Tag: Ginsburg, Ruth Bader

Gunfight at the Supreme Court

I don’t know how the Second Amendment case the Supreme Court heard this week will turn out, but I do know this: If the subject weren’t so serious, the case in its current posture, with substantial doubt about whether there is even a dispute left for the court to decide, would be downright funny. For […]

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The Justices Should Drop This Case

In the more than 10 years since the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to keep a handgun for self-defense in the home, countless laws regulating firearms and their use have survived constitutional scrutiny. Which is to say: The Supreme Court has been in no mood to expand or clarify the meaning […]

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Would Republicans Follow Their Garland Rule for the Court in 2020?

WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital last weekend after another in a string of health scares, blue America breathed a sigh of relief. Only one more month, many whispered, until the start of a presidential election year when filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court would be off limits […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital on Sunday after treatment for chills and a fever, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said. “She is home and doing well,” said the spokeswoman, Kathleen Arberg. Justice Ginsburg’s symptoms abated after treatment with intravenous antibiotics and fluids, Ms. Arberg said. The justice had been admitted […]

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Friday night after experiencing chills and fever earlier in the day, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said on Saturday. Justice Ginsburg was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington before being transferred to Johns Hopkins for further evaluation and treatment […]

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Can the Supreme Court Save Itself?

I’m often asked these days whether there is anything the Supreme Court can do to extract itself from the partisan trap into which the rancid confirmation process and the court’s own behavior have driven it. It’s a hard question because, of course, individual justices have deeply held views that happen for the most part to […]

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What if the Supreme Court Had an L.G.B.T. Justice?

Near the end of this year’s hit Broadway show “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the audience hears a scratchy old recording of an oral argument at the Supreme Court. The year is 1965, and the justices are debating the topic of married women’s right to birth control. Or that’s the idea, anyway; for what feels […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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How to Impeach Trump, Do Justice and Win an Election

I’m going to discuss impeachment today, but first I want to talk about the National Symphony Orchestra’s opening concert and gala last Saturday night. It was very revealing. At mid-concert, the chairman of the Kennedy Center, David M. Rubinstein, came out to greet the audience and the V.I.P.s. He welcomed the different ambassadors, then he […]

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Supreme Court Backs New Trump Asylum Restrictions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The court said the administration may enforce new rules that generally forbid asylum applications from people who had traveled through another country on their way to the United States without being […]

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‘I Am on My Way to Being Very Well,’ Justice Ginsburg Tells Thousands of Fans

WASHINGTON — “How am I feeling?’ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked on Saturday, articulating the question on the minds of nervous liberals and many of the 4,000 people who had stood in line for hours to see her interviewed in a cavernous convention center. “This audience can see,” she said, “that I am alive.” The […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Treated for Tumor on Her Pancreas

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent treatment for a malignant tumor discovered on her pancreas, according to a news release issued by the Supreme Court on Friday. “The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the statement said. The abnormality was first discovered in early July after a […]

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A Supreme Court Term Marked by Shifting Alliances and Surprise Votes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court term that ended on Thursday was expected to be a blood bath for its four-member liberal wing. Instead, shifting alliances produced a series of surprising liberal victories. Some were minor, and some were tentative. But in the end, the court’s liberals prevailed in fully half of the 14 rulings decided […]

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Ginsburg Hints at Sharp Divisions Ahead as Supreme Court Term Nears End

WASHINGTON — In 2012, as the Supreme Court was mulling the fate of President Barack Obama’s health care law, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg addressed the American Constitution Society, a liberal group. “This term has been more than usually taxing,” she said. Two weeks later, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. joined Justice Ginsburg and the […]

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Clarence Thomas’s Dangerous Idea

Criticizing his fellow justices’ decision to block part of an Indiana law that banned abortion based on sex, race or disability, Clarence Thomas performed a public service: He brought two competing historical narratives into contact with one another, on an issue where ideological arguments often pass like trains in the night. The Thomas argument, common […]

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