Tag: Supreme Court

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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To Beat the Gerrymander, Think Outside the Lines

Voters in North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Maryland deserve fair maps that don’t lock in a partisan advantage for either Republicans or Democrats. Federal courts nationwide had recently begun to insist on that, repeatedly declaring districts tainted with extreme partisan intent unconstitutional. The Supreme Court put an end to that dream last week. Its […]

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Trump Reverses Course—Again—on Citizenship Question for Census 2020

Signs sit behind the podium before the start of a press conference with New York’s then attorney general to announce a multistate lawsuit to block the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census form, April 3, 2018, in New York City. Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty) That didn’t last long. Just […]

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Trump Cries Uncle on Citizenship Question for Census 2020

People gather in front of the U.S. Supreme Court as decisions are handed down June 27, 2019. The high court blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census. Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty) Looks like Donald Trump blinked. The Justice Department announced Tuesday that there will be no citizenship question on the 2020 […]

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Now That You Can Trademark Swear Words, Here Are All the Wildest NSFW Requests

Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a federal law that prohibited people from trademarking anything deemed to be “immoral” or “scandalous,” ruling that the ban on “bad” words violated the First Amendment. That decision cleared the way for designer Erik Brunetti, the plaintiff, to finally lock down a trademark for his popular streetwear brand, which […]

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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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As Supreme Court Shuts Down for Summer, It Announces It’ll Review DACA Protections for Young Immigrants Next Term

Activists gather in front of the office of Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) to ask him to help recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in February 2018 in West Palm Beach, Fla.Photo: Joe Raedle (Getty) Now that the current Supreme Court term has come to an end with a number of major rulings, […]

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Supreme Court Rules Police Can Draw Blood From Drivers Without Warrant

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Top Conservative Calls for Chief Justice’s Head Over High Court’s Ruling on the Census Citizenship Question

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts during a February 2019 appearance in NashvillePhoto: Mark Humphrey (Associated Press) Because (obvi) any Supreme Court justice handpicked for the job by GOP conservatives owes strict allegiance to the Constitution conservatives everywhere, the head of the nation’s oldest conservative advocacy group is calling for Chief Justice John Roberts’ impeachment. Matt […]

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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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Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Commerce Department has the authority to add a question to the 2020 census asking about the citizenship status of respondents, but it needs a better reason to do so. In a complex decision, the justices found the explanations provided by the Trump administration for adding the question—that it […]

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Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America

The Supreme Court began this week by correcting an injustice. A local prosecutor in Mississippi tried and convicted Curtis Flowers six times for allegedly murdering four people at a furniture store in 1996. Two of those trials ended in hung juries; courts tossed out three of the convictions for prosecutorial misconduct or racial discrimination in […]

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The Supreme Court’s Covert Plan to Gut the EPA’s Powers

Nearly four decades ago, Anne Gorsuch Burford resigned as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Though at the helm for less than two years, she left behind a notorious anti-environment legacy, slashing the agency’s budget by 22 percent and claiming to have cut the length of clean water regulations by more than 90 percent. […]

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Neil Gorsuch Scorns the “Offended” Atheists

A broad majority of the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an enormous Christian cross standing on public land, and funded by public money, does not violate the Constitution’s separation of church and state. In their written opinions, both for and against the ruling, most of the justices framed the dispute in relatively neutral terms. […]

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Supreme Court Tells Virginia Republicans to Have Several Seats Because the Old Ones Were Racist

Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh at the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 5, 2019 in Washington, D.C.Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) The Supreme Court sent Virginia Republicans back to the racist drawing board so they can come […]

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“It’s High Time This Whole Matter Get Revisited”

Robert Mueller made a surprising assertion last month about the limits of his power last month. In his report on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and President Trump’s potential obstruction of the investigation, the special counsel explained that Justice Department policy effectively prevented him from charging Trump with a crime while in office. But […]

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The State of Emergency

Among the many ways in which the Trump presidency has deranged our traditional understanding of the way the world works, there’s what might be termed the great ever-renewable metanarrative of Trumpism: the sense of perpetual hair-trigger emergency that now surrounds our executive branch and the siege-minded right wing of our politics generally. From the random […]

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‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua Defended Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Now, Her Daughter Is Going to be His Law Clerk

Writer Amy Chua, left, and daughters Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld and Louisa Chua-Rubenfeld on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 in New York.Photo: Evan Agostini (AP Images) Yale Law School professor and self-proclaimed “tiger mom” Amy Chua didn’t just publicly defend Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his sexual assault allegations, calling him a “mentor of young women,” she wrote a […]

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Supreme Court Will Hear Byron Allen’s Racial Discrimination Suit Against Comcast

Photo: Photo by Noam Galai (Getty Images for Bloomberg Businessweek) If you’re suing a person or company for racial discrimination, do you need to prove that race was the sole factor for the discrimination, or merely a contributing factor? That’s the legal decision the Supreme Court will soon decide. On Monday, the high court agreed […]

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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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