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Lawyer Who Helped Save Obamacare And Win Marriage Equality Is Stepping Down

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 06.02.2016 | Politics

Donald Verrilli, the administration lawyer whom President Barack Obama picked five years ago to serve as the nation's top advocate before the Supreme ...

U.S. v. Texas: How the Supreme Court Got Tangled in Immigration Law

Laura Murray-Tjan | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Laura Murray-Tjan

Something is wrong when Supreme Court Justices wrestle this way with legal concepts. The problem is clearly not they. The law, regulations, and policies are the problem, as is the inertia that keeps them that way.

If These Guys Don't Convince You Judge Garland Is 'Superbly Qualified,' No One Will

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics

When one thinks of the federal government's top lawyer, Attorney General Loretta Lynch immediately comes to mind. But there's another lawyer, far less...

Solicitor ALEC

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

Somehow, despite cutting public schools and the UW system, borrowing to fund transportation, and decimating the Department of Natural Resources, the GOP found a way to fund a new and largely unaccountable Solicitor General with several new deputies, charged with using taxpayer money to fight ideological battles in court.

Partisan Bickering Should Not Jeopardize the Supreme Court

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

The partisan bickering over when to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia must not be allowed to jeopardize the work of the Supreme Court. Those signing below are distinguished law professors, practitioners and even judges.

The Cruzifiction of Michael Wayne Haley

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 02.12.2017 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

During the course of arguing before the United States Supreme Court and urging the Court to rule that Michael should remain in prison, Justice Anthony Kennedy asked Mr. Cruz: "Is there some rule that you can't confess error in your state?"

Puerto Rico Is Up In Arms Because The Obama Administration Basically Just Called It A Colony

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics

As the federal government's lead lawyer before the Supreme Court, U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli has an important but relatively narrow role: ...

Feds Want Nebraska, Oklahoma To Quit Harshing Colorado's Mellow

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics

The federal government has asked the Supreme Court to stay out of a controversial lawsuit the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed last year challeng...

Friday Talking Points -- Obamacare Fails to Kill Jobs, Once Again

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. is this week's Most Impressive Democrat of the Week award-winner, for doing a much better job arguing the case for President Obama's interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act before the Supreme Court than he did the last time around.

Attention Solicitor General: Two More Powerful Arguments Against King v Burwell

Paul Abrams | Posted 04.21.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Much has been made recently about, shall we say kindly, the "unusual" plaintiffs. But, even if plaintiffs were not so "unusual", and they would indeed be subject to penalties, their claims of economic damages fail on their face.

The Broad Implications of the Obama Administration's Narrow Prop 8 Brief: Part 1

Jacob Combs | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jacob Combs

While Solicitor General Verrilli's brief stopped short of a sweeping call for a constitutional right to marriage equality across the nation, the argument it does make is both judicious and full of dramatic implications.

Ryan J. Reilly

Obama Administration To Supreme Court: Prop. 8 Is Unconstitutional | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court on Thursday to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, s...

Patrick Svitek

Solicitor General: 'I'm OK' With Criticism Of My Performance | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli said Wednesday, in his first comments about the Supreme Court's health care ruling since the decision was made, that...

Sweet Vindication For Solicitor General Who Argued Health Care Case | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics

The first call President Obama made after learning that the Supreme Court had upheld his health care law on Thursday was to thank his solicitor genera...

The Anti-Obama Court

Adam Winkler | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Studies show that, in the past, the solicitor general wins most of his cases. When he is a party to a Supreme Court case, the solicitor general wins nearly 70 percent of the time. This term that number looks to flip.

GOP Doctors High Court Audio In Attack Ad

Bloomberg | Jule Hirschfeld Davis and Greg Stohr | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

A Republican Party Web-based advertisement uses altered audio from U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments to attack President Barack Obama's health-care la...

White House Defends ' Worst Supreme Court Argument of All Time' | JONATHAN ALLEN | 3/28/12 9:25 AM EDT | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

The White House is coming to the defense of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, whose efforts to defend the president’s health care law Tuesday are u...

Supreme Court Waits in the Wings as Appeals Court Considers the Constitution, Voting Rights, Race and Criminal Justice

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

Serious questions about racial discrimination in our criminal justice system, laws that deny the vote to those who have been convicted in this system,...

Obama Interviews Elena Kagan For Supreme Court Nominee

Newsweek | By Daniel Klaidman and Ben Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEWSWEEK has learned that President Obama interviewed Solicitor General Elena Kagan at the White House on Friday for the open seat on the Supreme Cour...

Kagan is No Lady Gaga of Law

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Maybe Kagan is no Lady Gaga when it comes to fashion. But for most Americans, the way Kagan outfits herself is just fine. What's in her mind and her heart are far more important than what's on her back, neck, or her ring finger.

Weekly Pulse: SCOTUS Nominee Kagan a Cipher on Choice

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

by Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger On Monday, President Barack Obama nominated solicitor general Elena Kagan to replace retiring Justice ...

Sam Stein

Democratic War Room Unleashed For Kagan Nomination | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the hours following the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the predominant feature of the debate has been the swift, campaign-like ope...

Elena Kagan Tapped For Supreme Court (VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, declaring she would demonstrate the same ...

Obama Administration and DNA

Rob Warden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Warden

Will the Obama Administration stick with the Bush Administration's opposition to DNA testing that could set a man free?

Obama's Solicitor General: Kathleen Sullivan?

ABA Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

***Check Back For Updates*** A recent article in the ABA journal said that Kathleen Sullivan may be on the short list for Obama's Solicitor General A...