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A Conversation with Justice Stephen Breyer: Millennial Take

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 11.11.2015 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

We have now come to expect the head-to-head clashes between politicians with opposing views. At first appearance, the Supreme Court may seem to fall in line with this rule with its frequent nail-biting cases. But according to United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, the opposite holds true.

Supreme Court May Give A Break To Thousands Of Workers Shorted On Pay

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Workers who sue collectively over unpaid overtime may just get a big break from the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tu...

Sotomayor Says SCOTUS Has 'Shoot First, Think Later' Approach To Cop Violence

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics

The Supreme Court for a number of years has sided with cops in police brutality cases. The justices did it again Monday, issuing an unsigned summary ...

Thousands Of Workers Who Were Shorted On Overtime Pay Are Headed To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics

Workers who band together to sue their employers over wage theft or discrimination are about to have their biggest day in court in years. On Tuesday,...

Buried In The Fine Print Is A Threat To Democracy

Nan Aron | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
Nan Aron

The ability of large corporations and hugely wealthy people to control the mechanisms of American government has been established by the narrowest of margins. One vote can determine if they can have it all. Now you know why Charles Koch is shopping for a president.

Sonia Sotomayor Gets Unexpectedly Personal Inside The Courtroom

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Every oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court is unscripted, but rarely is the great marble courtroom the place to get real about one's...

Supreme Court Faces 'Arsenal Of Smoking Guns' In Case Of Racism In Jury Selection

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 11.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A high-profile case that could redefine how lower courts grapple with racial discrimination in jury selection may not be the slam-dunk ...

Florida Executes Man After Waiting On Death Row For 30 Years

AP | Kelly Chen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics

STARKE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was executed Thursday nearly three decades after he was convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daug...

Justice Kennedy: Public Officials In Kim Davis' Position Should Follow The Law Or Resign

ThinkProgress | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a member of the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc who nevertheless has authored several important gay rights opinions,...

Supreme Court Obsesses Over Death Again In 'Wichita Massacre' Cases

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- State-sponsored death is still on the justices' minds. The U.S. Supreme Court put on a rare two-hour show over...

The New Battleground for Same-Sex Couples Is Equal Rights for Their Kids

The Conversation US | Posted 10.15.2015 | Gay Voices
The Conversation US

Children born into same-sex families frequently are biologically related to only one parent, and the law recognizes only that one parent. The legal status of the child's relationship with her nonbiological parent varies from state to state.

Kim Davis: The Difference Between Religious Freedom and Discrimination

Aaron Jay Ledesma | Posted 10.01.2015 | Religion
Aaron Jay Ledesma

I have no problem with Pope Francis' meeting with Kim Davis. There, I said it. Today was much more eventful than I thought it would be. People are wondering how I feel about this private meeting. Well, I will tell you. It does not bother me that he met with her.

To Those Who Would Condemn My Marriage

Karen White | Posted 09.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Karen White

Our marriage benefits the world in the same ways a straight marriage does: Together, we are more resilient, we are stronger, we have more to give. And I promise you, if you knew us, you'd understand how solid our love is, how worthy of honor and recognition.

Supreme Court To Decide On Hearing Texas Abortion Case

Politico | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.27.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a chal...

Justice Stephen Breyer Says He Will 'Eventually' Retire

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has no plans to step down from the bench anytime soon. The 77-year-old member of the court's liberal wing d...

How Kim Davis' Defenders Are Sounding Increasingly Absurd and Desperate

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 09.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Anderson writes that Kim Davis didn't need to go to jail if only we'd made "accommodations" for state employees like her in the way that he says North Carolina did earlier this year by passing a law shielding those employees. And he holds that problematic law up as a model.

Justice Sotomayor's Empowering Message to Our Youth

Marisel Moreno | Posted 09.04.2015 | Latino Voices
Marisel Moreno

Justice Sotomayor's example as a Latina woman who has succeeded in immeasurable ways despite her difficult childhood should be an inspiration to all, especially our youth.

Kim Davis Isn't Fighting for Religious Freedom

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

The heart of Davis's case isn't actually about gay marriage or religious freedom. This debate is about civil versus natural law, and it's a debate that we have engaged in throughout history.

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

NOM Head Brian Brown Lied in His Maine Testimony, Depositions and Affidavit. Will There Be Consequences?

Fred Karger | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Fred Karger

I thought I smelled a rat. Turns out six years later I was correct. NOM repeatedly broke Maine's election law, and its president Brian Brown lied about it all the way up to the United States Supreme Court.

How A Kentucky Clerk Became An Ultimate Symbol Of Bigotry

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Davis is going down as a martyr to cause, having galvanized bigots and religious extremists across Kentucky and across the country, claiming that their religious freedom has been infringed upon by the Supreme Court's ruling.

Refocusing Boy Scouts Post-SCOTUS: Making Global Citizens

Stephan Said | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Stephan Said

With its many millions of youth aspiring to such a forward thinking global citizenship, the potential of Scouting in today's rapidly changing world landscape cannot be underestimated, and should be maximized.

Hey, Rick Santorum, Here’s Why The Dred Scott Case Has Nothing To Do With Marriage Equality

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

Conservatives never want to talk about slavery until it helps them push their agenda. Enter Rick Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and o...

50 Years Of Progress Cannot Be Scaled Back: It's Time To Restore The Voting Rights Act

Janet Murguía | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Janet Murguía

Through these five decades, the VRA has remained a valuable and relevant tool because despite substantial progress in civil rights, our work is not yet done. On several fronts, Latinos continue to be the target of efforts to limit participation in the voting booth.

Uh Oh! Republican Warns That People May Soon Be Marrying Their Lawnmowers

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 08.05.2015 | Gay Voices

Now that same-sex marriage is legal, one Republican congressman thinks that marrying lawnmowers might be next.  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) made the...