The Plum Line: Supreme Court


Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 11/29/2013

Yes, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should still retire

If they care about the principles they have fought for, they need to step down while they can be replaced by justices who will continue the fight.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  09:47 AM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Supreme Court

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 07/05/2013

The problem with lifetime judicial appointments

Lifetime tenure encourages behavior that isn't ideal for an institution like the court.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  01:12 PM ET, 07/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013

In affirmative action ruling, Supreme Court sidesteps difficult questions

Not a bad short term outcome, but the major ideological battle remains unresolved.

By Jamelle Bouie  |  11:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Why Obama must weigh in again on gay marriage

Obama needs to clarify that he believes the right gay marriage is protected by the constitution -- and to prepare the public to accept this idea, too.

By Greg Sargent  |  01:40 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barack obama, Gay marriage, gay rights, Proposition 8, Supreme Court

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012

Why SCOTUS hearing gay marriage cases is such a big deal

The outcomes could set the overall Constitutional boundaries on gay marriage for a generation or more.

By Jonathan Bernstein  |  06:03 PM ET, 12/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay marriage, gay rights, Supreme Court