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Is the Constitution at stake in this year's election?

The Conversation US | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Patrick Wiseman, Georgia State University If Senate Republicans are true to their word, the next president of the United States will nominate Justice...

Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Makes History For Waiting The Longest For Confirmation

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

Merrick Garland is set to officially make Supreme Court history this week ― not for something he did, but for something others haven’t done. As of...

The Senate's Unearned Vacation

Michael Brune | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Michael Brune

Congress begins its “August recess” this Friday, which means that it transitions from actually doing nothing to officially doing nothing. Then, af...

Before SCOTUS Blockade, GOP Senator Wanted Obama To Hurry Up And Fill Federal Vacancies

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) won’t help to advance President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. He’s been pretty blunt about want...

Time To Put Nation Ahead Of Party, Mr. Goodlatte

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Congressman Goodlatte, if there's one thing people can count on you for, it's that you will put your party's interests ahead of the good of the nation. Fortunately, there's something you can do now to redeem yourself.

June Shows Why November Is The Most Important Month For The Supreme Court And Our Rights

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

Altogether, the Court issued 4-4 non-decisions in five cases this term, the most in more than 30 years -- a direct result of Republican Senators' unprecedented blockade of the Garland nomination.

Obama Slams Republicans After 'Heartbreaking' Supreme Court Ruling On Immigration

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics

President Barack Obama chastised Senate Republicans for refusing to consider his Supreme Court nominee, after the high court effectively left his immi...

What If A Short-Handed Supreme Court Had Left Nationwide Marriage Equality In Limbo?

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

June 26 will also mark a far less happy occasion -- 102 days since President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by Justice Antonin Scalia's passing on February 13.

Yet Another Legal Organization Throws Its Weight Behind Merrick Garland

The Huffington Post | Liz Adetiba | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics

The American Bar Association has given its highest rating to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. In a report sent to the Senate Judiciary Chairman ...

Merrick Garland Tears Up During Fifth-Grade Commencement Address

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics

Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland couldn't help but tear up while giving a commencement address to the fifth grade class at J.O. Wilson Elementary...

The Constitution's Keystone: Why Our Independent Judiciary Was No 'Afterthought'

Evan Bernick | Posted 06.14.2016 | Politics
Evan Bernick

According to many observers, the Supreme Court is struggling to do its job. It is "diminished," "hobbled," perhaps even "crippled."

President Obama and the Bucking Broncos

Anna Wilding | Posted 06.09.2016 | Sports
Anna Wilding

The Denver Broncos, including Peyton Manning who was ideally positioned just behind Obama and thus appeared in most photographs, spent a day there with many team members meeting Wounded Warrior Vets.

New York Times: 'Shameful' Shutdown Of Supreme Court Vacancy Will Cost GOP In November

The New York Times | Paul Vale | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics

Remember Merrick Garland, the veteran federal judge President Obama nominated in mid-March to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Just...

Elizabeth Warren Details 'Extreme' Republican Obstruction

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came out with a report on Monday detailing what she calls the "extreme" obstruction of President Barack ...

The Senate Republicans, Merrick Garland and the Lessons of History

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

In a new scholarly article, law professors Robin Kar and Jason Mazzone have taken a deep dive into the history of Supreme Court nominations to test the plausibility of the Senate Republicans' purported "justification" for their action. Over the entire course of American history there have been 103 instances (prior to this one) in which an elected president faced a vacancy on the Supreme Court prior to the election of the next president. They found that in every one of those 103 instances, the president nominated and, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appointed the new Justice. There has not been a single exception to this practice in all of American history. And this is true even when, as in the current situation, the vacancy arose during an election year. In short, this would be the first time in American history that a president in President Obama's position would be denied this opportunity.

Maybe A Supreme Court With 8 Justices Isn't So Bad After All

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics

Amidst the partisan clash over whether a Supreme Court nominee should be confirmed in an election year, there’s a rising philosophical debate over w...

Merrick Garland Champions Work In Public Service During Commencement Address

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics

Share Events on The Cube Despite the ongoing senatorial struggle over his confirmation, Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland spent his Memorial...

Friday Talking Points -- Paul Ryan, Democrat?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Has Paul Ryan become so disaffected with Donald Trump that he quietly changed political parties, when no one was looking? We know the Washington Post just made a typo, but still, it's fun to think about, right?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Eight 'Is Not A Good Number' For The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg doesn't like a Supreme Court operating with only eight justices since the February death of her friend, Justice Antonin Sc...

GOP Senator Says He Was Unmoved By Meeting With Merrick Garland Before Meeting Actually Happens

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said in an op-ed published early Thursday morning that a meeting with Merrick Garland hadn't persuaded him that Garland shou...

How to Prepare for an Asian American Justice

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Frank H. Wu

All Americans should care about a functioning Supreme Court. Asian Americans have specific reasons to support a fair hearing of the nominee for the current opening, Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

GOP Congressman: 'I've Never Thought' It Was A Good Idea To Block Obama's SCOTUS Pick

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Another Republican lawmaker is breaking from his party and urging the Senate to vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee. ...

The Onion May Have Gotten Too Real For A Supreme Court Nominee

The Huffington Post | Blair Guild | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics

Judge Merrick Garland's office number may be ringing off the hook, but it isn't Republican senators calling to offer him a hearing. On Tuesday, a sati...

How the Duel Between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Led to the Supreme Court Vacancy Stalemate

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

The champions of gridlock who are blocking action on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee are basing their obstruction on a canard. They know it - which must be why they are previewing their next line of attack. It's one that Alexander Hamilton warned about.

Another Advocacy Group Says It Supports Obama's Supreme Court Pick

The Huffington Post | Robert Baldwin III | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

Alliance for Justice joined the growing list of advocacy groups pressuring the Senate to hold hearings on Chief Judge Merrick Garland's nomination to ...