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Trump's Court Pick 'Avoided Answers Like The Plague,' Schumer Says

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared himself highly skeptical of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee on...

POLL: Donald Trump's SCOTUS Pick Draws A Positive Reaction

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics

Americans have a generally positive first impression of Neil Gorsuch, Donald Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anton...

Meet Neil Gorsuch, The New Antonin Scalia

Bill Blum | Posted 02.06.2017 | Politics
Bill Blum

[This column was originally published by Truthdig.com]Just when we might have thought we’d seen Donald Trump at his zaniest (say, in the first presi...

Trump's New Reality Show Is The Worst.

Farrah Alexander | Posted 02.02.2017 | Comedy
Farrah Alexander

I must confess -- I love reality TV. It's like junk food for the brain. When life gets too heavy, you've had a rough day and you just want to tune out, reality TV provides the perfect escape. I was really looking forward to the new show from Donald Trump, but it's just awful.

Schumer: Trump Should Nominate Someone Else If Dems Won't Confirm Gorsuch

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nomination of federal appeals court Judge Neil Gorsuch does not have to end in a nuclear option showdown, Se...

Neil Gorsuch's Nomination Is Bad News For Planned Parenthood

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON― Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, has sided against Planned Parenthood and birth control coverage during h...

Trump Is Treating His Supreme Court Decision Like 'Celebrity Apprentice'

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics

In a move that should surprise no one, President Donald Trump is reportedly bringing the two expected finalists for Justice Antonin Scalia’s Supreme...

Trump's Likely SCOTUS Pick

Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.26.2017 | Politics
Jonathan Handel

A friend in DC emailed last night, predicting that Trump will nominate a particular judge from the list he circulated awhile back. That seems unlikel...

North Dakota Doesn't Seem Fully On Board With Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 01.11.2017 | Queer Voices

North Dakota officials still seem reluctant to accept same-sex marriage as the law of the land, if the failure of a proposed measure that would’ve a...

One Of Trump's SCOTUS Picks Says Merrick Garland Is Too Old To Be Confirmed

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.09.2016 | Politics

Robert Young, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, hasn’t said a word since President-elect Donald Trump added him in September to his wish ...

Trump's Potential SCOTUS Pick Has Said Crazy Awful Things About Queer People

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.19.2016 | Queer Voices

One of President-elect Donald Trump’s possible choices to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court of the United States is a judge whose career is mark...

Chief Justice Roberts Casts 'Courtesy' Vote That Spared An Alabama Inmate From Execution

Reuters | Andrew Hart | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts provided the pivotal fifth vote on the Supreme Court to block the scheduled execution in Alabama of a 74-...

Racial Stereotyping Is The 'Worst Thing' For Our Criminal Justice System

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 11.09.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

When it makes its decision, the Supreme Court should ensure that our jury system, hailed at our nation's founding as a sacred bulwark of liberty, is a protective barrier against such discrimination, not an agent of it.

The New Supreme Court Term: Blockbusters? Maybe Not. Significant? No Question.

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Racial bias in the criminal justice system, the growing political power of minority voters, and the accountability of predatory banks are at the center of this term's most interesting cases.

For First Time In Over 150 Years, Supreme Court Will Be Shorthanded On Election Day

Reuters | Philip Lewis | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term on Monday in uncharted territory, with an vacancy on the bench on a presidential Election Day now certain fo...

A Trump Court Is A Dangerous Court

Marco Antonio Regil | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Marco Antonio Regil

It's time to scale down our emotional attachment to Bernie, and ramp up our pragmatic support for Hillary. Voting Democrat is the important thing now, not whether we're in love with our candidate.

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...

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...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the nation was reminded, in ways both good and bad, that elections matter. On Monday, a Supreme Court that will likely see multiple appointments from the next president delivered a landmark decision for reproductive rights. On Tuesday, terrorists bombed the Istanbul airport, leaving 42 dead. Right on cue, Donald Trump reminded the world why judgment and stability matter, repeating his call for more torture, saying "you have to fight fire with fire." And so, as the fallout from Brexit continues in the U.K., more Republican officials here are beating the drums for Trexit, separating themselves from the toxic menace that is Trump. Utah Senator Mike Lee said he won't vote for Trump without assurances he won't "abuse" the Constitution, and Maine Senator Susan Collins hinted she might vote for Hillary Clinton, while Mitt Romney said he'd vote for his wife before Trump. Meanwhile, Illinois Senator Mark Kirk became the first GOP incumbent to air an anti-Trump ad. As the list of Trexiting elected officials grows, so does the #NeverTrump RNC effort to insert a "conscience clause" allowing delegates to vote against a candidate who violates their moral beliefs. As the convention nears, we're finding out whose conscience puts country above party -- and whose does not.

Friday Talking Points -- Ships Leaving A Sinking Rat

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the stream of Republicans fleeing the Donald Trump candidacy becomes a flood, it does seem the appropriate metaphor to use -- the ships are leaving the sinking rat this time, not the other way 'round.

Woman Tells Men To STFU About Abortion In 3 Glorious Sentences

The Huffington Post | Jenna Amatulli | Posted 07.02.2016 | Women

Don't mess with Heidi. She's had enough of men speaking on issues that impact women's bodies. In what is probably the greatest letter to the editor of...

Is Racism Still Alive In America? That's Affirmative

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.04.2016 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

One Supreme Court decision does not cure 400 years of racism, and in fact, immediately after the decision, it was clear that some in our society still don't get it.

The Supreme Court Throws Kryptonite At Democracy's Supermen

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy

The McDonnell case will make it harder for people like Superman prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who are looking out for the integrity of the system, and the good of the voter, to do their jobs.

Voters, Like SCOTUS, Have Decided On Abortion

Margie Omero | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Margie Omero

To the extent to which abortion is important in this election, it's poised to help Democrats. There is greater consensus on the left, and Republican nominee is, at best, squishy on the issue.

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.