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Antonin Scalia news and analysis from The Nation
October 14, 2020
Barrett’s Evasions Show Why Expanding the Court Is Necessary
The Republican deal with the devil to tolerate Trumpian corruption in exchange for a supermajority deserves both scorn and redress.
December 21, 2016
Mitch McConnell Assaulted the Constitution (and Got Away With It)
The senator refused to perform his duty in rejecting any consideration of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
November 11, 2016
What Will the Supreme Court Look Like in a Donald Trump Presidency?
If three additional liberal and moderate vacancies occur in the next four years, the Court could stand 7-2 conservative for decades to come.
James D. Zirin
November 2, 2016
With the Supreme Court at Stake, This Election Could Determine the Future of Our Environment
Trump thinks climate change is a “hoax”—don’t expect any better from his Supreme Court nominees
April 8, 2016
Why Mississippi’s New Anti-LGBT Law Is the Most Dangerous One To Be Passed Yet
The law doesn’t protect religious belief. It protects bigots who discriminate against LGBT people—and zealots who place their religion above the law.
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March 22, 2016
How to Fight Big Money in 2016 and Beyond
As Jeb Bush supporters discovered, money can’t make someone a great candidate—but it does function as a gatekeeper for one who is able to run a viable campaign in the first place.
March 16, 2016
Now That We Have a Supreme Court Nominee, Tell GOP Senators to Do Their Job
Senate Republicans are still refusing to even consider Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court.
March 16, 2016
Obama Picked a Safe SCOTUS Nominee—This Is How It Could Backfire
An early look at activists on the left shows some reticence toward Obama’s pick.
March 15, 2016
Why Antonin Scalia Became So Prominent—And Why His Influence Will Not Last
He was celebrated because he used his position as a Supreme Court justice to mobilize conservatives—but his views were antithetical to what is most enduring about American legal and political aspirations.
March 2, 2016
Republicans Are Digging in Their Heels Over President Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee. Demand That They Do Their Job
The American people have already voted on who should appoint our next justice.