So often in modern conversation you hear complaints about how out of touch and damaging the Supreme Court has become. Whether from Bush v. Gore, to Citizen’s United, to the more recently destructive Hobby Lobby decision, to name a bare few, the cries against SCOTUS are getting louder by the term. Yet far too often that hue and cry is by lay people and concerned activists, and the scholars and professors serve up a more nuanced take with pulled punches steeped in complicated case law and argument. Not Dean Chemerinsky. This is a full on broadside against what the court has become and, maybe, what it always has been once the romanticized veneer of reverence is stripped away.
|By: bmaz Sunday September 28, 2014 1:59 pm|
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday August 14, 2013 1:05 pm|
In light of her decision, I checked in with Elon James White, founder of the award winning Podcast This Week In Blackness, and rapper Jasiri X, who in recent months had collaborated to give the Internet The 10 Frisk Commandments Remix, for their reactions.
|By: Phoenix Woman Saturday February 11, 2012 6:45 am|
As part of an ongoing look at ALEC and its pet legislators, I’m looking at why certain ALEC bills (such as the Minnesota anti-voter “voter ID” bill which, having been shot down by both an ACLU lawsuit and a Mark Dayton veto, is back for its third go-round as a ballot measure) keep getting revived even after being shot down for unconstitutionality and other reasons.
|By: Scarecrow Tuesday February 7, 2012 10:09 am|
The Ninth Circuit Court just held, 2-1, that California’s imfamous anti-gay Prop 8 was unconstitutional. “Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the court said.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday August 1, 2011 7:43 am|
The deal between President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell calls for the creation of a “Super Congress” to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
You won’t find a Super Congress mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. It will be an elite body of 12 members of Congress who write legislation behind closed doors and then announce it to the public. Whatever they decide will then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it can’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday July 6, 2011 2:30 pm|
Perhaps the best way to look at the possibility of President Obama using the 14th amendment to declare the debt ceiling unconstitutional, is not to wonder if Obama has the will to use it, but question whether he has the resolve it would take not use it.
|By: Jim White Monday January 31, 2011 12:21 pm|
MSNBC reports that Judge Roger Vinson of US District Court in Pensacola Florida has just ruled that the health care reform law enacted last year is unconstitutional
|By: Tula Connell Thursday December 25, 2008 1:30 pm|
When America’s founders crafted the Constitution, they knew more was needed to ensure the survival of democracy. So they created the Bill of Rights. They made sure that at the top of the list, the First Amendment included such rights as the freedom of assembly. That is, the freedom of all of us to gather together in groups of our choosing. Like, say, unions.