Right vs left before the highest court in the land

Right vs left before the highest court in the land

They are heavyweights in the ring that is the U.S. Supreme Court. These button-down, Ivy League-credentialed versions of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier represent Washington versus the states and the competing left-right ideologies behind that conflict. And the punches they throw – and take – while at the courtroom lectern have captured as much attention […]

Historic Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare opens today

Historic Supreme Court hearing on Obamacare opens today

President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is front and center at the Supreme Court for three days of hearings to determine the fate of a law aimed at extending health insurance to more than 30 million Americans. The justices will hear arguments beginning Monday in a highly partisan legal fight between the Obama administration and […]

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

Judge to gay marriage opponents: ‘Give it up’

The federal judge who overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban has more bad news for the measure’s sponsors: he not only is unwilling to keep gay couples from marrying beyond next Wednesday, he doubts the ban’s backers have the right to challenge his ruling. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn R. Walker on Thursday rejected a request […]

Kagan sails through confirmation

Kagan sails through confirmation

It’s all over but the celebrating and oath-taking for soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. Kagan is joining President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday for a ceremony to mark her confirmation as the nation’s 112th justice. On Saturday, she’s to be sworn in at the Supreme Court as the successor to retired […]

Problem for GOP: Where’s the passion?

Problem for GOP: Where’s the passion?

Republican senators have already blamed the breezy confirmation process for Elena Kagan on simple math, saying Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is already ensured with 58 Democrats in the Senate. But the GOP has more than just a math problem with Kagan. It has a passion problem — the party, which has used judicial […]

More handgun ban challenges expected

More handgun ban challenges expected

State or local gun laws that prohibit people from carrying firearms outside the home and onerous registration requirements are the most likely to be struck down by judges following the Supreme Court‘s latest decision supporting the right to keep and bear arms. An explosion of cases will keep courts busy for years defining gun control‘s […]

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name a replacement for Stevens, the court’s liberal standard-bearer, and said he would select an advocate for “ordinary” Americans, in comments which put his conservative foes […]