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‘Ordinary Contract Principles’

The Wall Street Journal Sometimes the Supreme Court’s most important contribution resembles the job of a baseball catcher who stops wild pitches from heading to the stands. An example came Monday when the High Court unanimously blocked an attempt to rewrite a contract to make retiree health benefits a lifetime obligation.

Bill Maher: Robert E. Lee gave up Confederate symbols, so why can’t ‘redneck flag-hags’?

45 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

Bill Maher wondered when Confederate “flag-hags” would give up a divisive symbol many consider to be racist and possibly treasonous. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether Texas is stifling free speech by refusing to issue license plates featuring the Confederate battle flag, but the host of...

The Fair Housing Act Gets Argued Before the U.S. Supreme Court

47 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

The U.S. Supreme Court considered the Fair Housing Act (FHA) earlier today when it held oral argument in a Texas case to answer the question if “disparate impact” claims are cognizable under the FHA.

CHANGE: Teachers Take Union Dues to Supreme Court: Teachers unions ‘have done more harm than good,…

CHANGE: Teachers Take Union Dues to Supreme Court: Teachers unions ‘have done more harm than good,’ one plaintiff says.

8th Circuit Court of Appeals Expedites Missouri Same-Sex Marriage Case, Won't Lift Stay of Federal Judge's Ruling

1 hour agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

While we wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the four cases challenging same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has expedited its review of a federal judge's ruling that struck...

Michigan v. EPA

David B. Rivkin Jr., Mark DeLaquil, Andrew M. Grossman, Patrick J. Michaels, Ilya Shapiro The Supreme Court has resolved to answer whether it was unreasonable for the Environmental Protection Agency to ignore the costs of its actions...Show More Summary

Caught in the middle

NEARLY 21 years ago, Justice Harry Blackmun declared he would “no longer tinker with the machinery of death.” In his last few months on the Supreme Court before retiring in the summer of 1994, Justice Blackmun abandoned his previous view that capital punishment was consistent with the Constitution. Show More Summary

Every Move You Make, They'll Be Watching You

Once the Supreme Court equated money with speech, we officially went up for sale to the highest bidders. That's how these Big Data companies get away with compiling our data and tracking our every move: Most states and civil liberties...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Gives A Ray Of Hope To Native Americans Who Want Long Hair In Prison

It's a small victory, but one that could have a substantial impact. The post Supreme Court Gives A Ray Of Hope To Native Americans Who Want Long Hair In Prison appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Essay: Marriage of Convenience

How does the new gay rights case before the Supreme Court play into John Roberts’s long game?

Everything You Need to Know Now About Marriage Equality in Michigan

Get up to speed on the crucial marriage case in Michigan and find out how the U.S. Supreme Court could use this case to bring marriage equality to the entire country. read more

Supreme Court and constitutional law roundup

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Should a sock used to hold pills count as “drug paraphernalia?” [NPR via Jeffrey Miron on Supreme Court case] Michael Greve: on Medicaid spending-forcing suits, behold the Obama administration taking the correct stance, U.S. ChamberShow More Summary

Can America fix its politics five years after Citizens United?

16 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

To the editor: I appreciate Michael Hiltzik's column about the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision. ("Five years after Citizens United ruling, big money reigns," Jan. 24)

3 former California governors back independent redistricting

17 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Three former California governors are wading in to an Arizona elections case before the Supreme Court that could have major implications on how California draws its congressional and legislative districts.

Forget TV, let’s put the Supreme Court on YouTube

17 hours agoWeb / Web Videos : NewTeeVee

The Supreme Court is now on YouTube -- sort of. A clandestine video from the court has turned up on the popular video-sharing platform, showing moments of last week's outbursts in which protestors harangued the…

Marriage at the Supreme Court 2.0: Framing the Debate

18 hours agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN This article is one in a multipart series leading up to a future Supreme Court decision on marriage equality. The Court has granted review of four marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit and a decision may...

White House Droned (Peacefully), Yemen Droned (Not-So-Peacefully), Ohio Sues over Obamacare Taxes: P.M. Links

19 hours agoNews : Reason

A harmless, small surveillance drone flew onto White House grounds this morning, prompting a lockdown. In the wake of the Supreme Court taking up cases about how Oklahoma executes its prisoners, the state’s attorney general is asking...Show More Summary

Russian Roulette, anyone

(Paul Mirengoff) Some Republican Senators are contemplating an attempt to change the rules for confirming Supreme Court Justices. Under their proposal, confirmation could occur with only a bare majority, as it now can for lower court judges and cabinet members. Show More Summary

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Lethal Injection Case

Why do these things always happen on a Friday? Last week, the Supreme Court dropped the bombshell that it was reviewing the Sixth Circuit's same-sex marriage case. Today, the Court announced that it would hear the appeal of Richard Glossip and two other death row inmates in Oklahoma scheduled to......

WATCH: Bobby Jindal Wants a Federal Marriage Amendment Too

The Louisiana governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful says if the Supreme Court strikes down his state's marriage ban, he's all for amending the U.S. Constitution. read more

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