Elie Mystal

Justice Correspondent & Columnist

@ElieNYC

Elie Mystal is The Nation’s justice correspondent and the host of its legal podcast, Contempt of Court. He is also an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Type Media Center. His first book is the New York Times bestseller Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution, published by The New Press. Elie can be followed @ElieNYC.

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The Democrats Are Bungling Voting Rights—but Not in the Way You Think The Democrats Are Bungling Voting Rights—but Not in the Way You Think

The John Lewis Voting Rights Act is a valuable piece of legislation. So is the For the People Act. Both are destined to fail in front of the Supreme Court.

Jul 21, 2021 / Elie Mystal

In My Own Private Utopia, There Is No Rain—or Republicans

In My Own Private Utopia, There Is No Rain—or Republicans In My Own Private Utopia, There Is No Rain—or Republicans

In The Sims, one of my favorite video games, my goal is for everyone to be as happy as possible.

Jul 16, 2021 / Feature / Elie Mystal

My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash

My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash

We are marching; we are writing; we are protesting—but the forces of white supremacy are still winning.

Jul 13, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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Bigots Have Finally Accomplished Their Goal of Gutting the Voting Rights Act Bigots Have Finally Accomplished Their Goal of Gutting the Voting Rights Act

The Supreme Court’s decision upholding voter restrictions in Arizona paves the way for widespread disenfranchisement of voters of color.

Jul 2, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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Joe Biden and the Age of Blaxhaustion Joe Biden and the Age of Blaxhaustion

After saving Biden’s campaign from defeat, Black people had hoped for some relief from the constant racism and attacks. That hasn’t happened.

Jun 28, 2021 / Column / Elie Mystal

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#FreeBritney Is Damn Right #FreeBritney Is Damn Right

The law has failed Britney Spears and likely many others—young, old, often female. Now it’s time to change it.

Jun 25, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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Yesterday’s Union-Busting Supreme Court Decision Was a Segregationist Throwback Yesterday’s Union-Busting Supreme Court Decision Was a Segregationist Throwback

The court’s decision in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid will reverberate throughout the labor movement and far beyond.

Jun 24, 2021 / Editorial / Elie Mystal for The Nation

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How the Supreme Court Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religious Bigotry How the Supreme Court Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religious Bigotry

The Supreme Court’s decision last week allowing a Catholic foster care agency to discriminate against LGBTQ couples was narrow—but awful.

Jun 21, 2021 / Elie Mystal

Republicans Tried to Kill the ACA—Instead It Got Stronger

Republicans Tried to Kill the ACA—Instead It Got Stronger Republicans Tried to Kill the ACA—Instead It Got Stronger

While not a complete victory, the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act places it on its firmest legal ground yet.

Jun 18, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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The Democrats Are Failing Dreamers, Failing Immigrants The Democrats Are Failing Dreamers, Failing Immigrants

Biden and the Democrats spent four years decrying Trump’s assault on immigrants. Now they’re refunding ICE and falling down on the Dream Act.

Jun 17, 2021 / Elie Mystal

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