BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court agrees to take up DOMA and Prop 8, NBC’s Pete Williams reports
Acting three days after the nation’s minority voters showed that they have increased and still growing power in U.S. elections, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to rule on a challenge to Congress’s power to protect those groups’ rights at the polls. The Court said it would hear claims that Congress went beyond its authority when it extended for another twenty-five years the nation’s most important civil rights law, the Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965 and renewed four times since then.
“I make no apologies for it. It was the right thing to do and we’re going to keep moving forward. That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States.” - President Obama
“He believed that it was a moral issue, that it defined the character of who we were as a society, who we were as a country and that decent, quality, affordable health care should be a fundamental right and not a privilege. And now all three branches of our federal government have affirmed that right and I think if Teddy were here he would tell us now it’s time to roll up our sleeves, get to work, fully implement the law and move on with the business of our country.” - Vicki Kennedy, widow of late Senator Ted Kennedy
I’m very disappointed in the ruling. I think the chief justice had to contort logic and reason to come up with this ruling. So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I, you know, thought were his — his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people. So now the stakes of this election could not be higher.
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Chief Justice John Roberts and the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. (via ABC News)
Translation: I’m very disappointed that Chief Justice Roberts did not act as the extension of the Republican Party I believed him to be. Judicial independence, what’s that?
Finally getting around to seeing what Cornyn and Hutchison had to say about today’s ruling. I’ve been avoiding it all day for the purpose of having one day where I don’t resent my fellow Texans for continuing to elect these people… didn’t wait long enough. I wonder what Rick had to say. “Freedom was frontally attacked by passage of this monstrosity.” … Never mind.