Hobby Lobby Made Indiana's Religious Discrimination Bill Possible

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, a "religious freedom" bill that will allow business owners in the state to discriminate against whoever they please. A dozen other states are considering similar measures, but in the meantime, let's consider how we got here: the Supreme Court's terrible… » 3/27/15 9:50am Friday 9:50am

SCOTUS Orders Lower Court to Reconsider Notre Dame Birth Control Case

University of Notre Dame really, really doesn't want to cover birth control pills for its employees and students, and it doesn't have to. But it also doesn't want to be forced to fill out a two-page form opting out of birth control coverage, because that too is somehow an infringement of the school's religious… » 3/10/15 10:50am 3/10/15 10:50am

Lawyer Fighting Obamacare: 'Women and Minorities' Wrote a Bad Law

Today, Attorney Michael Carvin will argue before the Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act—or "Obamacare" if you're so inclined—is unconstitutional on the grounds that complying with it causes his clients undue hardship. If he wins, millions will lose their insurance and President Obama's most sizable domestic… » 3/04/15 9:50am 3/04/15 9:50am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I 'Wasn't 100% Sober' During State of the Union

Supreme Court Justice and flawless living goddess Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted that she may have been napping a little during President Obama's State of the Union address, but it wasn't because she was bored. It's because prior to the speech she'd been drinking a "very fine California wine." » 2/13/15 9:50am 2/13/15 9:50am

Your Supreme Bestie Justice Ginsburg Says America Ready For Gay Marriage

Although she declined to speak about the specifics of any cases coming up on the Supreme Court's docket, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (or Notorious RBG, as she is known in these parts) made it clear she believes America is ready to accept a ruling from SCOTUS asserting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right. » 2/12/15 11:21pm 2/12/15 11:21pm

The Plaintiffs Behind the Obamacare Lawsuit Are Your Embarrassing Aunt

Imagine if a right-wing think-tank funded by the Koch bothers approached your weirdo aunt—the one who constantly updates her Facebook with funny pictures about our Kenyan Socialist President, the Democraps, and the insistence that heaven really is for real—and asked her to put her name on a convoluted,… » 2/10/15 11:30am 2/10/15 11:30am

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Be Happy When There Are 9 Women On The Court

During a talk at Georgetown University Law Center last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke to the crowd about her experience as a woman in the profession. "In the ancient days when I was going to college, the law was not a welcoming profession for women," she declared. » 2/08/15 3:00pm 2/08/15 3:00pm

Anti-Gay Group Wants Kagan and Ginsburg to Recuse from Marriage Case

The frothingly anti-gay American Family Association is pushing Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan to remove themselves from the upcoming case that will decide whether same-sex marriage is protected under the Constitution. They're arguing that both women have officiated at gay weddings, making… » 1/19/15 2:45pm 1/19/15 2:45pm

SCOTUS Set to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case

Peggy Young had been working the early morning shift at UPS for ten years when she got pregnant. She was just a few months along when she says her supervisors refused to accommodate her request to only lift light packages. Instead, she was placed on unpaid leave for the last six months of her pregnancy, losing her… » 12/02/14 12:30pm 12/02/14 12:30pm

Chief Justice: Are Internet Death Threats Kinda Like Eminem Lyrics?

Our ever-hip and funky Justices of the Supreme Court are today hearing a case about what constitutes online harassment and what constitutes just a guy who is mad at his ex wife blowin' off some steam. During the hearing, Eminem was invoked by the Chief Justice. » 12/01/14 7:20pm 12/01/14 7:20pm

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Recovering From a Heart Procedure

Supreme Court Justice and living national treasure Ruth Bader Ginsburg is currently in the hospital after receiving a stent in one of her coronary arteries last night. But before you burst into tears (like I did): the heart procedure is relatively routine, and the Notorious RBG will likely be out of the hospital in 48… » 11/26/14 10:50am 11/26/14 10:50am

The Supreme Court has ruled that a stay barring Kansas from issuing same-sex marriage licenses must be lifted. It will be the 33rd state in the Union to allow gay marriage. Party hats for Kansas! » 11/13/14 12:40pm 11/13/14 12:40pm

SCOTUS Determines That NY Crisis Pregnancy Centers Can't Lie to Women

Following legal pressure from pro-life clinics such as the Evergreen Association, Inc. and the Life Center of New York, Inc., the U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear an appeal that challenges a 2011 ruling that requires New York crisis pregnancy centers to inform women as to whether or not they staff licensed… » 11/03/14 7:10pm 11/03/14 7:10pm

John Oliver Should Win a Pulitzer for This All-Dog SCOTUS Reenactment

The august fogies of the United States Supreme Court refuse to allow cameras in their hallowed chamber of justice. And so Americans must settle for mere audio clips, which are generally paired with weird, boring courtroom illustrations for snooze-worthy television coverage. Well, John Oliver and Last Week Tonight » 10/20/14 9:30am 10/20/14 9:30am

Supreme Court Ruling Will Allow Abortion Clinics to Operate in Texas

Just a few weeks after the Fifth US Circuit Court said Texas can begin imposing restrictions on abortion clinics throughout the state (forcing many of them to close), the Supreme Court ruled today that they can stay open, for now at least. » 10/14/14 10:30pm 10/14/14 10:30pm

Justice Sotomayor Made the Other Supreme Court Justices Salsa Dance

In Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, biographer Joan Biskupic describes the many fearless and ambitious ways that Justice Sonia Sotomayor has changed the cultural and political landscape of the Supreme Court. In an anecdote that the author finds particularly symbolic of her… » 10/07/14 3:20pm 10/07/14 3:20pm

Notorious RBG Used to Jazzercise But Now Does an Air Force Workout

Supreme Court Justice and perfect human being Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 81 years old and, to reiterate, not planning on retiring any time soon. That's partly because she does a military workout to keep herself in shape, and partly because she can't think of another person who could do her job as well as she does it. Lean… » 9/30/14 1:20pm 9/30/14 1:20pm

Worst Fucking Summer Ever

Summer is usually a much anticipated season of sun-brightened days and bright blue and green Instagram streams and no school and barefoot running across blacktop to get to the pool and a news cycle so slow that teen sex parties and heartwarming tails of two-legged dogs who overcame the odds dominate the news cycle.… » 8/28/14 2:40pm 8/28/14 2:40pm

Republican Forgets The Words 'Birth Control' While Faking Lady Support

It’s official, this is the Week Of Fools. They are everywhere, even *sarcastic gasp* in the form of a Republican trying to remember the term for ... you know, that thing that stops women from getting pregnant. They're always up in arms about it ... oh yeah, birth control! » 8/15/14 1:40pm 8/15/14 1:40pm

Read the Notorious RBG at Her Most Blistering

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, teeny tiny goddess of judicial feminism incarnate, has authored many a badass piece of legal writing in her day. Now, thanks to some devoted brainiacs who are better at this sort of thing than I am, you can read the sharpest work of the grand dame in one place. » 7/29/14 7:00pm 7/29/14 7:00pm