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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Block on Affirmative Action

Publicly funded colleges in Michigan still won’t be able to take applicants’ racial background information into consideration in the admissions process, as the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a referendum that passed in the Great Lakes State in 2006 banning the practice.

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Supreme Court Helps Big Business Screw the Little Guy

The justices sided with big corporations Thursday when they ruled 5-3 that companies can write contracts that force small businesses to challenge monopolistic practices on an unaffordable individual arbitration basis rather than through class-action lawsuits, effectively killing the ability of small businesses to defend themselves in court against larger predatory ones.

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Supreme Court Sides With Monsanto Over Soybean Farmer

The justices Monday ruled that Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman infringed Monsanto’s patent for genetically modified soybeans when he bought some of those seeds from a local grain elevator and used them for a second, late-season crop.

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Court Limits No-Parole Life Terms for Juveniles

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down mandatory sentences of life in prison without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. The 5-4 vote found that such sentences constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

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High Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona Immigration Law

Arizona’s controversial immigration law is largely no more. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled mostly in favor of the U.S. government when it struck down the bulk of the state’s notorious immigration law.

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Defending the Supremely Powerful

The United States Supreme Court now sees its central task as comforting the already comfortable and afflicting those already afflicted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE


Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

There are now warnings emanating from some circles that Muslim leaders are seeking gateways through which to implement an “Islamification” of American politics and society.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


Bickering Over Judicial Nominations

Elena Kagan, no surprise, did not live up to the Kagan standard of openness in answering questions during her confirmation hearing. Mitch McConnell did not live up to the McConnell standard of deference in voting against her.

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Elena Kagan Gets Her Robe

The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan on Thursday by a vote of 63-37. She will be the nation’s 112th Supreme Court justice and Barack Obama’s second appointment. Once she takes her oaths, it will be the first time, despite her impressive résumé, that Kagan has ever been a judge.

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Kagan’s Confirmation Looks Likely

Elena Kagan is almost through the wringer, awaiting a Senate vote later this week on her Supreme Court nomination. Hers has been a fairly uneventful vetting process, and judging by the mood on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, she’ll soon be sporting a black robe.

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Done With Guns, NRA Has Other Targets

The Supreme Court has pretty much decided the National Rifle Association’s main issue, but the pressure group, which has managed to make a plaything of Congress, shows no signs of disarming or disbanding. Instead, the gun lobby has set its sights on health care, Elena Kagan and other matters of state.

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Judicial Change to Believe In

Here’s when you know something momentous has happened to our struggle over the Supreme Court’s role: When Republicans largely give up talking about “judicial activism,” when liberals speak of the importance of democracy and deference to elected officials, and when judges are no longer seen as baseball umpires.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Kagan & Immigration

The employment situation is looking grim for our nation. What’s to be done? And financial regulation got derailed—score another one for big banking! Can “Left, Right & Center” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller ... (continued)

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AP / Susan Walsh

What Kind of Supreme Court?

Although we did not discover much about Elena Kagan, confirmation hearings should remind us of what has been remarkable in our constitutional and judicial history.

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Judicial Naptivism

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AP / Susan Walsh

Kagan Grilled by Senate Panel on Military Recruitment Ban

The Senate Judiciary Committee and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faced off Tuesday on the second day of Kagan’s confirmation hearing, and as expected, certain committee members were eager to zero in on ... (continued)

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White House / Pete Souza

Whose Supreme Court Is It?

This week’s hearings over Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court will mark a sea change in the way liberals argue about the judiciary.

Posted on Jun 27, 2010 READ MORE


Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.

Posted on May 20, 2010 READ MORE



‘Australia Loses Freedom Points’ Edition

Chinese swingers head to jail, Australia hunts down and grounds the founder of WikiLeaks, and David Lynch does Dior. All this and more on today’s list.

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Straight Women, Too, Play Softball

She’s not gay, OK? Actually, the all-too-public discussion about the ought-to-be private topic of Elena Kagan’s sexuality would be easier if the Supreme Court nominee were gay.

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Citing Kagan’s Lack of Judging Experience, GOP Proposes Paula Abdul

“The American people have had years of watching Paula’s judging expertise, and they know that she is fair,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “She’s certainly fairer than Simon.”

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Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama and Big Oil; Midterm Mania; Justice Kagan?

How best to deal with the mess Big Oil has wrought this past week? “We need a time out for greed,” Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” but Tony Blankley disagrees. Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington isn’t buying President Obama’s knuckle-rapping stance toward oil execs.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


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Kagan Goes A’Courtin’ on Capitol Hill

On Thursday, Supreme Court hopeful Elena Kagan observed the nominee tradition of making the rounds on Capitol Hill by dropping in on key senators from both sides of the aisle, and it seems she made some key gains—even Scott Brown might vote to confirm her!

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


The Elena Kagan You Won’t See

Brace yourself for several months of occasionally biting but essentially meaningless political theater over the nomination of Solicitor General Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Obama’s Feminist Touch

The Kagan nomination reminds us that Barack Obama is the first president raised on feminist principles.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Elena Kagan May Not Enjoy Bratwurst

Since conservative pundits are slacking in their duty of tearing apart Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan before she can clinch her lifetime position, Stephen Colbert is on hand to step in and grasp at straws, literally, in an effort to besmirch her sparkling reputation.

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Advise and Wimp Out

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has—or had, anyway—the right vision of what confirmation hearings for the high court should be.

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Stuck in a Rut

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White House / Pete Souza

Supreme Court Justice in Comfortable Shoes?

Famed gay blogger Andrew Sullivan wants to know why no one else is publicly asking whether husbandless Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan likes girls even though “we have been told by many that she is gay.”

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Greenwald Says Kagan Is ‘an Atrocious Pick’

The Salon writer debates Obama’s latest Supreme Court pick on “Democracy Now!” and explains why he thinks Elena Kagan could very likely move the court to the right.

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White House / Chuck Kennedy

The Arc of Women’s Progress

The first woman to be dean of Harvard Law School. The first woman to be solicitor general. But: the fourth woman, if Elena Kagan is confirmed, on the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 10, 2010 READ MORE


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