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Divided We Stand

Terence Smith | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics
Terence Smith

Some of the air has begun to leak out of the Trump bubble, but the fundamental split in the GOP remains. Hillary Clinton's path to nomination narrowed after Wisconsin, spurring Bernie Sanders to greater efforts in New York, which is genuinely the Big Apple for both parties this year.

A Court That Isn't Leaving Well Enough Alone

Charles Fried | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Charles Fried

All-in-all, we have a pretty decent system with regards to legal jurisprudence, but there are purists left and right who would dismantle it. Because it is imperfect and jury-rigged, it is vulnerable to their jibes.These days it is the right that seems to hold the cards (or votes) on the Supreme Court.

Politics Dominated The Supreme Court This Week. That's Not Good.

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court did three things on Tuesday, and all three had to do with politics. More precisely, they all had to do with the politi...

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

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 09.29.2016 | 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.

Pay-to-Play Restrictions on Government Contracting Under Assault

Craig Holman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Craig Holman

Pay-to-play restrictions constitute desperately-needed government contracting reform -- designed to preserve the integrity of the government contracting process and save taxpayer dollars -- not campaign finance reform. Even the Roberts Court may well see this.

A Disturbing New Trend for the Roberts Court

Elliot Mincberg | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Elliot Mincberg

Americans expect justices differ. But they also expect the Court to be the place those differences, particularly in cases that affect people's rights, are carefully explained in written opinions, and are reached only after extensive written and public oral argument. Recently, however, the Roberts Court has abandoned that principled process.

WATCH: After The Gavel: The Supreme Court, The Future And You

Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 2:40 - 3:40pm MDT (4:40 - 5:40pm EST). As the Supreme Court wrap up its term, a team of legal experts debates the big decisions, part...

How Would You Live On the Minimum Wage?

Terry Connelly | Posted 07.12.2014 | San Francisco
Terry Connelly

This post starts with a question because the answer could determine how you might vote in Congress (or for Congress) on the proposition that the curre...

'Unfettered' Prayer and the Roberts Court

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Don't say I didn't warn you what a Supreme Court led by a Chief Justice John Roberts would be like on separation of church and state. In 2005, I was invited to be an expert witness in the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings on John Roberts appointment to be Chief Justice.

Politics, the Constitution and the Roberts Court

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The "conservative" justices on the Roberts Court are often passionately restrained in their interpretation of the Constitution in precisely the cases in which a more muscular form of judicial review is most appropriate -- those involving discrimination against African Americans, women, Hispanics, religious dissenters, gays and lesbians, persons accused of crime, and denial of the right to vote to minorities and the poor. In these cases, our contemporary "conservative" justices often err on the side of upholding laws that even Philip Kurland would have found unconstitutional. This is, in my view, a sad state of affairs.

For the Roberts Court, Facts Are Malleable

Paul Gordon | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Government advocates have watched with dismay as the Supreme Court has systematically dismantled campaign finance laws, all while making it harder for individual Americans to secure their right to vote. This pattern isn't just the result of the conservative justices' misreading of the Constitution.

Will ACA Late Surge Dismay GOP Fans?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
HuffPost Radio


Bob Shrum and Torie Clarke diagnose Obamacare on April deadline. Growing from six enrollees on website's first day to nearly seven million now, is the biggest comeback since Kentucky, down 31, beat LSU by 2 in 1994?

With Liberty and Justice for ... Some

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

Chief Justice Roberts has cultivated a public image as a less-than-right-wing zealot, while actually amassing a record certain to excite members of the Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party alike.

The Culture Wars Are Alive and Kickin' (A Disaster for Women and the Environment)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Ronald Reagan did the nation a lasting disservice by bringing into our politics in a huge way the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons of this world. Thirty years later this Reagan coalition is still going strong.

Howard Fineman

John Roberts Is Washington's Most Cold-Blooded Pol | Howard Fineman | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The shrewdest, most manipulative and radical politician in this city isn't the president or a member of Congress. He's the chief justice...

Jeffrey Toobin and the Future of the Roberts Court

Scott Porch | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Scott Porch

Although the two new justices in the mid-2000s did not change the 5-4 conservative majority on the court, they forged a different kind of conservative majority. Toobin and I discussed his books and the current state of the Supreme Court earlier this week by email.

The Corporations Have Won: Comcast, SCOTUS and the End of Class Actions

Jonathan Valania | Posted 07.17.2013 | Business
Jonathan Valania

A study recently found that the Roberts Court is the most business-friendly of any court in at least the last 65 years. More alarmingly, the top two justices most likely to vote in favor of big business -- out of all justices since 1946 -- are Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.

Big Business and the Roberts Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Co-authored with Tom Donnelly Last week, the Supreme Court wrapped up its final arguments in what has so far been a monumental term. Understandably,...

The Romney Court

Adam Winkler | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The Supreme Court may be below the radar for most voters. But Republican leaders have not forgotten about Roberts and the high court. They are not about to let themselves be burned again.

What a Difference a Court Makes

David Morris | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
David Morris

In a democracy the majority wins. At the dawn of the Republic, John Adams warned about "the tyranny of the majority."

Chief Justice Roberts Did Not 'Call Balls and Strikes' in His Health Care Decision

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 09.08.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Any appellate judge will tell you that there are some decisions "that just won't write". A judge will vote for a particular outcome, be assigned the opinion, and then find that he or she is unable to support the outcome and switches sides.

Chief Justice Robert's Health Care Decision: A Moral Perspective

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
SaraKay Smullens

In the exhausting examination, reflection and surprise in this news, one point is being overlooked: Roberts is Catholic, and the very best of Catholic ideals hold enormous compassion for those who suffer.

Surprise Health Care Decision Forces Rethink About Roberts' Court

Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

By MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts could have taken down the entire, massive health care law that his f...

The Taxing Power and the ACA: Cravenness Is Not Unconstitutional

Edward D. Kleinbard | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Edward D. Kleinbard

The Supreme Court held up the individual mandate of the ACA as a constitutionally valid exercise of Congress's taxing power. The "mandate" is not a requirement that you do anything. Stripped of labels, the only "mandate" is to pay your tax bill.

The Supreme Court and the "Broken Middle"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

We could learn a lot from the election of 1912 where a third and fourth party shook up the foundations of corporate control. It's a disgrace that 100 years ago the United States could run an election with far greater choices than it is capable of running today.