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Merrick Garland

  1. early and often
    Read The Unsealed Trump Search WarrantAgents removed boxes of documents with “top secret” information inside.
  2. early and often
    Merrick Garland Wants to Release the Trump WarrantAttorney General Merrick Garland calls Donald Trump’s bluff regarding the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago.
  3. exhibit a
    Making Sense of the Trump RaidAfter a summer of intense criticism, Merrick Garland’s Justice Department takes its boldest step yet in pursuit of the former president.
  4. exhibit a
    Lock Him Up?: 8 Big Takeaways From the January 6 CommitteeThe committee’s latest session encapsulated both the most impressive and most frustrating aspects of these hearings.
  5. politics
    Is the Justice Department Incompetent?Federal prosecutors have suffered a string of high-profile losses that point to long-term institutional problems.
  6. politics
    Feds Investigate Trump for Taking Top Secret Docs to Mar-a-Lago: ReportThe DOJ reportedly wants to know more about the classified documents Trump grabbed from the White House.
  7. capitol riot
    NYPD Veteran Convicted of Assaulting Police Officer in Capitol RiotThe Department of Justice continues to rack up guilty verdicts in January 6 cases.
  8. the law
    Why Is Merrick Garland Defending the Trump Administration Again?The Justice Department’s legal fight with the families of victims of the Boeing 737 MAX crashes is as troubling as it is bizarre.
  9. politics
    Democrats Are Playing Catch-up on Supreme Court NominationsRepublicans have appointed the lion’s share of justices in recent decades. Biden needs to make the most of his rare opportunity.
  10. politics
    Stephen Breyer and the End of the Apolitical Supreme CourtEven John Roberts and Amy Coney Barrett claim to be above politics. But Breyer may be the last justice to actually believe it.
  11. politics
    Trump’s Great EscapeDays before January 6, he was caught in a scheme to commit election fraud. A year later, there’s no sign the Justice Department is even investigating.
  12. politics
    Merrick Garland Gets Political, Whether He Likes It or NotHated by the right and distrusted by the left, the attorney general is in a perilous position of his own making.
  13. voting rights
    Merrick Garland Initiates His Plan B for Voting RightsWith the GOP blocking voting-rights legislation, the DOJ is suing Texas over voting restrictions with the powers that AG Merrick Garland still has.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. insurrection day
    Merrick Garland vs. Trump’s MobThose who hoped he would prosecute January 6 with gusto have been bitterly disappointed.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. biden administration
    Joe Biden to Tap Merrick Garland for Attorney GeneralThe former Obama Supreme Court nominee will get his Senate confirmation hearing at last.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. the kavanaugh hearings
    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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.”
  50. 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.
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