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Jill Stein Would Be a Blessing for the Supreme Court; Gary Johnson Would Be a Disaster

Of all the candidates, the Green Party nominee would move the judicial branch in the most progressive direction as president. But the sobering reality is that she has the least prospect of doing so.

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Supreme Court Leans Left in the Wake of Antonin Scalia’s Death

All things considered, the Supreme Court’s just-completed term was a good one for liberals and progressives.

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Donald Trump’s Scary, 12-Point Legal Agenda

The presumptive Republican nominee is part angry populist, part xenophobic nationalist, part reality-show huckster and part latter-day Benito Mussolini. But there are coherent goals in his ideological scramble—including remaking the Supreme Court.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



‘One Person, One Vote’ Supporters Better Keep the Bubbly on Ice

The Supreme Court’s ruling was a win for advocates of counting every resident in drawing up election districts. But it leaves the door open for future mischief by those who hope to weaken the voices of minority voters.

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Supreme Court Rules That States May Count All Residents in Drawing Election Districts

The justices unanimously uphold the principle of “one person, one vote,” but not all of them agree fully with the opinion of colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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VIDEO: Thousands Rally as Supreme Court Hears Biggest Abortion Case in a Generation

Abortion providers in Texas argued in the Supreme Court on Wednesday against a sweeping law that would force clinics to meet stringent standards for facilities that perform the procedure. “Democracy Now!” spoke with protesters outside the court.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The 2015 SCOTUS Awards: A Look Back at the Highs, Lows and Yearly Shenanigans of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia earned his stripes as the court’s loosest cannon for his remarks on Obamacare and same-sex marriage, while Justice Clarence Thomas was honored for making it through his ninth year without asking a single question during oral arguments.

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The Supreme Court on Affirmative Action: 5 Possible Outcomes

If onetime University of Texas aspirant Abigail Fisher prevails on all of her claims, the last tepid vestiges of race-conscious affirmative action will end at public colleges and universities throughout the land.

Posted on Dec 11, 2015 READ MORE



Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know

All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

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Same-Sex Marriage: Will SCOTUS Make It Official?

The once-unthinkable is about to happen. Get ready.

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE



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The 2014 SCOTUS Awards

Who’s the justice on the SCOTUS with the mostest? Read on to find out.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



A Handful of Corporate Lawyers Have the Supreme Court’s Ear

The marble facade of the U.S. Supreme Court bears the words “Equal Justice Under Law,” but an elite group of attorneys has emerged as first among equals, and they represent corporations, not people.

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We Need Elizabeth Warren on the Supreme Court

Elizabeth Warren is uniquely positioned to revive the flagging spirits of the left, and help restore the country’s confidence in the Supreme Court, which has sunk to record lows.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent Is Even Better When Set to Music

“Now the court, I fear,” Jonathan Mann sings, “has ventured into a minefield of slut-shaming geezers and religious extremism.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Here’s What Justice Ginsburg Has to Say About the Hobby Lobby Case

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote 35 pages in her dissent on the recent decision that’s a huge loss for women’s rights; Ann Coulter’s World Cup freakout is about conservatives’ loss of control; meanwhile, Finland has a dirty secret involving Israel that may be putting the country’s image into question. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



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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



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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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. 

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Two States Start ‘Separate but Equal’ Voting Systems

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and a separate ruling tossing out Arizona’s “proof of citizenship” law, Arizona and Kansas have adopted separate voter registration systems for federal and state/local elections, the latter requiring proof of citizenship. Look at it as Jim Crow 2.0.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Reverses Immigration Stance, Brian Williams ‘Disappointed’ With U.S., and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the White House weighing in on whether cellphones should be locked and Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to raise the minimum wage.

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This Far-Right Supreme Court Is Reason Enough to Vote Obama

Four of the sitting justices are 74 or older. Each can be expected to step down over the next four to eight years.

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Supreme Court Justices Dissect Health Care Law

Would it be possible to let some of President Obama’s infamous 2010 health care reform legislation—or “Obamacare,” if you speak Republican—stand while scrapping other parts and still have a functional law at the end of the process? That was one big question Supreme Court justices grappled with on Wednesday.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE


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SCOTUS Split on Wal-Mart Suit

Is the law of our land gender-neutral? And might the gender of the justices handling a case—as in the case of the gargantuan and complex sexual discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart under consideration at the U.S. Supreme Court—impact important legal decisions?

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



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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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SCOTUS Ponders Dog-Fighting Videos, ‘Human Sacrifice Channel’

Sometimes when making a legal argument, it’s useful to go to hyperbolic extremes to illustrate the ideological flaws or possible outcomes associated with a potential ruling, which is why the conversation in the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday ranged from dog-fighting videos to a (hypothetical) cable channel for human sacrifice enthusiasts.

Posted on Oct 6, 2009 READ MORE


In Praise of Empathy

So it is that I am watching the run-up to the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice with eyes wide open. We’ve already had pre-emptive strikes against three women on the media short list. Elena Kagan, Diane Wood and Sonia Sotomayor are getting the scary radical treatment without even getting picked.

Posted on May 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Justice Ginsburg Has Pancreatic Cancer

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a colon cancer survivor, had surgery for pancreatic cancer Thursday. Pancreatic cancer is especially lethal, but doctors were reportedly optimistic because they found Ginsberg’s cancer early.

Posted on Feb 5, 2009 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


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