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Supreme Court Deadlocks on Immigration Ruling That Imperils Millions

Republicans once again push migrants into legal limbo.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE


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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action at the University of Texas

The top court ruled 4-3 Thursday morning that particular considerations of race in the University of Texas admissions process are constitutional.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 READ MORE



Antonin Scalia and the Clear and Present Danger of Second Amendment Fundamentalism

The late Supreme Court justice, having bestowed the Constitution’s blessing on personal gun rights, bears responsibility for our collective impotence in response to the madness of gun violence in America.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Attorney in Supreme Court Abortion Battle Outlines Just What’s at Stake

As the Supreme Court considers its stance on the contentious Texas law, Stephanie Toti, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, weighs in on how it has affected women’s health care.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Blasts Donald Trump’s Supreme Court List

Trump’s potential picks could threaten a wide range of American rights, Clinton’s campaign says.

Posted on May 20, 2016 READ MORE



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



Republicans and Democrats Must Work Together to Not Mainstream Donald Trump

The writer Leon Wieseltier suggested a slogan that embodies the appropriate response to Trump’s ascent to the top of the GOP class: “Preserve the shock.”

Posted on May 5, 2016 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Time for the Candidates to Pivot to the Center?

On KCRW’s “Left, Right & Center” on Friday, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and the other panelists ask whether we’re seeing a new, moderate Trump and where the presidential candidates stand after the New York primary.

Posted on Apr 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising

The Bernie 2016 campaign believes Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee may have violated campaign fundraising rules and asked DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to stop the activities.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Democracy Spring Activists Take Capitol Rotunda to Demand an End to Voter Suppression

Many Americans are fed up with a congressional majority bought and paid for by wealthy special interests. Fifteen protesters were arrested Friday in Washington, D.C., after voicing their disapproval.

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 READ MORE


We Must Stop Voter Suppression (Video)

By Robert Reich

We need to move to the next stage of voting rights—a new Voting Rights Act—that renews the law that was effectively repealed by the conservative activists on the Supreme Court.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



‘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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



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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Punish Women Over Abortions, Mr. Trump? They Already Are Being Punished.

The candidate’s comment—which his campaign was quick to disavow—aligns with the right-wing offensive to put the procedure out of reach and expose women to prosecution.

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Empty Supreme Court Seat Could Sow a Whirlwind of Confusion

Antonin Scalia’s death has left an even number of justices on the bench. Now, a potential tie vote in a challenge to an Obamacare mandate highlights the trouble that could result.

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE


Samantha Bee Asks Why GOP Is Blocking ‘Gentle Law Hobbit’ Merrick Garland From the Top Court (Video)

The “Full Frontal” host did not mince words Monday night as she criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The U.S. Is Becoming a Terrifying Nation for Women

Self-induced abortions are on the rise as ever more restrictive laws threaten to return the nation to the dark days that existed before Roe v. Wade.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



The Party of Trump Versus Merrick Garland

In a span of about 12 hours, Americans were given definitive evidence that the Republican Party is now in thrall to its most ideologically and tactically extreme forces, while the Democrats still look to the center ground and to compromise.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Tell Your Senators to Do Their Job

In refusing to vote or even hold a hearing on the president’s nominee to the Supreme Court, GOP senators are abdicating their constitutional responsibility.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Waiting for an End to Supreme Court ‘Death Watch’

Merrick Garland, President Obama’s centrist nominee, seems destined for summary rejection by the GOP-controlled Senate, even as legal observers worry that at any moment yet another death on the bench could intensify the partisan fight over the future of our nation’s highest court.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Picks Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

The president is expected to battle the Senate Republican majority after nominating a judge with a record of challenging the federal government.

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s War on the First Amendment

Despite the GOP front-runner’s reputation for speaking his mind and “telling it like it is,” he is an enemy of freedom of speech, suing anyone who says something he doesn’t like. But it gets worse: As president, he promises, he would dismantle safeguards that foster robust discussion of public issues.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



What the GOP’s Supreme Court Obstruction Means for Women

Senate Republicans are leaving the women of the United States in limbo on several crucial issues with their stance against any high court nominee by President Obama.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



Attorney General Loretta Lynch Takes Herself Out of Running in Search for New Supreme Court Justice

President Obama has vowed to present his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia before leaving office, but one of the rumored candidates on Obama’s short list—Attorney General Loretta Lynch—has taken herself out of the running.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE


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



Antonin Scalia’s Death Bolsters the Hopes of Abortion-Rights Forces

Before the passing of the hard-right justice created the possibility of a dramatic shift in the Supreme Court, there was fear that Roe v. Wade would be undercut in a pending case. Now beleaguered rights proponents are looking to Justice Anthony Kennedy to swing the ideologically divided bench their way.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Samantha Bee on How Progressives Slept Through the Most Important Election in Recent History

Pundits and politicians like to make each presidential election seem like the end-all of American politics, and yet one of the elections that has had the biggest impact on our everyday lives was the midterm election of 2010, according to the “Full Frontal” host.

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Antonin Scalia: Corporate America’s Billion-Dollar Friend

A Dow Chemical settlement made public Friday indicates that the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was worth billions of dollars to business.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



Selma March Leaders Awarded Congressional Gold Medal Lament Voting Rights Losses

Civil rights leaders from the 1960s were awarded one of the highest civilian honors Wednesday by some of the same congressional leaders who failed to pass a renewed Voting Rights Act after the Supreme Court in 2013 struck down crucial provisions in the 1965 legislation.

Posted on Feb 25, 2016 READ MORE



Elizabeth Warren Joins Groups Demanding GOP Leaders Reverse Supreme Court Blockade

“To refuse to act on a nomination of this magnitude is a failure to govern. We urge these senators to take a step back and consider what legacy of governance they want to leave for our country.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Right-Wing Attacks on Abortion Access Driving U.S. Clinic Closures

“At no time since before 1973 ... has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



Why Should You and I Have to Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

In a blatantly partisan ploy to prevent President Obama from nominating a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Senate majority leader has cited a historical precedent dictating that presidents in the last year of their term not name new justices to the high court.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE



GOP Senators Flatly Refuse to Meet With Any of Obama’s Supreme Court Candidates

Leaving no room for ambiguity or civility, Senate Republicans on Tuesday issued a decree that they would not even entertain the idea of giving face time to any Supreme Court nominees President Obama might present during his remaining time in office.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Nothing Less Than the Fate of the Planet May Hinge on the Next Supreme Court Justice

Given the high environmental stakes, it’s not surprising that green groups are applying heavy scrutiny to potential replacements for Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died last week.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama Goes Constitutional on GOP Foes, Vows to Name Scalia’s Successor

The president’s background in constitutional law is coming in handy this week.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Stephen Colbert’s Moving Tribute to Justice Antonin Scalia

On “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday night, the comedian recalled a memorable moment he spent with the late Supreme Court justice.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Court Fight for the Ages

Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday means that President Obama or his successor—if that successor is a Democrat—could overturn the current conservative majority on the court, which could lead it to revisit many of the most troubling decisions of recent years.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



Could a Post-Scalia Court Restore Campaign Finance Sanity and Pull Back From Plutocracy?

There is no guarantee that the successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia will be a liberal. But only if Ted Cruz wins the presidency can we expect a nominee as hard right as Scalia.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



How the GOP’s Bid to Delay Scalia’s Replacement Could Play to Obama’s Advantage

Obama’s GOP foes may want to rethink their strategy if they think that forming a congressional human wall instead of approving the president’s pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is the way to count down Obama’s final year in office.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE


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Top 5 Scalia Rulings That Helped Progressives (Video)

I don’t imagine Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and I would have agreed about very much. But his passing is an opportunity to point to a few things on which we, as Americans, did agree because of our commitment to the Constitution, despite our different interpretations of it.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



After Antonin Scalia’s Death, What’s Next for the Supreme Court?

In addition to causing stalemates on cases in progress, the justice’s passing is likely to unleash a pitched battle to name his successor and generate a key issue in the fight for the presidency. Updated

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Is Dead at 79

Conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is reported to have died of natural causes at a resort in West Texas.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE



Caving to Coal Interests, Supreme Court Blocks Key Climate Action

“We’re disappointed the rule has been stayed, but you can’t stay climate change and you can’t stay climate action,” says an Environmental Protection Agency spokeswoman.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE


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