We wouldn't want to protect quackery as a matter of free speech, would we? Recently, these questions came to the forefront of legal and political debate in two sets of court decisions, involving legislation on two hot-button topics: gays and guns.
A man from Kentucky was arrested and tossed in jail late last month for allegedly making terroristic threats and supposedly threatening to kill students at a school when he posted lyrics by a metal band on his Facebook page.
Ever since three-judge panels on the Fourth Circuit and the D.C. Circuit issued conflicting rulings in July on the availability of tax credits under the ACA, opponents of the law have been trying to rush their case to the SCOTUS. Thanks to an Order just issued by the full D.C. Circuit, the chances of getting the case in getting there just got a lot lower.
"Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever begin to live together." Justice Thurgood Marshall penned these words 40 years ago, as part of his stirring dissent in Milliken v. Bradley. As we head into another school year, and especially in light of recent events, it is worth pausing to consider his warning.
A recent decision by the United States Supreme Court makes it highly unlikely that celebrity victims in the leaked photos scandal can recover meaningful damages from anyone.
As a gay man who has spent the last decade working to advance marriage equality, I cheer "yaaaas" with each new marriage victory. And yet, I know that our momentum will quickly be stunted if we sit out the November elections.
If the D.C. Circuit decision in Halbig v. Burwell became the law of the land, it would threaten to place health insurance once again out of reach for the approximately 4.7 million families and individuals living in the 36 states where the federal government set up the Exchange.
We tried waiting and hoping for real change six years ago. Today, income inequality grows steadily worse, while economic opportunity is out of reach for most. This Labor Day I will look forward to a warm summer day, but I'm also dreaming of the movement we can build.
Like my students, Jews have shunned Jesus and failed to recognize his dedicated commitment to Judaism -- a recognition that does not require accepting him as the Messiah.
The ACA's opponents may be willing to say anything in their efforts at another chance in front of the Supreme Court, but what they're saying about en banc review doesn't make much more sense than what they've been saying about the meaning of the ACA.
ACA dead-enders will stay at it, fighting Medicaid expansion and filing creative, hopeless lawsuits. They'll stop Medicaid expansion in some states, denying coverage to millions of the most needy. But the ACA will survive. In health care policy, the arc of history has taken a decisive turn toward human decency.
A new academic year is upon us. Students, parents, and faculty are excited. But they are also nervous. These are difficult times for higher education ...
The black-and-gold JPEG invitation arrived in my inbox back in June, miraculously dodging the spam filter. "You and a guest are invited to join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary." It was from Hustler magazine.
The biggest winner in the Supreme Court over the last few years has been the United States Chamber of Commerce. The Roberts Court is simply carrying on a long and sorry tradition of the Justices favoring the rich and the powerful against the poor and the weak.