SCOTUS Strikes Down NY Gun Law

The 6-3 ruling broke down on predictable lines.

Clarence Thomas on Stare Decisis

Not so conservative.

No, Congress Won’t Create an Abortion Right

At least not right away. But it’s quite possible by 2040.

SCOTUS Could Overturn Roe

Oral arguments on the biggest abortion case in decades will be heard today.

Is Texas Undemocratic?

The Lone Star State has enacted some peculiar new laws.

Vaccine Mandates are Popular and (Often) Legal

Despite a rising groundswell of support, the obvious solution to our crisis has not been implemented.

Biden Fires ‘Independent’ Social Security Administrator

President Trump’s destruction of longstanding norms continues under his successor.

SCOTUS Strikes Down Disclosure Law

Another 6-3 decision along ideological lines.

Senator Joe Manchin Is A Stupid Ape

We’re all apes. And some are willfully stupid about their public duties.

Gorsuch and Alito Want to Revisit Religious Accomodations

Is a de minimus standard too small?

How Powerful is Kamala Harris?

Could the Vice President end the filibuster herself?

The Pendulum Is Broken, Not Swinging

Historical precedents fall apart when we’re in a truly unprecedented time.

Supreme Court Rules Trump Emoluments Cases Moot

A legally correct but maddening ruling.

More McGirt Musings

What has the Supreme Court wrought?

Supreme Court Says Eastern Oklahoma is Indian Country?!

Congress forgot to disestablish a Creek Reservation created by treaty in 1833 and 1856 when it made Oklahoma a state in 1909.

SCOTUS Allows Subsidies for Religious Schools

A seemingly obvious result that isn’t.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Law

A reprise of an almost identical case with a different group of Justices–and the Chief Justice switching sides.

Interpreting Interpretation

A too-long discourse on how courts should function.

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Supreme Court Rules LGBT Discrimination Illegal

The 6-3 opinion written by Justice Gorsuch and joined by Chief Justice Roberts defies conventional wisdom.

Wisconsin’s Election Mess

The state is voting during the high point of a global pandemic because Republicans forced it.

Coronavirus Bailout Both Reparations and Stimulus

This is no ordinary recession.

We Don’t Need Witnesses

What difference at this point does it make?

Supreme Court Accepts Cases Dealing With Subpoenas For Trump Financial Records

Late last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a trio of cases healing with subpoenas for the President’s financial records.

Impeachment Hearings Go To Law School

Yesterday’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee did a good job of explaining how the facts of the Ukraine scandal meet the Constitution’s definition of impeachable offenses.

Trump Gets A Temporary Victory At The Supreme Court

Late yesterday, the Supreme Court put a temporary hold on an order that would give Congress access to the President’s financial documents.

Federal Court Blocks Alabama Abortion Law

A Federal District court Judge in Alabama has blocked implementation of that state’s latest attempt to challenge Roe v. Wade

White House Doubles Down On Stonewalling

The White House is doubling down on its illegitimate stonewalling of valid Congressional document requests.

Fed Chairman Labels Trade War As Source Of Concern, Trump Labels Him An Enemy

President Trump’s hand-picked Federal Reserve Chairman is stating the blindingly obvious about the ongoing trade war, so of course the President labeled him an enemy.

Another Poll Shows Increased Public Support For Abortion Rights

Increased focus on conservative efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade appears to be rallying public support for abortion rights.

John Paul Stevens, Former Supreme Court Justice, Dies At 99

Just over nine years after retiring from the Supreme Court, former Associate Justice John Paul Stevens has passed away at the age of 99.

Support For Abortion Rights Grows As Extremist Views Harden

A new poll finds that public support for abortion rights is increasing, but it also shows growing support for extreme views at both ends of the spectrum.

Supreme Court Upholds ‘Dual Sovereigns’ Exception To Double Jeopardy Clause

The Supreme Court has ruled to keep the long-standing “dual sovereigns” exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause in place.

Trump Administration Stonewalls Another Congressional Committee

The President is once again claiming Executive Privilege to prevent Congress from getting access to certain documents.

Federal Judge Blocks House Lawsuit Over Border Wall Funding

A Federal Judge in Washington, D.C. dismissed a lawsuit against Trump “national emergency” to fund the border wall, but his ruling did not reach the merits of the lawsuit’s claim.

Kamala Harris Wants To Use Federal Authority To Monitor State Abortion Laws

Kamala Harris is trying to jump-start her Presidential campaign with an idea for a new law, but it’s probably unconstitutional and would never get through Congress.

New Poll Shows Strong Support For Abortion Rights In Wake Of New Laws

New polling shows support for abortion rights rising amid a plethora of new laws aimed at striking down Roe v. Wade

Supreme Court Issues Split Ruling On Indiana Abortion Law But Sends A Signal

The Supreme Court sent a signal yesterday that seems to indicate how it might deal with future abortion law challenges and it doesn’t bode well for pro-lifers.

Federal Judge Blocks Mississippi’s ‘Heartbeat’ Abortion Law

A Federal Judge in Mississippi has blocked Mississippi’s law that purports to ban abortions after detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Lawsuit Filed Against Alabama’s Plainly Unconstitutional Abortion Law

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s patently unconstitutional abortion law.

Republicans Distancing Themselves From New Abortion Laws

Republicans have spent the past week putting as much distance as they can between themselves and the latest round of radical anti-abortion laws.

Another Republican Assault On Abortion Rights

Following in the footsteps of Alabama, the Missouri legislature has passed a law that would severely restrict abortion rights in the Show Me State.

Census Constitutionally Required to Ask Citizenship Question?

A novel argument, untested in court, suggests that it might.

The Filibuster’s Inevitable Demise

Senate Republicans are pushing for the end of minority obstruction—and the Democrats can’t wait.

Supreme Court Rules No Right to ‘Painless Death’

The replacement of Anthony Kennedy with Brett Kavanaugh is already having a significant impact.

Supreme Court Appears Likely To Let ‘Peace Cross’ On Public Property Stay In Place

The Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward letting a war memorial on public property stay in place.

Time to Reconsider New York Times v Sullivan?

Justice Clarence Thomas argues that a 55-year-old precedent should be overturned.

Nancy Pelosi To Trump: Cancel The State Of The Union Until The Government Reopens

Nancy Pelosi is “suggesting” to the President that the State of the Union be rescheduled for a time after the government shutdown ends, but it clearly seems like more than just a suggestion.

Third Party Fantasies

The latest entry in the unity third party presidential candidate genre is just as bad as they always are.

Supreme Court Appears Willing To Uphold Exception To ‘Double Jeopardy’ Clause

The Supreme Court appears reluctant to overturn a century of case law that established a significant exception to the Double Jeopardy Clause.