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John Roberts news and analysis from The Nation
June 22, 2022
The Supreme Court Strikes Another Blow to the Separation of Church and State
In a new ruling, the theocrats on the court turned one of the nation’s fundamental principles on its head.
June 20, 2022
The Problem of the Supreme Court
It’s time to admit that the nation’s highest court has been a source of harm more often than it’s been a force for justice.
Louis Michael Seidman
January 24, 2022
John Roberts Gets an F on His Annual Report
The chief justice’s year-end appraisal of the federal judiciary reads as innocuous at first glance—it’s anything but.
December 10, 2021
The Supreme Court’s Texas Abortion Ruling Isn’t the Victory Many Want It to Be
Sonia Sotomayor said it best: “The Court should have put an end to this madness months ago.… It failed to do so [earlier], and it fails again today.”
September 30, 2021
This Supreme Court Term, Conservatives Have One Aim: Stop Progress
During the next nine months, conservatives justices will use their power to attack abortion rights, weaken gun regulations, and rewind the clock to a darker age.
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July 21, 2021
The Democrats Are Bungling Voting Rights—but Not in the Way You Think
The John Lewis Voting Rights Act is a valuable piece of legislation. So is the For the People Act. Both are destined to fail in front of the Supreme Court.
June 24, 2021
Yesterday’s Union-Busting Supreme Court Decision Was a Segregationist Throwback
The court’s decision in
Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid
will reverberate throughout the labor movement and far beyond.
June 21, 2021
How the Supreme Court Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Religious Bigotry
The Supreme Court’s decision last week allowing a Catholic foster care agency to discriminate against LGBTQ couples was narrow—but awful.
June 18, 2021
Republicans Tried to Kill the ACA—Instead It Got Stronger
While not a complete victory, the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act places it on its firmest legal ground yet.
March 5, 2021
The Supreme Court Is Poised to Find New Ways to Disenfranchise Black Voters
If the court gives the go-ahead to two new, blatantly discriminatory voting laws, we can say goodbye to free and fair elections.