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TheChat: Tensions between Supreme Court justices rise



▪ “It does really seem as if this term has revealed a lot more personal dissension among the justices.” — Kevin Walsh, a University of Richmond law professor and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, on relations between members of the court.

Justices are saying nasty things about each other in their opinions in a way the country hasn’t experienced for awhile.

▪ “A divisive effort that would be doomed to fail.” — GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham on talk of amending the Constitution to ban gay marriage.

The GOP-led Congress appears to have little appetite to battle gay marriage in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling.

▪ “Unfortunately, for the dozens of women who spoke out there are hundreds more over the years who have chosen to remain silent for fear of retaliation or embarrassment.” — one woman writing in response to The Star’s story on the culture in the Missouri Statehouse for females.

She suggested that the culture won’t change until more women are in positions of power. “At least,” she added, “this will serve as a warning to young women before they arrive at the Capitol.”

▪ “We must not fail this test.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

McCain, a Republican, is convinced that Russia doesn’t want a diplomatic solution to the crisis and seeks to dominate Ukraine. The time has come for the U.S. and its allies to step up, he wrote.