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The Supreme Court has given financial institutions and employers a license to do wrong—and it’s hitting the poor especially hard.

Cell phone taking a picture of President Obama

In ruling that police may not search cellphones without a warrant, the Court brought the Fourth Amendment into the twenty-first century.

Union protest

After one of Supreme Court’s most anti-union rulings in recent years, is there still time for organized labor to save itself?

There’s no telling how far religious exemptions will go under Justice Alito’s ruling.

Abortion Clinic Protest

The court’s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.

US Supreme Court

But will they apply the same logic to the NSA’s massive surveillance dragnet?

Brown v. Board

Sixty years after the decision, it’s worth remembering it took Congress to finally smash Jim Crow.

The Supreme Court’s decision sweeps away decades of equal protection precedent.

Buffer zone

At oral argument, members of the Supreme Court seemed suspicious that a thirty-five-foot buffer was necessary for safe entrance to reproductive health facilities.

Maryville, Missouri courthouse

Unfortunately, Justice Rehnquist’s conservative Supreme Court made sure it wouldn't.

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The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a victory for the forces of nonsense.

July 9, 2014

The US government has until Tuesday evening to explain to a federal judge why men held at Guantánamo do not have the same religious freedoms as Hobby Lobby.

July 8, 2014

The Hobby Lobby case is more clearly aimed at women, but Harris v. Quinn may prove even more consequential for the lives of working women.

July 7, 2014

It only took a day for the Court’s “limited” Hobby Lobby decision to start to crack open.

July 2, 2014

The justices didn’t quote Christian Parenti, but they should have.

June 25, 2014

Two years after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional, many states are still able to send children to die in prison without recourse.

June 25, 2014

The Court went to surprising lengths to affirm the idea that technological change demands a reconsideration of legal precedent—an assertion that could have significant implications in other privacy cases.

June 25, 2014

In case after case, the Court is expanding the power of corporations and the very wealthy while making it harder for ordinary citizens to fight back.

May 20, 2014

Anniversaries of the decision are opportunities to reflect on how much has been promised, how much delivered, how much still owed.

May 14, 2014

After today's egregious Supreme Court decision, expect a lot more sectarian prayer at local government events

May 5, 2014