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High Court Kicks Off Health Care Hearings

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court launched a three-day deliberation session on the timely (well, for Campaign 2012, anyway) and controversial topic of the health care overhaul that President Obama oversaw and signed into law in 2010.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



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High Court Scrutinizing Affirmative Action at Colleges

A hot-button issue from the ’80s and ’90s has come up once again at the U.S. Supreme Court: affirmative action on the college level.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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The Selling Out of Our Democracy

For years, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court has flapped mightily in the face of any attempt to deny American corporations their ability to disenfranchise and dispossess the American public. (more)

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 READ MORE



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No Public Money for Arizona Candidates

In a second major ruling Monday, U.S. Supreme Court justices split along ideological lines to reject an Arizona campaign finance law that offered public funding to candidates unable to raise the enormous sums of money needed to run for political office. (more)

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Supreme Court to Kids: Resume Fire (Update)

American kids scored a victory Monday over parents who just don’t understand how the U.S. Supreme Court could uphold an appellate court’s decision striking down a California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. (more)

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Strikes Down Animal Cruelty Law

Pointing to the First Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday nixed a federal law from 1999 that made the creation, possession or sale of depictions of animal cruelty illegal, despite the Obama administration’s request that the top court consider the animal rights angle in its decision.

Posted on Apr 20, 2010 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Considering Change in National Gun Ownership Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court may be ready to change the scope of the Second Amendment, as five of the top court’s justices (guess which ones?) have signaled their opinions about American citizens’ rights to bear arms and appear ready to take steps that could override some local and state gun rules, with Chicago as a potential starting point.

Posted on Mar 2, 2010 READ MORE


Thank You, Justice Alito

Justice Samuel Alito’s inability to restrain himself during the State of the Union address brought to wide attention a truth that too many have tried to ignore: The Supreme Court is now dominated by a highly politicized conservative majority intent on working its will.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 READ MORE


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The Judgment Days of Sotomayor

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor avoided a “total meltdown” during her confirmation hearings, even as she underwent a grilling by the likes of Sen. Lindsey Graham, who trotted out a series of scathing anonymous evaluations of Sotomayor by unimpressed attorneys. Clearly, Sen. Graham hasn’t Googled himself lately.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


Obama’s Court Votes May Return to Haunt Him

Republican senators are asking themselves why they should give President Obama more leeway to name justices to his liking than then-Sen. Obama was willing to accord President Bush when he voted against both Bush nominees.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009 READ MORE


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Confirmation Remarks Worth Revisiting

Supreme Court confirmation hearings are as much about politicians grabbing a little face time as they are about probing a nominee’s legal philosophy. Amid all the posturing and finger-wagging Monday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse spoke rather eloquently about what the court has become, and what it should be: “ ... A place ... where the comfortable can be afflicted and the afflicted find some comfort. ... ”

Posted on Jul 14, 2009 READ MORE


Different Republican, Same Right-Wing Court

There is no mystery to the missing lightning rods. John McCain neglects to volunteer the names of Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as model jurists for an obvious reason.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Unequal Under the Law

By now the Tale of Lilly Ledbetter is beginning to sound like the Perils of Pauline or the Pre-Feminist Follies. At 70 years old, she’s the star of a long-running drama about how hard we have to run to keep from slipping backward.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


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Supreme Court Puts Executions on Hold

The Supreme Court has placed a temporary moratorium on the death penalty while it considers the legality of lethal injection, which should take months. Justices Scalia and Alito dissented from the opinion, which spared prisoner Earl Wesley Berry only minutes before he was to be killed.

Posted on Oct 31, 2007 READ MORE


E.J. Dionne Jr.: Bookending the Acrimony of 2006

At year’s end, I pay tribute to the readers who took the time to offer their, ahem, colorful responses to my columns.

Posted on Dec 28, 2006 READ MORE


Case Will Point to Revised Court’s Abortion Approach

The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week regarding the constitutionality of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed by Congress.  The case should indicate how the newly formed court will approach abortion rights without the presence of Sandra Day O’Connor.

Posted on Nov 4, 2006 READ MORE


Kennedy: Alito and Roberts Misled Us

The long-serving senator from Mass. writes that the two Supreme Court justices’ voting record betrays an ultraconservative agenda that they hid from Congress during the confirmation hearings.

Posted on Jul 30, 2006 READ MORE


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Senate Dems Find Wedge Issue on Abortion

The Senate Democratic leadership will push for expanded access to contraceptives and sex education—a nationally popular move, but a bitter pill for the prudish right-wingers who are desperately afraid that someone, somewhere, may be enjoying a sexual act.

Posted on Apr 6, 2006 READ MORE


The Towering Solons of Abortion

When you think “enlightenment,” the first thing that comes to your mind is “the South Dakota Legislature,” right?

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


Kerry Calls for Alito Filibuster

Pulling this off would be the ultimate hat trick. Republicans reportedly need only one more Democrat on their side to force a vote. | story
People for the American Way are supplying a form letter urging key senators to join Kerry in his filibuster.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


Alito Appears Headed for Confirmation

As the hearings end, Democrats seem unlikely to filibuster the nominee. | story
And so much for a swing vote: Analyses of Alito’s answers by both The New York Times and The Washington Post find the nominee most aligned with Scalia and Thomas.

Posted on Jan 12, 2006 READ MORE


Alito Leaves Door Open to Reversing ‘Roe’

The nominee signals he might revisit the abortion ruling. | story
In an editorial, the New York Times says that Alito has “given the American people reasons to be worried.” | editorial
Also, in a heated exchange, Ted Kennedy spars with Arlen Specter over Alito’s membership in a discriminatory Princeton club. | video

Posted on Jan 11, 2006 READ MORE


The Alito Nomination

Follow the paper trail on Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Do his judicial opinions and decisions indicate how he would influence the court’s ideological balance?

Posted on Jan 10, 2006 READ MORE


In Day Two, Alito Says Even Wartime Presidents Are Not Above the Law

Ted Kennedy counters: “Time and again, even in routine matters involving average Americans, you give enormous, almost total deference to the exercise of governmental powers.” | story

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


Alito Proves His Conservative Mettle

Profile of rise through right-wing ranks; “Constitution does not protect a right to abortion.” | more
Also: Check out our extensive paper trail on the nominee. | link

Posted on Jan 9, 2006 READ MORE


Alito, a Youthful Enemy of the Warren Court

The Washington Post details Alito’s long-held antipathy to the segregation-ending court. | more
Also, check out our extensive paper trail on the nominee. | link

Posted on Jan 8, 2006 READ MORE


More Outrageous Opinions From Our Next Justice

Why is Samuel Alito expected to sail through Senate confirmation when his views are so outrageous? The Associated Press reports that he defended domestic wiretap protections when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department.

Posted on Dec 23, 2005 READ MORE


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