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  • Richard L. Hasen: From Supreme Court, a mixed blessing on campaign finance limits

    Richard L. Hasen: From Supreme Court, a mixed blessing on campaign finance limits
    The Supreme Court offered a pleasant surprise last week to those of us worried about the role of money in elections. In a 5-4 opinion written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., the court upheld a rule limiting certain fundraising activities for judicial candidates. But don't expect Williams-Yulee v. State Bar to lead to a more widespread return to campaign-finance sanity; the ruling applies only to judicial elections, and Roberts isn't about to concede that free-flowing donations are tainting the political system.
  • No, Justices Alito and Scalia, death penalty politics aren't the issue

    No, Justices Alito and Scalia, death penalty politics aren't the issue
    Oral arguments before the Supreme Court earlier this week over Oklahoma’s lethal-injection protocol took an unusually harsh tone (which Dahlia Lithwick parses nicely here at Slate). What was more jarring, though, was the theme of statements –...

    Dick Meyer: Justices feel weight of history in considering same-sex marriage case

    Why us? Why now? The justices of the Supreme Court asked those most poignant questions over and over during this week's arguments about same-sex marriage. They sounded humbled: Who are we to tamper with this ancient thing called marriage? For all...

    Gay marriage foe's argument seems to leave Supreme Court justices puzzled

    Gay marriage foe's argument seems to leave Supreme Court justices puzzled
    Many people think they know what marriage is about: love, fidelity and the forming of stable families to raise children. But to hear the legal opponents of same-sex marriage, that represents flawed thinking. As the Supreme Court justices listened this...

    Texas religious objection bill follows Supreme Court hearing

    The national debate over religious objection laws roiled again Thursday in Texas after Republican lawmakers abruptly pushed a new proposal on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court hearing historic arguments over gay marriage. Even advocates for same-sex...