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SCOTUS and Health Care Reform: We Are Arguing Over the Wrong Things

David M. Walker | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
David M. Walker

Instead of a health care system, we have a "sick-care" system that provides perverse incentives and inadequate accountability. This misaligned incentive system encourages costly and sometimes unnecessary procedures that drive up our health care bill, and can even harm patients.

Mike Sacks

WATCH: What Happens To Health Care Loser In Supreme Court?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.22.2012 | Politics

Supporters and opponents of the Affordable Care Act have spent more than two years battling in federal courts and for public opinion over the constitu...

High Stakes For Latinos Amid Record Breaking Hearing

Posted 03.22.2012 | Latino Voices

As the health care debate approaches, a record has fallen amid the constant political bickering and impending oral arguments for and against the Patie...

Mike Sacks

Cheney Case Gets Day In Court

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared to line up, more or less, against a man arguing that Secret Service agents violated his First Am...

Mike Sacks

Absurdly Bad Plea Bargain Advice Violates Constitution, Supreme Court Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defendants who receive deficient or absurdly bad plea bargaining advice from their lawyers have had their constitutional rights violated...

Mike Sacks

Health Care Case Reaches Supreme Court: Courting the Conservatives (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics

With the U.S. Supreme Court's four-justice liberal bloc widely expected to uphold the individual mandate in the health care case it will hear next wee...

The Rule of Law on the Line

Kathie McClure | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Kathie McClure

The United States Supreme Court has given an implicit "thumbs down" to television coverage of next week's three days of oral argument on the legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Is It Just Another Tuesday?

Sonja Sohn | Posted 05.20.2012 | Crime
Sonja Sohn

Today the Supreme Court hears the cases of two young men who were sentenced to die in prison as 14-year-old children. The Court should find that young people sentenced to life without parole as children cannot be deemed beyond hope of rehabilitation. Kids can, and do, change.

Mike Sacks

'New And Dangerous Power': Supreme Court To Judge Health Care Mandate

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

On Tuesday next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act's "individual mandate," which re...

Mike Sacks

WATCH: As Supreme Court Considers Challenge To Health Care Law, What's At Stake?

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

Two years after the president signed the Affordable Care Act, the justices of the Supreme Court are poised to weigh in with their opinions about the f...

Mike Sacks

Why Supreme Court Conservative Majority Doesn't Mean Health Reform Smackdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court will not overturn health care reform. At least if the five-justice conservative majority that brought the country Citizens United an...

Voters on Tilt

Annie Duke | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Annie Duke

Whenever a voter casts their vote for a candidate that will hurt their economic interests just because they are pro-life or anti-gay marriage they are on tilt -- just as if they lost some really ugly hand at the poker table.

Constitution Check: Did the Supreme Court Give Us Super PACs?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

In the midst of a lively political campaign, with big spending a big issue, even the media can get the Constitution wrong. There is a link, but it is only indirect, between the Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission and the rise of super PACs.

It's Not Just Citizens United

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 05.06.2012 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

For those who think that our election system is fundamentally on the wrong track, the only option is to amend the Constitution to allow Congress and the States to do what is necessary to restore some level of sanity to campaign finance rules.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Expands Corporate Human Rights Case, Avoids Corporate Liability Question

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court on Monday afternoon took the unusual action of ordering reargument in the case heard last week that has been brought against a multi...

President Obama: Render Unto God the Things that Are God's

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 05.03.2012 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Jesus is often quoted for his saying to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's." The rest of the quote could be a message to the Obama Administration: "Render unto God the things that are God's."

Corporate Crime and Punishment

Arvind Ganesan | Posted 04.29.2012 | Politics
Arvind Ganesan

Should corporations have immunity for human rights abuses? Today, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that will decide whether corporations will be exempted from a crucial law that allows foreign victims of serious human rights abuses to sue them in US courts for civil damages.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Looks Ready To Grant Corporate Immunity In Human Rights Case

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday morning appeared divided along party lines, with a conservative majority ready to hold that corporations ca...

Mike Sacks

Corporate Personhood Case Forces Justices To Hack New Path

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on whether corporations, like real people, can be held liable in American ...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Debates Lying About Military Honors

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning appeared divided over whether to strike down a federal law that makes it a crime for a person to ...

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court Blocks Montana Ban On Corporate Political Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the Montana Supreme Court's decision in December upholding the state's century-old ban on corporate political spen...

Mike Sacks

100,000 Progressives Petition Justice Clarence Thomas To Recuse Himself From Health Care Cases

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The calls for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from the health care cases to be heard in March took a theatrical turn at the Su...

When It Comes to the Free Speech Rights of Teachers, the Joke's on Us

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Let's enjoy a short laugh at the foolishness of Arizona's lawmakers to muzzle their state's public school teachers. And then let's remember that a more carefully constructed bill may not be as outlandish, and unlikely, as we think.

Rockefeller's Revenge

D. R. Tucker | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics
D. R. Tucker

Surely, there are some moderate moneymen who miss the days of Nelson Rockefeller and Edward Brooke, who recall a time when the GOP cherished common sense and revered rationality.

Mike Sacks

Montana Supreme Court Collides With U.S. Supreme Court Over Citizens United

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 02.16.2012 | Politics

The fate of Montana's century-old ban on corporate political spending is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, setting up a possible sequel to t...