Justice for All
Anthony Weiner appeared on MSNBC’s Ed Show last night to talk about why Justice Clarence Thomas should recuse himself from health care reform cases- and why Justice Elena Kagan should not.
Thomas came under fire last month after failing to disclose that his wife, Virginia Thomas, received a total of nearly $700,000 Read More
Is Sonia Sotomayor already the Supreme Court’s most outspoken liberal?
She started asking questions in the first minute of her first day yesterday, and by the L.A. Times‘ count, she asked 36 in the first hour. Then she and Justice Ginsburg teamed up to ask most of the questions in the second hour. Read More
Barack Obama’s selection of Sonia Sotomayor for a seat on the Supreme Court confirms both how determined the president is to avoid a national abortion debate and how wise judges and lawyers with high court ambitions are to keep quiet on abortion.
In more than ten years as a federal appeals court judge, Read More
Back in 1992, there was no senator that Democrats—particularly female Democrats—were more eager to beat than Arlen Specter, who the previous fall had listened to Anita Hill's claims of sexual harassment and responded by accusing Hill of "flat-out perjury."
And they almost did beat him—with a candidate named Lynn Yeakel, a previously unknown fund-raiser Read More
That John Roberts is bright, personable, Catholic and a devoted father is significant, but less important than how he will vote. The Democrats ought not to give him a pass. His nomination is far more important than the nominations of Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia or the failed nomination of Robert Bork. He would fill Read More
Conservatives deride racial diversity and detest affirmative action, as attested by their sputtering outrage at the Supreme Court’s Michigan decisions. And conservatives despise “litmus tests” for court nominees, as they protest whenever liberals venture to apply them. These unbending principles can never, ever be abandoned-except, of course, when upholding them becomes politically inconvenient.
Indeed, as Read More
May it please the court: What in the world are you doing to our democracy?
Forget the judicial robes and the judicious behavior. The events of early December have become a spectacle reminiscent of a three-ring circus. Lawsuits abound. A handful of jurists offers a handful of opinions, and nothing is clear. What, exactly, did Read More
I first met George Stephanopoulos in 1989 when we left a party on First Avenue together and shared a cab uptown, but we didn’t become friends for another 15 years.One blustery July day I boarded an elevator at the old Conde Nast building in Times Square and saw a dark-browed man wearing mutton-chop sideburns, hands Read More
But that was in another country; And besides, the wench is dead. It is one of the all-time great heartless dismissals in all of literature (soon to be joined perhaps by “You ought to put some ice on that”). To be accurate, it’s a satire of heartless dismissal. Was it from Marlowe’s Jew of Malta Read More
As the herd of Republican lemmings thunders toward its chosen precipice, indignation continues to resound at the abuse of power by then-Gov. William Jefferson Clinton at the expense of Paula Corbin Jones. The recent arousal of Republican interest in the victimization of (yes) Southern Womanhood reeks of Confederate noblesse oblige, a sentiment apparently inapplicable when Read More