Samuel Alito

QEDaily: Hobby Lobby Is More Complicated Than You Think
July 07, 2014

There's a straightforward, effective way to solve this problem. Would the Republicans support it?

The Hobby Lobby Ruling May Not Be as Bad as It Seems—for Now
June 30, 2014

The federal government may be able to use a workaround to ensure that Hobby Lobby employees still receive free contraceptive coverage.

Justice Alito Would Be Just Fine if Congress Undid Yesterday's Landmark Privacy Decision
The twisted logic of his concurring opinion
June 26, 2014

The twisted logic of his concurring opinion. 

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.

Big Chief
July 13, 2012

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Why Monday’s Immigration Decision Should Be a Model For Thursday’s Obamacare Ruling
June 26, 2012

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down most of Arizona’s immigration law is a cause for celebration—not least because it’s a model of how the Court can make decisions based on judicial philosophy rather than partisanship. The bipartisan majority opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and the three liberal justices (Elena Kagan was recused) was modest and nuanced in tone and in substance—and consistent with all of the justices’ previous expressions of willingness to allow federal policies to trump state ones in cases where they conflict.

Gaming Out a Mixed SCOTUS Decision
June 20, 2012

As recently as a week ago, everybody watching the Supreme Court seemed convinced of one thing: The justices had made up their minds about the Affordable Care Act. They hadn’t issued a decision and, perhaps, they were fine-tuning the legal arguments they would make in their written opinions. But they knew how they were ruling. They just weren't telling anybody about it. Now a new rumor is making the rounds: Five justices have decided to invalidate the individual mandate but they have not settled on what else, if anything, to invalidate along with it. Does the story have any basis in fact?

Obamacare Is On Trial. So Is the Supreme Court.
March 29, 2012

Before this week, the well-being of tens of millions of Americans was at stake in the lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act. Now something else is at stake, too: The legitimacy of the Supreme Court. Nobody knows how the justices will rule. And nobody can know, not even the justices themselves. On Friday morning, perhaps by the time you read this, they will meet privately to take their first vote. More often than not, this first vote determines the final verdict.

Justices Contemplate Medicaid, Call It a Day
March 28, 2012

The hearings are over, finally. The afternoon argument, over the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, was as contentious as the rest -- with the justices giving both the government and the states challenging the law extra time to make their arguments.  This time, the liberals wasted no time in pressing Paul Clement, attorney for the 26 states, about his assertion that the law's expansion of Medicaid for the states was coercive.

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