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  • Kansas Supreme Court Will Hear Dem Senate Candidate’s Challenge to Withdraw from Race

    09/11/2014 3:21:11 PM PDT · by centurion316 · 69 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 11, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    Kansas Democratic Senate candidate Chad Taylor’s effort to get his name taken off this fall’s ballot will be heard in the state’s supreme court, according to reports, the latest twist in a suddenly fast-changing race thought to be a shoo-in for Republicans. Last week, Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach ruled that Taylor will have to remain on the ballot since he did not demonstrate that he was incapable of serving if elected, a requirement under state statutes. Taylor went on to file a lawsuit against Kobach, claiming an election official helped him prepare the necessary documents to withdraw from...
  • Sotomayor: Americans Should be Alarmed by Spread of Drones

    09/12/2014 12:30:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/12/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience on Thursday. Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy. Said Justice Sotomayor: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • States urge Supreme Court to take up gay marriage

    09/04/2014 11:25:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 5, 2014 2:08 AM EDT | Scott Bauer and Michael Tarm
    A stinging rejection of same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana, issued by a unanimous and unequivocal U.S. appeals court, has brought hope to those fighting the laws that the Supreme Court will feel pressure to rule soon in their favor. The ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago came Thursday, the same day 32 states asked the Supreme Court to settle the issue once and for all. Fifteen states that allow gay marriage, led by Massachusetts, filed a brief asking the justices to take up three cases from Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma and overturn bans....
  • Texas wants U.S. Supreme Court to help it block Confederate license plates

    09/04/2014 7:39:32 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/2/14 | Niraj Choksi
    Texas’s attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a five-year fight over specialty Confederate flag license plates. The plates were sponsored five years ago last month by the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a nonprofit group that describes itself as “neither political nor sectional” and “strives to honor and keep alive the memory of the Confederacy and the principles for which Confederates fought.” Supporters of such groups say they are simply celebrating those who fought for state’s rights, while critics say doing so ignores the involvement of those states in slavery. The specialty...
  • The Extreme Partisanship of John Roberts's Supreme Court

    08/28/2014 7:57:15 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Garrett Epps
    “Politics are closely divided,” John Roberts told scholar Jeffrey Rosen after his first term as chief justice. “The same with the Congress. There ought to be some sense of some stability, if the government is not going to polarize completely. It’s a high priority to keep any kind of partisan divide out of the judiciary as well.” No one who observes the chief justice would doubt he was sincere in his wish for greater unanimity, greater judicial modesty, a widely respected Supreme Court quietly calling “balls and strikes.” But human beings are capable of wishing for mutually incompatible things—commitment and...
  • Could a wording 'glitch' doom Obama's healthcare law?

    08/26/2014 1:10:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 25, 2014 | David G. Savage
    When a federal appeals court ruled last month that a seemingly arcane wording flaw in the Affordable Care Act should invalidate a central part of the law, many of those who drafted the statute five years ago reacted with shock and anger.. In 2009, they had spent months piecing together a compromise that sought to create a national system of subsidized insurance — but one run by the states. Now, they fear their work could be undone by what some call a "drafting error" and others portray as a political miscalculation. The judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
  • Supreme Court Blocks Gay Marriage In Virginia

    <p>According to USA Today, on Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court blocked gay marriages from happening in the commonwealth, putting on hold the recent decision by the federal appeal’s court last month. That ruling ruled that the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.</p>
  • Supreme Court puts Virginia same-sex marriage ruling on hold

    08/20/2014 12:20:55 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/20/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Wednesday stopped Virginia officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, putting on hold a lower court ruling that said the unions could start on Thursday. The court stayed a decision by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which on July 28 agreed with a district judge’s ruling that Virginia’s ban is unconstitutional. The same panel last week declined to delay its ruling. But the Supreme Court stepped in after both defenders of the law and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring (D) asked for a stay. Herring believes the...
  • Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia

    08/20/2014 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 75 replies
    Supreme Court Puts Hold on Same-Sex Marriages in Virginia WASHINGTON — Aug 20, 2014, 3:09 PM ET http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/ap-newsalert-25043930
  • A Short History of the Supreme Court Case That Ended Forced Unionization of Non-Government Employees

    08/15/2014 6:17:35 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/15/2014 | Patrick Wright
    Organized labor’s multi-state scheme to gain members, money and influence began to unravel in 2009 when a Michigan housewife started searching for answers on why “union dues” were being taken out of the checks she received from the State of Michigan for providing daycare to parents who were in a welfare to work program. Sherry Loar owns Baby Steps Childcare Center, a limited liability corporation that she operates out of her home in Petoskey. Sherry’s persistence led to the investigation and discovery of the breadth of the union scheme and its flimsy legal justification. Now, nearly five years later, the...
  • The Latest Case Of An Interest Group Using Regulation To Stifle Competition: Teeth Whitening

    08/13/2014 8:30:37 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | August 13, 2014 | George Leef
    Conspiracies to stifle competition never work very well or for long in the absence of government power. Besides, such conspiracies are illegal under the federal antitrust laws. Therefore, special interest groups desiring to minimize or eliminate competition usually look for ways of using government regulation for their purposes. It is not only far more effective, but also largely immune for antitrust attack. A case the Supreme Court will hear in October, North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC perfectly illustrates the way this nasty little game is played. Among the many cosmetic services Americans enjoy is teeth whitening....
  • Obama to donors: We’re going to have Supreme Court appointments within the next two years, you know

    08/12/2014 6:12:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    Only two possibilities, my friends. One: He’s talking out of his ass here, trying to scare the shinola out of well-heeled liberals in order to make them reach for their wallets before the midterms. (See also “impeachment.”) Two: The fix is in.Over/under on when Ginsburg calls it quits is summer 2015. “What’s preventing us from getting things done right now is you’ve got a faction within the Republican Party that thinks solely in terms of their own ideological purposes and solely in terms of how do they hang on to power. And that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said at...
  • Obama: ‘We’re Going to Have Supreme Court Appointments’

    08/11/2014 6:17:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/11/2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just reiterated her plan to stay on the bench, but that didn’t stop President Obama from making a prediction to Democratic donors. “Not to mention the fact that we’re going to have Supreme Court appointments,” Obama said to motivate donors during a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser.There are four Supreme Court justices over the age of 70, but Ginsburg, 81, has been the subject of the most recent retirement rumors — which she recently tried to put to rest.“All I can say is that I am still here and likely to remain for a while,” Ginsburg...
  • US Supreme Court To Rule On Cops Who Get Law Wrong (traffic stops)

    08/04/2014 11:32:56 AM PDT · by Ken H · 93 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 08/04/2014 | n/a
    Oral arguments set for US Supreme Court to decide whether a traffic stop is invalid when the police officer is wrong about the law. Is a police officer's traffic stop valid if he is wrong about the law? The US Supreme Court announced it would take up that question when it returns in October to hear the case of Nicholas Brady Heien. On April 29, 2009, Surry County Sheriff's Sergeant Matt Darisse was on Interstate 77 when he saw a Ford Escort hit the brakes, and the right-side light did not illuminate. Sergeant Darisse decided to pull over the Ford,...
  • Supreme Court ruling in toxic water case a setback for Camp Lejeune families

    08/04/2014 8:43:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 11 replies
    News & Observer (&newsobserver.com) ^ | June 9, 2014 | Michael Doyle
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to North Carolina families trying to sue over groundwater contamination at a big Marine Corps base. In a technical decision with real-world consequences, the court upheld North Carolina’s limits on how long people have to bring certain pollution-related lawsuits. By upholding the state’s 10-year limit, called a statute of repose, the court effectively undercut lawsuits centering on Camp Lejeune. “Time is the controlling factor,” Justice Anthony Kennedy declared.
  • Obamacare opponents ask Supreme Court to step in

    08/01/2014 2:19:47 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 1, 2014 | By Adam Serwer
    The group seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies to Americans purchasing health insurance through federally run state marketplaces is asking the Supreme Court to take up the case early. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the conservative group funding challenges to the IRS rule allowing subsidies to flow to state exchanges, announced Thursday that it was asking the Supreme Court to intervene. The challengers argue that the Affordable Care Act only allows subsidies in exchanges set up by states – an interpretation that could lead to millions of people being unable to afford coverage. Owing largely to Republican resistance, only...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Accuses Pro-Hobby Lobby SCOTUS Judges of Being Sexist

    07/31/2014 2:58:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    Apparently the phony “war on women” has made its way to the Supreme Court. Upset by the fact that a majority of the justices on the high court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby’s religious freedoms, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is now accusing them of being sexist.In a new interview with pro-abortion media icon Katie Couric, Ginsburg lashes out at her colleagues and claims they have a “blind spot” towards women because they decided that Hobby Lobby should not be forced to pay for drugs that cause abortions for their employees.Never mind that polls show a majority of women oppose the...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Male justices can’t understand Hobby Lobby case because genitals

    07/31/2014 2:49:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/31/2014 | Noah Rothman
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg evolved this summer from a mere figure of authority into a liberal celebrity when she authored the dissenting opinion in the Hobby Lobby case. Ginsburg’s dissent, which has been ubiquitously dubbed “scathing” and/or “blistering” in the press, prompted the left to craft a cult of personality around her. Liberal outlets dubbed her “Notorious R.B.G.,” whiny folk artists converted her opinion into a terrible but nevertheless widely shared song, and The New Republic laughably dubbed Ginsburg “the most popular woman on the internet.” Take that, Kate Upton.All this hero worship was entirely unearned, but...
  • Massachusetts Governor Signs Radical Bill Prohibiting Pro-Life Free Speech

    07/30/2014 1:05:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/30/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Despite the fact the nation’s highest court took the state of Massachusetts to task for passing a law curtailing the free speech rights of pro-life advocates, the Bay State is again trying to suppress them.In a unanimous decision last month, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts buffer zone law prohibiting pro-life free speech outside abortion clinics. The decision was a huge victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors who provide women with abortion alternatives.In their ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Massachusetts law that created a 35-foot “buffer zone” restricting pro-life advocates from speaking with people entering abortion facilities.Saying the...
  • Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Calls Constitution “Flawed”

    07/26/2014 7:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 24, 2014
    We rely on the Supreme Court to defend the Constitution from the endless assaults on it that chip away our liberty. Too bad Supreme Court Justices don’t have a higher opinion of the document. Ruth Bader Ginsberg has denounced it, recommending instead the socialist constitution of South Africa. The odious Stephen Breyer appears to attack it at every opportunity (e.g., here, here, and here). Now we hear this from swing vote Anthony Kennedy: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, speaking at the annual conference of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Monterey, waxed eloquent on the deficiencies of the...
  • Will John Roberts Decide a 'State' Is Not a 'State'?

    07/23/2014 2:00:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 37 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/23/2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The Supreme Court may soon need to decide whether the federal government can be considered a "state" in our federal republic in the same sense that Iowa, Wyoming and Wisconsin are states. On the face of it, this question may seem absurd. In fact, given any level of reflection, it is absurd. The federal government is not one of the states. But this absurd question was at the heart of Halbig v. Burwell, decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and it could soon become a defining issue in American life. Section 1311...
  • Scalia And Company May Have Already Shown Their Hand On Obamacare Subsidies

    07/24/2014 9:44:26 AM PDT · by Resettozero · 30 replies
    TPM.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dylan Scott
    Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court might have already tipped their hand on the latest substantial legal threat to Obamacare, according to one Yale law professor. And if they did, it would be good news for the Obama administration. A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday that Obamacare's language did not allow people shopping on HealthCare.gov to access tax credits if they purchase insurance through the federal website. If that decision were to become law, affecting the 36 states served by the federal exchange, it would strip subsidies from nearly 5 million people and send their premiums skyrocketing....
  • The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

    07/24/2014 4:00:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jeff Greenfield
    Why there’s really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November. It’s a question that’s roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won’t 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate turns Republican after the mid-terms? Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe, one of the left’s jurisprudential heroes, had a ready answer to that question when it was posed to him at the University of California Santa Barbara late last month....
  • DC Circuit Creates Obamacare Uncertainty

    07/23/2014 5:11:51 AM PDT · by LeoMcNeil · 3 replies
    The big news from yesterday is that the DC Court of Appeals ruled that Obamacare subsidies obtained on the Federal exchange are in violation of the law. The law states that subsidies are only available to people who buy Obamacare policies on a state exchange. Around 36 states don’t have exchanges, thus citizens in those states aren’t entitled to a subsidy according to the DC Circuit decision. This is significant because in order for employers to fall into the employer mandate an employee has to be eligible for a subsidy. In states without a state exchange, that’s no longer possible...
  • Split Rulings Over Obamacare Point to Another Supreme Court Showdown

    07/22/2014 11:28:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/22/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Less than an hour after an appeals court in Washington ordered the Obama administration to turn off the spigot of federal subsidies to consumers through U.S.-run health-care exchanges, an appeals court in Virginia ruled that the subsidies should be allowed to keep on flowing. With the future of Obamacare hanging in the balance, the back-to-back opinions raise the likelihood of another Supreme Court showdown over the the president’s marquee law. The two circuits split over an issue fundamental to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That is, whether the Internal Revenue Service had the authority under the statute passed...
  • Lose the Battle, win the War: The Story of Marbury v. Madison

    07/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/19/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    Do you know that the verdict in this case actually limited the Court’s power? Following the loss of the presidency and Congress in the election of 1800, the lame-duck Federalist Congress enacted the Judiciary Act of February 3, 1801, creating 58 new federal judgeships and new circuit courts. Two weeks later, Congress created 42 justices of the peace in the District of Columbia. Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth resigned, and President John Adams named Secretary of State John Marshall to replace him. The judicial commissions were signed by President Adams, and the Seal of the United States affixed by the Secretary...
  • Justices Say Utah Doesn't Have to Recognize Gay Marriages

    07/18/2014 5:09:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | By Adam Liptak
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday said Utah is not required to recognize the marriages of roughly 1,000 same-sex couples there while state officials pursue appeals. The court’s order was two sentences long and said only that a lower court’s ruling “is stayed pending the final disposition of the appeal” by the federal appeals court in Denver. Friday’s order came in a different case, one concerning the status of what the state calls “interim marriages,” meaning those entered into during that period in December and January when same-sex marriage was briefly allowed. The case seeking recognition of the 1,000...
  • Megyn Kelly Takes Down Jon Stewart’s Pathetic Attempt to Blame SCOTUS for Bad Science...

    07/16/2014 5:39:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 7/16/2014 | Mike Miller
    Last week, Fox News host Megyn Kelly destroyed Nancy Pelosi over her outrageous comments (lies) on the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. Tuesday night on The Kelly File, Megyn set her sights on Jon Stewart for misleading and dividing the public on the case. Spoiler: Same results.Incidentally, the Supreme Court cited the government’s own definition of the four birth control methods opposed by Hobby Lobby (out of 20 required by ObamaCare). But hey, what difference does it make?(video at link)
  • Senate Bill to Nullify Hobby Lobby Decision Fails: Legislation Falls Four Votes Short of 60

    07/16/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 07/16/2014 | By KRISTINA PETERSON
    <p>WASHINGTON—Senate Democrats' effort to push back against the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision stalled Wednesday when their bill to restore employers' responsibility to provide contraception coverage under the health law was defeated on a procedural vote.</p> <p>In a 56-43 vote, which was largely along party lines, Democrats came up short of the 60 votes needed to advance their legislation. It sought to prevent companies from relying on a religious-freedom law to avoid complying with the Affordable Care Act's requirement to cover all forms of contraception approved by the government without charging workers a copayment.</p>
  • Mark Warner rallies Virginians against Hobby Lobby ruling (BARF ALERT)

    07/16/2014 11:48:58 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 11 replies
    From an email
    Breaking: Partisan gridlock blocks Hobby Lobby bill. Friend, This afternoon, Republicans in the Senate filibustered the bill that would undo the impacts of the recent Hobby Lobby decision. This bill would have ensured that employers can't stand between a woman and her doctor and protected the rights of all employees to have access to basic health care. This partisan gridlock is outrageous. We deserve to have a real debate on this bill, and it deserves to have a vote. Nearly 20,000 supporters like you have added their name demanding action. The momentum is with us to fix this. Today’s filibuster...
  • Gallup: Approval for Supreme Court steady as GOP favor soars

    07/14/2014 1:47:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/14/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The recent Supreme Court decision on Hobby Lobby has had an impact on the approval rating for the nation’s top judicial panel, but it’s not exactly what detractors of the decision predicted. Paralleling the Economist/YouGov poll last week, Gallup’s most recent poll shows that overall approval and disapproval has stayed nearly constant over the past year or more. The profound change has taken place in the composition of both segments: Americans remain divided in their assessments of the U.S. Supreme Court, with 47% approving of the job it is doing, and 46% disapproving. These ratings are consistent with approval...
  • Sorry, Libs: The War On Women Is A Complete Fiction

    07/12/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jul 11, 2014 | Ashley McGuire
    We are the female plaintiffs, activists, lawyers, and judges working to dismantle this monstrosity, which threatens our First Amendment rights.There is no “war on women” in America. But there absolutely is a war among women. And the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate is its biggest battlefield right now. The latest shot was fired by the National Organization for Women (NOW), who set all tact aside when they named the Little Sisters of the Poor among their “dirty 100” list for the nuns’ opposition to the mandate. The Little Sisters run more than 200 homes for the poor and...
  • Embryos Are Destroyed In Infertility Treatments: Can This Coverage Be Denied? (Hobby Lobby Ruling

    07/11/2014 2:16:51 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 11 replies
    7/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Longer question, as space here now permits: But before that... The SCOTUS ruling was not based upon a/any contraceptive(s) either killing a fertilized egg or stopping its fertilization, but rather was based upon a closely held company being able to deny some benefits under religious objections. Question: If the owners of a closely held company have a religious objection to infertility treatments (some or all), as they may say that unwanted embryos are destroyed in infertility treatments, and thus they will deny this benefit, would the denial of this benefit hold up under the Hobby Lobby ruling? What about vasectomies?...
  • Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge

    07/11/2014 1:41:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    National Review -- The corner ^ | 7-11-14 | Joel Gehrke
    President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.” The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies...
  • New Economist/YouGov poll shows Hobby Lobby impact on Supreme Court approval

    07/11/2014 11:19:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/11/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s a pretty strong suggestion too, and it should give Democrat incumbents in the Senate yet another reason to question Harry Reid’s leadership. The Economist/YouGov partnership conducted two polls on approval levels for the Supreme Court. One was taken from June 28th-30th, ending the same day that the court handed down its Hobby Lobby decision (and Harris v Quinn for that matter), and after its previously-announced decisions the week before, and the other from July 5-7, at the pitch of the hysterical overreaction to the 5-4 Hobby Lobby result. While the media and Democrats seem to believe that the...
  • Watch: This Military Wife’s Response To Liberals Wanting To Kill Her Is Incredible

    07/11/2014 4:38:16 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 7/10/14 | Andrea D. Combs
    Remember this recent controversial photo that made liberals sick? Well, the story isn't over... Recently, Western Journalism reported on the recent social media outburst over this internet sensation. You might remember this picture posted by a woman who is unafraid to stand up for her beliefs:
  • Liz Cheney: ‘Abortion Rights Trump Everything’ for Liberal Justices

    07/10/2014 2:11:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 7, 2014 - 10:50 AM | Barbara Boland
    “The dissents in both [the Wheaton and Hobby Lobby] cases show … a legal theory we haven’t seen before—which is essentially a theory that says, abortion rights trump everything else,” said Liz Cheney during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday. “Abortion rights are more important than the free exercise of religion.” While Monday’s Hobby Lobby case received the bulk of media attention this week, a less publicized Thursday ruling granted an injunction to Wheaton College, a small evangelical college that is also a non-profit. …
  • Will Company's Owned By Jehovahs Witnesses Have To Include Blood Transfusions In EBP's? (Hobby Lobby

    07/10/2014 3:58:44 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    7/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Will they have to cover something like this under the Employee Benefit Program if that employee wasn't a JW, or could they say that they now have a religious exemption, too? I wonder what other can of worms the recent SCOTUS ruling will open up...
  • Meanwhile, Outside the Panic Room: Contraception, Hobby Lobby, and Women’s Rights

    07/10/2014 7:40:42 AM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | 7/10/14 | Helen Alvare
    Prior to the 2012 HHS Mandate, there were no “runs” on birth control suppliers, nor were there demonstrations in the streets by women demanding free birth control. Nowhere was there observed a dearth of women willing to work for businesses informed by a religious conscience on matters of contraception or abortion. This should come as a shock to those predicting the end of women’s freedom as a result of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood. It should also shock those protesters screaming about women’s ovaries on the steps of the Supreme Court. It should even shock...
  • Legal Experts: National Marriage Equality Could Happen Within A Year

    07/09/2014 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | July 9, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Suddenly it's a possibility that experts are contemplating: marriage equality could be the law of the land all across the United States within one year. On Wednesday, Utah asked the Supreme Court to resolve its dispute with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals which two weeks ago became the first U.S. circuit court to declare that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Legal experts say the Supreme Court is likely to accept the case. With lawsuits piling up, and gay marriage on an undefeated legal streak since the Court axed the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, the...
  • Harry Reid: We’re not gonna let “five white men” have the last word on Hobby Lobby

    07/09/2014 9:06:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Have we reached Peak Reid Demagoguery yet? I thought we had yesterday when Democrats signed onto Harry Reid’s Kochsteria strategy for the 2014 midterms, but we actually missed the new nadir for America’s top-ranked demagogue — but our good friend Larry O’Connor at the Free Beacon didn’t. Yesterday, when addressing the media about the Democratic strategy to undo Hobby Lobby, Reid insisted that the Senate wouldn’t let “five white men” have the last word on contraception mandates.Um …CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later,...
  • Harry Reid Apparently Thinks Clarence Thomas Is White

    07/08/2014 10:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is so angry over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case last week that he apparently forgot Justice Clarence Thomas is black. The Nevada Democrat lamented the court’s ruling which allows Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies with religious objections to certain forms of contraception to avoid providing them to employees in health insurance plans mandated under Obamacare. Hobby Lobby approves of 16 out of 20 forms of contraception that have been approved by the FDA. “People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote...
  • The Cramdown Artists

    07/08/2014 3:39:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Bill Murchison
    What this country almost certainly doesn't need right now is more laws and regulations; but it doesn't necessarily need fewer laws and regulations, either. What we appear to need above all else is a deeper -- and that's not saying much -- understanding of the purposes for which a civilized society passes laws and enacts regulations. We need, in essence, moral instruction. Eeek! "Moral instruction"? "Right" and "wrong"? By whose lights, whose standards? The contraception debate -- to the extent you call it a debate instead of a shouting match -- brings to mind these fundamental, yet generally skirted,...
  • The Godless Religion of Prochoice

    07/08/2014 12:32:23 PM PDT · by rhema · 9 replies
    Speaker for the Dead ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jill Speaks
    When religion goes, other religions take its place. They mimic the forms and formalities of it without the substance. They are faiths without any gods but themselves and without any devils but themselves. Confronted with the religious horror of abortion, the post-religious faiths of the free world act out a godless religious drama in which they take turns playing all the old religious roles without the religion. The most pernicious of these is the martyr to the morally superior high ground of humanism. Faced with imagined violence, they retreat into a universalism that no one else shares. "We feel your...
  • ‘A real bomb-thrower’: Pending case experts say could kill Obamacare overnight (VIDEO)

    07/08/2014 10:44:18 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 26 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | July 8 2014 | Richard Berkow
    A pending federal court ruling could upset the entire Obamacare applecart and send the president’s titular achievement back to the Supreme Court. The appellate court in Washington, D.C., could decide Halbig v. Burwell as early as today, deciding whether the federal subsidies provided to 90 percent of Obamacare enrollees who signed up through the federal exchange are legal, according to CNBC. Michael Cannon, director of health studies for the Cato Institute, helped craft the plaintiff’s argument. Studying the legislation carefully for three years, he has said that the Obama administration and its supporters are claiming powers “that “Congress never gave...
  • On Hobby Lobby: Where Ginsburg and Alito Go Astray

    07/07/2014 1:15:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 7, 2014 | JOSHUA SCHULZ
    As a faithful Catholic with moral objections to forced Christian complicity in both abortion and contraception, I had many reasons to rejoice in the Supreme CourtÂ’s majority decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby written by Justice Alito. Unfortunately, the CourtÂ’s reasoning was not one of them. Two premises in the majorityÂ’s argument were especially troubling: first, the CourtÂ’s assertion of the legal inscrutability of moral and religious beliefs, and second, its assumption of the GovernmentÂ’s claim that contraceptives and abortifacients are necessary for womenÂ’s health and well-being. Contrary to the first premise, I agree with dissenting Justice Ginsburg that...
  • USDA v. Horne [SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama seizing food from farmers]

    07/07/2014 11:47:30 AM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    Reason ^ | July 18, 2013 | Zach Weissmueller
    "They want us to pay for our own raisins that we grew," says Raisin Valley Farms owner Marvin Horne. "We have to buy them back!" This is but one absurdity that Marvin and his wife Laura have faced during their decade-long legal battle with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Every year, the Hornes plant seeds, tie vines, harvest fruit, and place grapes in paper trays to create sun-dried raisins. And every year, the federal government prevents them from bringing their full harvest to market. It's called an agriculture marketing order. Depression-era regulations meant to stabilize crop prices endanger...
  • The president’s rotten high-court record [SCOTUS rules 9-0 against Obama many, many times]

    07/07/2014 11:36:39 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Seldom in American history has the Supreme Court unanimously rejected positions advocated by presidents’ administrations. But in this at least, President Obama has produced the fundamental transformation he promised in 2008. Over the last three years, the court has rejected administration positions repeatedly in unanimous 9-0 decisions.A review of these cases reveals much about the governing philosophy of the Obama administration. It’s even clearer in the 2012 Hosanna-Tabor Church v. EEOC case, in which the court unanimously said churches have the right to select their own clergy. The administration’s position, that government could decide who counts as clergy, was described...
  • Eric Holder’s long losing record before the Supreme Court

    07/07/2014 10:54:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 5, 2014 | John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
    If Eric Holder were a baseball player, he’d have been benched long ago — if not kicked off the team. His batting average before the Supreme Court is abysmal, losing again and again in his efforts to undermine the Constitution. This term featured four big strike downs. First was Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in which the Supremes tossed out ObamaCare’s contraceptive abortion mandate and upheld the First Amendment rights of several family-owned businesses to make their living in conformance with their religious beliefs. Although the government was not party to another case, Harris v. Quinn, the Justice Department filed an...