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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Supreme Court Goes… Phonanimous?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s big end-of-term decisions this week, including striking down President Obama’s recess appointments, ruling against arrest-related searches of cellphones and putting an end to buffer zones around abortion clinics. Also, the U.S. pledges to help Syrian rebels and Ukraine signs a trade accord.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



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One Court, Indivisible, Votes Liberty and Justice For All

Wednesday’s unanimous Supreme Court decision affirming the right to privacy is a reminder that support as well as opposition to civil liberty these days can come from unexpected quarters.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Court Stacks the Deck

Affirmative action has opened doors for disadvantaged minorities and made this a fairer, more equal society. The Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts apparently wants no more of that.

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Should She Stay or Should She Go? The Debate Over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Retirement

It should come as no surprise that Ginsburg is at the center of a roiling debate among left-leaning lawyers, scholars and legal commentators as to whether the time has come for her to retire in order to permit a Democratic president, Barack Obama, to nominate her successor. 

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SCOTUS Hands Big Money Another Big Win With Campaign Finance Ruling

On Wednesday the United States Supreme Court further loosened restrictions on campaign funding, adding momentum to the money = speech (not to mention corporations are people too) rationale exemplified by the top court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Biggest Winners in the Hobby Lobby Case May Be the Koch Brothers

We may not get a Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases that challenge the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate until the end of June, but it’s probably not too early to project the biggest winners in the cases: brothers Charles and David Koch.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

The Supreme Court Could Get Even Worse This Term

If the oral arguments conducted the first two weeks of the court’s current term are any indication, the Supreme Court will drift further to the right.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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The Most Secretive Court in America May Also Be the Most Conservative

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court is a unique judicial body, not only in terms of its procedures but in terms of the political leanings of its judges, who comprise a panel so uniformly Republican that the five-justice right-wing majority on the current Supreme Court appears positively liberal in comparison.

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Wendy Davis Won’t Back Down, Maher Rips Voting Rights Act Decision, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s latest fight against student loan rate increases and what the top two Senate Republicans are requesting of the NFL and other major American sports leagues.

Posted on Jun 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Gutting the Voting Rights Act

No matter how you parse it, the Supreme Court’s decision Tuesday in Shelby County v. Holder is a constitutional train wreck of historic proportions. But unlike most such disasters, this is one we saw coming.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jun 21, 2013 READ MORE



Senators Vow Gun Control Filibuster, Limbaugh Admits Defeat, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more legal troubles for former Idaho Sen. Larry Craig related to that infamous bathroom arrest and Barbara Walters’ possible major announcement.

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 READ MORE



Chief Justice John Roberts Has Personal Connection to Prop. 8 Case

Roberts’ cousin is a lesbian who wishes to wed her partner. She currently can’t, however, because of Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that bars same-sex couples from marrying in the state. The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to Proposition 8 this week.

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 READ MORE



Adelson’s Company Admits to Bribery, Krugman Labels Sequester ‘Stupid,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including John Roberts being called out for a big error in the Voting Rights Act case and former NBA star Dennis Rodman defends his “good friend” Kim Jong Un.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 READ MORE


Inauguration 2013: Obama Stumbles Over Presidential Oath Again

For the second time in as many inaugurations, the president flubbed the oath (albeit just slightly this time), getting tripped up over—of all portions—the “office of the President of the United States” part. 

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE



Obama’s Second Term Begins, Maher on the U.S. ‘Quasi-Police State,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including sore loser Rick Santorum’s tough talk for the president and why the Republicans’ debt ceiling proposal may be a constitutional fail.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ben Margot

Same-Sex Marriage and the Supreme Court’s Historic Choice

At least this much can be said of the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts: It doesn’t duck the hard ones.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Evan Vucci

Three Reasons Progressives Should Care About the Courts (and Vote for Obama)

The idealistic left might be willing to gamble away the judiciary, but the right never will.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 READ MORE



Is John Roberts Coming for Your Vote?

Racial nostalgists working to restore white political power through voter suppression may have an ally in the Supreme Court.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

Voter Suppression and John Roberts’ New World Order

Whatever petition the Supreme Court decides to take up, the suppression movement will find a welcome setting.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Mary Ann Chastain

The Dark Side of Roberts’ Ruling

With the “salvation” of the Affordable Care Act, the Roberts court has pushed constitutional authority toward a form of federalism that advances the interests of corporations above the rest of society.

Posted on Jul 7, 2012 READ MORE



Epic Romney Fail, Another Supreme Court Leak, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Republican congressman’s criticism of the Democratic war veteran he’s running against and Bill O’Reilly’s non-apology.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Roberts Switched Obamacare Vote, According to Leak

Multiple unnamed sources confirmed that Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the conservative bloc of the court before switching his vote on health care reform, says CBS News’ Jan Crawford.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 READ MORE


John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Supreme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



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John Roberts: Switch Hitter

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Robert Scheer, Lisa Bloom, ACLU Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Soler and Move to Amend’s David Cobb on the Surpeme Court. Also: A big city goes bust.

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 READ MORE



Postal Service Closures, O’Reilly’s Non-Apology, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including congressional action on student loan rates and Glenn Beck trying to profit off of the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 READ MORE


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Supreme Court Health Care Ruling a Win for Obama—and Roberts

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding the health care law is not only a huge victory for President Obama but also a moment of leadership for Chief Justice John Roberts. The court’s mixed verdict could create problems, notably in its weakening of the law’s Medicaid provisions in the name of states’ rights.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



Obamacare Ruling Roundup and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Supreme Court decisions, the U.S. attorney general being held in contempt and why Bill O’Reilly should apologize.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Supreme Court Leaves Romney in the Cold

Mitt Romney and his advisers have not yet grasped that the health care decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts has changed the terms of the debate.

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Three Recent Supreme Court Decisions That Reveal Dangerous Intentions

As the country waits in fear and loathing for the high tribunal to drop the dime on Obamacare, we might do well to parse the damage Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues have already done this term to our collective rights and liberties.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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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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SCOTUS Says Religious Groups’ Job Choices Are Theirs to Make

In a rare show of unity within our nation’s top judicial body, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the American government should steer clear of interfering in the employment practices and policies of religious organizations.

Posted on Jan 11, 2012 READ MORE



AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Three Supreme Court Cases That Should Worry You

If the Roberts court is consistent, 2012 could be remembered as a very bad year for working people, minorities and the poor.

Posted on Dec 18, 2011 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Upholds Anti-Terror Law

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court once again voted in favor of a federal law that prohibits any kind of material aid to terrorist organizations outside the country—including humanitarian help and support for more peaceable solutions.

Posted on Jun 21, 2010 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


The Supreme Court’s Audio Anxiety

In the age of Twitter and video-chats, the court apparently still finds that allowing the public to hear audio of its proceedings would be overly intrusive.

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Pete Souza

Chief Whiner

The chief justice is a big crybaby. To listen to John Roberts, you’d think that mobs of pitchfork-waving Democrats had accosted a handful of trembling justices.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Lauren Victoria Burke

A Supreme Victory for Special Interests

The conservative majority of the U.S. Supreme Court, none of whom has been elected to anything, ever, has given a monumental victory to special interests.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Deals Big Blow to Campaign Finance Reform

On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts explained the U.S. Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling, which eliminated restrictions on corporate funding for political candidates and causes, by basing it on the First Amendment, stating that the American government doesn’t have the right to “prohibit political speech, even if the speaker is a corporation or union.” (continued)

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


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It Could Be the End of Our Democracy as We Know It

Radical is too small a word to describe the extent to which the Supreme Court will turn our political system upside down if it decides to let corporations directly fund campaigns.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


Sotomayor sworn in
AP / J. Scott Applewhite

What Lies Ahead for Justice Sotomayor?

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has made history after successfully navigating the grueling confirmation process by finally being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts at a ceremony at the court’s headquarters Saturday. However, the partisan politics that played out during the grilling phase are just a taste of things to come, according to The Christian Science Monitor’s Brad Knickerbocker.

Posted on Aug 8, 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



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Supreme Court Surprises With Civil Rights Decision

The Supreme Court has spared the 1965 Voting Rights Act, agreeing by an 8-1 margin to leave a ruling on its more controversial parts for another day—and perhaps another court. The near-unanimous narrow decision came as a surprise, with justices apparently retreating from earlier divisions that led some court watchers to predict the legislation’s demise.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009 READ MORE


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LA Times / Rick Loomis

A Whale of a Decision

While some whales’ hearts are as big as cars, the hearts on the Supreme Court that ruled Wednesday against a ban on high-powered sonar in Navy training exercises must be shrinking by the minute. The decision was a defeat to environmentalists, who argue that sonar panics whales, makes their ears bleed and pushes them to beach themselves.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


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Keeping the Supreme Court in Check

Neither McCain nor Obama would alter the prevailing jurisprudence in the Supreme Court or in subordinate tribunals. The unfortunate result will be a judiciary that is deferential to presidential powers and law enforcement in the name of fighting international terrorism.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


Chief Justice Has Mysterious Seizure

Chief Justice John Roberts was hospitalized Monday (and released Tuesday) after experiencing a seizure, his second. Doctors were unable to find a cause in either case, leading one neurologist unrelated to the episode to observe: “Having two seizures so many years apart without any known culprit is going to be very difficult to figure out.”

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