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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...

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.

Immigration Non-Decision Reflects Multiple Cases of Government Inaction

Thomas A. Saenz | Posted 06.29.2016 | Politics
Thomas A. Saenz

In a short June 23 order, the Supreme Court dashed the hopes of millions that the justices would overturn the injunction blocking implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Thomas's SCOTUS Texas Abortion Dissent Accepts Discrimination

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Early Monday morning, the US Supreme Court made its first significant ruling on abortion since its 2007 decision on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, supporting clinics' rights to litigate against state regulations that have no medical basis.

Heartbreak and Hope

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 07.21.2016 | Latino Voices
New York Legal Assistance Group

By Alisia Cordero, Grants Supervisor, New York Legal Assistance Group Following the U. S. Supreme Court's deadlock last week in a case challenging ...

Hillary Clinton Slams Donald Trump On Abortion After SCOTUS Ruling

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blasted her Republican rival Donald Trump on Monday over his muddled stance on abortion, m...

SCOTUS’ DACA Ruling Piles New Burdens On Undocumented Students

Young Invincibles | Posted 07.21.2016 | Politics
Young Invincibles

By Raamish Saeed Last week's Supreme Court split decision on the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals leaves already overburdened undocumented studen...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Smacks Down Future Abortion Laws In A Single Paragraph

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

In a 5-3 ruling on Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down a pair of Texas abortion restrictions that would have shut down dozens of clini...

Supreme Court Affirms That Even 'Reckless' Domestic Abusers Should Lose Gun Rights

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics

The Supreme Court ruled in a decision announced Monday that a domestic violence assault committed "recklessly" qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of dom...

Brexit Crisis Tops Off Rough Stretch In Obama's Push For Legacy

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics

SEATTLE, June 25 (Reuters) - The financial and political fallout from Britain's vote to leave the European Union has added to a string of setbacks for...

Supreme Court Deadlock Keeps Immigrants' Health at Risk

Judy Belk | Posted 06.24.2016 | Black Voices
Judy Belk

This news from the Supreme Court is deeply disappointing. But the movement for healthier communities is bigger than one legal case.

Photos Reveal Supreme Court Justices In Private Moments

Reuters | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As he chatted with law clerks in his chambers, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughed so hard he looked as though h...

How We Can Save Lives During a Mass Shooting

Amy Dardashtian | Posted 06.17.2016 | Crime
Amy Dardashtian

As we see the casualties mount with each new shooting, the one question gun advocates and gun opponents should both be asking, is: is there a way to save even one life, without threatening each person's ability to defend their own?

Ahead of SCOTUS Ruling, Getting the Message Out to Central Valley Immigrants

Elena Shore | Posted 06.12.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Shore

Advocates encouraged immigrants to ask to see the credentials of their legal services provider. Applicants should never sign a blank form, and should ask for a translation if they need it. They should also make sure to get copies of any papers filed for their case.

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...

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.

And Now a Word to the Graduates

Tom Allon | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Tom Allon

As you now look to the future and the long, winding path through adulthood, marriage, children, careers, middle age and, hopefully, a fulfilling retirement - now is the time to still dream of ways you can change the world.

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. ...