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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The Court vs. the Climate

The Supreme Court seems unconcerned with climate change.

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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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The Supreme Court’s Fighting Words

Dobbs and Bruen revealed the sweeping terribleness of the current court’s reasoning.

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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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The Supreme Court Just Ruled That Half of America Is Less Equal

The Dobbs ruling is the start of a new era of conflict over abortion.

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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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Why the Justice Department Is Unlikely to Investigate the Supreme Court Leak

The internal inquiry led by the court’s marshal has limited tools, but there are challenges to opening a criminal investigation.

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Supreme Court Leak Inquiry Exposes Gray Area of Press Protections

No law or written code of conduct prescribes how an investigation into the leak of a draft opinion should proceed, or whether journalists will be swept into it.

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How the Supreme Court Became ‘Intoxicated With Its Power’

Three lawyers discuss what the leak says about the politics of the Supreme Court — and predict where we may go from here.

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Draft Opinion Overturning Roe Raises a Question: Are More Precedents Next?

The legal reasoning that the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc is considering to end abortion rights could uproot a series of other past rulings that created modern rights.

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Roberts and Alito, Once Close Allies, Have Taken Divergent Paths

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. have become emblems of a stark divide at the Supreme Court as it confronts whether to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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Supreme Court Marshal Takes Up Leak Investigation as Theories Swirl

Not since Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein refused for decades to disclose the identity of their Watergate source has Washington been as eager to unmask a leaker.

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Imagining a Post-Roe America: ‘I Am Scared’

A 22-year-old woman fears losing control over her body, and an 80-year-old recalls her illegal abortion. Also: Russian oligarchs’ property; Pelosi in Kyiv.

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The Leaked Draft Opinion on Roe Draws on Familiar Arguments

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. argued two basic points: The Constitution is silent on the question of abortion and Roe’s flaws make it unworthy of respect as precedent.

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A Supreme Court in Disarray After an Extraordinary Breach

The leak of a draft majority opinion overruling Roe v. Wade raises questions about motives, methods and whether defections are still possible.

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Roe, on the Edge

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

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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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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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Ginni Thomas’s Texts, and the Limits of Chief Justice Roberts’s Power

His title notwithstanding, the chief justice cannot force a colleague’s recusal. If Justice Clarence Thomas is to disqualify himself, it will be his decision.

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Can Movies Survive Changing Times?

Readers react to Ross Douthat’s column “Is This the End of the Movies?” Also: Supreme Court ethics; reading “dirty” Shakespeare.

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Justice Thomas Ruled on Election Cases. Should His Wife’s Texts Have Stopped Him?

The nature of the text messages was enough to require recusal, legal experts said. But the Supreme Court has traditionally left such decisions to the discretion of the justice in question.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson, Facing Senators for Fourth Time, Knows the Confirmation Playbook

In her Supreme Court confirmation hearings this week, the judge will draw on her earlier experiences and those of her predecessors.

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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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How U.S. Abortion Law Compares With Other Nations

Many rich democracies have earlier cutoffs for abortion — but allow it later for a variety of reasons. And around the world, it has been much more common to expand access than restrict it.

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Chief Justice Roberts Reflects on Conflicts, Harassment and Judicial Independence

In his year-end report, the chief justice said that the court administrators, not Congress, should address financial conflicts and workplace misconduct in the judicial system.

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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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Abortion: The Voice of the Ambivalent Majority

Our democracy may not be strong enough for post-Roe politics.

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In Abortion Case, John Roberts Searches for Middle Ground

The chief justice, known for his incremental approach to contentious issues, explored on Wednesday whether the court could uphold Mississippi’s law without totally throwing out Roe v. Wade.

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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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On Abortion and Covid-19, a Court Goes Rogue

The Supreme Court has empowered a lower court that is out of control.

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The Courts Have It In for American Workers

For too long, judges have sided with corporations over labor. Biden needs to change that.

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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 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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Legislating in the Name of God

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

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Supreme Court Will Return to Its Courtroom Next Month

The public will not be allowed in, but the court will continue to provide live audio of arguments.

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The Texas Abortion Supreme Court Ruling Was Long in the Making

The groundwork was laid long ago for the Texas anti-abortion law that the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect.

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How the Supreme Court Could Slowly Sabotage Roe v. Wade

Justices fearing a backlash might not be ready to overturn the ruling. But Texas offers a way to restrict abortion further.

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As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind

The House’s voting rights legislation named for the civil rights leader John Lewis seeks to counter the Supreme Court’s longstanding bid to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

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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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‘Hot Pursuit’ Doesn’t Always Justify Entry, Supreme Court Rules

The mere flight of a person suspected of a minor crime, without more, does not allow police officers to enter homes without warrants, the court said.

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The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

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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 to Hear Gun Control Case

The justices, who have not issued a major Second Amendment ruling since 2010, will hear a challenge to a New York gun control law.

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