It’s well-known that Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas often stakes out positions distinctly to the right of his fellow conservatives on the Court, and that he’s significantly wordier in dissents than in majority or concurrent opinions. Both tendencies were abundantly in evidence today when, in the middle of one of America’s occasional bouts of self-recrimination over loose gun laws, Thomas pitched the juridical equivalent of a tempter tantrum over the Court’s refusal to sufficiently revere the Second Amendment and crack down on those anti-gun hippies on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. … [Read more...] about Clarence Thomas Angry That SCOTUS Doesn’t Love Guns
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Rao’s record has been sufficient for reproductive rights groups to oppose her. As the administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, she oversaw a Trump administration rule creating broad exceptions to the Obama-era contraceptive coverage mandate, as well as the proposed rule to bar providers that perform abortions from receiving federal family planning funds. According to a fact sheet from NARAL Pro-Choice America, her career with the administration “has been devastating to folks across the country who provide and need access to reproductive healthcare.” … [Read more...] about Trump Aide, Thomas Protégé Confirmed for Top Circuit Court
Roe’s survival has in fact become steadily less, not more, certain, for the very simple reason that over the years one of America’s two national political parties has been completely taken over by politicians who want to see it reversed. The once-robust tribe of pro-choice Republicans is about to become extinct in the U.S. House, and is limited to two senators. The official position of the GOP as expressed in its national party platform goes far, far beyond reversing Roe and embraces enshrining fetal personhood in the U.S. Constitution. Now we have a Republican president whose relationship with conservative activists and particularly to white conservative Evangelicals depends heavily on an agreement to conduct a counter-revolution on the Court, a Republican Senate, and a judicial selection system created to root out constitutional heresy. Yet the Journal would have us believe it just won’t happen because it hasn’t happened yet. … [Read more...] about Are Democrats Crying Wolf on Threat to Abortion Rights?
The new policy significantly expands what factors would be considered to make that determination, and if it is decided that immigrants could potentially become public charges at any point in the future, that legal residency could be denied. … [Read more...] about Justices allow enforcement of new green card rule
In a separate opinion, Justice Neil Gorsuch urged his colleagues to confront the “real problem” of so-called nationwide injunctions, orders issued by a single judge that apply everywhere. In this case, even though the administration won rulings in two appellate courts covering 14 states, its policy could not take effect. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule