abuse, is to promote a judicial system of error by stigmatizing a key motivator for better prosecution.

Watch: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

SLY: John Roberts' 'Stealth Overruling' Campaign

New York Times | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics

All of this called to mind a 2010 article in The Georgetown Law Journal in which Barry Friedman, a law professor at New York University, examined the ...

Corporate System v. The American People: How the Supreme Court Is Stealing Our Birthright

Andy Schmookler | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

The corporate system -- which seems increasingly unmoored from any values other than power and profit -- is working systematically to shift power and wealth from average Americans to itself, i.e. to the mightiest and richest powers in our society.

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

The Doctrine of Corporate Separateness: Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is an Absolute Farce

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Because corporations exist in order to put up a barrier between a business and its owners, that means that the religious liberty of the owners cannot be violated by anything the corporation is compelled, by law, to do.

Fantasy Or Forecast? A Progressive Agenda For The Supreme Court

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Progressives can surely add to this list of issues that a Supreme Court with a liberal majority should address. Unfortunately, presidential candidates won't directly address these issues or the views of candidates they would appoint to the Supreme Court when vacancies arise