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Trump's Realism about the "Mexican" Judge is Legal

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.08.2016 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

Frankly, I am not a Donald Trump fan. Nonetheless, as an academic with an interest in American jurisprudence, I must say that Trump's "racist" remarks...

Republican Obstruction Creates New Bamboo Ceiling for Asian American Judicial Nominees

Christopher Kang | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Christopher Kang

In January 2009, there were only eight Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in lifetime, federal judgeships throughout the country--out of 870 potential positions. There had not been an AAPI judge on a U.S. Court of Appeals--the level just below the Supreme Court--in almost five years.

Republican Obstruction of Courts Could Be the Worst Record Since the 1800s

Christopher Kang | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Christopher Kang

Senate Republicans are not only politicizing and undermining the Supreme Court, with their refusal to even consider Chief Judge Garland's nomination, but they are doing the same thing to lower courts as well.

HBO and Sexual Harassment

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.17.2016 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

HBO'sConfirmation captures a lot of the electrifying and byzantine battle, especially the cowardice of Joe Biden, who could have done so much more to help Hill and stand up to the GOP, stand up for truth.

We Have a Moderate and Popular Supreme Court Nominee, but Will the Senate Act?

Lisa Maatz | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Lisa Maatz

By nominating longtime federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama has put the ball firmly in the Senate's court. The president has made his choice, and taken the first step towards filling the vacancy left by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia.

Why the GOP Should #GoWithGarland

Jason P. Steed | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Jason P. Steed

Forget about whether the Constitution "requires" the Republican-controlled Senate to hold a timely hearing and vote on confirming President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, to the Supreme Court. The question is: What's their best move?

Obama Nominates Merrick Garland To The Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics

Settling for a centrist candidate with nearly two decades of judicial experience, President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick Garland, a fed...

Senate Committee Hears Abortion Bill, But Won't Hear SCOTUS Nominee

The Huffington Post | Laura Bassett | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics

The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee held a second hearing Tuesday on an abortion ban at 20 weeks of pregnancy -- a bill that the full Senate...

Doctor No: Senator McConnell, the Supreme Court And a Thirty-Year Career of Obstructionism

Fred Wertheimer | Posted 03.16.2016 | Politics
Fred Wertheimer

McConnell is the "Doctor No" of American politics. And he has a thirty-year Senate track record of obstructionism to prove it.

Create Fixed Judicial Terms to Depoliticize Supreme Court Nominations

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The Constitution gives the Senate the power to advise and consent. That body is empowered to say no as well as yes. And the most important qualification for office is philosophical. Put simply: Does the nominee believe the Constitution means anything apart from the jurists' personal preferences? If not, then the Senate should reject the nomination.

Know Your Place, Boy! (I Mean, President Obama)

Michael W. Waters | Posted 03.04.2016 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

What President Obama is enduring is the same that has been endured by African Americans since the advent of this nation. Obama is being told to know his place.

Beware the 'Lame Duck!'

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.27.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

If he can't fill a Supreme Court vacancy, what else can't he do?

WATCH LIVE: Sen. Chris Coons Looks Back On Scalia's Legacy

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.24.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Sen. Chris Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joins HuffPost Live to discuss the 2016 election, as well as the political impact of Jus...

Republicans React to Scalia's Death by Abandoning the Text of the Constitution

Cody Cain | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

The Constitution contains no provision that would allow the Senate to reject nominations that occur during the last year of a president's term, or to reject nominations whenever the Senate just so happens to be politically opposed to the sitting president.

Four Steps to Appointing a Supreme Court Justice

The Conversation US | Posted 02.15.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

Leaving Justice Scalia's seat empty until there is a new president would mean that difficult cases this term could come down to a tie, evenly split along ideological lines. So what will it take to get a new justice named?

New Report Evaluates Medical Marijuana Programs Nation-wide

Steph Sherer | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Steph Sherer

State lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

Cruz Bill Eases Revocations of U.S. Citizenship Without Due Process

David Bier | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
David Bier

Sen. Cruz's Expatriate Terrorist Act would allow bureaucrats to strip citizenship from U.S. citizens on the dangerously vague grounds of "assistance" to a terrorist group. Americans could lose their citizenship without any trial, conviction, or review by another agency. For Americans abroad, the bureaucrats would even have the ability to deny the right to travel home while a lawsuit is pending in U.S. courts.

The Senate Must Stand Up For American Ideals And Against A Religious Ban

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

Among those who founded our nation were those fleeing religious persecution. It goes against those basic American ideals to close our doors to visitors and immigrants based on their religion. It is deeply regrettable that this even needs to be said.

Justice Denied: Senate Republicans' Obstruction of Judicial Confirmations

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

While they finally relented and worked across the aisle to keep the federal government running, Senate Republicans continue to fall short when it comes to fulfilling one of our most basic constitutional responsibilities in the Senate -- considering judicial nominees for courts throughout the country.

The Disgraceful State of Judicial Nominations

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As a country that presents itself as a leader among nations when it comes to rule of law, the corruption of the process of selecting judges in a partisan manner ought to be an international embarrassment.

The Web Is Worldwide -- Shouldn't Privacy Protections Be Global as Well?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Barging into a foreign data center would be a major invasion of that country's sovereignty. Imagine the uproar if foreign police tried to a similar move in the United States.

Senate Leaders on Target to Break Obstruction Record

Judith E. Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Judith E. Schaeffer

On August 7, the Senate left town for its month-long summer recess, a pretty long break for lawmakers who have accomplished so little. When the Senate returns on September 8, it needs to start doing the people's business. Surely, the American people, and our federal judicial system, deserve better than this.

100 Million Reasons We Need Justice Reform -- One Blueprint for How to Do It

Christine Leonard | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Christine Leonard

One in three Americans -- as many as 100 million adults -- has a criminal record. Because a criminal history record creates barriers to housing, education and employment, it can often stand between another chance and another visit to prison.

If I Must Accept The Hobby Lobby Decision, You Must Accept Marriage Equality

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

According to Senator Cruz, if you like a decision, the court is terrific and doing our country a great favor. But if you disagree with a decision, the court is an imperialist body of out-of-touch, snooty elitists.

Immigrant Youth Give Dianne Feinstein 'Donald Trump Award'

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 07.24.2015 | Latino Voices

A group of mostly undocumented immigrant youth gave Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) the "Donald Trump Apprentice Award for Immigrant Fear Mongering" ...