Trump Should Consider Packing the Supreme Court, Before Democrats Do.

The Supreme Court issued several surprising and appalling decisions this week. Justice Neil Gorsuch found protection for transgender employees in the 1964 Civil Rights Act, despite the writers of that law never once mentioning it. Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that President Trump could not counteract President Obama’s executive order protecting so-called “dreamers” from deportation with an executive order of his own. While disappointing for conservatives, these decisions continue a long trend of the Supreme Court taking a more prominent role in creating the laws that shape our society. From Roe v Wade which legalized abortion in all 50

Is Obamacare Headed Back to the Supreme Court?

Obamacare is back in court, and a new ruling issued this week could put it on track to return to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court in its 2012 decision upholding Obamacare said it was constitutional on the dubious basis that the individual mandate is a tax, not a requirement to buy something. But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 passed by congressional Republicans and signed by President Trump eliminated the individual mandate penalty for not carrying health insurance. So in February 2018, Texas led a coalition of 20 states filing a federal lawsuit arguing that since the individual mandate

Supreme Court Lets Stand Pro-Life Kentucky Ultrasound Law

In a victory for the pro-life movement, the United States Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a Kentucky ultrasound law, allowing it to remain in place. The law requires women seeking abortions to receive an ultrasound and review the images prior to going through with the procedure. If a heartbeat is detected, the sound is also played. Kentucky has argued that it is simply an informed consent law, but a legal challenge from pro-abortion groups has kept the law from being enforced until a ruling was delivered. The challengers stated that such a law violates doctors’ First Amendment rights, with

Supreme Court Takes Up Case on Louisiana Abortion Law

As the Supreme Court begins a new term, they will take up a case regarding a very important issue: abortion. The decision will be whether to uphold or overturn a new Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Opponents see this as an attempt to shut down abortion clinics, while supporters argue that it may be necessary to save the lives of women who are harmed during an abortion. In the 2016 Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt case, the Supreme Court struck down a similar Texas law for causing an “undue burden” to women

Case of Transgender Teen “Emancipated” from Mother Appealed to Supreme Court

The case of Anmarie Calgaro involving her son who was emancipated by several entities in the state of Minnesota without any due process for the mother has now been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here is her statement as she filed the original suit: My name is Anmarie Calgaro. Last year, without my knowledge or consent, without any court hearings or legal process, without any involvement on my part whatsoever, a legal aid group that gives free services to low income people created a “Notice of Emancipation” for my 15-year-old son. Suddenly, my son, without any notice to me,

Supreme Court Divides Sharply in Two Major 5-4 Decisions

The Supreme Court handed down two 5-4 decisions on Thursday that had each wing of the court accusing the other of doing something unprecedented. Census Citizenship Question The first case, Department of Commerce v. New York, dealt with the challenges from liberals over the Trump administration’s plans to ask respondents to the 2020 census whether or not they are citizens. The question they want to add is simply, “Is this person a citizen of the United States?” The question was part of every census from 1790 until 1950, when the government changed the way it conducted the census survey. The administration

Supreme Court Rules 7-2 in Favor of “Peace Cross” War Memorial

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 on Thursday that the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Md., being challenged by the atheist American Humanist Association, does not violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause and should be left alone. Background The Bladensburg World War I Memorial, as the Peace Cross is formally named, was built from 1919 to 1925 to remember the 49 men from Prince George’s County, Md., who perished overseas in WWI. It was funded by private donations from local families and businesses and the local American Legion, and built on private land. In 1961, the land was turned over to the

Alabama Declares War on Roe v. Wade

Alabama has enacted the first law in decades to make abortion illegal again in a state. The new law is designed as the boldest and most direct challenge to Roe v. Wade in over 25 years. The law, titled the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, was passed by an overwhelming vote (74-3 in the state House and 25-6 in the state Senate) and promptly signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey. It will take effect in six months if it is not blocked by a court and will make abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison for any

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