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Jonathan Bernstein

Presidents Should Weigh In on Supreme Court Cases

Obama isn't crossing a line if he opines on King v. Burwell.
It's named after me.

It's named after me.

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Should presidents comment on pending Supreme Court cases?

Barack Obama discussed the Obamacare subsidies case earlier this week, leading to complaints that it was improper or at least imprudent for the president to weigh in. Rick Hasen at Election Law Blog disagreed. He argued that, in fact,  presidents had been negligent in failing to do so in the past: “We need more attention to the controversial opinions of the Court. And the President is an important person to bring such attention.”