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Supreme Court



  • How to Remember the 'Notorious RBG'

    by Peniel Joseph

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's "Notorious RBG" persona unfortunately obscures the fact that the late justice had a few blind spots, especially with regard to racism. Considering her faults is essential to understand the empathy and solidarity people need to work together for change. 



  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Made The Impossible Look Easy

    by Serena Mayeri

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's achievements were remarkable, but a professor of law and legal history argues that her determination to open paths for others to follow her was greater. 



  • Amy Coney Barrett and the “Kingdom of God”

    by John Fea

    Liberal critics have seized on a quote from the potential Supreme Court Nominee's graduation speech to Notre Dame law students as evidence of a theocratic mindset. A historian of American religion warns the metaphor of the "kingdom of god" is widely used in political rhetoric.



  • Down With Judicial Supremacy!

    by Jamelle Bouie

    The power of the courts to define the meaning of the Constitution has been challenged by legislative, executive and popular action at different times in American history. If that prospect seems scary, remember that it's the process that overthrew the Dred Scott decision as the law of the land, argues NYT columnist Jamelle Bouie.



  • RBG, Historian: Why Justice Requires Memory

    by Chris Gehrz

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's sense of justice was informed by a clear view of the path of American history and the knowledge that change toward equality was neither automatic nor unidirectional.



  • Surrendered Court Seats

    by David Leonhardt

    It's far from certain that Trump and the Republicans will get their way with Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. There are ample examples of botched nominations before presidential transitions and confirmed nominees who didn't meet their party's ideological expectations. 



  • The Supreme Court’s Starring Role In Democracy’s Demise

    by Carol Anderson

    The Supreme Court today repeats the shameful actions of the courts in the 1890s, which gave judicial cover to state laws explicitly designed to disenfranchise Black voters, by accepting bad faith arguments that the laws in question were race-neutral. 


  • SCOTUS's Thuraissigiam Decision is a Threat to all Undocumented Immigrants

    by Elliott Young

    As Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, a recent decision could “permit Congress to constitutionally eliminate all procedural protections for any noncitizen the Government deems unlawfully admitted and summarily deport them no matter how many decades they have lived here, how settled and integrated they are in their communities, or how many members of their family are U. S. citizens or residents.”