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U.S. Supreme Court
John Roberts (Chief Justice)
And so it came to pass, Roman Catholics, Mormons, and evangelical Protestants have banded together to battle, well, the rest of us — the heathens, the godless liberals, the Hitchens-reading progressives.
How an unholy alliance of Catholics, Mormons, and evangelicals seeks to control our lives
| June 25, 2010
Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
| May 14, 2010
Impeach John Roberts
It is time for an enterprising and courageous member of the US House of Representatives to file articles of impeachment against the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts. The charge: lying under oath.
The Chief Justice lied
| February 05, 2010
Free speech for me, but not for thee
Last Thursday's Supreme Court opinion striking down corporate campaign advertising restrictions might as well have been divorce papers in the rocky marriage between the political left and the First Amendment.
| January 29, 2010
There is a pleasing symmetry to President Obama's nomination of federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court.
A noble pick that highlights a political flash point. Plus, California's shame.
| May 29, 2009
From Caligula to Bush...er Obama: Bruce Fein watches them all.
| November 19, 2008
The only thing standing in the way of Republican John McCain assuming the powers and prerogatives of a dictator should he be elected president is the vote of a single Supreme Court justice.
Don’t laugh: if the Arizona ‘maverick’ is elected, he’ll complete the job Bush started
| October 22, 2008
The gulf of Maine
With a massively unpopular Republican president leaving office, this year’s Senate election is a contest based on a candidate’s alignment with Bush.
Senator Collins votes the Bush line 77 percent of the time; her challenger, Representative Allen, weighs in at 18 percent. Will these numbers decide November’s election?
| October 09, 2008
Obama and McCain: Repro Rights Checklist
It’s important to know where our next president stands with regard to reproductive rights — and to remember that those rights depend on who’s in charge.
How the presidential candidates measure up on reproductive rights
| September 24, 2008
It’s been a very quiet spring for John McCain.
It’s time to cover John M c Cain again — and here are ten good places for the media to start.
| May 14, 2008
With the price of food and gasoline running at punishing levels, it is no surprise that the economy has replaced the disastrous war in Iraq as the issue with which voters are most concerned.
Why McCain’s right-wing judicial pledge would further compromise America’s future
| May 07, 2008
Expanding the cloak of secrecy
Make no mistake: the Bush administration is attempting to codify Nixonian secrecy as official constitutional doctrine.
Bush’s unrivaled claims to executive privilege deprive Americans of the basic info they need to act as citizens
| July 03, 2007
Alito: hypocrisy in high places
The First Amendment took two big hits from the Supreme Court on June 25.
HARVEY SILVERGLATE AND JAMES TIERNEY
| July 03, 2007
Alito and Co. deal a bitter blow to American women
April 17 should go down in infamy as the date when the United States Supreme Court made it official: women don’t matter.
MARY ANN SORRENTINO
| April 25, 2007
High time for high principles
Every now and then a case comes before the US Supreme Court that has as much entertainment value as constitutional significance.
Why the Supreme Court should back the bong guy
| March 21, 2007
Letters to the Portland editor: November 17, 2006
| November 15, 2006
Believe the hype — US Senator Olympia Snowe’s key votes in 2005 and 2006 do, indeed, straddle party lines. Whether you like that or not depends on which issues get to you. Blown away: Jean Hay Bright's fight to topple a political icon. By Sara Donnell
How moderate is Maine’s senior senator?
| October 18, 2006
Battle of losers
The Democratic US Senate primary is a struggle between two minor political-candidate types: the Left-wing Perennial, Jean Hay Bright, and the Mysterious Stranger, Eric Mehnert.
Dems in primary seek Senate, governorship
| June 07, 2006
It was just one more in a steady stream of campaign stops, efforts that might land Sheldon Whitehouse six months from now in the most exclusive club in the nation.
The Democrat has the best shot in years to claim ‘the Chafee seat’ from the GOP
| May 03, 2006
No matter what decisions are made by the courts, Congress, or state legislators, birth control and reproductive rights are at the nexus of public policy, individual privacy, health-care regulations, ethical arguments, religious beliefs, and morality
Pill pressure and reproductive rights
| May 03, 2006
Where is the hate - side
| March 22, 2006
Where is the hate?
Once upon a time, no one whipped up conservative rage like Ted Kennedy.
The slow death of Kennedy loathing
| March 22, 2006
Letters to the Portland Editor, March 17, 2006:
Sara Donnelly's article on senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe’s endorsing of Samuel Alito was thoughtful, reflective, energetic, accurate, and full of journalistic integrity.
Readers fire back on the issues of Maine's US senators endorsing Samuel Alito, and Portland's "missing" half-billion dollars.
LETTERS TO THE PORTLAND EDITOR
| March 15, 2006
It’s the morning of Ted Kennedy’s 74th birthday, and as the senator enters NECN’s Newton headquarters, he warmly greets Chet Curtis — who is tan and rested after a stint in his Fort Lauderdale condo — as an old friend.
How Chet Curtis became the Larry King of New England Cable
| March 03, 2006
Olympia Snowe would protect me, I thought. I continued to believe that right up until January 31, when she voted to support George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito.
Did Maine’s US senators betray women during the recent battles for the Supreme Court bench?
| March 02, 2006
Republicans, large and small
Going into the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito Jr., prevailing wisdom held that the acid test would be abortion rights.
Bush, Alito, Abramoff ... and Healey
| February 27, 2006
Choice in Court
With two conservative justices joining the bench, and swing-vote justice Sandra Day O’Connor now gone, the US Supreme Court announced early this week that it will consider the constitutionality of a federal ban on the procedure commonly known as “partial
With Alito in place, the high court takes on abortion
| February 22, 2006
A beautiful lie
In an era when “conservative” can mean favoring federal deficits and government intrusion into private lives, and “liberal” has become synonymous with support for states’ rights and opposition to activist judges, terms like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” h
Politics and other mistakes
| February 09, 2006
Maine Democratic Party Issues Statement on Alito Nomination and Iraq
On Sunday the Democratic State Committee, the governing body of the Maine Democratic Party, passed resolutions regarding President Bush's Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito and the Iraq War.
| February 02, 2006
The conclusion is inescapable: the position of the United States in the Middle East is far worse today than it was even two or three weeks ago.
The Phoenix editorial
| February 02, 2006
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