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.

SCOTUS Just Set the Stage for Republicans to Steal the Election

SCOTUS Just Set the Stage for Republicans to Steal the Election SCOTUS Just Set the Stage for Republicans to Steal the Election

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked Wisconsin from extending the absentee voting deadline, disenfranchising thousands and creating a terrible precedent.

Apr 7, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Meet the Next Brett Kavanaugh

Meet the Next Brett Kavanaugh Meet the Next Brett Kavanaugh

Justin Reed Walker is 38, has almost no judicial experience, and hates the ACA. Now he’s about to get Kavanaugh’s old seat on the second most powerful court.

Apr 6, 2020 / Elie Mystal

Republicans Are Using the Covid-19 Crisis to Kill Abortion Rights

Republicans Are Using the Covid-19 Crisis to Kill Abortion Rights Republicans Are Using the Covid-19 Crisis to Kill Abortion Rights

GOP governors have begun banning abortion during the Covid-19 crisis, creating a precedent that might be too cruel for conservative judges to pass up.

Apr 2, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Slapping Travel Bans on New Yorkers Is Bad Law—and Bad Policy

Slapping Travel Bans on New Yorkers Is Bad Law—and Bad Policy Slapping Travel Bans on New Yorkers Is Bad Law—and Bad Policy

From Florida to Rhode Island, governors are targeting New Yorkers for special restrictions—and easy scapegoating.

Mar 31, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

The Coronavirus Will Test Whether We’ve Learned Anything From 9/11

The Coronavirus Will Test Whether We’ve Learned Anything From 9/11 The Coronavirus Will Test Whether We’ve Learned Anything From 9/11

Many of us would be happy to exchange some basic rights for safety right now, but we have to be vigilant about protecting our liberties.

Mar 30, 2020 / Column / Elie Mystal

Congratulations, Your Kids Are Now Your Coworkers

Congratulations, Your Kids Are Now Your Coworkers Congratulations, Your Kids Are Now Your Coworkers

Tips on how to survive the lockdown with your children and sanity intact—by a veteran of working from home.

Mar 27, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier to Get Away With Discrimination The Supreme Court Just Made It Easier to Get Away With Discrimination

What makes the decision all the more terrible is that the court ruled unanimously to weaken the civil rights protection at the center of the case.

Mar 26, 2020 / Elie Mystal

The Media Is Helping Spread Trump’s Coronavirus Racism

The Media Is Helping Spread Trump’s Coronavirus Racism The Media Is Helping Spread Trump’s Coronavirus Racism

It’s time for every major media outlet to stop disseminating Trump’s hate—and stop repeating his racist nicknames for the virus.

Mar 20, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might

Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might Trump Won’t Steal the Election, but Your Governor Might

There are lots of ways to prevent people from voting besides canceling the election, and the coronavirus provides the perfect excuse.

Mar 18, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is?

Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is? Trump Isn’t In Charge—So Who the Hell Is?

In the absence of a serious federal response, it’s up to the 50 state governors, and numerous localities, to figure this out on their own.

Mar 17, 2020 / no-paywall / Elie Mystal

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