Tag: John Roberts

Trump’s Quiet Attack on Redistricting

It went largely unnoticed last week, but the Trump administration’s ongoing campaign to structurally tilt American democracy in the Republican Party’s favor is proceeding apace. President Donald Trump ordered the Census Bureau to compile citizenship data from existing federal records last month, after the Supreme Court effectively blocked a citizenship question on the census itself. […]

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Mississippi Quotes John Roberts to Defend Its Racist Election Law

Virtually every state in the Union elects its governor and other statewide offices by popular vote. Mississippi does something different. First, a candidate must win a majority of the statewide popular vote. Second, they must also win a plurality of the vote in a majority of Mississippi House of Representatives districts. If a candidate does […]

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Make the Guarantee Clause Great Again

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause last month dealt a harsh blow to American democracy. For the last decade, federal courts were the strongest bulwark against partisan gerrymandering in the states, but Chief Justice John Roberts closed the door on that remedy in the future. In his opinion, though, he accidentally […]

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The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump

One month before Donald Trump launched his presidential bid, the Supreme Court agreed to consider a bid by conservative legal activists to rejigger the boundaries of American electoral politics in their favor. The plaintiffs in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, argued that Texas should not use total population numbers in determining how to redistrict the […]

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The Supreme Court Steps to the Right

Last week, the Supreme Court wrapped up a full term without Anthony Kennedy for the first time in thirty years. Liberals can sum up the experience in five words: It could have been worse. Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation last October marked an ideological turning point for the court, one that will reshape American lives for […]

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A Partisan Supreme Court Upholds Partisan Power

To say that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Rucho v. Common Cause is bad for American democracy would be an understatement. In a 5-4 decision along the usual ideological lines, the justices held that federal courts have no power to remedy partisan gerrymandering. The ruling gives a green light to state lawmakers across the country […]

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A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court

What should be done about the Supreme Court? Liberals, still seething after the Merrick Garland blockade and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, are bracing for imminent defeats from the Roberts Court on everything from partisan gerrymandering to abortion rights. Conservatives like Mitch McConnell and Leonard Leo, flush with victory in the judicial wars, are dropping the pretense […]

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The Burden Is Already “Undue” for Millions of Women in America

It’s been a grim few months for abortion rights in America. Multiple states, including Alabama and Georgia, have passed a wave of draconian new restrictions on the procedure, buoyed by the perception that the Supreme Court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade. Missouri is about to hit an even more dire milestone: Unless a judge […]

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The Democrats’ Plan to Save Abortion Rights Is Full of Asterisks

When Alabama last week passed an outright abortion ban, with no exceptions for rape or incest, it drove home a frightening reality: The Republican Party, if given enough power, will fully rob women of their reproductive rights—indeed of their agency as human beings. The state also potentially upset a quieter conservative legal strategy across America […]

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The House of Roberts

Donald Trump’s hostility toward congressional oversight is leading some of his critics to describe him in monarchical terms. The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank argued that the president’s legal argument for ignoring subpoenas was “closer to the divine right of kings.” The New York Times’ Charles Blow wrote that the United States is “drifting dangerously close […]

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