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Defending Trade Unions While the Justices Are Away

David Coates | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The nine justices of the SCOTUS are now in recess, leaving the rest of us the summer in which to reflect upon and digest their latest set of rulings. Because it is likely that both judgments will have long-term adverse consequences for progressive causes, a moment of reflection on that second judgment is well in order.

Watch: Is the Supreme Court Out of Order?

Bill Moyers | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

The latest session of the US Supreme Court was especially contentious, with important decisions on the separation of church and state, organized labor, campaign finance reform, birth control and women's health, among others, splitting the court along its 5-4 conservative-liberal divide.

Supreme Court Protects Pennsylvania Marriage Equality (VIDEO)

Matt Baume | Posted 09.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

2014-07-14-ScreenShot20140714at5.03.12PMsmall.pngA judge in Colorado has delivered what may be the strongest victory yet for marriage equality, while Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has rejected a challenge to the freedom to marry in Pennsylvania.

Supreme Court to Women: Father Knows Best

Nan Aron | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

These three decisions, taken together, are an assault on the rights, health, and economic well-being of women in every corner of this country. But they are also a challenge to President Obama, to Congress, to the political system, and to the American people to take the action necessary to undo the damage.

Hobby Lobby: A Victory for Social Liberals

Bryan Schonfeld | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Bryan Schonfeld

Social liberals have fought time and time again for the rights of individuals to hold and abide by values that differ from those of the majority. Soci...

The Doctrine of Corporate Separateness: Why the Hobby Lobby Decision Is an Absolute Farce

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Because corporations exist in order to put up a barrier between a business and its owners, that means that the religious liberty of the owners cannot be violated by anything the corporation is compelled, by law, to do.

Blind Faith and Women

Robert Slayton | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Slayton

A good friend of mine, an economics professor, is a devout libertarian. Years ago, he explained that he was opposed to the Civil Rights Act barring discrimination in employment.

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Supreme Court Rules Corporations Can Have Their Hearts Broken and Get Tummy Aches

Spencer Green | Posted 09.01.2014 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"Corporations are just like people, and they have to deal with an assortment of melancholy, rejection, boo-boos, and owees," wrote Justice Samuel Alito in the majority opinion. "See them, feel them, touch them, heal them."

What Religion Is My Company?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

I own a marketing company. I'm Jewish. My partner is Italian and Christian. Of our almost fifty employees, our cultural and religious make-up is quite diverse. We are a company of people. The company itself is not a person. So what's our religion?

Hobby Lobby Employees Band Together to Craft Homemade Birth Control

Reductress | Posted 08.31.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

After the landmark ruling denying employees of Hobby Lobby access to contraception, several employees have banded together to pool their skills and ...

Fault Lines Re-emerge In Supreme Court At End Of Term

Reuters | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics

By Joan Biskupic WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Sometimes there is no middle ground. Through much of the U.S. Supreme ...

TOOBIN: Conservative Justices Will 'Rewrite Laws In Profound Ways'

New Yorker | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

The Supreme Court concluded its term today with a pair of decisions widely described as “narrow”—that is, of limited application except to the p...

A Big Finish for the Corporate Court

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Two things are absolutely clear about this Supreme Court term. One, it's once again been a very good term for the Chamber of Commerce. And, two, it's been an even better one for the business community writ large.

George W. Bush's Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow for the .01 Percent

Jason Sattler | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

In exchange for helping Bush win the presidency, Scalia got two justices even more eager than himself to gnaw away at the ability of the government to temper the power of monied interests.

Presidents Day Special: Three Books on America's Founding Era

Steve Clemons | Posted 04.19.2014 | Books
Steve Clemons

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito makes a habit (hope sharing this doesn't ruin it) of attending most years a special tribute dinner at George and ...

Conservative Justice Shrugs Off Popularity

AP | By CURT ANDERSON | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court should never concern itself with popularity and must remain above the fray when there is strong ...

Sweet Seventeen: The Significance of New Mexico's Gay Marriage Ruling

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 02.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

The state -- at least the state of New Mexico -- does not privilege marriage as a way to make impulsive young men stick by their kids. It sanctions marriage to help strengthen the commitments of couples and families -- real families. And that includes gay ones.

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

Justice Alito Is Wildly Off The Mark On Campaign Finance

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Samuel Alito called the central point made by the government during Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments in McCutcheon v. Federal E...

Alito Release Clears Up Big Mystery

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Justice Samuel Alito bowed out of roughly six dozen matters that came before the Supreme Court in the past 10 months with no explanation...

Justice Alito's reported wealth soars in 2012

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Reity O'Brien July 17, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity, which is a nonprofit, ...

Alito's Dissent: The Problem Began With 'The Idea That Romantic Love Is a Prerequisite to Marriage'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The logical conclusion of this reasoning is that if the government could have enforced arranged marriage with a federal law, it should have, since no one could predict the outcome of these newfangled romantic-love marriages, which altered the institution of marriage forever.

Samuel Alito Rolls Eyes While Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reads Dissent

The Huffington Post | Ryan Rainey | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito broke from the high court's usual decorum on Monday morning, rolling his eyes and shaking his head as his senior co...

Are DNA Profiles the New Social Security Number?

Brandon L. Garrett | Posted 08.04.2013 | Crime
Brandon L. Garrett

First, although Maryland's law was limited to collection from those arrested for "serious" offenses, nothing in the opinion suggests that this limitation is of constitutional importance. In fact, the opinion's reasoning suggests the contrary. What is a "serious" offense, anyway?