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  1. presidential pardons
    Supreme Court Won’t Stop States From Prosecuting Federal DefendantsBy leaving an exception to double-jeopardy rules in place, the Court did not make it easier for Trump to keep people out of jail via pardons.
  2. gerrymandering
    Supreme Court Dashes Virginia GOP’s Hopes for New Map in Racial Gerrymander CaseAn unusual 5-4 majority held that Virginia’s GOP legislature did not have standing to sue to overturn a gerrymandering decision that helped Democrats.
  3. power
    The ‘Tiger Mom’ and the Lie of MeritocracyAmy Chua created a brand preaching the values of hard work, but her daughter’s success points to something else.
  4. the national interest
    Alan Dershowitz Convinced Trump the Court Might Stop Impeachment. (It Won’t.)Where did Trump get this kooky legal argument? It turns out to be a thing, sort of.
  5. 2020 census
    Why a Dead GOP Operative’s Files Could Change the Electoral Map for a DecadeDiscarded files from a GOP gerrymandering wiz could upset administration’s plans to intimidate immigrants with a 2020 Census citizenship question.
  6. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell: ‘Oh, We’d Fill’ Potential Supreme Court Vacancy in 2020The majority leader laughed as he rejected the argument he used to block Obama Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016.
  7. power
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Clarence Thomas Are Officially at War Over AbortionHow do Supreme Court Justices feud? In the footnotes.
  8. lgbtq rights
    Supreme Court Won’t Overturn School Policy Friendly to Transgender StudentsThe Court apparently did not agree that allowing transgender students access to bathrooms of their choice would violate others’ privacy rights.
  9. supreme court
    Supreme Court Passes Up Chance to Send Signals in Review of Indiana Abortion LawIn validating fetal-remains requirements and letting a lower court’s decision striking down abortion-intent provisions stand, SCOTUS kept its counsel.
  10. abortion
    A Post-Roe America Would Be a Never-Ending NightmareIf abortion policy is set by state legislatures or Congress, we will see political warfare as never before, with women’s rights perpetually in peril.
  11. reproductive rights
    The Legal Fight Over Alabama’s Abortion Law BeginsOther, less drastic abortion laws are more likely to provide Supreme Court conservatives with the pretext to begin unraveling reproductive rights.
  12. abortion rights
    The Most Important Things to Know About Alabama’s Abortion BanThe bill is explicitly meant to challenge Roe v. Wade.
  13. abortion rights
    We Have No Idea How Scary Our Abortion Future Will GetSo-called heartbeat bills should be swatted away by the Supreme Court. But will they?
  14. abortion rights
    We Have No Idea How Scary Our Abortion Future Will GetSo-called heartbeat bills should be swatted away by the Supreme Court. But will they?
  15. the national circus
    Frank Rich: This Constitutional Crisis Probably Won’t Be Trump’s LastHis stonewalling of Congress is unprecedented, but the ultimate crisis may arrive if the Supreme Court rules against him, or he loses in 2020.
  16. gerrymandering
    Federal Court Strikes Down GOP Gerrymander in OhioThe judges ruled that the maps were so severely biased in the GOP’s favor they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters.
  17. vision 2020
    Why Republicans Might Not Mind Losing the White House in 2020If Republicans hang onto the Senate in 2020 and have the power to obstruct, they might decide their future looks brighter without the 45th president.
  18. census
    Trump Just Confirmed His Administration Is Lying in Census CaseThe White House says it needs to ask Census respondents about their citizenship to enforce the Voting Rights Act. Trump just told a different story.
  19. impeachment
    Trump Proves Yet Again That He Doesn’t Understand the ConstitutionThe president tweeted that he’d ask the Supreme Court to save him from impeachment. That’s not how it works.
  20. census
    How Disastrous Is Adding a Citizenship Question to the Census?Benjamin Hart and Ed Kilgore discuss SCOTUS’s apparent willingness to let the Trump administration get away with undercounting the population.
  21. supreme court
    Supreme Court Telegraphs Approval for Adding Citizenship Question to CensusIf the decision goes the way it appears to be going, states with many immigrants will lose federal funds and all sorts of political clout.
  22. power
    The Supreme Court Is Taking on Major Cases on LGBT RightsThe Court will decide whether it’s illegal to discriminate against LGBT employees.
  23. lgbtq rights
    Supreme Court to Decide Whether Anti-Discrimination Laws Cover LGBTQ EmployeesSCOTUS will clarify whether federal laws offer broad protections to LGBTQ employees. Kavanaugh’s presence on the Court creates grounds for pessimism.
  24. vision 2020
    Without a Plausible ‘Theory of Change,’ Progressive Ideas Are Just FantasiesTurns out the last Democratic president didn’t have a durable idea of how to overcome Republican obstruction. The next better get one.
  25. capital punishment
    Texas Bans Clergy in Execution Room Instead of Extending Program to All FaithsBrett Kavanaugh wrote that Texas must allow advisers of all faiths to be in the chamber for execution, or none at all. Texas chose the second option.
  26. supreme court
    Neil Gorsuch: Eighth Amendment ‘Does Not Guarantee a Prisoner a Painless Death’SCOTUS ruled that Missouri may execute a man whose medical condition would likely cause him to choke on his own blood during lethal injection.
  27. vision 2020
    Why a Second Loss to Trump Would Be an Existential Crisis for DemocratsHellscape 2021.
  28. checks and balances
    Why Is the Trump Administration Always Getting Shut Down in Court?A Washington Post analysis shows that federal judges keep blocking the administration because its legal explanations aren’t “supported by facts.”
  29. vision 2020
    Democrats Don’t Want to ‘Pack the Supreme Court’ — They Want to Reform ItDemocrats are open to reforms that would prevent partisan majorities from dictating policy to a divided nation by fiat. That’s not “court packing.”
  30. the law
    Chance, 21 Savage, Killer Mike Submit Brief in Supreme Court Rap Lyrics CaseThe case concerns a Pittsburgh rapper convicted over song lyrics deemed threatening to police.
  31. judicial appointments
    Trump Aide, Thomas Protégé Confirmed for Top Circuit CourtNeomi Rao, with an assist from Clarence Thomas, satisfied conservatives on abortion policy, and could be a candidate for a Supreme Court opening.
  32. supreme court
    Supreme Court Applies Ban on ‘Excessive Fines’ to States and LocalitiesThe unanimous decision could have a big impact on state and local government, sparking many lawsuits aimed at fines, fees, and asset seizures.
  33. first amendment
    Clarence Thomas Wants to Make It Easier to Sue for LibelIn an opinion that Trump will cheer, the eccentric conservative justice attacks a long-settled precedent on criticism of public figures.
  34. national emergency declaration
    Trump Counting on Supreme Court to Vindicate His Emergency DeclarationTrump did the legal case for his emergency declaration no good in his rambling press appearance announcing it.
  35. the top line
    Constitutional Concerns Are a Major Risk for a Federal Wealth TaxThere is a key implementation challenge for Elizabeth Warren’s plan to tax wealth: It would need to survive the courts.
  36. supreme court
    Brett Kavanaugh Knows Exactly What He’s DoingUnpacking his duplicitous dissent in the Louisiana abortion ruling.
  37. supreme court
    Muslim Man Executed After Supreme Court Denies Plea to Have Imam PresentOn Thursday, the Supreme Court denied Domineque Ray’s request to have an imam present during lethal injection. He was put to death shortly thereafter.
  38. supreme court
    Supreme Court Deals Blow to Anti-Abortion Movement, But It May Only Be TemporaryRoberts joined liberals in keeping a lower court from defying Supreme Court precedents. What that means for the future of Roe v. Wade is unclear.
  39. supreme court
    Supreme Court Unanimously Sides With Workers in Trucking Arbitration DecisionSometimes legal “textualism” can produce progressive results.
  40. supreme court
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Is Cancer-FreeBut the justice is missing oral arguments to rest.
  41. politics
    We’re About to Find Out What Our New Supreme Court Thinks of GerrymanderingSCOTUS’s view on partisan gerrymandering probably won’t be good news for democracy.
  42. senate judiciary committee
    Republicans Finally Appoint Two Women to the Senate Judiciary CommitteeJoni Ernst and Marsha Blackburn are trusted party loyalists and hard-core anti-abortion lawmakers who can provide cover for their party’s misogyny.
  43. supreme court
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital Following Lung Cancer SurgeryShe’s reportedly recovering at home.
  44. unions
    The Supreme Court Dealt a Blow to Unions, But It Wasn’t a KnockoutDespite the dire outlook after June’s Janus v. AFSCME decision, union membership isn’t dropping as expected.
  45. supreme court
    What’s It Mean That Supreme Court—and Kavanaugh—Sided With Planned Parenthood?The new justice voted with liberals in declining to hear a case that could have cut off funding for the group.
  46. supreme court
    What’s It Mean That the Court, and Kavanaugh, Sided With Planned Parenthood?The new justice voted with liberals in declining to hear a case that could have cut off funding for the group.
  47. life after warming
    What If the Courts Could Save the Climate?Juliana v. United States is a long shot, but it may not be as far-fetched as it seems.
  48. consequences?
    Brett Kavanaugh Is Already Back to Coaching Girls’ BasketballWeeks after he cried about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations ruining his life, the Supreme Court Justice is back on the court.
  49. 2018 midterms
    Democrats Made Gains on Redistricting, But the Game’s Not Over YetDemocrats are in a better position than they were a decade ago, but what happens in the next two years will matter a great deal.
  50. interesting times
    Andrew Sullivan: What Happens If Americans Stop Trusting the System?Our fractured politics — and growing distrust by many of key institutions — suggest a burgeoning national crisis of political legitimacy.
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