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Activist Comics: Constitutional Amendment

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 11.22.2014 | Comedy
John Wellington Ennis

It might seem radical to have a Constitutional Convention over something like Super PACs, the unenforceable slush funds that have flourished as the latest billionaire accessory. But you know what is even crazier? Passing a Constitutional Amendment BANNING ALCOHOL.

Immigration 'Court' Reform More About Justice Than Immigration

Sara Warner | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Sara Warner

President Obama may have "delayed" his promise for major immigration reform to accommodate the politics of the Nov. 4 midterm elections, but there remains an opportunity for massive improvement to the immigration "court" system. The reason that such measures can gain consensus support is the same reason that "court" must be in quotation marks.

Our Politically Polarized Supreme Court?

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A good deal of the growing lack of confidence in the Supreme Court these days is due precisely to the concern that the justices are increasingly voting in ways that reflect the political values and preferences of the presidents who appointed them. Americans, in other words, increasingly believe that the justices are voting as "Republicans and Democrats." If this is so, it is not because the justices are "repaying" the favor of their appointment, but because presidents have gotten better at selecting nominees whose judicial approaches are likely to lead them to vote in ways that more or less conform to the appointing president's own political values and preferences. But is any of this true? To test this possibility, I did a simple, back-of-the-envelope "study."

Why Are We Still Fighting Over Birth Control in the 21st Century?

Sen. Barbara Boxer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Sen. Barbara Boxer

Walking home from the Capitol recently, I saw the words engraved above the portico of the Supreme Court: "Equal justice under law." They don't say "equal justice under law except for women." They don't say "equal justice as long as it's OK with your boss." And yet that is exactly what the court majority said in its ruling.

David McCabe

Chamber Of Commerce Emerges As Big Supreme Court Winner

HuffingtonPost.com | David McCabe | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the dust begins to settle on the Supreme Court's term, at least one big winner has emerged: the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The...

Abortion Buffer-Zone Ruling in McCullen: The Supreme Court's Facade of Unity and the Future of Abortion Rights

Clay Calvert | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Clay Calvert

Thursday's Supreme Court ruling in McCullen vs. Coakley, despite the unified outcome and facade, makes it clear that abortion is and will continue to be a wedge issue dividing the justices for years to come.

Judges and 'Speaking Out'

Joel Cohen | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Joel Cohen

Would those who criticize Justice Stevens' public statements and writings, particularly concerning public financing of elections, stop just because they could be certain he would have totally ended his career as a judge?

'Unfettered' Prayer and the Roberts Court

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Don't say I didn't warn you what a Supreme Court led by a Chief Justice John Roberts would be like on separation of church and state. In 2005, I was invited to be an expert witness in the Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings on John Roberts appointment to be Chief Justice.

Where the Tea Party and Occupy Movements See Corruption, John Roberts Sees Gratitude

David Paul | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Chief Justice John Roberts persists in denying what to the broad swath of the American public is self-evident: Money is corrupting our politics and undermining public confidence in our political institutions.

Beyond McCutcheon: Deeper Questions Demand Raising

Danny Schechter | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Everyone's taking about the Supreme Court's perfectly predictable "Citizens United 2" McCutcheon decision. It's what we are not talking about that worries me.

Paul Blumenthal

The Roberts Court Tees Up The End Of Campaign Finance Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission on Wednesday has potentially big implications for the future...

No Justice Roberts, the Internet Can't Do Government's Job

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

We agree with the justices that the Internet can be a powerful tool for transparency. But four years after Citizens United, it's clear that the Internet isn't enough to create transparency. Congress has to enact laws requiring candidates to use it.

Protests At Abortion Clinics Back At The Supreme Court

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The regulation of protests outside abortion clinics returns to the Supreme Court for the first time since 2000 to find the justice...

The Difference Between Conservative and Liberal Justices

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

What is really going on here is a combination of intentional insularity and ideological patronage. Instead of wanting to have their ideas tested and challenged by their clerks, the conservative Justices apparently want their law clerks to applaud and affirm their views.

Paul Blumenthal

McCutcheon v. FEC: Supreme Court Skeptical Of Campaign Contribution Limits

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A slim majority of Supreme Court justices seemed skeptical Tuesday that the federal government may cap the total amount of money that in...

The Umpire Changes the Rules

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Brandt Goldstein

Will we finally see the umpire that the Chief Justice promised us? Or will he continue to move the foul lines and alter the strike zone to favor the rich and the powerful? Americans should keep their eyes on the Court.

If You're Pro-Choice You Should Take Heed

Walker Bragman | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

North Carolina is the latest in a string of Republican states to attempt to restrict women's access to reproductive care. But why now, 40 years after Roe v. Wade, which ruled abortion a matter a privacy, are we seeing such a concerted attack from the right?

We the People... No More?

Darryl Woodard | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Darryl Woodard

Corporations are made up of people, but given their juggernaut of financial power which also gives corporations the ability to live long and prosper to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, does that make corporations people too?

Joan Walsh: "They Are Trying To Repeal The 20th Century"

92nd Street Y | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
92nd Street Y

As part of 92Y's partnership with Salon.com, editor at large Joan Walsh spoke with us about her disappointment with the Supreme Court's recent decisio...

The 15th Amendment Trumps the 10th Amendment on Voting Rights

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Chief Justice Roberts's other argument, that the states are entitled to "equal sovereignty," may be a nice idea, but it is not found anywhere in the Constitution.

Dust Off Those Poll Tax Laws, Dixie

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

As history has shown, radical Republicans won't be content with stealing the vote from the black guy down the street or that Latina woman at church or the college student next door or the senior citizen who relinquished his driver's license. They're coming for your right, too.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Gay Marriage, Black Voters and Roberts's Radicals-in-Robes

HuffPost Radio | Posted 06.30.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgRon Reagan and Erick Erickson debate judicial matters after the DOMA and VRA decisions. But there's a larger subtext -- is Obama's center-left country and Roberts's hard-right Court moving toward a collision? Then, Obama tries to cool off the planet and the frenzy over Snowden.

The Supreme Court Rules There Is No One Left Standing To Appeal Prop. 8

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Jessica Levinson

In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the US Supreme Court has ruled that there is simply no one left standing to appeal California's infamous 2008 ballot initiative, Proposition 8.

Brand New Day

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

So much bile has been spewed for so long by those who predicted society's total collapse if gay folk were granted equality under the law -- our simple right to the pursuit of happiness.

Jason Linkins

Utopia Achieved As A Litany Of Pervasive Discriminatory Practices Are Ended With Magical Thinking

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4, party-line vote, gutted the Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. But don’t worry, everybody. "Our country has changed," assure...