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Merrick Garland

  1. politics
    Two Disbarred Out-of-State Attorneys Might Blow Up the Texas Abortion LawTaking advantage of Texas’s encouragement of private law suits with bonus money, the random challengers may have just triggered legal review of SB 8.
  2. politics
    Partisanship Put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court. Now She’s Against It.The justice bemoaned perceptions of the Supreme Court following an introduction by Mitch McConnell, who made the confirmation process hyperpartisan.
  3. politics
    DOJ Sues Texas Over Blatantly Unconstitutional Abortion BanThe opening bell of a long fight to save women’s constitutional rights against a conservative counterrevolution.
  4. abortion
    Will Abortion Dominate the 2022 Midterms?It’s possible that, given the current and near-future actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion could matter more than ever to pro-choice voters.
  5. abortion
    The Legal Shadowboxing Over the Texas Abortion BanMerrick Garland vowed to protect abortion seekers, and scholars proposed ways to thwart the law. But no “vigilante” suit means no legal action.
  6. abortion
    The Anti-Abortion Movement’s Investment in the Republican Party Is Paying OffDonald Trump was the first president to keep his promises to them, and now the big moment of rolling back abortion rights may be near.
  7. supreme court
    The Trouble the Supreme Court Is Making for VotersVoting-rights advocates are realizing that even if they prevail in Congress, the Court’s conservative majority is a major obstacle.
  8. voting rights
    Kamala Harris Unveils Another Fallback Strategy for Voting RightsGetting voters to the polls despite hostile state laws is a valuable Plan B for voting rights, not a mere a gesture after failure in Congress.
  9. insurrection day
    Merrick Garland vs. Trump’s MobThose who hoped he would prosecute January 6 with gusto have been bitterly disappointed.
  10. death penalty
    Attorney General Merrick Garland Suspends Federal ExecutionsGarland ordered a review on the practice following the Trump administration’s spree of executions in his final days in office.
  11. u.s. supreme court
    Supreme Court Smiles on Voter Suppression and Big DonorsAfter showing caution all term, the conservative majority closed by eroding the Voting Rights Act and threatening campaign-finance-reform efforts.
  12. voting rights
    Justice Department Sues to Stop Georgia Voting LawWith Republicans filibustering voting-rights legislation in Congress, the Justice Department is using litigation to go after Georgia’s notorious law.
  13. supreme court
    McConnell All But Admits He Would Never Confirm a Biden Supreme Court PickWith McConnell pledging obstruction, Democrats need to make the Supreme Court a major campaign issue for the midterms.
  14. politics
    Merrick Garland Unveils Plan B for Protecting Voting RightsAs new congressional legislation stalls, the Justice Department will utilize the powers it already possesses to fight voter-suppression measures.
  15. politics
    The Most Powerful Weapon for Police Reform Is BackBiden’s Justice Department takes out a tool shelved by Trump to force local law enforcement to change.
  16. politics
    Justice Department Launches Probe of Minneapolis Police PracticesMerrick Garland announced a probe into whether the department has engaged in a pattern of “unlawful policing” a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.
  17. biden administration
    Joe Biden to Tap Merrick Garland for Attorney GeneralThe former Obama Supreme Court nominee will get his Senate confirmation hearing at last.
  18. amy coney barrett
    Judiciary Committee Democrats Won’t Show Up for Final Vote on BarrettAfter Dianne Feinstein’s lovefest with Graham last week, Dems feel the need to demonstrate their opposition more forcefully.
  19. scotus
    How the Battle to Fill RBG’s SCOTUS Seat Could Spark a Constitutional CrisisIt turns out that the United States didn’t need to wait until Election Day to undergo a political meltdown.
  20. supreme court
    RBG Health Scare a Reminder of Republican Plans to Ram Through Nominee This YearFlipping a liberal Supreme Court seat could happen as late as a post-election lame-duck session of the Senate.
  21. vision 2020
    Can Trump Make the Supreme Court a Campaign Issue Again?Trump-appointed justices didn’t give conservatives everything they hoped for. That only raises the stakes in November.
  22. supreme court
    Trump Wants Another Supreme Court Nomination Fight Before NovemberTrump thinks a confirmation battle could excite his base, but it would work both ways, particularly among Democrats who remember Merrick Garland.
  23. vision 2020
    Unlike Democrats, Republicans Have Politically Weaponized Judicial AppointmentsOf course Mitch McConnell reconvened the Senate in a pandemic to confirm child-judge Justin Walker. The judiciary is his and Trump’s top priority.
  24. judiciary
    Should Democrats Plan on Packing the Courts in 2021?Certainly the threat of judicial reform should stay on the table so long as conservatives use judges to thwart democracy, as they did in FDR’s day.
  25. supreme court
    Despite Merrick Garland, Trump Would Certainly Fill a 2020 Supreme Court VacancyThough the GOP refused to fill the last election-year opening, Trump says he’d appoint a justice even if he only had three days left in his term.
  26. merrick garland
    Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland Could Rule on Trump Subpoena AppealGarland heads the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where Trump intends to appeal a decision regarding a House subpoena of his financial records.
  27. Why Kavanaugh Stayed in the Middle of the Road in His Opening StatementTo hear the SCOTUS nominee, he’s a centrist who is zealously protective of the independence of the judiciary and devoted to women’s rights.
  28. How Will the SCOTUS Confirmation Fight Affect the Midterms?If the deal goes down on a Kennedy successor before the midterms, the elections may affect the Senate vote more than the vote affects the elections.
  29. In Hindsight, Democrats Really Mishandled That Merrick Garland ThingThe story of Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee is a parable on the perils of privileging norms and moderation over substance and base mobilization.
  30. Grassley to Aging Supreme Court Justices: Retire NowThe Republican senator says that if any justices are thinking of retiring in the near future, they should do so before this year’s midterm elections.
  31. Denying Merrick Garland a Hearing Biggest Accomplishment of McConnell’s CareerMcConnell knows conservatives will forgive him — and Trump — almost anything in exchange for Supreme Court appointments.
  32. Tide of Right-Wing Judges Could Recede Quickly If Democrats Take Back the SenateThe GOP’s Alabama fiasco and a 2018 wave election could bring back a Democratic Senate and ruin the right’s plan to control the judiciary.
  33. Mitch McConnell Wants to Steal Another Court Seat From Merrick GarlandThe Senate Majority Leader’s latest devious scheme looks a lot like his last devious scheme.
  34. Gorsuch’s Arrival at SCOTUS Lethal for Arkansas Death-Row InmatesThe new Justice was the deciding vote that allowed Arkansas’s breakneck schedule of lethal injections to proceed.
  35. Senate Confirms GorsuchBig questions now include Gorsuch’s impact on the Court, the fight’s impact on the Senate, and the possibility Trump will get to fill another vacancy.
  36. the national interest
    McConnell Admits the ‘Rule’ That Blocked Merrick Garland Is Not Actually a Rule“No Supreme Court Justice in a president’s last year” turns out to really mean “No Supreme Court Justice in Obama’s last year.”
  37. Mitch McConnell Says Voters Won’t Tolerate the Blocking of Supreme Court PicksThe Majority Leader reveals that he has developed a brain injury that has erased all memory of the events between Antonin Scalia’s death and today.
  38. Here’s How Obama Could Go Nuclear on Trump and the GOP Before Leaving OfficeIn retaliation for Republican norm-breaking, he could temporarily fill over 100 judicial vacancies — including the one on the Supreme Court.
  39. Merrick Garland Officially Becomes Victim of Do-Nothing SenateIt’s been 150 years since a SCOTUS nominee who did not withdraw was denied any action by the Senate. It’s a sign of the times.
  40. McConnell’s Supreme Court Gamble Paid Off Big LeagueDenying Obama his nominee gave Republicans a reason to unite behind Trump.
  41. SCOTUS Is Back in Session But Still DeadlockedThe Court has already rejected several big cases thanks to its 4-4 ideological deadlock. Expect more of that until a ninth justice is confirmed.
  42. the national interest
    Will Senate Republicans Keep the Trump Court Blockade?The entire Senate GOP has attached itself to Trump.
  43. Donald Trump Has Put the GOP in an Impossible Position on Merrick GarlandWhen it comes to defending Donald Trump’s “right” to appoint a Supreme Court justice next fall, Senate Republicans are damned if they do, damned if they don’t.
  44. early and often
    Obama: Senate Republicans’ Decision to Oppose SCOTUS Nomination ‘Dangerous’It could “erode the integrity of the judicial branch.”
  45. supreme court
    Joe Biden: No Such Thing As the ‘Biden Rule’Uncle Joe says his 1992 speech was about advice and consent, not obstruction.
  46. the national interest
    The Possibilities of Obama’s Last LapWho can he be when he’s not public enemy No. 1?
  47. Garland Will Not Be Confirmed Before NovemberIt’s in the president’s interest to pretend he has found a nominee so well-qualified and “centrist” that the GOP will just have to confirm him.
  48. from the archives
    John Heilemann: The Case for Merrick GarlandFrom 2010, the case for nominating the man Obama nominated six years later.
  49. What to Know About Obama’s SCOTUS NomineeBut the 63-year-old moderate may be a sacrificial lamb.
  50. Merrick Garland Will Be Obama’s SCOTUS NomineeThe president is announcing his pick at 11 a.m.