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  • Supreme Court Decision: Blocks Obama's Immigration Plan

    06/23/2016 7:41:15 AM PDT · by georgiegirl · 135 replies
    Fox Business | 6/23/16 | Fox Business
    Breaking news by Stu Varney. Supreme Court was tied 4 to 4, so the lower court decision stands against Obama's Immigration plan.
  • Clarence Thomas's Wife Blasts "Bogus" Retirement Rumors

    06/20/2016 7:46:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2016 | Lydia Wheeler
    The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is slamming reports that her husband is considering retirement. In a Facebook post, Ginni Thomas called an article in The Washington Examiner ďbogus.Ē ďFor all those contacting me about the possibility of my husband retiring, I say --- unsubscribe from those false news sources and carry on with your busy lives.Ē
  • Trump-Or Clinton-Will Decide Fate Of The Second Amendment

    06/09/2016 5:27:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9, 2016 | Ken Klukowski
    Whether Americans will continue to have a Second Amendment right to own guns now depends on whether Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton wins the White House. The Supreme Court will soon have an opportunity to review a federal appeals courtís decision Thursday that the government can ban all concealed firearms outside the home.
  • Donald Trump releases list of potential supreme court nominees Ė live

    05/18/2016 11:09:45 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 14 replies
    ABCNEWS ^ | 05/18/16 | staff
    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia. Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump said in March he planned to release the list to ease concerns about his conservative credentials...
  • Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices

    05/18/2016 11:11:10 AM PDT · by TontoKowalski · 233 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 5/18/16 | Jill Colvin
    The names are at the link.
  • Battle over Obama immigration actions lands before Supreme Court

    04/16/2016 8:50:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr. 16, 2016 | Bill Mears
    The impassioned election-year debate over President Obamaís immigration executive actions lands Monday before a short-handed Supreme Court, where justices will consider a fundamental question: how much power does the president truly have? The justices plan to hold 90 minutes of oral arguments dealing with Obamaís bid to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. A coalition of states calls it an executive power grab. "President Obama's executive action is an affront to our system of republican self-government," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who supports those states. But the White House contends the presidentís authority is clear, and the policies humane...
  • Supreme Court Fight: A Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

    03/28/2016 9:56:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 29 2016, 12:01 AM ET | Ari Melber
    When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans were united in their wall of opposition ó no meetings, no hearing, no vote. And while Garlandís path remains a very uphill battle, some Republicans are starting to shift their tone. Two weeks into the nomination fight, 16 Republican senators now say they will meet with Garland ó over 25 percent of the GOP caucus ó according to a running count by NBC News. That includes senators up for re-election in Blue States, such as New Hampshireís Kelly Ayotte and Illinoisí Mark Kirk, who will be the...
  • Clinton calls on Obama to nominate "true progressive" to Supreme Court

    02/25/2016 1:01:18 PM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2016 | Ben Kamisar
    Hillary Clinton called on President Obama to nominate a "true progressive" to the Supreme Court in remarks critical of suggestions that Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval could be the nominee. "There has been some talk that maybe the president will nominate the Republican governor of Nevada. Now, I love Nevada, especially after last weekend," the White House hopeful said Thursday during a campaign rally in South Carolina, referencing her victory last weekend in the Nevada Democratic caucuses.
  • McConnell: "Senate Will Withhold Consent Of Any Obama SCOTUS Nominee"

    02/23/2016 11:56:55 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says the Senate will ‚Äúwithhold‚ÄĚ consent of President Obama‚Äôs Supreme Court nominee. The Republican leader said on the Senate floor the new president should choose the nominee who replaces Justice Antonin Scalia, who died February 13.
  • Live Stream of Justice Scalia's Funeral

    02/20/2016 8:35:07 AM PST · by TontoKowalski · 14 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/20/16 | YouTube
    I thought some of us might benefit from a break in election obsessing.
  • White House says Obama ‚Äėregrets‚Äô filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Donald Trump: "Pretty Unusal" Justice Scalia Found With "A Pillow On His Face"

    02/17/2016 7:59:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 88 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 17, 2016 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP frontrunner Donald Trump says it was ‚Äúpretty unusual‚ÄĚ that Justice Scalia ‚Äď who passed away on Saturday ‚Äď was found with a pillow over his face.
  • Leahy Predicts GOP Will ‚ÄėLose Control of the Senate‚Äô for Blocking SCOTUS Nomination

    02/16/2016 6:28:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 79 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 15, 2016 | 1:07 PM EST | Penny Starr
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, predicted on Sunday that if Republicans block President Barack Obama's nomination to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, voters will give Democrats a majority in the Senate in the next election. "I think what we ought to do is nominate somebody," Leahy told Dana Bash on CNN's "State of the Union" show, one day after the death of Scalia at age 79. "If the Republican leadership refuses to even hold a hearing, I think that is going to guarantee they lose control of the Senate, because I...
  • Obama's Choice: Inside the Fight to Replace Justice Scalia on Supreme Court

    02/15/2016 2:57:44 PM PST · by Innovative · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | Feb 15, 2016 | Jon Schuppe
    Under typical circumstances, this wouldn't be such a big deal. But Scalia, the court's most influential conservative, died in President Obama's final year in office, in the middle of the court's term, with the candidates to succeed him fighting through the early primary season. That makes this high court vacancy particularly complicated ‚ÄĒ and divisive. Almost immediately after Scalia's death became public, Obama announced his intention to nominate a successor himself. All but one of the the six Republican presidential candidates at Saturday's GOP debate in South Carolina said Obama should either not nominate a justice and leave the decision...
  • SCALIA'S DEATH IN OFFICE A RARITY FOR MODERN SUPREME COURT

    02/15/2016 8:29:57 AM PST · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 15, 2016 | Jessica Gresko
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A black-draped chair on the Supreme Court bench once signaled that a justice had died, but those somber memorials have been increasingly uncommon at the court as its members have chosen to retire rather than hold their office until death.
  • Conspiracy Theories Surround Justice Scalia's Death

    02/15/2016 5:54:06 AM PST · by Biggirl · 130 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 15, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    Conspiracy theories are beginning to swirl in the aftermath of the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead at 79 in his room on Saturday morning at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in Texas.
  • Antonin Scalia's Death Could Mark End Of Constitution

    02/14/2016 10:54:34 AM PST · by Biggirl · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 14, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn‚Äôt merely mark a tragedy for Constitutional philosophy ‚Äď it may mark the death of American Constitutionalism as a whole.
  • Hour 1: Liberals Respond Ton Antonin Scalia's Death,Mockery,Joy

    02/13/2016 4:31:26 PM PST · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | Breitbart News
    Within one hour of news breaking that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in his sleep, progressives on Twitter put politics before basic human decency‚Äďboth celebrating and mocking his death.
  • Supreme Court upholds U.S. effort to control peak power use, prevent blackouts

    01/26/2016 8:33:50 AM PST · by PROCON · 43 replies
    usatoday | Jan. 25, 2016 | Richard Wolf
    Linky only.
  • Juveniles given life in prison can seek review, possibly parole, Supreme Court rules

    01/25/2016 1:15:48 PM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Jan. 25, 2016 | Doug G. Ware
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Inmates who were sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles should be able to file for a re-evaluation -- and possibly attain parole, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 6-to-3 ruling, the high court ruled a 2012 decision prohibiting minors from being sentenced to life in prison without parole should be retroactive to include all applicable cases. In delivering the opinion for the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the ruling doesn't automatically grant parole -- just the right to a review, which could lead to parole.
  • US Supreme Court lets stand rejection of pro-Israel ad

    01/11/2016 10:04:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    INN ^ | 1/11/2016, 10:00 PM | Cynthia Blank
    The US Supreme Court rejected on Monday an appeal from a pro-Israel group seeking to place ads on the Boston-area mass transit system, AP reports. The ads are sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), also known as Stop Islamization of American, and they describe the Israel-Palestinian conflict as a war between the "civilized man and the savage." The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) initially rejected the AFDI ads, asserting they could be construed as "demeaning or disparaging" to Palestinian Arabs and Muslims. ...
  • Trump calls Roberts 'disgraceful' as chief justice, [Clarence] Thomas is his favorite justice

    12/12/2015 6:38:44 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 125 replies
    Star-Tribune ^ | Dec 12 2015 | BILL BARROW Associated Press
    AIKEN, S.C. ‚ÄĒ Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is "disgraceful" and a "disappointment" to conservatives, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Saturday, while praising Associate Justice Clarence Thomas as his favorite member of the high court. "Justice Roberts really let us down. What he did with Obamacare was disgraceful, and I think he did that because he wanted to be popular inside the Beltway," Trump told about 4,000 supporters.
  • How Laws are Made in Modern America

    09/01/2015 8:07:10 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 8 replies
    Vanity | 9/1/15 | pgyanke
    How Laws are Made in Modern Americaby PGYankeStep 1. Identify the social cause you wish to champion. Step 2. Make a law the prohibits that social cause. Step 3. Argue your case to the USSC that Step 2 law is unconstitutional. Step 4. Law is declared unconstitutional by USSC and social cause is now mandatory. Example 1: Step 1. Social cause is Gays in the Military. Step 2. Pass "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Step 3. Go before court to argue against your own law. Step 4. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is unconstitutional according to USSC, so now the military must...
  • Victory in 2016. The left may well regret this week (vanity)

    06/26/2015 8:10:10 AM PDT · by Signalman · 187 replies
    Sefl | 6/26/2015 | Self
    I think there is a distinct possibility that these two disastrous rulings by the USSC may have finally woken up the sleeping Silent Majority. The libs are dancing in the streets now but in Nov. 2016, they may be regret getting what they wished for. The fact is that most blacks and Latinos are against gay marriage. I think the Dems are in for a major defeat in 2016, on all fronts. Maybe I'm being optimistic. But I don't think so.
  • Will the Supreme Court Put Itself on the Wrong Side of History?

    06/12/2015 9:17:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/12/15 | Tim Dunkin
    Gay "marriage" has been playing a huge, huge part in this destruction of liberty Sometime later this month, possibly as early as next week, the Supreme Court of the United States of America is going to impose gay ďmarriageĒ onto every state in the union. They will not do so because there are any sound or convincing moral, ethical, legal, or (especially) constitutional arguments in favor of gay ďmarriage.Ē Rather, they will do so because the political class in America wants it, and as recent experience has shown, the political class nearly always gets what it wants, regardless of what...
  • Why Would A Devout Muslim Want To Work At Abercrombie And Fitch

    06/02/2015 1:43:48 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 2, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Samantha Elauf, a Muslim woman who sued for discrimination after not being hired by Abercrombie & Fitch, because her insistence on wearing the Muslim hijab conflicted with their dress code.
  • Ben Carson: US should rethink Supreme Court review of laws

    05/10/2015 9:59:34 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 10, 2015 12:44 PM EDT | Charles Babington
    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says the United States should rethink the notion that a president must enforce laws the Supreme Court declares constitutional. Carson said Sunday ďwe need to discussĒ the courtís long-held power to review laws passed by Congress. That authority was established in the 1803 landmark case Marbury v. Madison. [Ö] Carson has said a president is obliged to carry out laws passed by Congress, but not what he called ďjudicial lawsĒ that emanate from courts. Ö
  • Chief Justice Roberts Not Stepping Down Despite Report

    03/04/2010 11:56:48 AM PST · by Ol' Sparky · 107 replies · 4,721+ views
    FoxNews | 3/4/10
    Chief Justice John Roberts is not stepping down from the Supreme Court, despite a celebrity gossip report, a source very close to Roberts told Fox News. RadarOnline.com reported Thursday that Roberts, 55, would be resigning for personal reasons. But the source said the report is "completely untrue." There is "no medical issue, no issue at all," the source said, adding that there is not even a 1 percent chance that Roberts is considering resignation.
  • The Roberts Trap Is Sprung

    01/03/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 202 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Dunne
    One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the...
  • Is John Roberts Drifting Left?

    05/02/2015 8:02:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    TNR ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Brianne J. Gorod
    This has been a week of surprises from Chief Justice John Roberts. Wednesday he joined the Courtís more liberal members in a 5-4 decision in a significant First Amendment case. Tuesday at the argument in Obergefell v. Hodges, the marriage equality cases, he suggested that a ban on same-sex marriage might present a ďstraightforward question of sexual discrimination.Ē These superficially surprising moves support Robertsís oft-repeated claim that he believes the Justices should decide cases based on the law, not politics. But as Robertsís tenth term as Chief Justice comes to a close, the biggest tests of that claim are still...
  • ĎWe Will Not Obeyí: Christian Leaders Threaten Civil Disobedience if Gay Marriage Legalized

    04/29/2015 10:55:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/29/2015 | Todd Starnes
    <p>Thatís the blunt warning a group of prominent religious leaders is sending to the Supreme Court of the United States as they consider same-sex marriage.</p> <p>ďWe respectfully warn the Supreme Court not to cross that line,Ē read a document titled, Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage. ďWe stand united together in defense of marriage. Make no mistake about our resolve.Ē</p>
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage arenít waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. ďThe outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the churchís ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,Ē wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • ĎYou Will Burn In Hell!í: Protester Disrupts Supreme Court During Gay Marriage Arguments

    04/28/2015 7:53:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 5:01 PM 04/28/2015 | Scott Greer
    As the Supreme Court heard opening arguments on gay marriage Tuesday, one anti-gay marriage protester disrupted the calm of the courtroom and issued an afterlife warning for those who support same-sex unions. ďIf you support gay marriage, you will burn in hell!Ē the protester screamed before he was detained by police and escorted out of the building, CNN reports. But that didnít stop the man from continuing to shout his views about homosexuality and damnation as he was dragged out of the Supreme Court. Ö
  • Will The Supreme Court Open The Door To The Criminalization Of Christianity?

    04/27/2015 12:37:01 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 27, 2015 | Mario Diaz
    The question before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow in Obergefell v. Hodges, dealing with the highly-anticipated same-sex ďmarriageĒ challenges, is very simple: Does the U.S. Constitution require same-sex ďmarriageĒ in every state in the nation?
  • Gay mentor, belief in dignity at roots of Kennedyís views (USSC justice Anthony)

    04/26/2015 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2015 7:40 AM EDT | Mark Sherman
    The Irish Catholic boy who came of age in Sacramento after World War II is an unlikely candidate to be the author of the Supreme Courtís major gay rights rulings. But those who have known Justice Anthony Kennedy for decades and scholars who have studied his work say he has long stressed the importance of valuing people as individuals. And he seems likely also to have been influenced in this regard by a pillar of the Sacramento legal community, a closeted gay man who hired Kennedy as a law school instructor and testified on his behalf at his high court...
  • Shriveled grapes, shriveled liberty

    04/19/2015 1:59:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 4-19-15 | George Will
    In oral arguments Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear the government defend its kleptocratic behavior while administering an indefensible law. The Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 is among the measures by which New Dealers tried and failed to regulate and mandate America back to prosperity. Seventy-eight years later, it is the governmentís reason for stealing Marvin and Laura Horneís raisins. New Dealers had bushels of theories, including this: In an economic depression, prices fall, so a recovery will occur when government compels prices to stabilize above where a free market would put them. So Franklin Delano Rooseveltís ďbrains trustĒ...
  • Justices reject appeal by US flag-wearing students (Morgan Hill CA)

    03/30/2015 7:53:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2015 9:44 AM EDT
    The Supreme Court has denied an appeal from former California high school students who were ordered to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out during a celebration of the Cinco de Mayo holiday at school. The justices did not comment Monday in leaving in place an appellate ruling that found that school officials acted appropriately because their concerns about racial violence outweighed studentsí freedom of expression rights. Administrators feared the American-flag shirts would enflame (sic) the passions of Latino students celebrating the Mexican holiday. Ö
  • U.S. Supreme court rejects challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

    03/23/2015 9:44:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/23/2015 | LAWRENCE HURLEY
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a challenge to Wisconsin's Republican-backed law requiring voters to present photo identification to cast a ballot, a measure Democrats contend is aimed at keeping their supporters from voting. The justices declined to hear an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which challenged the law. The ACLU said it then filed an emergency motion with a federal appeals court to try to keep the law from taking effect immediately. Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said the law cannot be implemented for the state's April 7 election because absentee ballots are already...
  • Confederate Flag License Plate Battle Reaches Supreme Court

    03/22/2015 8:11:04 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 86 replies
    chronicle bulletin ^ | 22 Mar 2015 | unknown
    The nine justices will hear a one particular-hour oral argument in a case that raises the situation of how states can let or reject politically divisive messages on license plates with out violating absolutely free speech rights. States can generate revenue...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. Thatís a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. Thatís where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obamaís Solicitor General,...
  • Here's What Scalia Said About Obamacare Last Week. It's Not What He Said 3 Years Ago.

    03/09/2015 9:59:11 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 36 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 3/9 | Jonathon Cohn
    It's going to be at least a few weeks, and probably a few months, before we know what the Supreme Court is going to do with Obamacare. But Wednesday's oral arguments in King v. Burwell have already made something very clear: Justice Antonin Scalia isn't too worried about intellectual consistency. Among the many issues that came up Wednesday were the likely consequences if the court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, thereby prohibiting the federal government from distributing Obamacare's tax credits in two-thirds of the states. Millions of people depend on those tax credits to purchase health insurance; without the...
  • High court: Amtrak like govít agency in helping set rules (USRA redux?)

    03/09/2015 9:43:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 9, 2015 12:04 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Amtrak is more like a part of the government than a private corporation when it helps federal agencies craft rules to keep trains running on time. But the justices said itís up to lower courts to decide whether Congress gave the passenger rail company too much power to develop standards that other private railroads must follow. A 2008 law directs Amtrak to work with the Federal Railroad Administration to create standards that let Amtrak keep priority over freight trains along common railroad tracks. That upset the freight railroad industry, which argues that Amtrak...
  • Sonia Sotomayor may have saved Obamacare

    03/08/2015 6:42:31 PM PDT · by LucyT · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 8, 2015, 6:45 PM | Cristian Farias, Slate
    In a dispatch on King v. Burwell, the closely watched Obamacare challenge, NPRís Nina Totenberg observed that the plaintiffsí attorney, Michael Carvin, argued before the Supreme Court with ďred-faced passion.Ē Indeed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor hadnít even finished the preamble to her first question when Carvin interrupted her to finish an earlier thought. He then caught himself and apologized, at which point Sotomayor tempered him: ďTake a breath.Ē Carvin needed that moment, because Sotomayor was about to ask a bombshell question about federalism, a subject that later dominated a key portion of the hearing.
  • Actually, Justice Kennedy, IRS Did Tell Congress Section 36B Contains ďContradictory LanguageĒ

    03/07/2015 7:37:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    During oral arguments in King v. Burwell on Wednesday, Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed skepticism about the government¬ís claim that the Supreme Court should defer to the Internal Revenue Service¬ís interpretation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as allowing certain taxes and subsidies in all states, when the statute authorizes those measures only in states that have an ¬ďExchange established by the State.¬Ē Specifically, Kennedy expressed skepticism that the IRS interpretation was eligible for so-calledChevron deference, telling Solicitor General Donald Verrilli: And it seems to me a little odd that the director of Internal Revenue didn¬ít identify this problem...
  • Stark contrast: the two attorneys arguing the Obamacare case

    03/03/2015 2:07:11 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | Sarah Wheaton
    One attorney is known for his measured, authoritative approach, the other for a brash, confrontational style. And when the Affordable Care Act brings both of them back before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, these differences may be on display as much as their legal points.In whatís arguably the most important case of the courtís term, Michael Carvin will argue for plaintiffs seeking to upend a fundamental aspect of Obamacare, and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. will again defend the government. Both are hailed as brilliant litigators steeped in case law, and their first round in 2012 concluded with each man...
  • Roberts too good a lawyer to vote against ACA

    03/03/2015 8:44:35 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 34 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Brianne J. Gorod
    When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell this week, all eyes will be on Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., trying to figure out which way he's leaning. He's too good a lawyer to do otherwise.
  • Supreme Court ruling could upend Obamacare politics

    02/26/2015 9:57:58 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 54 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/26/15 | David Nather & Jennifer Haberkorn
    What Obamacare gave, the Supreme Court could take away. The Supreme Court next Wednesday hears a case that could end Obamacare subsidies in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov. If the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal through the federal exchange, they would largely unravel President Barack Obamaís health care law, which has helped millions of Americans get insured. Story Continued Below . . The circumstances are different than the last time the court had a chance to gut Obamacare. That was in 2012, and the court narrowly upheld the law and its unpopular individual mandate. Back then, most of...
  • 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 nationís 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 theyíre 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 presidentís signature health law. For...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans are ready for marriage equality

    02/17/2015 7:43:39 PM PST · by annalex · 62 replies
    LGBTQNation ^ | Thursday, February 12, 2015 | LGBTQNation staff/Ginsburg
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans are ready for marriage equality The 81-year-old justice discussed the publicís increasing acceptance of gays against the backdrop of resistance by Alabama officials to a federal court order that took effect Monday and made it the 37th gay-marriage state. With the high court set to rule on the issue by June, she said it ďwould not take a large adjustmentĒ for Americans should the justices say that gay marriage is a constitutional right. ďThe change in peopleís attitudes on that issue has been enormous,Ē Ginsburg said. ďIn recent years, people have said, ĎThis is the way...
  • Ginsburg says she would overturn campaign spending case

    02/04/2015 3:11:59 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 5:23 PM EST
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says if there is one decision she could overturn from the past 10 years, it would be the 2010 Citizens United case that allowed virtually unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns. Speaking to students at Georgetown University Law Center, Ginsburg said Wednesday that the nationís political system ďis being polluted by money.Ē Ö