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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The March Of Same-Sex Marriage — 2013’s Story Of The Year?

“When considering top stories of 2013, who among us even considered Utah would be issuing same-sex marriage licenses at Christmas time?” The New York Times‘ Jonathan Weisman tweeted on Thursday afternoon. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional was announced on the Friday before Christmas. Gay couples lined […]

December 26, 2013

The Death Penalty and The Costs of an Obsession

WASHINGTON — The unseemly love affair of some American politicians with the death penalty is bad for justice and bad for our country’s standing in the world. It inflicts a wholly unnecessary moral stain on a nation that rightly preaches the rule of law to everyone else. Even more remarkable is the indifference that five […]

July 12, 2011

Conservative Legal Star Upholds Healthcare Law

A George W. Bush-appointee and up-and-coming conservative jurist joined a Democrat to uphold the constitutionality of the healthcare law and its individual mandate to purchase health insurance today, giving the Obama administration its first bipartisan legal victory on the issue. “We find that the minimum coverage provision is a valid exercise of legislative power by […]

June 29, 2011

Obama Lawyers Defend Health Care Reform In Front Of Hostile Judges

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, which began hearing oral arguments for and against the Affordable Care Act’s constitutionality this week, might be a tough crowd for the Obama Administration, even though two of the three judges are Bill Clinton appointees. All three judges seemed unsympathetic to the administration’s defense of the individual […]

June 9, 2011