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Actually, Justice Alito, Liberty Is Nothing to Be Afraid Of

Evan Bernick | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

While "liberty" is indeed an abstract concept, the Constitution is full of such concepts, and concerns about abuse do not excuse judges from conscientiously interpreting and applying those concepts.

Deja News on Race, Gays, Hebdo... And the 'Error' of Mass Incarceration

Mark Green | Posted 05.03.2016 | Politics
Mark Green


Lamarche and Christie agree on Marriage Equality and Charlie Hebdo but, like the country, divide on why it's the fire this time in Baltimore. Will we have recurring police-triggered violence -- from Harlem in 1930s to Ferguson and Baltimore today -- or can government reduce both police violence and urban pathologies?

The Broken Promises of Citizens United

Duncan Hosie | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Conservatives on the Court vowed that Citizens United would strengthen American democracy. They were wrong. Five years later, their promises stand in stark contrast to the world we live in today.

Even Supreme Court Justices Have A Hard Time Getting A Table At Brunch

The Huffington Post | Amanda Gutterman | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

Who said Supreme Court justices aren't just like us? Justice Samuel Alito and his wife Martha-Ann showed up on Sunday at Heirloom, a popular New Ha...

DC Circuit Decision Isn't Just About Obamacare Subsidies: It Also Kills the Employer Mandate

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.27.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

The July 22 decision of a divided three-judge DC Federal Circuit Court panel invalidating the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) premium tax credits for anyone purchasing insurance on a Federal Exchange proves that you can "just make this stuff up."

The Hollow Promise of Justice Alito's Plan B

Nomi M. Stolzenberg | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Nomi M. Stolzenberg

To allow religious objectors not to participate in "plans" that enable the government to pay for things they view as sinful is tantamount to allowing religious objectors to object to government itself.

The Hobby Lobby Ruling: Hobby Horse, One-Trick Pony Or Citizens United 2.0?

Terry Connelly | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Terry Connelly

How can a Court that has specifically eschewed judging the relative merits of religious exercise claims choose between objections to inoculations and contraception?

The "Real" Message of the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Decision

Jeffrey P. Colin | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Jeffrey P. Colin

As women's and reproductive rights advocates bemoan the supreme court's decision in the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, there is an aspect of this decision that is being missed by those who are most critical of the decision: the decision is more a statement on worker's rights.

Alito's Dissent: The Problem Began With 'The Idea That Romantic Love Is a Prerequisite to Marriage'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The logical conclusion of this reasoning is that if the government could have enforced arranged marriage with a federal law, it should have, since no one could predict the outcome of these newfangled romantic-love marriages, which altered the institution of marriage forever.

Supreme Court Justices Pose Two Strange Questions in Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The Supreme Court in hearing argument in the same-sex marriage cases posed two questions that I doubt were ever asked before.

Excuse Me, Justice Alito, But We've Been Around Since Long Before Cellphones, Thank You

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

One of the most idiotic and offensive statements to come out of the Supreme Court marriage equality arguments -- and there were a few -- was when Justice Alito claimed during the Prop 8 arguments that the Internet and cellphones are older than same-sex marriage.

Letter to Justice Kennedy: The Limitations You Requested

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Before you overturn the PPCA, be very certain that you have a clear and unambiguous reason to do so. Real lives of very vulnerable people depend on it.

Mike Sacks

Stevens Challeges The Court To Clarify Citizens United | Mike Sacks | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A day after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, retired Justice John Paul Stevens on Wednesday night backed President Barack Ob...

A True Limiting Principle for the Supreme Court Justices

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

If one looks at where the federal government has intervened in commerce under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, it's primarily in situations involving very significant market failure.

Unforgettable State Of The Union Moments

The Huffington Post | Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama prepares to deliver his second State of the Union address, now is a great time to see which speeches get remembered and why. Pres...

Justice Alito Calls His Right-Wing Political Fundraising 'Not Important'

ThinkProgress | Lee Fang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As Alito entered the event last night, I approached the Justice and asked him why he thought it appropriate to attend a highly political fundraiser wi...

Future of Guns Laws After McDonald

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Even after the landmark Supreme Court decisions that gave individuals across the country a right to have a gun in the home for self-defense, the gun lobby still isn't happy.

Citizens United Is Just the Tip of the Supreme Court's Pro-Corporate Iceberg

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

The President, the press, and the public have been rightly outraged by the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC to allow corporation...

A Message to Five Conservatives

Sam Greenfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Greenfield

To John Boehner: Smile. Just once. Please. You wouldn't show elation during a climax, unless it was the climax of Avatar. And stop the fake tan,you're looking prematurely orange.

The Dissed Robed Justices

Bob Franken | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Franken

Now I get it. Now I understand why so many of the Supreme Court Justices are bitterly opposed to television cameras. They are worried people will se...

For Obama, Time for Results

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

In his State of the Union address, Obama sold the stimulus like his presidency depended on it. But it was when he touched on taxes that the Chamber's roof just about blew off.

But It Is True, Justice Alito

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

If Alito believes the Court's opinion doesn't reverse over a century of campaign finance law, then he should have written a concurring opinion. But muttering at the State of the Union clarifies nothing.

Supreme Court about to Gut Campaign Finance Laws...and Democracy?

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

How did we get to the flashpoint where today's Supreme Court might ignore law and overrule long-standing precedent to allow corporations again to dominate our politics?

Ode to the Purple Senator: Lindsey Graham, Republican, South Carolina

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

Mr. Graham is truly a rare politician: someone who can maintain his conservative principles but still reach across the aisle to find common ground, even, at times, with liberals like me.

Sen. Grassley Admits To Different Standards For Alito And Sotomayor

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

During the opening day of confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor came under fire from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for stating that her experien...