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Will Scalia Tell Congress That the Constitution Leaves Women Out?

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

Justice Antonin Scalia is set to provide Constitutional lessons at an event organized by Rep. Michele Bachmann. Let's hope the audience also hears from those who respect the constitutional rights of women.

Wal-Mart Asks the Supreme Court to Protect It From Wage Discrimination Claims

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

A decision for Wal-Mart would have far-ranging effects on women employees in general by making it more difficult to challenge gender-based pay discrimination.

Supreme Court Won't Hear Boulder Church Case

Boulder Daily Camera | Laura Snider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The U.S. Supreme Court will not weigh in on a longstanding conflict between the Boulder County Board of Commissioners and Rocky Mountain Christian Chu...

Divorce Before the Digital Deluge

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Dave Astor

I'm glad my first wife and I separated the year Al Gore got "Supreme Courted" rather than the year John Kerry got "swiftboated."

2010 "Person" of the Year: The U.S. Supreme Court

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

It's difficult to look beyond the tumult of current events and ask: "what happened this year that will be remembered ten, twenty, or fifty years from now?" However, there was one 2010 event that looms above the others: the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court Decision. That decision signifies a new phase of American history -- the Corporatist period where multinational corporations have unbridled political influence to systematically and profoundly weaken our democracy.

Wal-Mart Women: Justice Delayed

Al Norman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Al Norman

It's the biggest legal threat that Wal-Mart has ever faced. The women of Wal-Mart have hung in for nearly 10 years, and now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court, they will have to wait at least another six months for justice to be done.

Corporate Rewards: Controlling U.S. Trade Policy

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

The Economic Policy Institute estimates that the proposed U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement would cost America 159,000 jobs and enlarge its trade deficit by $16.7 billion in its first seven years.

Amanda Terkel

Justice Scalia: The State Of The Union Address Is A 'Juvenile Spectacle' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In remarks to the conservative Federalist Society on Thursday night, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia decried the "juvenile spectacl...

George Will Redefines History

Marco Trbovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marco Trbovich

Flush with triumphal passion, Washington Post columnist George Will's celebratory screed in the aftermath of the midterm Republican victories offered ...

The Critics Aren't Wrong About Health Care Lawsuit

Barbara Ann Radnofsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ann Radnofsky

Last week, the Texas attorney general lambasted his critics for saying he shouldn't have sued the federal government over health care reform. In his o...

Justice Alito Has Had Enough. Mr. President, Time to Head to Kinko's

Michael D. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael D. Brown

Millions of dollars are spent so the President can rally his followers, attack his opponents, stump for his agenda, all in the name of giving Congress "information" on the State of the Union.

Republicans Don't Trust Americans

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republican operatives want to shield voters from knowing who is actually paying for GOP attack ads. They fear the consequences if Americans know the truth.

Speech v. Respect

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Snyder v. Phelps, the Westboro funeral protest case, places before us a choice between the legal right of free speech with the ethical value of respect.

Only About the Law? Part II

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

Last Friday (Oct. 8) I published a commentary discussing the case Snyder v. Phelps currently before the U.S. Supreme Court; a case that, at first glan...

Only About the Law?

Jim Lichtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Lichtman

In Snyder v. Phelps, what of the grieving families? Are they not entitled to the respect, privacy and dignity accorded individuals at a time of great anguish?

Deliberative Indifference

John Hollway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Hollway

John Thompson is one of the "lucky" ones -- after 18 years in prison, he's gotten his life back. New Orleans released him with $10 and the clothes he was arrested in in 1984.

In The Public Interest : Money Changes Everything

Janet Domenitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Domenitz

It's a good bet that Cyndi Lauper was not anticipating the U.S. Supreme Court's actions when she sang "Money Changes Everything" back in 1984. But th...

How Is President Obama Really Doing?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

For a guy who walked into a historic financial meltdown, two costly wars, and a Wall Street- and GOP-ravished economy, President Obama is doing pretty well.

Gay Marriage: The Tide is Turning And There's No Going Back

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

All trends regarding public sentiment and views towards the LGBT community indicate that the time when conservatives can use same-sex marriage as a "wedge" issue is coming to an end.

Now That it Made History With Elena Kagan, the Senate Should Do Our Lower Courts Justice

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

During this time of celebration, we have concrete evidence of how much progress the country has made and can make. But we cannot lose sight of how much more remains to be achieved.

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Reinforces National Backlash

Ernest Istook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

When a court reverses the voters' decision, it reinforces the tidal wave of disgust at political elites who run roughshod over the will of the people.

Legal Thrillers: Trial and (Many) Errors

Paul Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Levine

In 17 years as a trial lawyer, I never saw a judge bang a gavel or shout "Order in the court!" But that hasn't stopped me from writing scenes in which the judge silences an unruly mob, the gavel echoing like a rifle shot.

Supreme Court Justices Naked Under Their Robes

Mark C. Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark C. Miller

They'll dress for official photos, but in court things are, er, looser. A Supreme Court insider has revealed that, despite their conservative appear...

Justice Suffers As Nominations Languish

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caroline Fredrickson

The vacancies on the federal bench continue to grow, resulting in a judicial system that is already overburdened coming to a grinding halt. The nation's courtrooms must not be left hostage to partisan bickering.

A "Revulsion Letter" for the Supreme Court

Charles Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Francis

Justice Ruth Ginsburg made headlines last week by signaling an evolving view at the Supreme Court about gays and lesbians: we are individuals.