Like most late-night TV hosts, John Oliver is on vacation this week. But on Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, Oliver had the foresight to criticize the Supreme Court's decision — handed down about 12 hours later — in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, in which a 5-4 court ruled that family-owned companies don't have to comply with a federal requirement to provide female employees health insurance that covers contraception.
Oliver is preemptively unhappy with the ruling, and his dissent is along the same line as Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's. Hobby Lobby and co-plaintiff Conestoga Wood argued "that the sincerity of their beliefs should allow them a line-item veto over federal law," he said, "But government is not an à la carte option, where you can pick and choose based on your beliefs. Taxation is more of an all-you-can-eat salad bar: You don't get to show up and go, 'Look, I know it costs $10.99, but I'm only paying $7.50 because I have a moral objection to beets.'"
Oliver's short segment isn't all trenchant legal analysis. There's an amusing bit where he imagines which religions other companies, mostly food sellers, will choose to be. I can't reprint here why Taco Bell is presumably Hindu, but if you don't mind some NSFW language, watch below. Still, Oliver ends with some advice for the U.S. companies newly endowed with some more human rights: "If you really want to be treated like a person, corporations, then guess what: Paying for things you don't like is what it feels like to be one." --Peter Weber
Both CNN and The New York Times have called Donald Trump the winner of the New Hampshire primary, where he holds 34 percent of the vote with 42 percent of precincts reporting. A number of news organizations, including ABC News, have called John Kasich the valuable second place winner with 15.7 percent. Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio are locked in a battle for third place, virtually tied with between 11 and 10 percen Jeva Lange
Bernie Sanders celebrated his New Hampshire victory Tuesday night by shooting some hoops in the gym where his election night party was being held — and he wasn't half bad. The 74-year-old Vermont senator made all his baskets, to the amazement of those looking on.
"Is this some kind of a joke? How is he making every single one?" one Fox News commentator marveled while watching the footage.
The other commentator had an answer ready for her: "He's from Brooklyn."
Watch for yourself, below. Jeva Lange
He is actually pretty good. pic.twitter.com/MzbfgSEfGM
— Sarah Hashemi (@TheShemShady) February 10, 2016
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may or may not make history as the first self-described democratic socialist to win a major party's nomination, but he already notched a famous first on Tuesday night, becoming the first Jewish candidate — and the first non-Christian — to win a presidential primary. Sanders has been projected to easily beat Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, just nine days after coming in a close second in the Iowa caucuses (where Sanders was the first Jewish candidate to win delegates in a presidential primary, something Joe Lieberman never achieved).
And those aren't the first bits of history made in this unusual presidential race, just two contests into the election.
4 caucus/primary winners so far: first Latino winner (Cruz), first female winner (Clinton), first Jewish/non-Christian winner (Sanders)
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 10, 2016
American Jews were thrilled with Lieberman's shot at the vice presidency in 2000 and presidential run four years later, but is there any "hoopla over a Jewish challenger holding a strong lead in the New Hampshire polls"? asks Ami Eden at the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. "Nope. Bubkes." And he has some theories why:
Since Lieberman's dance on the national stage an African American was elected president, a Mormon won the Republican nomination, and a woman is widely viewed as the favorite to win in 2016. Suddenly the whole first-Jewish-president thing seems like a yawner. There is also the fact that Lieberman wore his Judaism like a yarmulke. He proudly put his faith front and center while embracing the role of religious trailblazer and Jewish role model. Sanders, not so much. [JTA]
Still, history is history. Congratulations, Sanders. Peter Weber
Hillary Clinton congratulated Bernie Sanders and thanked her New Hampshire supporters in the aftermath of her primary loss Tuesday night.
"I will work harder than anyone to actually make the changes to make your lives better," Clinton vowed. She also went on to say that even if younger voters aren't currently supporting her, "I am supporting them."
Race was also a major topic in Clinton's speech — something her allies say she will be addressing much more strongly in the weeks ahead.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 10, 2016
With 30 percent of precincts reporting, Clinton currently trails Sanders 58-40 in New Hampshire. Jeva Lange
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, fresh off of not winning the New Hampshire primary, will return to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday for a vote on North Korea sanctions.
The legislation, which is expected to pass, would require the Obama administration to sanction anyone involved with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, The Hill reports, with stiff penalties including freezing assets under U.S. jurisdiction, blocking government contracts, and banning people from traveling to the United States.
Leading up to the primary, both senators held several campaign rallies and events in New Hampshire, and are scheduled to return to the campaign trail Thursday in South Carolina. Catherine Garcia
A brutal loss to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire Tuesday night has sent the Hillary Clinton campaign scrambling for a new strategy — one her allies say is going to be centered on race.
"It will be very difficult, if not impossible, for a Democrat to win the nomination without strong levels of support among African American and Hispanic voters. And a Democrat who is unable to inspire strong levels of support in minority communities will have no credible path to winning the presidency in the general election," Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook wrote in a memo obtained by Politico. The memo was released just minutes after the race was called for Sanders.
The African American vote in particular is going to be important in South Carolina, where approximately 60 percent of Democratic voters are black.
Another source said "the gun message," which lapsed in New Hampshire, would be coming back in a big way in Clinton's future campaigning. Jeva Lange