Walter Brasch: The one issue the Senate had success with was to block President Obama’s immigration plans by not allowing a hearing or a vote for the ninth Supreme Court justice.
John Peeler: For all their fulminations about Obama’s allegedly unconstitutional behavior, the Republican senators are blatantly disregarding the original intent of the Framers, and thus dishonoring the principles of Justice Scalia himself.
Ted Vaill: I have talked to University of Chicago students who took his con law course, and they said Obama was the most brilliant person they ever met. Supreme Court Justice Obama
Ernest Canning: At the bare minimum, the president would do well to impose the Sanders litmus test. After all, 80% of the American people agree with Bernie Sanders’s insistence that the disastrous Citizens United decision be overturned. The president is faced with a generational choice. He should seek a legal giant. Next Thurgood Marshall
David Love: As people remember the newly deceased Antonin Scalia and reflect on his life and career, there will be the temptation among Scalia’s supporters to rewrite history and give his legacy a makeover. Justice Scalia Passed
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: Justice Breyer was perhaps the strongest ally on the court for the unions. He made some adamant points and arguments for collective bargaining, unionism, and upholding Abood.
Berry Craig: While the 10 teachers decry the CTA for being inherently “political,” they are helping further the overtly political agenda of a big-time, big-bucks union-busting outfit.
eading the news these days is like Marty McFly going from 1985 to 1955 in the film Back to the Future. It’s 2015 and African-American Section 8 holders are still denied housing in majority white neighborhoods. Black kids still attend segregated schools, And 50 years after Watts, and twenty years after Rodney King, white police […]
Cheryl Dorsey: Almost a decade after his struggles began, the US Supreme Court in a 7-2 opinion ruled in favor of the fired TSA air marshal, Robert McLean, who challenged his termination for having disclosed what he saw as lapses in aviation security.
Peter Dreier: Best-case scenario: A Democrat becomes president in 2016, the Democrats keep control of the Senate, and Scalia and/or Kennedy are so enfeebled by then that they have to quit. At that point, a Democratic president can replace one or both with a liberal justice.
Michael Sigman: The upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be the first hosted by the New York Mets since 1964, reminding me that following the All-Star break that same year, my St. Louis Cardinals staged one of the most thrilling comeback stories in baseball history.
Joseph Palermo: In Texas, Governor Rick Perry, the Religious Right, and their Republican allies, following Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis’s courageous filibuster last week, are literally working overtime to criminalize women’s reproductive rights.
Peter Dreier: Although no one can be sure how the current Supreme Court justices will vote, the American public has already made up its mind. Public support for gay marriage has hit a new high.