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Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the right one.

Katrina vanden Heuvel describes Kagan as a careful choice, who needs to be pressed about her views on executive power.

As Obama seeks to bring empathy and real-world experience to the Supreme Court, he should consider nominating an openly gay advocate for gay rights.

Under Obama, accountability for rights violations during the "war of terror" has been thin.

Obama has been slow to block the rightward charge of the federal judiciary, but he's begun to show signs of spunk.

Plaudits for Nation writers; growing interest in instant runoff voting; xenophobia in Greece.

For all its defenders, privacy remains hard to understand.

Liz Cheney's witch hunt against lawyers who represented Guantánamo detainees is a new low.

Who is the purest archetype of the conservative legal movement, Antonin Scalia or John Roberts?

Blogs

Yes, it’s 2011, but Obama’s Department of Justice is still fighting to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that defines marriage as being the legal union of a man and a woman.

January 14, 2011

The Constitution is clear: the federal judge who blocked implementation of key elements of Arizona's draconian anti-immigration law has no choice but to do so.

July 29, 2010

Inside the battle for healthcare reform. Plus: Two must-see videos and a special honor for The Nation.

July 2, 2010

As Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan prepares for her confirmation hearings this week, it's an appropriate time to revisit—and retire—the famous "justice as umpire" analogy that Chief Justice Roberts trotted at his own confirmation hearings.

June 29, 2010

An “opposition in search of a rationale" goes after Supreme Court nominee for her youthful opposition to the draft and no-questions-asked militarism. The problem is that Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan and Robert A. Taft all said pretty much the same thing for pretty much the same reason.

June 28, 2010

Lawrence Lessig and Glenn Greenwald debate Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination.

May 12, 2010

Melissa Harris-Lacewell explains why Elena Kagan’s decision to deny military recruiters equal access to Harvard Law School was the right one.

May 12, 2010

Katrina vanden Heuvel describes Kagan as a careful choice, who needs to be pressed about her views on executive power.

May 11, 2010

The Solicitor General is a (very) "safe" pick, but observers raise doubts about whether she is committed to putting the brakes on the imperial presidency.

May 10, 2010

Ari Melber explains why Obama dropped Dawn Johnsen as a nominee for the Office of Legal Counsel.

April 14, 2010