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Inching toward an anticipated announcement he will run for president in 2008, former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson spoke Saturday to an elite group of right-wing, behind-the-scenes political powerbrokers. Thompson reportedly told a gathering of the Council for National Policy the 2005 confirmation of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts shows Republicans can win against federal […] Read More

Anti-abortion groups hailed Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a national ban on “partial-birth” abortion as a major victory and a step toward overturning Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. In a 5-4 decision, justices reversed a ruling seven years ago that struck down a […] Read More

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday the Environmental Protection Agency cannot use the 1970 Clean Air Act as an excuse for refusing to regulate automobile emissions that produce greenhouse gases. The 5-4 ruling was a setback for the Bush administration, which has long opposed mandatory limits on emissions linked to global warming, saying such […] Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court today hears arguments in the first legal challenge to President Bush’s creation of White House and cabinet offices for faith-based initiatives. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2004 claiming the president’s program violates the First Amendment by giving faith-based organizations preferred positions in qualifying to receive federal […] Read More

Progressive religious leaders on Friday mailed a letter asking senators to reject the “manipulation of faith” in debate over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito. Alarmed by news reports about conservative religious groups portraying Alito’s opponents as “anti-God,” the letter advises senators and other leaders in Washington that, “People of faith can, and […] Read More

While it would not appear at first glance that there is a connection between legendary civil rights activist Rosa Parks and Samuel Alito, President Bush’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court, I believe there is a connection, and an important one. Rosa Parks, of course, defied a law that allowed city bus drivers in 1954 […] Read More

President Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court drew quick praise from religious conservatives. That includes some who were unconvinced that Bush’s first choice, Harriet Miers, had the credentials or judicial record to guarantee she would vote as a conservative in cases involving abortion rights and homosexuality. Liberals, meanwhile, galvanized in opposition […] Read More

The White House on Thursday accepted Harriet Miers’ withdrawal as a nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of attempting to shore up support for her confirmation among religious conservatives. Miers, 60, President Bush’s White House counsel and long-time adviser, was criticized by the left, who feared she would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, […] Read More

Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told his radio audience Wednesday that he supports Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, but he isn’t at liberty to say completely why. “It was leaked to the media that I’ve had conversations with Karl Rove, and the White House, which is true, but I have not revealed those […] Read More

There is hypocrisy and then there is hypocrisy–and then there is this. Two conservative Christian groups are warning the U.S. Senate that Supreme Court Justice nominee John Roberts should not be subjected to any sort of religious litmus test. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, said in a prepared statement that […] Read More