Deadline Poet / June 4, 2024

A Lesson From the High Court

Calvin Trillin
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is seen after a swearing in ceremony for Mark Esper to be the new US Secretary of Defense in 2019.
US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito is seen after a swearing in ceremony for Mark Esper to be the new US secretary of defense in 2019.(Alex Wong / Getty Images)

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