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Supreme Court Gets Highly Political Cases

Unions and abortion rights could be in jeopardy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is facing a docket of high-profile political cases that will test whether recent liberal victories were more fluke or firm conviction, the New York Times reports. The court—which is divided 5-4 for conservatives, but saw Justice Roberts vote liberal on Obamacare and same-sex marriage—will look... More »

Liberals, Brace for an Ugly Supreme Court Session

Jeffery Toobin predicts 'disaster' for those on the left

(Newser) - Liberals had reason to cheer the most recent Supreme Court session, with victories on same-sex marriage and ObamaCare . But Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker thinks things are about to get very ugly for those on the left when it comes to the court. He ticks off pending cases on... More »

Ky. Clerk Defies SCOTUS, Still Won't Issue Licenses

Kim Davis says she has 'God's authority' to reject gay couples

(Newser) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis reported to work this morning to "face her moment of truth." But the Kentucky official who's been refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses ignored yesterday's Supreme Court rejection of her appeal for an "asylum for her conscience" and, "under... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Clerk Who's Against Gay Marriage

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been refusing to issue licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses , and the clerk will arrive at work tomorrow morning to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian... More »

Scalia a Terrible Role Model for Young Lawyers

And it's got nothing to do with politics, says law school dean

(Newser) - Antonin Scalia has taken plenty of criticism over his Supreme Court opinions, but this example doesn't have anything to do with his politics. Instead, it's his tone. In an essay in the Los Angeles Times , the dean of the UC Irvine law school writes that Scalia's scathing... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics

Abortion-rights advocates say state law will close more clinics

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force about 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 today to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations, refusing to keep them on hold while the clinics... More »

4 Boldest Passages in the Lethal Injection Ruling

From Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, and Antonin Scalia

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that the use of midazolam—the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma—does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. When the Supreme Court justices debated the case in... More »

SCOTUS Smacks Down Obama Emissions Plan

Says EPA jumped gun on regulations on mercury, other pollutants

(Newser) - In a 2014 ruling , an appeals court decided that the Environmental Protection Agency "properly [put] the horse before the cart" in coming up with mandates to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The Supreme Court today overturned that ruling, blocking a key White House environmental initiative because... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

SCOTUS: Lethal Injection Drug Not Cruel, Unusual

Use of midazolam doesn't violate the Eighth Amendment

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court justices in April debated the constitutionality of lethal-injection drug midazolam, Elena Kagan likened the execution protocol to being burned alive. She joined three dissenters in today's 5-4 ruling that the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and... More »

Colbert to Scalia: You Already Had Your Head in a Sack

Oh, and please stop by my show!

(Newser) - Justice Antonin Scalia fiercely dissented in yesterday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage —so fiercely that he inspired a Scalia burn-generator , and vowed he would hide his "head in a bag." Responded Stephen Colbert, "I could’ve sworn he was already hiding his head in... More »

Gay Marriage Ruling: What the 4 Dissenters Had to Say

Lines from John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today declared that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America in a 5-4 ruling. In what Politico calls a "rare occurrence," each of the four dissenters penned their own dissent. Here's what they wrote :
  • John Roberts: "If you are among
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Essence of Gay Marriage Ruling Is in One Paragraph

Anthony Kennedy's prose moves court watchers

(Newser) - The New Republic calls it "the most powerful paragraph" in today's Supreme Court decision in support of gay marriage , Sarah Kliff at Vox says it stands out as a "moving piece of writing," especially for a judicial decision, and Josh Greenman of the Daily News tweets... More »

5 Best Twitter Reactions to Gay Marriage Ruling

Social media is blowing up right now with every color of the rainbow

(Newser) - The historic SCOTUS ruling today legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has spurred more than a few dissents , a flurry of thinkpieces, and some quirky infographics, tweets, and other promos on Twitter with the #LoveWins and other related hashtags. See the photo gallery for just a handful of favorites. More »

Obama: 'We've Made Our Union a Little More Perfect'

President hails the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

(Newser) - Yesterday, President Obama said the Supreme Court created a "good day for America" because of its ObamaCare ruling. Well, now he thinks the justices are two for two. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama hailed today's decision in support of gay marriage , saying the court "reaffirmed that... More »

SCOTUS Says Yes to Gay Marriage

Historic 5-4 ruling means same-sex marriages can't be banned in any states

(Newser) - Perhaps the most anticipated Supreme Court case has been decided, and it's a yes for same-sex marriage throughout the land. In a ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court voted 5-4 today that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, the AP reports. Kennedy wrote that gays and lesbians "... More »

Bill Aims to Force ObamaCare on SCOTUS

Rep. took Scalia's SCOTUScare quip to heart

(Newser) - A lot of Republicans are pretty angry about the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to uphold ObamaCare subsidies , perhaps none more so than Rep. Brian Babin. The Texas Republican has introduced a bill that contains what he apparently believes is fitting punishment for the justices: forcing them and other Supreme... More »

One Sentence Sums Up ObamaCare Decision

Law is supposed to improve insurance markets, 'not to destroy them'

(Newser) - Go ahead, dig into John Roberts' full ObamaCare opinion here . But Dylan Matthews at Vox thinks you need to read only one sentence from the chief justice, near the end. "Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them." It's that... More »

Obama Hails SCOTUS: A 'Good Day for America'

A victorious president says ObamaCare 'here to stay'

(Newser) - President Obama emerged victorious in the Rose Garden this morning to applaud the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act. In a speech that ran just over 10 minutes long, the president praised the decision, saying that "after multiple challenges before the... More »

SCOTUS Upholds ObamaCare Subsidies

Supreme Court votes 6-3 to give Affordable Care Act a 2nd major win

(Newser) - The Supreme Court kicked off the first of the seven biggest decisions it's issuing in the coming days with another major win for ObamaCare. The verdict: The court upheld the federal tax subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, voting 6-3 to preserve health insurance for 8.7 million Americans... More »

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