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Jul 13, 2012

Rivals on left, right battle in U.S. top court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They are heavyweights in the ring that is the U.S. Supreme Court.

These button-down, Ivy League-credentialed versions of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier represent Washington versus the states and the competing left-right ideologies behind that conflict. And the punches they throw – and take – while at the courtroom lectern have captured as much attention as their stances on the law.

Jul 13, 2012

Analysis: Rivals on left, right battle in Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – They are heavyweights in the ring that is the U.S. Supreme Court.

These button-down, Ivy League-credentialed versions of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier represent Washington versus the states and the competing left-right ideologies behind that conflict. And the punches they throw – and take – while at the courtroom lectern have captured as much attention as their stances on the law.

Jul 6, 2012

Roberts redux? U.S. top judge may surprise again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Over his 30 years in Washington, Chief Justice John Roberts has been difficult to pigeonhole and defied expectations. More than once, he has remade his image.

His crucial vote last week when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan astonished politicians and commentators, left and right. Yet if history is any indication, the 57-year-old chief justice, appointed for life, will surprise again during the course of a legacy that could last decades.

Jun 29, 2012

Analysis: Why Roberts saved Obama’s healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In the end, it all came down to Chief Justice John Roberts, the sphinx in the center chair, who in a stunning decision wove together competing rationales to uphold President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.

Roberts’ action instantly upended the conventional wisdom that he would vote with his four fellow conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court and undercut the agenda of a Democratic president, who as a senator in 2005 had opposed Roberts’ appointment to the bench.

Jun 28, 2012

Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court and the “T-word”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats took great pains to avoid the word “tax” when they pushed through Congress a sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul that would require most Americans to buy insurance and would fine them for failing to do so.

Instead they called it a “penalty” and the 2010 law itself used the same term. They wanted to avoid the highly unpopular and politically charged “T-word” that could have sunk the law’s prospects in Congress.

Jun 28, 2012

Obama, the Supreme Court and the “T-word”

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats took great pains to avoid the word “tax” when they pushed through Congress a sweeping U.S. healthcare overhaul that would require most Americans to buy insurance and would fine them for failing to do so.

Instead they called it a “penalty” and the 2010 law itself used the same term. They wanted to avoid the highly unpopular and politically charged “T-word” that could have sunk the law’s prospects in Congress.

Jun 26, 2012

The immigration ruling: a hint on healthcare?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court’s decision in the Arizona immigration case on Monday showed a conciliatory streak within a divided court that could emerge again when the justices issue their climactic healthcare decision on Thursday.

What the Arizona compromise will augur for the most closely watched case of the term is anyone’s guess. Yet the justices’ evident search for common ground in the immigration ruling and a few other cases this term could portend a healthcare decision that does not predictably cleave along political lines.

Jun 26, 2012

The immigration ruling: a hint on healthcare?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court’s decision in the Arizona immigration case on Monday showed a conciliatory streak within a divided court that could emerge again when the justices issue their climactic healthcare decision on Thursday.

What the Arizona compromise will augur for the most closely watched case of the term is anyone’s guess. Yet the justices’ evident search for common ground in the immigration ruling and a few other cases this term could portend a healthcare decision that does not predictably cleave along political lines.

Jun 26, 2012

Analysis: The Immigration Ruling: A Hint on Healthcare?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court’s decision in the Arizona immigration case on Monday showed a conciliatory streak within a divided court that could emerge again when the justices issue their climactic healthcare decision on Thursday.

What the Arizona compromise will augur for the most closely watched case of the term is anyone’s guess. Yet the justices’ evident search for common ground in the immigration ruling and a few other cases this term could portend a healthcare decision that does not predictably cleave along political lines.

Jun 25, 2012

Analysis: What takes so long? Behind the scenes at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – During a break from the crush of last-minute opinion-writing, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience of 1,000 people this month at a Washington legal convention: “It is flood season at the court.”

For the rest of the country it had been more like a drought, a stretch of weeks without any word in the most closely watched cases – the blockbuster challenges to President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan and Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration.