Tag Archive: Supreme Court of the United States

The Man Who Can’t be King

SCOTUS again today. The Court struck down — unanimously — the President’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. I wrote about this before. Congress was in pro forma session and refusing to consider the President’s appointments to various agencies. The President argued they were effectively in recess and appointed people anyway. The Court has now unanimously struck that down with Scalia basically trashing the entire idea of recess appointments as an anachronism. … Read more

The Death of the Judiciary

So this was happening:

A member of the Oklahoma House drafted a resolution Wednesday seeking the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices who granted a delay of execution to two death row inmates.

Republican state Rep. Mike Christian told The Associated Press that the five justices engaged in a “willful neglect of duty” when they granted stays of execution Monday to Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, both of whom were scheduled to be executed this

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P.J.’s Amicus Brief

If you like the work of P.J. O’Rourke — or political satire in general — you must read the amicus brief that he filed in the case of Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehaus. The case concerns an Ohio law that bans false statements about political candidates. SBA said that Driehaus supported taxpayer-funded abortions because he voted for Obamacare, Driehaus sued. Cato is arguing that false statement about politicians are protected speech so they … Read more

SCOTUS Takes On Blago

This could be interesting:

A 55-year-old woman who earns less than minimum wage caring for her disabled son could unravel decades of labor law and strike a blow against one of the most powerful political lobbies in the nation.

Pamela Harris is fighting an Illinois law crafted by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.) and enforced by his successor Pat Quinn (D.) that forces her and other home healthcare workers to pay union dues. Her

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DOMA and Prop 8

The Supreme Court issued its final rulings this morning. DOMA was struck down with the liberal wing suddenly rediscovering federalism. Prop 8 was dismissed on standing (with an odd coalition of Scalia, Roberts, Kagan, Breyer and Ginsburg) which effectively means it is dead as well.

More commentary to come. Discuss.… Read more

VRA On Its Last Legs

SCOTUS delivered an important decision today, basically striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act. A little history:

When the Voting Rights Act passed in 1965, almost no African-Americans were registered to vote in the Deep South due to brutal repression and sickening legal chicanery. Civil rights litigators and the Department of Justice were doing their best to help. They filed lawsuit after lawsuit to make it possible for blacks to register. But

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Another SCOTUS Win

After you’ve watched the enragifying video in Rich’s post, you can calm yourself with this:

The federal government suffered a major defeat today at the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Arkansas Game & Fish Commission v. United States. In their unanimous decision, the justices rejected the government’s sweeping claim that a series of recurring floods induced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers did not qualify as a taking of property under

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Democrat Super PACs and Self-Loathing

What are liberals to do?  The Citizens United decision by SCOTUS is almost as infuriating to progressives as Bush v Gore.  Almost.  They’re convinced that the deck is permanently stacked against them because The Rich, Inc is somehow able to buy elections and cancel out their votes.  As we all know, only the government should be able to buy votes and only through entitlements and free cell phones, but that’s not what I’m interested … Read more

The Day After

“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.” – Chief Justice Roberts

Yesterday was one of the most important days in American political history. Over a million people tuned into SCOTUSblog to find out what was happening. I read more and posted more in comments sections and on Twitter than I ever have.

Let’s be clear: I think Obamacare is a bad bill. What few cost controls … Read more

Obamacare Ruling Open Thread

I’ll post updates as events warrant.

9:52: Best line so far is from Walter Olson who said he has some “Judicial activism!” placards but will have to wait for the decision to know which side to give them to.

9:55: I’ve avoided predictions. But gun to my head, I’d say parts of PPACA are going down. The reason? The full court press by the Left to delegitimize the decision in advance. I think … Read more

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