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  • Obama says there's no 'legal basis' for the Supreme Court to dismantle Obamacare subsidies...

    03/02/2015 7:53:40 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Mar. 2, 2015 | Reuters and David Martosko,
    Obama says there's no 'legal basis' for the Supreme Court to dismantle Obamacare subsidies and defends the lack of a Plan B if he's wrong Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Wednesday in a case that could gut the Affordable Care Act Planitiffs say the law itself forbids the federal government from offering insurance subsidies in states that didn't set up their own exchanges Dozens of states opted to let Healthcare.gov sell policies to their citizens, and those people could be left twisting if the court rules against Obama Republicans say Congress has a 'Plan B' but it's likely...
  • Why Chief Justice Roberts will save Obamacare again

    03/02/2015 5:44:11 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    Fortune.com ^ | 03/02/2015 | Roger Parloff
    The Supreme Court’s credibility is at stake in Wednesday’s argument While the Obamacare challenge being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday is not an easy case, it does hinge upon an inescapably far-fetched claim—one that, if it prevails, will cause deep, lasting damage to the court’s credibility in the eyes of about half the nation’s population. I suspect Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., won’t let that happen. The challengers’ central argument in King v. Burwell is that the Affordable Care Act—the signature achievement of the Obama Administration and the most significant social legislation in a generation—must be given an...
  • King v. Burwell Is Much Bigger Than Obamacare

    03/02/2015 4:31:16 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 7 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 3/2/2015 | David Catron
    John Adams, in a 1775 essay referencing the Roman historian Livy and other sources, wrote that a republic was “a nation of laws, not of men.” As recently as fifty years ago, most Americans would have intuitively understood his point and why it was relevant to their lives. Today, it isn’t clear that the President of the United States, the leaders of the Democratic Party, or the members of our “news” media would grasp the meaning of Adams’ words, much less that they still matter today. We will soon discover if the same can be said of the Supreme Court....
  • Obamacare threatens to end John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court

    03/01/2015 10:54:57 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/1/2015 | Robert Barnes
    The first time the Affordable Care Act came before the Supreme Court, its constitutional foundation under attack, John G. Roberts Jr. was its unlikely savior. In a spectacular display of spot-welding, the chief justice joined fellow conservatives on some points and brought liberals on board for others. Roberts was the only member of the court to endorse the entire jerry-rigged thing, and even he made sure to distance himself from the substance of the law. (“It is,” he wrote, “not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”) Still, his efforts rescued President Obama’s signature...
  • A Child of Gay Parents Writes to Justice Kennedy (in support of traditional family)

    02/27/2015 2:51:13 PM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 27, 2015 | KATY FAUST
    Dear Justice Kennedy,June is nigh, and with it will comes your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage.I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you said “the voice of those children [of same-sex parents] is important.” I’d like to explain why I think redefining marriage would actually serve to strip these children of their most fundamental rights.It’s very difficult to speak about this subject, because I love my mom. Most of us children...
  • Supreme Court seems to side with Muslim woman in discrimination case

    02/25/2015 10:17:47 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/25/2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court seemed inclined Wednesday to agree with a Muslim woman who charged that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch violated anti­discrimination laws when it denied her a job because her head scarf conflicted with the company’s dress code. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission took up the case of Samantha Elauf, who was denied a job at one of the chain’s stores in Tulsa. Elauf, then 17, had worn a head scarf, or hijab, since she was 13. At issue in the case was whether Elauf needed to volunteer that she wore the head scarf for religious reasons to trigger a...
  • Supreme Court Rules Against Prosecuting Fisherman Under Post-Enron Anti-Shredding Law

    02/25/2015 9:53:08 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 22 replies
    Washington, DC (February 25, 2015) – This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Yates v. United States. This case highlights the problem of overcriminalization and specifically the dangerous consequences stemming from prosecutorial expansion of the laws passed by Congress. In Yates v. United States, the Court today rejected the government's use of an overly broad interpretation of a post-Enron anti-shredding statute (18 U.S.C. §1519), a statute that provides for up to a 20-year prison sentence, to prosecute a fisherman for the disappearance of some undersized fish from his shipping vessel. While the dissent differed in its interpretation...
  • Supreme Court to hear 401(k) fee case

    02/23/2015 4:49:17 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 4 replies
    Retirement savers may soon get a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday, the country's highest court will hear arguments in a case that revolves around the investment fees paid by 401(k) plan participants. In the initial class-action lawsuit, Tibble v. Edison, participants in the 401(k) plan sponsored by California-based utility Edison International argued that they were being charged excessive fees.
  • What if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare?

    02/22/2015 7:30:48 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Kyle Cheney, Sarah Wheaton and Rachana Pradhan
    The Supreme Court this June could cut off millions of Americans from affordable Obamacare coverage. The response from the nation’s governors gathering in Washington this week was an assortment of shrugs. POLITICO interviewed more than a dozen governors, from both parties, this weekend at the National Governors Association winter meeting. Most said they’re in a wait-and-see zone. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week, the decision is likely in late June and no one can foretell how the court will rule on its second major case that could strike at the heart of the president’s signature health law. For...
  • A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars

    02/19/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    If you want a sense of just how far-reaching the impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies could prove, new data on health care signups released this week provide a fresh way to game out such a ruling’s consequences. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the other day that some 11.4 million people have signed up for health plans through federal marketplaces. The new HHS data also provides a breakdown of the number of sign-ups in each of the three dozen states on the federal exchange — precisely the states that would no longer get subsidies...
  • What to do if the Supreme Court approves "same-sex marriage"?

    02/19/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    Visitors line up outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 6, 2014, to get a seat inside to watch oral arguments on the first day of the new term. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda. Second, give serious thought...
  • Holder calls for halt to US executions

    02/17/2015 1:02:47 PM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a national moratorium on the death penalty until the Supreme Court weighs in on the issue later this year. “Our system of justice is the best in the world. It is comprised of men and women who do the best they can, get it right more often than not, substantially more right than wrong. But there's always the possibility that mistakes will be made,” he said. “It is one thing to put somebody in jail for an extended period of time, have some new test that you can do and determine that person...
  • ObamaCare fans: SCOTUS case 'unraveling'

    02/13/2015 7:27:35 AM PST · by Maceman · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 13. 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Supporters of ObamaCare think they’ve found a fatal flaw in the GOP-led legal challenge to the healthcare law at the Supreme Court. Legal experts in favor of the Affordable Care Act say new information unearthed about the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell could derail the case before the justices have a chance to rule. “The case made by the [Affordable Care Act]’s opponents is unraveling around them,” Brianne Good and Joey Meyer, legal experts from the progressive group Constitutional Accountability Center, wrote in a blog this week. The standing of the four plaintiffs in the case has come under intense...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage [Link Only]

    02/12/2015 6:16:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Bloomberg [Link Only] | February 12, 2015 | Greg Stohr
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-12/ginsburg-says-u-s-ready-to-accept-ruling-approving-gay-marriage-i61z6gq2
  • King v. Burwell: In 2013, Nelson Admitted He Didn't Know If ACA Offered Subsidies In Fed. Exchanges

    02/10/2015 7:35:52 PM PST · by Ray76 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 10, 2015 | Michael Cannon
    The plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act only offers premium subsidies, as the statute says, “through an Exchange established by the State.” Members of Congress who voted for the PPACA – most recently Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and former Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) – now swear it was never their intent to condition Exchange subsidies on state cooperation. Ironically, Casey’s and Nelson’s decision to wade into the King debate demonstrates why, when a statute is clear, courts traditionally assign no weight to what members of Congress claim they intended a law to say...
  • Clarence Thomas: 'Another Example of This Court’s Increasingly Cavalier Attitude Toward the States'

    02/10/2015 6:03:47 AM PST · by xzins · 141 replies
    CNS ^ | February 9, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In a dissenting opinion joined by Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Clarence Thomas excoriated his fellow justices for refusing to temporarily stop enforcement of a federal district judge's ruling that overturned the marriage laws of the state of Alabama and ordered Alabama to recognize as legal "marriages" unions between two people of the same sex. On Jan. 23, U.S. District Judge Callie Granade ruled that Alabama laws limiting marriage to the union of one man and one woman violated the 14th Amendment guarantee of equal protection of the law. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange petitioned the Supreme Court to prevent the...
  • Justice Thomas’s Dissent Hints of Supreme Court’s Intentions on Same-Sex Marriage

    02/09/2015 2:33:21 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | 2/9/15 | ADAM LIPTAK
    The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday not to delay same-sex marriage in Alabama offered the strongest signal yet that gay rights advocates are likely to prevail in coming months in their decades-long quest to establish a nationwide constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
  • Alabama Chief Justice Ray [Roy] Moore Says Courts Overstepped on Gay Marriage

    02/09/2015 10:22:23 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 9, 2015
    Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama, who tried to stop gay marriage there with a last-minute order, insisted Monday that the federal courts have overstepped their authority by ordering the state to issue same-sex marriage licenses. "The U.S. district courts have no power or authority to redefine marriage," he told NBC News by phone. "Once you start redefining marriage, that's the ultimate power. Would it overturn the laws of incest? Bigamy? Polygamy? How far do they go?" "A lot of states in this union have caved to such unlawful authority, and this is not one," he said. "This is Alabama....
  • Chaos reigns in Alabama as same-sex couples seek marriage licenses

    02/09/2015 8:20:49 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 56 replies
    AL.com ^ | 02/09/2015 | Amy Yurkanin
    A Sunday night order from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore ordering probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples caused confusion at county courthouses this morning. Probate judges in several counties decided not to issue any marriage licenses at all - to same-sex or heterosexual couples. In some counties, including Butler County, Colbert County and Coosa County probate courts are taking marriage applications from all couples but not issuing licenses. In Coffee County, Jefferson County, Chilton County and Madison County, probate judges said they will issue marriage licenses to all couples, gay and straight, on Monday...
  • Supreme Court won't stop gay marriages from starting in Alabama

    02/09/2015 6:49:01 AM PST · by alancarp · 163 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 2/9/2015 | AP
    Link only, due to AP source.
  • Breaking: SCOTUS denies stay; gay marriage is on in AL [only Thomas and Scalia dissent]

    02/09/2015 6:10:21 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 33 replies
    supremecourt.gov ^ | 02/09/2015 | SCOTUS
    Order at the link. Notably Alito and Roberts did not join the dissent.
  • Obamacare Ruling May End Civilization As We Know It

    02/09/2015 4:33:17 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 6 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 2/9/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell three weeks from now, and the possibility that the justices might uphold the health care “reform” law as written has driven our liberal friends to the edge of lunacy. This is never a long journey for anyone on the left, of course, but they have arrived at the precipice with unusual alacrity this time. Their predictions about the outcome should the Court rule that “established by the state” actually means “established by the state” have gone from the merely portentous to the downright apocalyptic in only a few months....
  • Obama reportedly considered appointing Hillary Clinton to the Supreme Court

    02/04/2015 2:47:03 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/04/2015 | Colin Campbell
    President Barack Obama once mulled whether to make Hillary Clinton a Supreme Court justice, according to his top former adviser. The Daily News reported Tuesday that former White House official David Axelrod said Obama considered offering Clinton the job after defeating her in the presidential primary six years ago. Axelrod made the claim in his new book, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics." The 2008 primary contest was highly charged and at times bitter. Now facing the general election as the Democratic nominee, Obama needed Clinton's supporters to rally behind his candidacy. At the time, Obama was said to be...
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor: No Such Thing as Judicial Activism

    02/03/2015 7:21:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 37 replies
    newsmax ^ | Feb. 2, 2015 | David A. Patten
    Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor flatly rejected on Monday the view that any U.S. Supreme Court justices practice judicial activism. Speaking Monday to a standing-room only event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the 60-year-old justice was asked to give her reaction to those who complain about judicial activism on the one hand, yet want the Court to declare laws unconstitutional on the other. "I think most judges have a definition of judicial activism," Sotomayor said. "It’s a ruling you don’t like."Sotomayor’s assertion that no judicial activism exists — an article of faith...
  • Andrew Sullivan: Why I’m Jittery About SCOTUS On Marriage

    01/28/2015 6:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Dish ^ | January 22, 2015 | Andrew Sullivan
    I was too sick to grapple with the recently revealed fact that the Supreme Court is going to decide some foundational issues with respect to marriage equality this spring and summer. And maybe because I’ve spent so long worrying about a premature decision that I cannot quite believe that the Fourteenth Amendment will find one more minority to protect. The power of the language and arguments in the Windsor decision would be very hard to take back, and with 36 states now offering marriage equality, the ruling would not be another Roe (there’s already a budding national majority for equal...
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

    01/27/2015 4:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lisa Cunningham
    Ted Cruz, an outspoken attorney whose first elected role was as a U.S. senator from Texas, is seen as a strong contender for a run for president in 2016. Although he’s only been a senator since 2012, Cruz has already ingratiated himself with the Tea Party. Here are seven highlights from his pre-politics life: 1. His father was a political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during Fidel Castro's revolution and nearly lost his life. "Being the son of an immigrant who came here fleeing oppression and seeking freedom, I think, is an incredible gift," Cruz has said. "It makes...
  • Supreme Court Rules Police Can Violate The 4th Amendment

    01/27/2015 1:17:30 PM PST · by Yellowstone Joe · 120 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1/27/14 | Tyler Durden
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a blow to the constitutional rights of citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Heien v. State of North Carolina that police officers are permitted to violate American citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law on the part of police. Acting contrary to the venerable principle that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” the Court ruled that evidence obtained by police during a traffic stop that was not legally justified can be used to prosecute the person if police were reasonably mistaken that the person had...
  • The Totalitarianism of Same-Sex “Marriage” (what has happened in Canada since 2005)

    01/27/2015 9:54:09 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    In November of 1996 First Things hosted a symposium titled “The Judicial Usurpation of Politics” in which contributors discussed the threat to American democracy posed by the Supreme Court instated imposition of abortion on America. Nothing rivals the sheer volume of innocent human beings killed by abortion and yet First Things saw fit to focus not on the babies themselves or the mothers and fathers, but on the threat to democracy and the American experiment posed by the judicial over-reach that legalized abortion.The legalization of same-sex “marriage” does not bring with it the innocent blood which cries to heaven,...
  • U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

    01/26/2015 9:37:12 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 32 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 1/26/15 | Lawrence Hurley
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change. On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Great news. Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees

    01/24/2015 8:54:55 AM PST · by Bratch · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 24, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I was expecting some action out of the new Congress, but I really never saw this one coming. A group of Republican Senators led by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are floating the idea of further extending the nuclear option enacted by the Democrats to take filibusters off the table when considering nominees to the Supreme Court. Clearly wiser heads than myself have been able to determine why this is such a great idea, because I’m not seeing it at the moment. Top Senate Republicans are considering gutting the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees — a move that could...
  • South Fla. student Jordan Sotomayor accused of stalking teacher

    01/24/2015 5:07:01 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    WPLG-TV ^ | 1/23/15 | John Turchin
    A South Florida high school student has been arrested and charged with stalking a teacher. MIAMI - A South Florida high school student has been arrested and charged with aggravated stalking following an incident with one of his school's teachers. Miami Sunset Senior High School student Jordan Sotomayor, 18, was taken into custody on Wednesday. According to investigators Sotomayor was actively pursuing the teacher for a year. The teacher teaches intensive reading and math. Local 10 News is not releasing her name to respect her privacy.
  • Justices to Hear Case on Execution Drugs

    01/23/2015 3:06:45 PM PST · by lbryce · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | ADAM LIPTAK and ERIK ECKHOLM
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide a case on the constitutionality of the new lethal injection drug combinations that some states are using for executions. The court agreed to hear a challenge to Oklahoma’s choice of drugs even though on Jan. 15 the court declined to stay an execution there, using the same contested drugs. In April, Oklahoma botched the execution of Clayton D. Lockett, who appeared to gasp and struggle after the drugs were administered before he finally died in the execution chamber of a heart attack.
  • Supreme Court hears Texas case that tests extent of civil rights doctrine

    01/22/2015 4:48:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 11 replies
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared divided over a challenge to the Fair Housing Act that liberal critics say could gut the civil rights provision. A sharply divided US Supreme Court on Wednesday took up a challenge to the Fair Housing Act (FHA) in an action that liberal critics say could gut the major civil rights provision. At issue in a case from Dallas, Texas, is whether the housing law authorizes lawsuits over racially neutral measures that nonetheless disproportionately impact minority residents. Liberals support the so-called disparate impact theory of civil rights enforcement, while conservatives warn that such an approach...
  • How Chruistians and non-Christians have fared before the Supreme Court (Shortened title)

    01/21/2015 8:24:34 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 4 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | January 20, 2015 | Eugene Volokh
    I’ve long been skeptical of claims that justices in religious freedom cases — and especially devoutly Christian justices, such as Justice Antonin Scalia — are biased in favor of Christians in religious exemption cases. To be sure, justices are people, and people have biases, usually in favor of their own groups. But justices also know quite well that their opinions will affect many more cases, including cases brought by other religious groups. I’m also skeptical of trying to prove such biases simply by counting cases. Different cases involve different legal issues, and — especially when you have only a few...
  • FreeperEd: Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling?

    01/21/2015 1:33:49 PM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    FreeperEd ^ | 21 Jan 15 | Xzins
    Will the Supreme Court Deal With Reality When It Makes Its Marriage Ruling? Let's be blunt. When a penis is inserted in a vagina there is a good chance that a new human being will result. When a penis is inserted in an anus, there is a passable chance of disease or defect being the result. This is reality and there is no escaping it. Only a real male and a real female can make babies. Put the two sexes together, and there's a good chance of babies showing up. To deal with reality, cultures through all of recorded history...
  • Obama assails Supreme Court

    01/21/2015 11:12:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 21, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    A day after snubbing liberal activists who were pushing for tougher campaign-finance regulations, President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court Wednesday for its “wrong” ruling five years ago on the issue. “Five years ago, a Supreme Court ruling allowed big companies – including foreign corporations – to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “The Citizens United decision was wrong, and it has caused real harm to our democracy.” The president said it was time to “reverse” the trend of unlimited spending on political ads by third parties, but he...
  • Why 3 Supreme Court Justices Didn’t Attend the State of the Union

    01/21/2015 7:48:57 AM PST · by South40 · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 20 JAN 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    The wording in the Constitution is simple and straightforward: the President “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.” There's nothing in there about the Supreme Court justices and, accordingly, there's nothing simple and straightforward about their attendance. This year, six justices were in attendance, while three of the most conservative members of the court, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were noticeably absent. In the modern era, custom has held that the justices would show up in their official robes and sit impassively. But in recent years, they've become...
  • Supreme Court Unanimously Rules For Bearded Muslim Inmate Gregory Holt

    01/21/2015 6:30:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/21/15
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruling has invalidated an Arkansas state prison rule that barred inmates from growing beards measuring more than a quarter of an inch long. The rule had been challenged by inmate Gregory Holt, a Muslim man who had asked for permission to grow a half-inch-long beard as a compromise from the full beard he believes is required by his faith. In a ruling announced Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the policy violated Holt's religious beliefs.
  • Supreme Court rules for Muslim inmate over prison beard policy

    01/20/2015 7:46:02 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | 01/20/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday ruled in favor of a Muslim prison inmate who challenged a regulation that prevented him from growing a beard. The nine justices, on a 9-0 vote, said that the prison policy violated the religious rights of inmate Gregory Holt, who wants to grow a half-inch (1.3 cm) beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. The court rejected the state's reasoning that the policy was needed for security reasons. Justice Samuel Alito, writing on behalf of the court, said the state already searches clothing and hair and had not given a valid reason why...
  • Supreme Court Will Likely Support Homosexual Marriage

    01/19/2015 4:58:31 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 49 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 19, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    The Supreme Court is going to once again review the issue of homosexual marriage. Last time around the Court punted on ruling whether states had the Constitutional right to outlaw such “marriages.” This time around they won’t be punting. Odds are by the end of June the Supreme Court will dictate to the country that sodomites have the legal right to marry. Our nation will finally have stooped to the point where we’re no better than Sodom and Gomorrah. Marriage was ordained by God in the Garden of Eden, it has lasted since that time as an institution involving one...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide

    01/17/2015 11:48:18 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/16/2015 | Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June. The decision came just months after the justices ducked the issue, refusing in October to hear appeals from rulings allowing same-sex marriage in five states. That decision, which was considered a major surprise, delivered a tacit victory for gay rights, immediately expanding the number of states with same-sex marriage to 24, along with the District of Columbia,...
  • US Supreme Court to Decide on Same-Sex 'Marriage'

    01/17/2015 3:22:48 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Zenit ^ | January 17, 2015
    Archbishop: "It's hard to imagine how the essential meaning of marriage ... consistent with every society throughout all of human history, could be declared illegal" Washington, D.C., January 17, 2015 (Zenit.org) | 192 hits The U. S. Supreme Court granted a request Friday to review the November 2014 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upholding the constitutionality of marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The decision regarding same-sex marriage is expected in June or July.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and...
  • Fox’s Shep Smith: Same States That Were ‘Fighting Integration’ Are Against Gay Marriage

    01/16/2015 8:05:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 16, 2015 | Matt Wilstein
    During his breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision to hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in four different states this term — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee — Fox News’ Shepard Smith compared the remaining resistance to marriage equality in this country to those who wanted to keep segregation intact during the Civil Rights Movement. “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith said. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are...
  • IRS Scandal Is Back (Weekly Update)

    01/16/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 16, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    The Obamacare-IRS ScandalFrench Terror Attacks Tied To FBI Asset? New Docs: Top IRS official may have obstructed investigations into the IRS scandal The Obamacare-IRS Scandal There is a lawsuit that could bring President Obama’s federal healthcare crashing down under the weight of its own lawlessness. A few weeks ago, we filed anamicus brief in support of plaintiffs who are making the plain obvious point to the United States Supreme Court that President Obama (or any other president) should not be permitted to rewrite federal statues in brazen violation of the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers. The plaintiffs in David King...
  • Supreme Court to Decide Whether Constitution Protects Same-Sex Marriage

    01/16/2015 1:19:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 165 replies
    WSJ ^ | January 16, 2015 | By JESS BRAVIN
    Decision Later This Year Could Extend Gay Marriage to All 50 States or Cloud Existing Unions WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Friday said it would decide whether the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, signaling what could be the final chapter of a push by advocates to extend gay unions nationwide. The court accepted challenges to same-sex marriage bans in four states—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee—that a federal appeals court upheld in November 2014. The ruling by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati departed from recent decisions by other appeals courts that found same-sex couples...
  • Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage

    01/16/2015 12:35:49 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    Twitter ^ | 01/16/2015 | Pete Williams
    Breaking: The US Supreme Court has agreed to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.
  • Is Political Speech More Important Than Religious Speech? Supreme Court Hears Arguments

    01/15/2015 8:31:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/15/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    The issue of whether political speech is more important than religious speech was heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in oral arguments Monday in a case involving a small church that is suing an Arizona town over a sign display code they believe violates their rights. Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared to favor Good News Community Church and its pastor Clyde Reed over the town of Gilbert's restrictions on religious roadside signs. During the arguments, a couple attorneys wondered if Gilbert's code on roadside signs placed political speech above religious speech. Reed and his congregation were represented by...
  • White House just assuming they’ll win Obamacare case at SCOTUS

    01/14/2015 3:36:37 PM PST · by PROCON · 73 replies
    hotair.com ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    King v. Burwell, the court case that will determine if Obamacare’s language about federal subsidies and their availability on exchanges “established by the state”, will be heard in oral arguments at the Supreme Court on March 4, with a decision to come down later this year. The Obama White House is apparently so confident that they’ll win the case that they’re not preparing any back-up plan in case the Supreme Court wrecks the structure of their signature legislation. As Politico’s health care newsletter wrote this morning:Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) says that at a roundtable discussion with congressional leaders he asked...