Tag: Supreme Court

New Robe, Who Dis? Trump’s Tax Appeal Is Going to a Court Headed By…Wait for It…Merrick Garland

Sen. Patrick Leahy,left, (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, meets with then-U.S. Supreme Court Justice nominee Merrick Garland (R) in Leahy’s office at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2016 in Washington, D.C.Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) Remember Merrick Garland? He was just a regular judge who was about to gain judicial superpowers and […]

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Socialism and the Democracy Deficit

What is Democratic Socialism? I read considerable talk about “the democratic” as applying to the process of getting socialism; damn little about it as an adjective applying to socialism when you get it.
  — John Dewey to James T. Farrell, 8 November, 1948 Socialism, the political economy that for a century dared not speak its name […]

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The House of Roberts

Donald Trump’s hostility toward congressional oversight is leading some of his critics to describe him in monarchical terms. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank argued that the president’s legal argument for ignoring subpoenas was “closer to the divine right of kings.” The New York Times’ Charles Blow wrote that the United States is “drifting dangerously close […]

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’Bama Senators Vote to Ban Virtually All Abortions in the State in Hopes of Setting Up a Supreme Court Fight Over Roe v. Wade [Updated]

Photo: iStock Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 11:55 p.m. EDT: The GOP-majority Alabama Senate Tuesday passed the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban, outlawing the procedure in all cases, except in instances of a “serious” risk to the mother, the Associated Press reports. An amendment to add an exception to allow abortions in cases of rape or […]

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Seven States Will Immediately Ban Abortion If Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

There’s no single strategy to overturning abortion rights on the state and federal level. Instead, there are several, all working in tandem toward creating a future where abortion is illegal. At the end of a week saturated with news about states passing six-week bans, anti-choice lawmakers in Tennessee celebrated a different victory: On Friday, Governor […]

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Brouhaha Over Virtual Abortion Ban Has ’Bama Senators Pulling Out of a Vote — for Now

Photo: iStock Republican lawmakers in Alabama Thursday were prepared to OK what would have been the most restrictive abortion law in the nation, outlawing the procedure except in cases of rape, incest or a “serious” risk to the mother. But those plans were put on hold at the last minute when some GOPers proposed getting […]

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Jill Biden Adds Fuel to Joe Biden’s Anita Hill Fire by Saying ‘It’s Time to Move On’

Photo: Getty Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden, stirred controversy Tuesday when she opined “It’s time to move on” from questions dogging Joe Biden about his treatment of Anita Hill during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. In an interview with NPR, […]

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The RBG Election

With Joe Biden’s entry into the Democratic presidential race last week, there are now at least 20 candidates vying to challenge President Donald Trump next November. They run a wide gamut of ideological stances, from the democratic socialism of Bernie Sanders to the reformist liberalism of Elizabeth Warren to the nostalgic centrism of Biden, Beto […]

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Anita Hill on Joe Biden: He’s Not Sorry Enough

Anita Hill speaks onstage during an awards event honoring women at the Brooklyn Museum on April 11, 2019, in New York City.Photo: Getty It ain’t good enough. That’s the word from Anita Hill on overtures latest Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden made to her earlier this month in the weeks leading up to the official […]

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Trump Threatens to Get His Cousins If Democrats Keep Threatening Impeachment

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) President Donald Trump is doing the preemptive threatening thing that he does when he’s not making up nicknames for congressional members or kicking Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) in the back of the knee and watching him buckle. This time, the president is threatening to go to the Supreme Court, where […]

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The Court of Supremely Bad Faith

Once again, Chief Justice John Roberts and his colleagues are poised to hand the Trump administration a decisive legal victory on dubious factual grounds. During oral arguments on Tuesday, the justices appeared to favor the administration’s dishonest defense of its attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. A win for Trump could […]

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Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Seems Poised to OK Citizenship Question on 2020 Census—No Matter the Cost to Heavily Immigrant Communities

New York City Census Director Julie Menin, New York State Attorney General Letitia James, and Dale Ho, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, leave after the Supreme Court heard arguments over the Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, April 23, 2019. Opponents, like Menin, James and […]

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US Supreme Court to Weigh In on Whether Census Can Ask Citizenship Status

U.S Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the running of the U.S. censusPhoto: Getty It’s funny how the “construction” of the U.S. Constitution only really seems to matter to conservatives when said construct conforms to a belief near and dear to their hearts. Like, let’s say, the Second Amendment, and what it has to say […]

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Should Offshore Oil Workers Get Paid While They Sleep?

Michael Strauss just wanted the oil workers to get paid appropriately for their dangerous, demanding jobs. That’s why he filed the lawsuit against their employer. “In our view, it’s a small case,” the California-based labor attorney told me. He never imagined it would attract the attention of powerful oil industry groups and the federal government—or […]

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Will John Roberts Let Trump Hide His Tax Returns Forever?

President Donald Trump really doesn’t want you to know what’s in his tax returns. During the 2016 campaign, he broke with 40 years of tradition by refusing to make them public. (He insisted they were undergoing a routine audit, which doesn’t mean they can’t be released.) All we know for sure comes from a handful […]

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The Supreme Court’s Twisted Devotion to the Death Penalty

Supreme Court justices like to project an image of collegiality and sobriety to the American public. But that comity often breaks down when the court debates the death penalty. The latest example is Monday’s opinions in Bucklew v. Precythe, which read more like a barroom brawl than a judicial exchange of views. Russell Bucklew, a […]

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on the Future of Political Gerrymandering

Photo: Getty This year, a Supreme Court stacked with conservative judges may finally decide the fate of political gerrymandering. The issue comes up to the Supreme Court again on Tuesday when judges will hear oral arguments involving redrawn district maps—one involving a Democrat-controlled legislature in Maryland, the other a Republican legislature in North Carolina. If […]

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case of Man Sentenced to Death by a Racist Juror

Photo: Georgia Department of Corrections The Supreme Court agreed that at least one of the jurors who convicted a Georgia man of murder was a virulent racist. They previously came to the conclusion that racism may have affected a juror’s decision. But in a unanimous no-decision, the Supreme Court declined to take up the prisoner’s […]

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Would the Green New Deal Survive the Supreme Court?

How the United States confronts climate change will be decided whenever the Democratic Party regains control of the White House and Congress. But it may ultimately be Chief Justice John Roberts who decides whether they succeed. Every major Democratic policy would need to survive scrutiny by the justices. So how would the Green New Deal fare […]

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