A study recently found that the Roberts Court is the most business-friendly of any court in at least the last 65 years. More alarmingly, the top two justices most likely to vote in favor of big business -- out of all justices since 1946 -- are Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.
Should the states decide whether black Americans can marry white Americans? In 1967, the nation's highest court knocked down state anti-miscegenation laws. Now the nation -- and the Supreme Court -- confronts a very similar situation, only this time the issue is same-sex marriage.
Its "Autopsy" notwithstanding, Reagan & Frum discuss a possible Grand New Party" on gay rights or guns post-Sup Ct and Newtown. Can it escape Evangelical and NRA stridency? Then: North Korea & North Dakota are both bluffing like crazy.
Can we at least agree that so-called traditional marriage is a phenomenon of Western civilization? Those who oppose marriage equality based on biblical teachings must know that the notion of traditional marriage ends in the 4th chapter of Genesis.
Fifty years from now, the logic goes, people will look back at this time and this issue and will wonder what all the fuss was about. Well, 50 years from now I will be 98. I do not want to be a 98-year-old blushing bride. So here's my message to the Supreme Court.
It is never wise to predict U.S. Supreme Court decisions on oral arguments, or else Obamacare would have been repealed. Based on the Justices' line of questioning, however, it appears that they will overrule Proposition 8 -- but on narrow grounds that will only affect California.
Of course, politics is inherently part of the judicial system. But there's a difference between saying that justices live, work, and are selected in a political world and saying that when they get on the Supreme Court they're really just politicians in robes.
Do folks like Marco Rubio, Michele Bachmann, war-on-terror architect John Yoo, and columnist Charles Krauthammer really believe the Constitution means one thing when a Republican is in the White House, and something entirely different when the President is a Democrat?
So, since health insurance is interstate commerce, and Congress has the power not only to regulate it, but also to make all laws that are "necessary and proper" for executing its power, why isn't that the end of it?