John Roberts

Obama's Nominees to the D.C. Circuit Will be Hard to Obstruct
*Although that's never stopped the Senate before
June 04, 2013

Identity politics, logical consistency, and naked self-interest might dissuade Senate Republicans from jamming up Obama's audacious nominations to the nation's second-highest court. Not that those things have stopped them before.

Julius Genachowski: The Exit Interview
The outgoing FCC boss on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech
May 23, 2013

In a lengthy conversation, the outgoing FCC boss sounds off on net neutrality, political polarization, and free speech 

Is Racism Worse in the South?
John Roberts's question frames the Voting Rights Act case. Too bad there's no answer.
March 05, 2013

At last week's Supreme Court argument over the Voting Rights Act, Chief Justice John Roberts asked whether the government thinks the South is more racist than the North. The question frames the debate. Too bad there's no answer.

The Supreme Court Exposes Obama’s Circular Logic on Wiretapping
October 29, 2012

The Obama administration has taken a position that makes the Bush pro-secrecy campaign seem pale in comparison

The Court and the Future of Everything You Hold Dear
October 19, 2012

You shouldn't read too much into John Roberts's recent display of jurisprudence.

An Affirmative Action Solution Even Conservatives Should Love
October 10, 2012

On Wednesday the Supreme Court heard arguments in Fisher v. Texas, the most important affirmative action case in a decade. The Court is sharply divided on the question of the permissibility of racial preferences in university admissions, and the questions posed by the justices reinforced the possibility that Fisher will produce a 5-3 decision pitting five conservatives who want to severely restrict if not eliminate affirmative action in higher education against three liberals who want to preserve it. (Justice Elena Kagan is recused because she worked on the case as Solicitor General).

The Conservative Legal Stars Who Presaged John Roberts' Health Care Decision
August 17, 2012

John Roberts's Obamacare decision followed conservative reasoning that even Paul Ryan should support.

Samuelson Endorses Medicaid Federalization
July 23, 2012

The Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision has moved another conservative into my corner on Medicaid. As I argued in my most recent TRB column (“States of Confusion”) Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion inadvertently pushed the state-federal Medicaid program toward outright federalization by weakening federal control over the program. The federal government already provides a majority of Medicaid’s funding, and under the Obamacare expansion the feds will initially provide 100 percent of the funding for the newly-eligible before ratcheting that down to 90 percent.

Samuelson Endorses Medicaid Federalization
July 23, 2012

The Supreme Court's Obamacare decision has moved another conservative into my corner on Medicaid. As I argued in my most recent TRB column ("States of Confusion") Chief Justice John Roberts's opinion inadvertently pushed the state-federal Medicaid program toward outright federalization by weakening federal control over the program. The federal government already provides a majority of Medicaid's funding, and under the Obamacare expansion the feds will initially provide 100 percent of the funding for the newly-eligible before ratcheting that down to 90 percent.

Between the Lines
July 13, 2012

SOME VICTORIES prepare the ground for more victories; others lay the basis for future defeats. The great question for liberals about the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is which kind of victory it is. John Roberts’s decision to spare the ACA at least allows the president this fall to claim health reform as a major achievement. But the chief justice’s new limits on the scope of the Commerce clause and federal spending powers may put future reforms at risk of being struck down and require liberals to rethink their approach to national policy.

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