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    Supreme Court Stays Obamacare Mandate for Little Sisters of the Poor

    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor really knows how to ring in the New Year. Just hours before the countdown to 2014 in Times Square, she granted the Little Sisters of the Poor an eleventh-hour temporary halt to a coercive Obamacare mandate. The Obama Administration has until 10 a.m. Friday to … More

    Hispanics Are Conservative, Too

    According to a recent McLaughlin poll, over 50 percent of Hispanics would vote for a conservative candidate in an election, and almost one-third identified themselves as conservatives. While this may be a surprise to some, the truth is that conservative values are shared by many in the Hispanic community. As … More

    Is the Supreme Court "Pro-Business"?

    Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, has penned an op-ed for The New York Times repeating the old saw that the U.S. Supreme Court is a “pro-business” court. Dean Chemerinsky’s fundamental misconception is on display right up front: A majority of the justices … More

    Boyer v. Louisiana: A Conflict in Constitutional Rights Postponed

    How should courts respond when the legislature does not adequately fund operation of the criminal justice system and thereby denies a defendant his constitutional rights? The Supreme Court avoided answering that question Monday, but the Court cannot avoid it forever. Fifty years ago the Supreme Court held in Gideon v. … More

    Keeping Judges Out of the Foreign Policy Arena

    This week, the Supreme Court issued a historic decision that will help prevent U.S. courts (and activist judges) from interfering in foreign policy issues that are—and should be—the constitutional prerogative of the executive and legislative branches. Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum involved the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which was passed … More

    Supreme Court Takes Up Chicago Gun Ban Case Today

    This morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in McDonald v. Chicago, a landmark case addressing whether states can deny the rights of their citizens to keep and bear arms.  This question was left open by the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking yet common sense decision in Heller v. District of … More

    What’s Next? White House Chose Sotomayor’s Wardrobe

    According to the New Haven Register, newbie Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told her fellow Yale Law School alums that her Supreme Court nomination acceptance ceremony wardrobe was subject to the White House’s prior approval. Justice Sotomayor’s remarks were delivered privately on Saturday at her 30th Yale Law School reunion. … More

    Heritage-POLITICO Live Web Chat With Robert Alt

    Live reader chat with Robert Alt on Sotomayor and the Court

    Morning Bell: The Sotomayor Pattern

    Yesterday’s Supreme Court opinion in Ricci, the New Haven firefighters case, provides a window to what will inevitably be a significant line of questioning in Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings. After all, Judge Sotomayor not only reached the wrong decision in this case, allowing overt racial discrimination in protection of what … More

    Senator Harry Reid: "I Haven't Read a Single One of Them"

    “…and if I’m fortunate before we end this, I won’t have to read one of them.” Apparently Senator Reid is going to use the same deliberative process for Judge Sotomayor that he used for the stimulus bill. Don’t read anything and hope for the best. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D22_p7CkICE[/youtube]