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October 12, 2015 Issue
Cover art by: Victor Jurasz.
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This Isn’t the Roberts Court—It’s the Kennedy Court
The Court’s results are mixed, not because of John Roberts’s leadership but because of Anthony Kennedy’s more balanced commitments.
The Death of the Class-Action Lawsuit?
Class actions were the weapon of the people—until the Roberts Court made it nearly impossible to file one.
Think Police Can’t Use Illegally Obtained Evidence Against You? Think Again.
Thanks to the Roberts Court, there’s no penalty for ignoring a key 4th Amendment protection.
Unions in Jeopardy
For decades the Supreme Court supported rules to protect collective bargaining. That era is over.
Lily Eskelsen García
John Roberts Dismantled the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Civil-Rights Movement
The Supreme Court said that times have changed. So why were 180 restrictive voting laws passed after it gutted the Voting Rights Act?
Theodore M. Shaw
It Just Got a Lot Harder for Americans to Have Their Day in Court
By rewriting the rules for civil complaints, the Supreme Court denied access to poor and middle-class people—and handed a big gift to corporate interests.
Arthur R. Miller
The Many Sins of ‘Citizens United’
In order to get the ruling they wanted, the conservative justices had to ignore an extensive record on political corruption.
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Is the Death Penalty Unconstitutional?
Following a controversial ruling over lethal injections, Justice Breyer suggested that capital punishment may violate the 8th Amendment. It’s time to bring that case to court.
George H. Kendall
Parents Tried to Desegregate Their Schools. The Roberts Court Said No.
The conservative majority rewrote decades of equal protection law in the name of a fictional color-blind Constitution.
How ‘Hobby Lobby’ Launched a Right-Wing Crusade
The 2014 ruling has enabled corporations and Christian zealots to claim “religious liberty” as an excuse to deny women’s rights and skirt the law.
The Case Against the Roberts Court
In the decade since John Roberts was appointed chief justice, the Supreme Court has favored the powerful at the expense of everyone else.
Kyle C. Barry
The Second Amendment Was Never Meant to Protect an Individual’s Right to a Gun
How the Supreme Court upended the well-established meaning of the Second Amendment.
Hear! Hear! George Scialabba
A gathering of luminaries and friends—including artist Joseph Ciardiello, with this drawing—celebrated the essayist and critic on the day of his retirement.
The Promise of Jeremy Corbyn’s Victory
He’s attracted more than 60,000 new members to the Labour Party, idealists inspired by a candidate offering more than cosmetic change.
Hairs to the Throne
Union Busting Was a Bust for Scott Walker’s Presidential Run
The failed candidate’s core message did not resonate, and he had nothing else to offer.
AIPAC Spent Millions of Dollars to Defeat the Iran Deal. Instead, It May Have Destroyed Itself.
The powerful Israel lobby has been badly damaged, and that’s good news for both Palestinians and Israelis.
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Walker’s Poll Numbers Fall Below the Lowest Number
Illegal Abortion Is Dangerous, Birth Control Works, and Other Inconvenient Truths for Pro-Lifers
Ross Douthat thinks abortion could be criminalized without sacrificing women’s equality or well-being. He’s sorely mistaken.
Books and the Arts
Romancing the Remains
A tubercular Surrealist describes his convalescence. What could go right?
The Politics of Bad Art
In whose service does a painter paint, or a critic criticize?
Conditions of Emergence: On Elena Ferrante
In the pseudonymous author’s Neapolitan Novels, the price of leaving Naples is that you can never be at home again.
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Letters From the October 12, 2015, Issue
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