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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On Guns, a Supreme Court Head-Scratcher: Is a Colonial Musket ‘Analogous’ to an AR-15?

And other questions about gun regulations then and now.

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After Dobbs: What Can Be Done?

Readers suggest compromise legislation, offshore abortion clinics, expanding the Supreme Court and more. Also: Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh; Mike Pence; bathing suits.

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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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June 24, 2022: The Day Chief Justice Roberts Lost His Court

Outflanked by five impatient and ambitious justices to his right, the chief justice has become powerless to pursue his incremental approach.

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House Approves Supreme Court Security Bill, Sending It to Biden

A measure extending police protection to the immediate families of Supreme Court justices passed the House overwhelmingly.

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Why the Memory of Jan. 6 Can’t Prevent a Trump Resurgence

How an anti-Trump establishment undercuts itself.

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Armed Man Is Arrested Near Home of Justice Kavanaugh

The man, Nicholas John Roske, told the authorities that he traveled from California to kill a Supreme Court justice, according to court documents. He was charged with attempted murder.

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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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Jocelyn Benson: Protests at Judges’ Homes Must Be Legal, but They Aren’t Effective

Despite the terrifying experience of armed protesters picketing Jocelyn Benson’s house, she supports the right to protest outside public officials’ homes.

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Justice Thomas Should Take a Long Look in the Mirror

If Justice Thomas is genuinely concerned about the eroding faith in his own institution, the first thing he can do is look in the mirror.

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A Battle Over How to Battle Over Roe: Protests at Justices’ Homes Fuel Rancor

Many of the protesters have expressed concern that the scrutiny over the demonstrations has distracted from the real issue: restricting a woman’s right to have an abortion.

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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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How Roe Warped the Republic

Why Roe v. Wade may be overturned by the very forces of polarization it unleashed.

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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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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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John Roberts Has Lost Control of the Supreme Court

What did it take for him to finally speak out? He has joined the liberal justices in seeing an abuse of the shadow docket.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Police in Malicious Prosecution Case

Plaintiffs need show only that the charges against them were dropped, the majority said, to satisfy a requirement that they had obtained a “favorable termination” of the prosecution.

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The Problem of ‘Personal Precedents’ of Supreme Court Justices

Their efforts to seem consistent can clash with respect for precedent in the usual sense. But a new article argues that personal precedents have a role to play as legal building blocks.

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Republicans Re-Litigate Kavanaugh’s Battle in Jackson Hearings

Republicans, in justifying criticism of the first Black woman nominated to the court, repeatedly invoked Democrats’ attacks on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

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The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

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Don’t Assume Ilya Shapiro’s ‘Lesser Black Woman’ Tweet Was Racist

Georgetown shouldn’t have placed him on leave.

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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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Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

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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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The Supreme Court Wrestles With Abortion

Charles Blow, Ross Douthat, Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Michelle Goldberg agree on one thing after oral arguments: It’s not looking good for Roe.   

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The Texas Abortion Law and the Playbook to Overturn Roe v. Wade

The Supreme Court’s conservatives may have calculated that they need political cover for overturning or badly damaging Roe later this term.

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The Problem With the Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket”

Another problem with the court’s “shadow docket.”

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When Will the Supreme Court Hear Arguments on the Texas Abortion Law?

The New York Times will be streaming the oral arguments and providing live coverage of the proceedings when they begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.

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In Texas Abortion Law Case, a Spotlight on Brett Kavanaugh

If the Supreme Court is to reverse course after refusing to block the law in September, at least one conservative justice must change positions. Justice Kavanaugh is the most likely candidate.

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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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Justice Kavanaugh Tests Positive for Covid

The Supreme Court justice is fully vaccinated, a court spokeswoman said, and is not showing symptoms.

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Supreme Court Ends Biden’s Eviction Moratorium

The ruling followed political and legal maneuvering by the administration to retain protections for tenants. It puts hundreds of thousands at risk of being put out of their homes.

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Tap Dancing With Trump: Lindsey Graham’s Quest for Relevance

The senator went from Donald J. Trump’s public enemy to his impassioned defender. Now he’s a golfing regular at Mar-a-Lago, advising the former president on his future. What is behind one of the unlikeliest partnerships in politics?

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Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats

The F.B.I. said some of the 4,500 tips it received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were given to the Trump White House, leading some Democrats to call the process a sham.

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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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Supreme Court Rules on Immigration Notice Rules

In an immigration ruling that scrambled the usual alliances, the justices differed over the significance of the article “a.”

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A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

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Supreme Court Rejects Limits on Life Terms for Youths

The court, which has for years been cutting back on harsh punishments for juvenile offenders, changed course in a 6-to-3 decision.

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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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