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Judicial Branch news and analysis from The Nation
June 30, 2022
Is Our First Black Female Supreme Court Justice “Integrating Into a Burning House”?
I watched Ketanji Brown Jackson’s swearing-in with happiness, but she was sworn in with the dumpster fire of this last term blazing in the background.
May 17, 2022
The Pandemic Revealed America’s Deeper Sickness
How the pandemic seeded new Astroturf for the right.
March 25, 2022
Why Some Ardent Libertarians Support Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation
Hypocritical Republicans like Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz refuse to acknowledge Brown’s broad support from Bill of Rights advocates.
March 21, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Historic Hearing Begins—Along With the Inevitable GOP Freak-Out
Republicans are going to lean into the racism and misogyny that motivates their base because they have nothing else to throw at the nominee.
January 27, 2022
The Many Remarkable Black Women Who Could Replace Stephen Breyer
Biden has a wealth of choices when it comes to fulfilling his campaign promise to appoint a Black woman to the Supreme Court.
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January 6, 2022
What Conservative Justices Talk About When They Talk About Religious Liberty
The conservative majority on the US Supreme Court has honed a new, radical approach to religious liberty, the significance of which cannot be overstated.
November 24, 2021
This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful for a President Who Believes in Science
I spend a lot of time criticizing the Biden-Harris administration, but here are a few words of thanks.
November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse Has Gotten Away With Murder—as Predicted
Rittenhouse’s acquittal is not a “miscarriage” of justice, as some might claim. It is our white justice system working as intended.
October 29, 2021
The Supreme Court Wants to Make It Even Harder to Sue Abusive Cops
Ending qualified immunity is essential to bringing violent police officers to justice, but the nation’s highest court refuses to weaken it.
October 18, 2021
Biden’s Supreme Court Commission Was Designed to Fail
The commission was set up to give the president and Senate Democrats cover for total inaction on court reform, and its draft findings do just that.