Supreme Court Battles

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Constitutionality of Health Care Law

ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The United States Supreme Court surprised media organizations and pundits of all stripes on Thursday by upholding the constitutionality of the first ever law regulating the health care industry in the country’s storied history, including the individual mandate conservatives were sure the court would strike down. (Read the full decision here…

Global Warming and Religion in Government: It’s the Media’s Fault

Glynn Wilson The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The dogwoods, azaleas and cherry blossoms are in full bloom a full three weeks before Easter here, but of course that’s no sign of global warming and climate change, according to the Republicans and the media in Alabamaland. The so-called Christians could care less.…

A Question of Integrity: Politics, Ethics, and the U.S. Supreme Court

“A Question of Integrity” examines growing concerns about ethically questionable and overtly political behavior by some Supreme Court justices, and explores the need the need to apply the same ethical standards that govern every other judge in the federal court system to the nation’s highest court. Viewers are called to action in support of reforms…

The Top Stories and People of 2010

“There is no good on earth, and sin is but a name.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, Young Goodman Brown (1835) “Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.” – William Faulkner, from Light in August (1932) The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson…

Justice Stevens Says U.S. Supreme Court ‘Profoundly Wrong’

The High Court Ruled ‘Unwisely’ in Both Bush v. Gore in 2000 and Citizens United vs. FCC in 2009 Scott Pelley interviews Justice John Paul Stevens upon his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court after 35 years. He talks about the damage the court did to the institution and the country in both rulings. Excerpts…

Inmates Take Over the Asylum in Political Bloodbath

POLITICAL ANALYSIS by Glynn Wilson The inmates took over the political asylum on Tuesday as a flood of bitter tea spilled all over the American landscape like a bloodbath, leaving the poor and the foundering middle class even more at the mercy of the rich and powerful, including corporations that now dominate life in the…

Justice Roberts Stokes State of the Union Controversy

A Hard Lesson in Why Elections Matter Analysis: by Glynn Wilson The arch-conservative University of Alabama Law School, with an active Federalist Society chapter, was the perfectly sympathetic setting this week for what most American legal experts would consider shockingly inappropriate political remarks by the Chief Justice of the United State Supreme Court. While the…

OpEd News Interviews Glynn Wilson on Obama and Change

Locust Fork News-Journal editor and publisher Glynn Wilson was interviewed Thursday by the OpEd News on the first year of Barack Obama’s presidency and the subject of change. Here’s the blurb and link. It’s only been a year since we got rid of Bush. Y’all remember W, the worst president in history, right? So yeah,…

Supreme Court Sides With Corporate Donors

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision today that will enhance the ability of the deepest-pocketed special interests to influence elections and the U.S. Congress, according to a pair of leading national campaign finance reform organizations, Common Cause and Public Campaign. The decision in Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission,…

Senate Confirms Sotomayor for Supreme Court

The Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court on Thursday by a vote of 68-31. President Barack Obama’s first high court nominee, she becomes the 111th justice and just the third woman to serve, according to the AP. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the…

Supreme Court Could Use More Empathy

U.S. Senate Could Benefit From Less Sophistry Guest Column by David Gespass The headline to Jeff Sessions’ op-ed in the July 13 Birmingham News (no link available on their al.com Website) promised a fair hearing for Sonia Sotomayor. But the article itself raises questions about whether Senator Sessions was prepared to provide one. He initially…

Reverse Reverse Racism and the Supreme Court

Will we ever get past this? Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy For Senator Jeff Sessions and the other Republicans to bring race into this is about the most ridiculous and bizarre thing I’ve seen in the history of American political television. I don’t know what else to say,…

Senator Jeff Sessions Makes Opening Statement

Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama issued an opening statement this morning in the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor that is so misleading it requires serious analysis. Here are a few of the highlights with explanatory remarks. “This hearing is important because I believe our legal system is at a dangerous crossroads,” Sessions said,…

Sessions Spotted With Eric Holder and Feinstein

NYT On the eve of the big show in Washington, the first Supreme Court nomination hearings of the Obama era, it is interesting to wonder why the New York Times chose to use this photo of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions without identifying him. That’s the back of Attorney General Eric Holder’s head on the left,…

Senator Risks Party's Future in Supreme Court Hearings

Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama, little known to the country, will lead the charge against Obama’s Hispanic nominee, Sonia Sotomayor of New York Editor’s Note: I would like to thank the Huffington Post investigative fund for partial funding for this story. by Glynn Wilson When the Senate Judiciary Committee convenes Monday, July 13 to begin…