2. By deflecting the issue, [the Supreme Court has] put off — for now — the question of whether same-sex marriage should be legal in every state.

    The Supreme Court won’t hear any gay marriage cases this term

    The nation’s highest court announced it denied seven petitions challenging same-sex marriage bans, which effectively legalizes gay marriage in at least five states — but falls short of a definitive rule


  3. Adult women are able to make decisions about their own lives’ course no less than men are.

  4. Anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided.


  6. The last great hope of preserving our democracy from the corrupting influence of money is carpal tunnel syndrome.

  7. 65

    The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail.  In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment.  In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.

    India’s gay sex ban shows why the LGBT movement must go global


  8. Today, a majority of the Supreme Court justices voiced strong skepticism of the Defense of Marriage Act’s constitutionality. 

    Indeed, DOMA may be doomed.


  9. 40 years later, Roe v. Wade is still under siege. The pro-abortion-rights Americans who fought to win the landmarkdecision might not recognize today’s bruised-and-battered version of the law. 

    Read more

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. According to a recent survey, 2 in 3 Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court Justice. Twenty percent of the people who took the poll were able to name Chief Justice John Roberts. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


    Getting to know our national treasures
    Beer enthusiasts launch a petition on the White House website asking for the recipe for the official White House Honey Ale. [Death & Taxes]

    Prurient Anglophiles
    Photos leak online of a naked Prince Harry engaging in a not particularly regal game of strip billiards in Las Vegas. [HyperVocal]

    Geeks uniting
    A comedy site successfully raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy a New York property that was inventor Nikola Tesla’s last laboratory, with plans to turn it into a museum. [The Daily What]


    Getting a high-profile “Like”
    The “iGrill” app gets so much traffic after winning an endorsement from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that its servers crash for two hours. [Business Insider]

    Civics teachers
    A poll finds that two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court justice. [Newser]

    Arts & crafts
    An elderly woman unintentionally destroys a 19th century Spanish fresco when she decides to “restore” the painting herself. [GlobalPost]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. Whoever wins the presidency in November will be looking at a high court with several elderly justices. Most of them are liberals: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who has battled cancer) is 79. Stephen Breyer is 73. And Anthony Kennedy, usually the court’s swing vote, is 75. The oldest true conservative: 75-year old Antonin Scalia.

    Let’s say Obama wins a second term. Ginsburg, Breyer, or both could choose to retire, confident that the president would pick someone of a similar ideological bent. (On the other hand, isn’t that what Bush thought of Roberts?) Obama has already picked two justices. If he were to serve another four years, it is not inconceivable that he could select four, perhaps five justices in total — setting his philosophical stamp on the court for decades to come.

    But the stakes are probably even higher if Romney were to win. Those liberal justices would still be the oldest and most likely to go (one way or the other), though none have indicated that they’re thinking of stepping down. Could they outlast a potential eight-year Romney tenure? If he were to replace a liberal justice or two, the court would swing decisively to the right.

    So if you think the stakes are high this November and for the next four years, consider this: Whoever you cast your ballot for — Mitt Romney or Barack Obama — you’re really casting a vote that could resonate for 30 or 40 years. If that’s not reason to show up the polls, then nothing is.


  12. Chief Justice John Roberts just became liberals’ new best friend.

    The conservative justice — who in the past has led the charge to allow unlimited corporate spending in elections, strike down city gun laws, and dismantle affirmative action programs — came up big for President Obama on Thursday by providing the crucial fifth vote to largely uphold Obama’s 2010 overhaul of the health care system.

    Most critically, Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal justices to uphold the individual mandate, the centerpiece of ObamaCare that requires most Americans to buy insurance or pay a fine. The move stunned court observers, many of whom had predicted that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a more-regular swing vote, would be the conservative who wavered. (Instead, Kennedy voted to overturn the entire law.)

    So, why did Roberts vote with the liberals?

    (p.s. this is a photo of Roberts administering the oath of office to Obama in 2009. But it kind of looks like they’re high-fiving.) 


  13. Today, the Supreme Court is expected to finally hand down its monumental decision on ObamaCare. And based largely on the strong skepticism that the court’s conservative justices expressed about the law’s constitutionality during oral arguments in March, the conventional wisdom is that the court will strike down part or all of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement. Of course, many notable figures, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have predicted that the court will uphold the law, but only 10 percent of Americans share her view, according to one poll. However, oral arguments are famously poor predictors of how the court will rule, and there is some evidence to suggest the law will survive.

    4 reasons the court might uphold ObamaCare