What once may have sounded like a distant and wonkish abstraction — namely, the nature of future nominees to the United States Supreme Court — is now upon us as a rapidly worsening catastrophe. Within the past few days, owing to the seat stolen by Senate Republicans for Neil Gorsuch in 2017, the high court […]
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard one of the most politically consequential cases in years, to decide whether partisan gerrymandering, or having elected politicians choose which voters do and don’t cast ballots in specific U.S. House and state legislative elections, is constitutional. If you want to know why the GOP has not only controlled […]
On today’s anniversary of the ‘Citizens United’ decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures, it is worth recalling the false promise made by the Supreme Court justice who wrote the majority opinion in that case.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, which links together four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in states that do not recognize the right of gay couples to marry.
Relax. This is not a slippery slope. So Justices Samuel Alito writing for the majority and Anthony Kennedy writing in concurrence, take pains to assure us in the wake of the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision. The same august tribunal that gutted the Voting Rights Act and opened the doors for unlimited money from unknown […]
WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you. This act of empathy helps explain why religious […]
For a large and bipartisan majority of Americans, the increasing power of money in politics is alarming, but not for the conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court, whose members appear to regard the dollar’s domination of democracy as an inevitable consequence of constitutional freedom — and anyway, not a matter of grave concern. […]
By Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday. U.S. Judge Orlando Garcia issued an injunction barring Texas from enforcing a law and constitutional amendment that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and ban the state from recognizing same-sex marriages that were […]