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July 28, 2021
America Isn’t ‘Back.’ Here’s Why.
Two decades of forever wars created a failing empire. Biden’s foreign policy is just continuing the destructive legacy.
June 10, 2021
Why Is Garland’s DOJ Taking Trump’s Side Against E. Jean Carroll?
There is no good reason for the Department of Justice to defend a former president against charges that he defamed a woman he allegedly raped.
June 7, 2021
House Democrats Call for Answers on US Involvement in Brazil
A letter to the attorney general asks about the Justice Department’s role in the probe that led to the wrongful imprisonment of former President Lula.
May 26, 2021
Why Is Merrick Garland’s DOJ Carrying Water for Bill Barr?
One answer is that Garland, like many Biden officials, is an institutionalist, more committed to preserving institutions than fighting hard political fights.
February 23, 2021
It Was Garland’s Hearing—but Women of Color Were on Trial
Merrick Garland finally got his confirmation hearing, but the GOP spent most of the time attacking the women of color nominated to join him at the Justice Department.
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January 25, 2021
The Justice System Is Going Too Easy on the White Insurrectionists
The Biden administration will be judged by how seriously it prosecutes the white supremacists who tried to overturn the election.
November 18, 2020
Don’t Expect Jones Day to Stop Enabling Donald Trump
The law firm has been the president’s biggest legal booster—and beneficiary—from the start. It’s not going to stop now.
October 29, 2020
If You Can’t Speak English, Good Luck Voting in Trump’s America
The Department of Justice has left millions of voters who need language help without government protection.
September 17, 2020
Is Bill Barr Trump’s Most Dangerous Sidekick?
The attorney general has been chipping away at the rule of law for 18 months. Last night, he made another big claim to unfettered power.
August 24, 2020
How Yale Became the Latest Target in the Plot to Kill Affirmative Action
In the coming days, the DOJ will borrow a page from the conservative playbook and likely sue Yale for violating the rights of white and Asian students.