What We Learned This Term About the Supreme Court’s Shift to the Right

The blockbuster decisions — on abortion, guns, religion and climate — told part of the story. But the court’s abrupt rightward shift ran through its entire docket.

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Supreme Court Ruling Allows State to Prosecute Non-Indians on Reserveland in Oklahoma

The decision followed a landmark 2020 decision that said much of eastern Oklahoma falls within an Indian reservation, limiting the authority of state prosecutors.

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Supreme Court Narrows Ruling for Tribes in Oklahoma

The decision followed a landmark 2020 ruling that said much of eastern Oklahoma falls within Indian reservation lands, limiting the authority of state prosecutors.

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The End of Roe

The Supreme Court’s abortion ruling will transform American life and politics.

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Kavanaugh Gave Private Assurances on Roe v. Wade. Collins Says He ‘Misled’ Her.

“Roe is 45 years old, it has been reaffirmed many times, lots of people care about it a great deal,” the justice told the senator, according to notes from a private meeting before his confirmation.

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Abortion Ruling Poses New Questions About How Far Supreme Court Will Go

The decision overruling Roe v. Wade exposed internal divisions among conservative justices about reconsidering other rights.

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The Supreme Court May Rein In Efforts to Protect the Climate

The court’s conservative majority seems intent on pursuing an agenda that would limit the government’s ability to shield the planet.

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After Roe Leak, Supreme Court Starts to Resemble Other Branches

The disclosure of a draft opinion that would overrule Roe v. Wade, legal experts said, was evidence that the court is not much different from other Washington institutions.

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Roe v. Wade’s End Is Terrifying. Here Are Four Reasons.

In revoking a right most Americans want, the Supreme Court risks doing tremendous damage to the country — and to itself.

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What the Leaked Draft on Abortion Reveals About the Supreme Court

What the leaked draft opinion on abortion rights reveals about the Supreme Court.

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Roe, on the Edge

Roe v. Wade seems to be on the cusp of falling.

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Gorsuch Calls for Overruling ‘Shameful’ Cases on U.S. Territories

The justice urged his colleagues to revisit the Insular Cases, which denied full constitutional protection to unincorporated territories. A petition filed last week gives them a chance.

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Supreme Court Leans Toward Coach in Case on School Prayer

Members of the court’s conservative majority indicated that the coach, Joseph A. Kennedy, had a constitutional right to kneel and pray at the 50-yard line after games.

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Censure of Politician Did Not Violate First Amendment, Supreme Court Rules

A verbal reprimand, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote for a unanimous court, is itself a form of free speech.

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Supreme Court Says 10 Burglaries Can Count as One Offense

The case concerned a federal law that calls for stiff sentences for gun crimes when the defendant had committed three felonies “on occasions different from one another.”

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Sotomayor and Gorsuch Address Reports of Conflicts Over Masks

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who has diabetes, has been participating in Supreme Court arguments remotely. Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, her seatmate, is the only member of the court who does not wear a mask.

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How Best to Ease the Crisis in Afghanistan

Responses to an essay that urged the U.S. to cooperate with the Taliban to save Afghan lives. Also: Justice Gorsuch, maskless; toxic masculinity. 

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Maskless and Inaccurate

The Supreme Court offers a window into partisan Covid fallacies.

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Do We Have the Supreme Court We Deserve?

It has become a willing participant in a war for the soul of the country.

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Supreme Court Allows Vaccine Mandate for New York Health Care Workers

Doctors and nurses challenged a state coronavirus vaccine requirement that had medical but not religious exemptions, saying it violated their right to free exercise of their faiths.

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Supreme Court Allows Vaccine Mandate for New York Healthcare Workers

Doctors and nurses challenged a state coronavirus vaccine requirement that had medical but not religious exemptions, saying it violated their right to free exercise of their faiths.

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The End of Roe Is Coming, and It Is Coming Soon

I thought we had more time before the 1973 decision was overturned. I now believe I was wrong.

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Supreme Court Revises Its Procedure for Arguments

The court, which is hearing major cases on abortion and guns, has revised its procedures to make sure that all justices are heard.

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The Supreme Court Faces a Huge Test on Libel Law

Two of the justices want to revisit a landmark decision for free expression. They may soon get the chance.

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On the Supreme Court, Religion and a Scheduled Execution

The Supreme Court routinely rejects death penalty appeals. But it halted an execution when religion became an issue.

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University of North Carolina Can Keep Affirmative Action, Judge Rules

Students for Fair Admissions vowed to immediately appeal in a case that appears destined for the Supreme Court.

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The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

Justices who once derided judicial “meddling” are now meddlers themselves.

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Back on the Bench, the Supreme Court Faces a Blockbuster Term

The court, which is dominated by six Republican appointees, will confront a charged docket, including a case asking it to overrule Roe v. Wade.

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Supreme Court Term Marked by Conservative Majority in Flux

The chief justice’s power waned, and the three Trump justices grew more influential. The term ended with an exclamation point, with the court imposing new limits on the Voting Rights Act.

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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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This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

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Case on Police Violence Reveals Fault Lines at Supreme Court

In a sharp exchange, dissenting conservatives suggested that Chief Justice Roberts warped the law in response to public sentiment.

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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 Weighs Limits of ‘Hot Pursuit’ by Police

The court has said that the police need no warrants to enter the homes of fleeing felons. Does that exception also apply to people suspected of minor crimes?

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Pennsylvania Election Case on Mailed Ballots

In dissent, three justices said the court should have used the case to provide guidance in future elections.

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Supreme Court Rejects Religious School’s Challenge to Kentucky Virus Order

The governor had ordered all of the state’s K-12 schools, whether public or private, to close temporarily to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

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Thank You, Justice Gorsuch

Liberals will one day cite and celebrate this defense of religious liberty.

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick May Need to Denounce Roe. Good.

Judicial nominees should be honest about their stance on abortion.

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Trump’s Leading Candidates to Fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Vacancy

President Trump has vowed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.” Here is who might fill the seat.

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Who is on President Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees?

President Trump has vowed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.” Here is who might fill the seat.

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Why Trump’s Supreme Court Fantasy List Is Bad for Real Life

Listing potential justices may distort how we see the judiciary and how it behaves. Joe Biden should stick to “no names.”

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The Supreme Court’s Religious Wing Takes on Covid-19 Restrictions

The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices.

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After a Trail of Tears, Justice for ‘Indian Country’

From my elders, I learned that justice is sometimes seven generations away or more — and inevitable.

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A Conservative Court and Trump’s Own Appointees Declare Their Independence

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of President Trump’s claims of immunity was a reminder that institutional prerogatives still matter in Washington, even in a time of extreme partisanship.

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How a Conservative Supreme Court and Trump’s Appointees Declared Their Independence

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of President Trump’s claims of immunity was a reminder that institutional prerogatives still matter in Washington, even in a time of extreme partisanship.

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Conservatives, Don’t Give Up on Your Principles or the Supreme Court

Some are turning away from a founding idea, originalism.

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On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different

Recent decisions are about safeguarding pluralism, not taking sides in the culture wars.

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