Tag: Supreme Court

A Critical Threat to Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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Supreme Court Could Roll Back Sex Discrimination Protections

Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On October 8th, the Court will hear oral arguments in three cases concerning protection […]

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Britain’s Supreme Court Is Thrust Into Center of Brexit Debate

LONDON — The impassioned speeches and howls of dissent from the backbenches, the midnight votes and archaic rituals of Parliament gave way this week to a quieter drama in Britain, as the anguished debate over Brexit shifted from the House of Commons to the country’s Supreme Court. At the courthouse, across a leafy square from […]

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The Kavanaugh Fight Left Wounds That Will Never Heal

It’s hard to see how The New York Times could have handled a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh any worse. Two of the Times’ reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, wrote a book on last year’s corrosive confirmation battle. The paper published an essay adapted from it in its Sunday Review section. It included […]

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Meet the New Head of Planned Parenthood: Alexis McGill Johnson Is a Seasoned Soldier in the War for Women’s Reproductive Health

Photo: Courtesy Planned Parenthood It was mid-August, and just weeks into her new job as acting president/CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Alexis McGill Johnson was out front, defending the organization from attack. On that day, McGill Johnson said that Planned Parenthood would be pulling out of […]

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What Christine Blasey Ford Said

It has only been one year since Christine Blasey Ford appeared on Capitol Hill and for a time was the focal point of national attention, as one of the newly visible faces of the #MeToo movement. But just weeks before that, Ford couldn’t get a Washington Post reporter to call her back on her tip […]

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The Grassroots Battle to Save Democracy

In the wake of another mass shooting at the hands of another AR-15-armed gunman and a powerful hurricane heralding the beginning of a dangerous storm season, the policy conversation in the Democratic presidential primary has been dominated in recent days by gun control and climate change. Both issues have been the subject of expansive policy […]

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Indian Country Fights to Protect Its Children and Preserve Its Sovereignty

As president of both the Quinault Nation and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, Fawn Sharp is a busy person. As of late, much of her time has been dedicated to the fight for Native children and, more broadly, tribal sovereignty. Sharp knows firsthand how difficult it is for Native parents hoping to provide a […]

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Conservative Judges Are Brawling Over Originalism

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down a notable ruling on police shootings this week, ruling in favor of a man whose encounter with law enforcement nearly a decade ago left him with profound injuries. It’s the latest development in a case that’s already taken a circuitous path through the judicial system. What’s enlightening […]

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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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Trump’s Justice Department Tells the US Supreme Court Civil Rights Laws Don’t Protect Transgender Workers

Hundreds protest a Trump administration announcement in February 2017 in New York that rescinded an Obama-era order allowing transgender students to use school bathrooms matching their gender identities. On Aug. 16, 2019, the Trump administration in a brief to the Supreme Court said federal civil rights protections don’t extend to transgender workers. Photo: Spencer Platt […]

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The Supreme Court’s First Major Gun Case in a Decade

It’s been nearly a decade since the Supreme Court has issued a ruling on the Second Amendment’s scope. But the court may have to resolve a dispute over New York City’s strict restrictions on handgun ownership before its upcoming term begins in October—this, despite the fact that state lawmakers went to great lengths to change […]

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Trump Is on the Right Side of the Law, For Once

President Donald Trump is not generally a fan of the rule of law. He is ignorant of constitutional principles. He’s hostile to checks and balances on his power. He’s authoritarian in style and substance. Federal courts have handed his administration setbacks and defeats at a torrid pace. That makes it all the more surprising to […]

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Supremes Give Trump Green Light to Use Military Funds to Build His Precious Wall

A border fence is seen near the Rio Grande which marks the boundary between Mexico and the U.S. in Eagle Pass, Texas. on February 09, 2019 in Eagle Pass, Texas. Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty) By a 5-4 vote Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump can co-opt funds meant for the military […]

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We Are All Executioners Now

Fifty-four percent of Americans say they support capital punishment, but very few of them have any connection to it. Almost all death sentences come from just a smattering of counties in California, the Midwest, and the South. Twenty-six states that authorize the death penalty handed down no new sentences last year. Only a handful actually […]

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Is Josh Hawley For Real?

Missouri’s Josh Hawley is as close as the U.S. Senate gets to the Facebook generation. At 39, he’s young enough to have used Hotmail as a teenager and Friendster as a young adult. But his views on the tech industry are those of a curmudgeon. As Missouri’s attorney general, he launched an antitrust probe against […]

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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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When John Paul Stevens Eviscerated Antonin Scalia

John Paul Stevens, who died on Tuesday, served on the Supreme Court for 35 years. His tenure, the second-longest in the court’s history, placed him in the middle of the great legal controversies of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: on abortion and gay rights, Bush v. Gore and campaign finance, federalism and the […]

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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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