Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

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Trump Is Gone, Sort of. The Fireworks Are Still Going Off.

The Supreme Court, Congress, even the White House. — the reverberations are everywhere.

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Supreme Court Gives Goldman Sachs a Do-Over in Securities Fraud Suit

The justices said the bank may renew its arguments that its statements about honesty and integrity were too generic to support a class action for billions of dollars.

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In Rift With Biden, a Dramatic Show of Force by a Conservative Catholic Movement

A vote by the U.S. bishops was the most dramatic example of the conservative Catholic movement’s reach since Joseph R. Biden was elected. But the contingent had been gaining strength throughout the Trump era.

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The Supreme Court’s Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results

In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court’s expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.

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Supreme Court Limits Sweep of Law on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Violent felonies committed recklessly do not count in deciding whether 15-year terms are required under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the justices ruled.

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Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight

The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.

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By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Supreme Court Looks for Narrow Path in Investors’ Suit Against Goldman Sachs

Both sides agreed that generic statements about firms’ integrity and honesty can sometimes be the basis for securities fraud class-action suits.

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Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Issues Her First Majority Opinion

The 7-to-2 ruling rejected an environmental group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

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Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement

Taking their cue from Trump, they are going all out to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits

The case was the court’s first on the key remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act in the context of voting restrictions.

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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Supreme Court Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court’s direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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Supreme Court Revives Abortion-Pill Restriction

In their first abortion case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined the court, the justices reinstated a requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

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What Republicans Might Gain if They Lose Georgia

They have survived Trump for the last four years. But disentangling from him might get easier if his latest sabotage succeeds.

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Chief Justice Praises the Courts’ Responses to the Pandemic

In a year that included an impeachment trial, the death of a colleague and the arrival of a new one, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s year-end report focused on the health crisis.

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Thank the Supreme Court, for Now

The justices did the right thing by declining to hear the case brought by red states to overturn the election results. But let’s see what happens down the road.

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As Trump Leaves the White House, His Imprint on the Judiciary Deepens

Published opinions from the nation’s appeals courts this year show that Trump appointees stand out from other judges, even those named by other Republican presidents.

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At the U.S. Women’s Open, a Love Story

They met playing against each other in rec league hockey. Now Alena Sharp and her caddie, Sarah Bowman, are honeymooning on the golf course.

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Justices Tell Federal Judge to Reconsider Virus Limits on California Churches

The move followed a decision last week lifting restrictions on religious services in New York.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

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The Supreme Court Was Right to Block Cuomo’s Religious Restrictions

The balance between Covid-19 precautions and civil liberties doesn’t need to be a partisan issue.

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Justice Barrett’s Vote Could Tilt the Supreme Court on Gun Rights

For years, conservative justices have said the court disfavors the Second Amendment. Justice Amy Coney Barrett is likely to shift the balance, and a case to help her do so may be knocking.

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Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump

The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.

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Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Fate of Affordable Care Act

A transformed court, with a six-justice conservative majority, will take a new look at the sprawling health care law.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Hears Her First Supreme Court Argument

But she did not take part in a pair of unsigned decisions in favor of a Black Lives Matter activist and a prisoner held in abusive conditions.

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As Election Day Arrives, Trump Shifts Between Combativeness and Grievance

The president is sounding notes of bravado and exasperation at the end of a divisive campaign. But he may have severed himself from the political realities of a country in crisis.

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Has the Court Learned Nothing From Bush v. Gore?

Apparently not.

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What if America Gets a Divorce? And Other Final Election Predictions

With just days left until Election Day, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat are joined by the Time magazine columnist and senior editor of The Dispatch, David French.

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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

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Supreme Court to Let PA, NC Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day

The pair of decisions were welcomed by Democrats. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.

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Er, Can I Ask a Few Questions About Abortion?

You know who really reduced abortion numbers in the U.S.? President Obama, with the Affordable Care Act.

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Supreme Court Won’t Speed a Do-Over on Pennsylvania’s Ballot Deadlines

The court deadlocked last week in the same case, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the second request for review.

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How Far Might Trump Go?

No one is quite sure.

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

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Trevor Noah: Replacing RBG With ACB Is Like Trading LeBron for Ben Carson

“Technically, yes, they’re swapping one Black man for another, but good luck on making the playoffs next season,” Noah joked on Tuesday’s “Daily Show.”

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How Mitch McConnell Delivered Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Rapid Confirmation

Ignoring cries of blatant hypocrisy, the Senate leader pushed through pre-election approval, capping off his reshaping of the judiciary.

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How Amy Coney Barrett May Change the Court

Readers worry that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly partisan rather than an independent body.

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Trump Mimics Coronavirus ‘Superspreader’ Event in Barrett Swearing In

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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‘Fat and Happy’ With a Conservative Court, Are Republicans Losing a Winning Issue?

President Trump and his party pushed Justice Barrett’s confirmation through in record time. But they could find that satisfied voters, who no longer fear the specter of a liberal court, are also complacent.

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Amy Coney Barrett is Confirmed by Senate, Reshaping the Supreme Court

The vote capped a brazen feat for Republicans, who pushed through a Supreme Court nominee in little more than five weeks with the election looming.

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In Swearing In Barrett, Trump Defiantly Mimics ‘Superspreader’ Rose Garden Ceremony

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

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Over Democratic Fury, Republicans Push Barrett to Brink of Confirmation

A near party-line vote on Sunday to cut off debate over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination set up a final confirmation vote on Monday.

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We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.

Brazen politics in Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process threatens the court’s standing with the public.

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Murkowski, in a Turnabout, Says She Will Vote to Confirm Barrett

The iconoclastic Alaska Republican said she remained opposed to filling the Supreme Court seat so close to an election but could not hold that against a qualified nominee.

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The Last Temptation of NeverTrump

A voice in my head makes the case to re-elect the president.

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