Tag: Alito, Samuel A Jr

Could the Courts Block Biden’s Student Loan Relief Plan?

This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it on Wednesdays. Last week, President Biden announced a plan to wipe out up to $20,000 of student loan debt for tens of millions of low- and middle-income Americans, in a striking about-face for a president who just last year […]

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Alito’s Call to Arms to Secure Religious Liberty

Even aside from his swipe at his fellow justices who haven’t signed up for his crusade, to call this kind of talk simplistic is far too generous. Justices and legal scholars alike have struggled for decades to identify the right balance for religion within a pluralistic society, an effort Justice Alito reduced to a cartoonish […]

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Post-Roe, Conservatives Promote Way to Give Up Newborns Anonymously

The Safe Haven Baby Box at a firehouse in Carmel, Ind., looked like a library book drop. It had been available for three years for anyone who wanted to surrender a baby anonymously. No one had ever used it, though, until early April. When its alarm went off, Victor Andres, a firefighter, opened the box […]

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Justices Sotomayor and Barrett Say the Supreme Court Remains Collegial

WASHINGTON — Two members of the Supreme Court, one liberal and the other conservative, insisted during a joint interview made public on Thursday that relations among the justices remained warm and respectful. “Fundamentally, I understand they’re good people,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, said of her colleagues. Justice Amy Coney […]

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Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Indeed, the fetus is the indisputable star of the Dobbs opinion. That is not necessarily obvious at first reading: The opinion’s 79 pages are larded with lengthy and, according to knowledgeable historians, highly partial and substantially irrelevant accounts of the history of abortion’s criminalization. In all those pages, there is surprisingly little actual law. And […]

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