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GOP Justices Ignore the Founders

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Exclusive: As the Republican Supreme Court majority moves toward gutting health-care reform, the justices are making a mockery of the Constitution and the intent of the Founders who had good reasons to include the powerful Commerce Clause. But it appears GOP partisanship will…

GOP Justices Clown over Health Care

Broccoli, a vegetable known for its nutritional properties

Exclusive: The questions asked by the Republican partisans on the U.S. Supreme Court suggest they will overturn the Affordable Care Act. Instead of a serious debate about health care and the Constitution, they clowned around with silly what-ifs about mandating broccoli-eating and requiring burial insurance,…

Are the GOP Justices Political Hacks?

The nine justices of U.S. Supreme Court before Antonin Scalia's death. The court is still awaiting Scalia's replacement.

Exclusive: The “Obamacare” debate will test whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s five Republican justices are political hacks. After all, a right-wing think tank devised the individual mandate, which was embraced by GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, but it’s now anathema because it was…

Did the Founders Hate Government?

An artist's rendering of the Constitutional Convention in 1787

Exclusive: Orwell’s insight that who controls the present controls the past, and who controls the past controls the future could apply to the American political debate in which the Right has built a false narrative that enlists the Framers of…

‘War on Women’ Breaches Global Norms

The 1992 elections, sometimes called "the year of the woman," expanded the number of Democratic senators to five, (from left) Sens. Patty  Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Mikulski, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Republican bills taking aim at women’s reproductive freedoms have raised alarms about a “war on women,” a development that is shaking up the American political scene. But some of the legislation also is putting the U.S. outside the bounds of international norms,…

Can Rush Keep It Up?

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh’s gross comments about a female college student who voiced support for President Obama’s birth-control insurance compromise have forced some old Republican allies to distance themselves from the talk-radio star, raising questions about Limbaugh losing his potency, says Peter…

Confusion Over the First Amendment

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri

Exclusive: The Blunt Amendment went down to a narrow defeat in the Senate on Thursday, but its contention that employers must be allowed to impose their religious beliefs on the medical insurance choices of their employees will remain a hot…

Madison: Father of the Commerce Clause

James Madison in an engraving

Exclusive: The Tea Party has been fueled by the idea that key Founders, like James Madison, opposed a strong central government and thus laws like “Obamacare” are unconstitutional. But Madison was the framer who devised the Commerce Clause upon which…

The Right’s Inside-Out Constitution

James Madison, a principal author of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights -- and fourth president of the United States

Exclusive: It has become an article of faith on the American Right that the Founders opposed a strong central government and that federal activism — from Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to President Obama’s health-care reform — violates the nation’s first…

Founders’ Secular Vision for America

Thomas Jefferson, a leading advocate for the separation of church and state (in 1788 portrait by John Trumble, credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation)

The dispute over requiring church-run hospitals and schools to cover birth control for female employees has stirred up longstanding confusion over what the First Amendment does and doesn’t do. Some on the Christian Right insist that it means religious doctrine…