Another Victory for Marriage Equality

Another interesting ruling from the Supreme Court on the last day of the term was a summary ruling on a case that the court hadn't actually heard oral argument on. They granted cert and ruled on the case at the same time, and it involved same-sex marriage and birth certificates. … [Read more...]

SCOTUS to Hear Travel Ban Case, Partially Lifts Injunction

On the last day of the term, the Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases challenging Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, both of which went against him but on very different grounds. And they partially lifted the injunctions against its enforcement while the case is pending. Amy Howe explains the result: … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Allows Tax Funding of Churches

In a result that really does not surprise me, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer that churches and other religious organizations are allowed to receive taxpayer funds that are earmarked for a secular purpose and available to non-religious entities. … [Read more...]

No Retirement Announcement from Kennedy

The last day of the Supreme Court term was Monday and it came and went without an announcement of retirement by key swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy. Many had expected him to retire, and he still might do so, but no announcement on Monday is a good sign. … [Read more...]

Louisiana AG Had Illegal Police Force

Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana has now apparently disbanded an illegal police force that he had going around arresting people in New Orleans. He called it the Violent Crime Task Force, but it was arresting people on petty, non-violent drug crimes, and without any legal authority. … [Read more...]

Is Justice Kennedy Retiring?

Washington, DC is alive with rumors that Justice Anthony Kennedy is going to announce his retirement on Monday, at the end of the Supreme Court term. The evidence for this seems scant, but he is 81 years old and it wouldn't be a big shock if he did. Ruth Marcus practically begs him not to let Trump replace him: … [Read more...]

Wiles Wishes America Would Ban JWs Too

Rick Wiles, who sees everything as a sign that the government is going to throw Christians into concentration camps and destroy their religious liberty, is all for doing exactly that with Jehovah's Witnesses. He's glad Russia banned them and wants to do the same here. … [Read more...]

Wiles: Disband the Democratic Party and Liberal Media for Sedition

Rick Wiles had his usual calm, thoughtful response to the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise. Oh, of course he didn't. He went off on an idiotic and authoritarian rant demanding that the government shut down the Democratic party, arrest Democrats and disband the liberal media. … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Wisconsin Gerrymandering Case

As expected, the Supreme Court did agree to hear the appeal of the Wisconsin case involving partisan gerrymandering (as opposed to racial gerrymandering). If decided correctly, this case could be absolutely crucial to restoring a level playing field, especially in state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives. … [Read more...]

9th Circuit Upholds Travel Ban Injunction

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest one to strike down Trump's Muslim travel ban (the one his lawyers say is not a travel ban but he says it is), and interestingly, they did so without even touching the Establishment Clause issue. They ruled purely on statutory, not constitutional grounds. … [Read more...]

DeMint to Push Constitutional Convention

Now that he's been fired as the head of the Heritage Foundation, former Sen. James DeMint (R-KKK) has a new job promoting the idea of a new constitutional convention being pushed by a right-wing group called the Convention of the States Project. … [Read more...]

Republican Senator Scolds Trump for Ignoring Democratic Oversight Inquiries

Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa who has been in the Senate for decades, sent a rather scathing letter to Donald Trump strongly criticizing him for ordering executive agencies to ignore requests for information from Democratic members of Congressional oversight committees. … [Read more...]