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  1. early and often
    Supreme Court Passes Up Chance to Keep Gutting Voting Rights ActIn a surprise, a 5-4 majority including Roberts and Kavanaugh struck down GOP-drawn congressional districts challenged by Black Alabama voters.
  2. early and often
    DeSantis’s Weak Supreme Court Pitch Is No Threat to TrumpThe Florida governor can’t outdo Trump’s transformation of the Court, so he’s just promising to keep it going longer.
  3. life after roe
    What the Supreme Court Left Out of Its Dobbs-Leak ReportThe investigation failed to identify the leaker of the draft opinion — and the justices got light treatment.
  4. early and often
    Justice Jackson’s Originalist Case for Racial EqualityKetanji Brown Jackson didn’t buy Alabama’s argument that the 14th Amendment prohibits the state from following the Voting Rights Act.
  5. u.s. supreme court
    The Supreme Court Is Back and Ready to Do More DamageIf reproductive freedom was the major casualty of the last term of the Court, racial justice could be most at risk now.
  6. u.s. supreme court
    Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case That Could Gut Voting RightsOdds are good the conservative majority will confirm total legislative control of redistricting and (more alarmingly) of all election rules.
  7. early and often
    Supreme Court Ends Term by Sabotaging Fight Against Climate ChangeThe finale to this devastating term was a landmark decision by conservative justices limiting the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions.
  8. u.s. supreme court
    Supreme Court Takes a Knee for School PrayerThe Court’s conservatives struck another blow against the separation of church and state by ruling to protect highly performative prayer.
  9. life after roe
    Outrage, Uncertainty, and Instant Abortion Bans After Roe v. Wade OverturnedSome Republican leaders are already calling for a nationwide ban, while protesters assemble outside the Supreme Court to express their outrage.
  10. anonymous
    ‘Things Will Be Fine’: GOP Insiders Doubt Overturning Roe v. Wade Will Cost ThemThey don’t seem all that worried the Supreme Court’s decision to end the right to an abortion will come back to haunt them in the midterms.
  11. life after roe
    John Roberts Had a Vague Plan to Only Half-Kill Abortion RightsThe chief justice said he preferred a “more measured course” in his Dobbs concurrence. His new standard would have allowed most abortion bans anyway.
  12. life after roe
    Clarence Thomas Threatens Contraception, LGBTQ+ Rights Could Be Next to GoIn his concurrence to the Dobbs decision ending the right to an abortion, Justice Thomas said the Court should “reconsider” other precedents too.
  13. early and often
    Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow Against Church-State SeparationThe Court’s conservative majority ruled that Maine can’t exclude religious schools from a state tuition program. Are mandatory vouchers next?
  14. january 6 committee
    Did Ginni Thomas Tell John Eastman Supreme Court Secrets?Emails show Trump’s lawyer John Eastman hoped the Supreme Court would help overturn the 2020 election. And he was in contact with one justice’s wife.
  15. life after roe
    Republicans Too Upset About Leak to Celebrate Abortion WinConservatives can’t talk about the Supreme Court ending reproductive rights right now, but please ask again after the midterms.
  16. life after roe
    The Leak Is Good, ActuallyThe Supreme Court is just another partisan institution. It should be treated like one.
  17. politics
    ‘We’ve Made It’: Ketanji Brown Jackson Celebrates Historic ConfirmationLawmakers and other guests attended an event honoring Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation on the White House’s South Lawn.
  18. politics
    Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson, First Black Woman on Supreme CourtJackson’s fortitude in the face of nasty GOP attacks elevated her already high reputation and helped secure her bipartisan Senate confirmation.
  19. transgender rights
    How Texas Became the Most Virulently Anti-Trans State in AmericaThe governor’s order to investigate gender-affirming care as child abuse was years in the making.
  20. ketanji brown jackson
    Jackson Gets Two More Republican Backers As Senate Votes NearLisa Murkowski’s support was no great surprise, but Mitt Romney’s was good news for the future justice.
  21. u.s. supreme court
    Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmation Will Be (Barely) BipartisanSenator Susan Collins said she backs Jackson for the Supreme Court. That should give the judge at least one Republican vote.
  22. politics
    QAnon’s Takeover of the Republican Party Is Virtually CompleteIt would be hilarious if it didn’t involve people in positions of real influence.
  23. scandals
    Ginni Thomas and the Conservative Rot at the Supreme CourtHer deranged texts don’t just spur ethical and legal questions, but reflect much larger problems among the conservative majority.
  24. politics
    Does the Supreme Court Deserve Ketanji Brown Jackson?The first Black female justice would lend the Court more credibility. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
  25. u.s. supreme court
    GOP’s Antics at Jackson Hearings Weren’t Just an Appeal to QAnonExtremist dog whistling aside, Republicans senators’ primary goal was to paint Democrats as soft on crime and hostile to parents and children.
  26. u.s. supreme court
    Ted Cruz Outdid Himself in the Jerkiness DepartmentBy going out of control while asking tendentious questions, the Texan put on an embarrassing display, presumably for the MAGA galleries.
  27. politics
    Ted Cruz Brings Culture War to Ketanji Brown Jackson HearingsThe senator grilled the Supreme Court nominee on the picture book Antiracist Baby as part of a dubious attempt to link her to critical race theory.
  28. ketanji brown jackson
    Jackson Confirmation Hearings Off to Smooth Start, But Republican Attacks BeginGOP senators previewed culture-war attack lines and memories of Brett Kavanaugh. But Judge Jackson seems very well prepared.
  29. crime and punishment
    Supreme Court Reinstates Death Penalty for Boston Marathon BomberThe decision creates a dilemma for Joe Biden, who opposes the federal death penalty even as his Justice Department sought it for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
  30. politics
    California Turns Texas’s Vigilante Tactics on GunmakersDemocratic lawmakers are protesting the Texas abortion law by pushing a bill that incentivizes citizen lawsuits against gun manufacturers.
  31. politics
    The States Shoring Up Abortion Rights for the End of RoeWhile the focus is on GOP-run states preparing for the Supreme Court to allow new abortion restrictions, pro-choice lawmakers are making moves too.
  32. abortion
    What If the Supreme Court Doesn’t Overturn Roe v. Wade?Roe certainly seems doomed, but the Court has surprised us on abortion before. If the conservative majority falters, the fallout could be tremendous.
  33. politics
    Supreme Court Keeps Eroding the Voting Rights ActWithout so much as a hearing, conservative justices restored an Alabama congressional map designed to minimize Black representation.
  34. politics
    DeSantis Could Be Haunted by Florida’s ‘Generous’ Abortion BanThe governor is backing a 15-week abortion ban, which Republicans are billing as a compromise. But his strategy could anger the party’s extremists.
  35. politics
    Democrats’ Control of Senate Iffy As Luján Recovers From StrokeThankfully, the New Mexico senator is expected to recover fully. But during his absence, some big Democratic initiatives must be put on hold.
  36. politics
    Supreme Court Ivy League Snobbery Is a Recent DevelopmentEight of nine current justices attended law school at Harvard or Yale. Back in the day, a public law-school education was just fine.
  37. politics
    When Supreme Court Justices Go RogueRepublicans are accusing Biden of “politicizing” the nomination process. But they’re especially concerned about ensuring justices are on their “team.”
  38. justice
    What Can Stephen Breyer’s Successor Accomplish?The Supreme Court’s liberals can try to forge a consensus, or use their perch to call out a conservative supermajority.
  39. politics
    Can Kamala Harris Break a Tie on a Supreme Court Confirmation?In 2020, Laurence Tribe claimed the vice-president has no tiebreaking powers on judicial confirmations. Republicans are looking into the theory.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. gerrymandering
    Another State Says to Hell With GerrymanderingAfter the Supreme Court punted on the issue, state constitutions like Ohio’s may hold the key to reform.
  43. the body politic
    The Betrayal of RoeDecades of neglect and cowardice have brought this country to the precipice.
  44. abortion
    Anti-Abortion Movement Nears Victory 29 Years After a BetrayalAfter a surprise defeat in the Supreme Court in 1992, Roe v. Wade opponents demanded more from Republicans, and Trump kept his promises to them.
  45. abortion
    Gun Guy Mark McCloskey Wants to Ban Abortions for Victims of Incestuous RapeThe GOP Senate hopeful who pointed guns at protesters wants to run wild with abortion policy in Missouri, the home of Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin.
  46. abortion
    Texas Abortion Law Likely to Stay in Place Until Court Deals With Roe v. WadeAll roads now appear to be converging on the Supreme Court’s big upcoming decision.
  47. u.s. supreme court
    Supreme Court Could Go Totally Extremist This TermIn at least three areas – abortion, guns, and federal regulatory powers – the Court could take a big and consequential leap to the right.
  48. abortion
    Mississippi Attorney General Says Abortion Ban Means Women Can Have It AllIt’s a bizarre argument, particularly coming from someone representing the reactionary state of Mississippi.
  49. metoo
    Anita Hill Wants More Than an ApologyThirty years after her groundbreaking testimony to Congress, Hill says gender violence is a public crisis.
  50. 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.
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