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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Trump Knows the Power of the Supreme Court—Why Don’t Democrats? Trump Knows the Power of the Supreme Court—Why Don’t Democrats?

The Supreme Court could be a galvanizing issue for Democrats, but the presidential contenders have largely ignored it.

Nov 11, 2019 / Column / Elie Mystal

Don’t Count the Senate Out on Impeachment

Don’t Count the Senate Out on Impeachment Don’t Count the Senate Out on Impeachment

To convict Trump on impeachment charges, 20 GOP senators will need to break ranks. Here’s how that can happen.

Oct 24, 2019 / Elie Mystal

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Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They’re the Big Boys on the Stage Centrist Democrats Want You to Think They’re the Big Boys on the Stage

To stall the progressive momentum, the centrists are trying to recast their ideas as more pragmatic. The problem is, they’re not.

Oct 17, 2019 / Elie Mystal

SCOTUS Is Back in Session and Cruelty Is on the Docket

SCOTUS Is Back in Session and Cruelty Is on the Docket SCOTUS Is Back in Session and Cruelty Is on the Docket

As the term begins, the conservatives are sharpening their knives—and LGBTQ rights, abortion, and gun control are all on the chopping block.

Oct 7, 2019 / Feature / Elie Mystal

Brett Kavanaugh Is About to Get His Hands on His First Abortion Case

Brett Kavanaugh Is About to Get His Hands on His First Abortion Case Brett Kavanaugh Is About to Get His Hands on His First Abortion Case

We knew this day would come. Susan Collins should have known, too.

Oct 4, 2019 / Elie Mystal

Harvard’s Thrilling—and Pyrrhic—Affirmative Action Victory

Harvard’s Thrilling—and Pyrrhic—Affirmative Action Victory Harvard’s Thrilling—and Pyrrhic—Affirmative Action Victory

Judge Allison Burroughs’s ruling is a sublime defense of affirmative action. It also erases the legitimate concerns of Asian American students.

Oct 2, 2019 / Elie Mystal

Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards?

Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards? Why Would a Whistle-Blower Save This Nation of Cowards?

For nearly three years, none of our leaders have held Trump accountable—yet we expect the Ukraine scandal to be different.

Sep 23, 2019 / Elie Mystal

A Killer Cop Gets Fired, and Somehow the Cops Are Angry

A Killer Cop Gets Fired, and Somehow the Cops Are Angry A Killer Cop Gets Fired, and Somehow the Cops Are Angry

Daniel Pantaleo suffered the absolute minimal consequence for killing Eric Garner. The fact that the police union is throwing a tantrum is sick and outrageous.

Aug 21, 2019 / Elie Mystal

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The Vast Conspiracy Behind Jeffrey Epstein’s Death The Vast Conspiracy Behind Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

No, Epstein was not killed by a cabal of powerful men who wanted to silence him. But his death was part of a larger plot: the US prison system.

Aug 20, 2019 / Editorial / Elie Mystal

Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist—and Not that Different From Other Republicans

Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist—and Not that Different From Other Republicans Steve King Is Racist, Misogynist—and Not that Different From Other Republicans

He just says the quiet parts loud.

Aug 15, 2019 / Elie Mystal

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