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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Is the Supreme Court Facing a Legitimacy Crisis?

Warnings of the court’s declining credibility are hardly new, but after Roe’s fall, they’ve intensified and moved well beyond the bench.

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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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If Roe Falls, Is Same-Sex Marriage Next?

The leaked draft opinion that would eliminate the constitutional right to abortion sent mixed signals about what other precedents might be at risk.

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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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Their Time Served, Sex Offenders Are Kept in Prison in ‘Cruel Catch-22’

New York prisons will not release people convicted of some sex offenses until they find housing far from schools. But that is hard to do, especially from behind bars.

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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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How Democrats Should Nominate a New Supreme Court Justice

The deliberative process that our team followed with Obama’s nominees is outdated. Democrats should move as quickly as possible.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Require Prompt Action on Texas Abortion Law

In dissent, the three liberal justices said the majority, by allowing a time-consuming legal detour, had created “a disaster for the rule of law.”

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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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Maskless and Inaccurate

The Supreme Court offers a window into partisan Covid fallacies.

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We’re Edging Closer to Civil War

I see too many uneasy parallels between what was happening nearly 200 years ago and what is happening now over abortion.

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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 Problem With the Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket”

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

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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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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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Justice Department Asks Supreme Court to Block Texas Abortion Law

Saying the law is “plainly unconstitutional,” the department also asked the court to add the case to its docket in its current term.

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The Supreme Court’s Pain — and Our Anger

Twenty years ago, the Court easily weathered the storm created by Bush v. Gore. But things are different now.

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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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Supreme Court Sides With Alaskan Natives in Dispute Over Coronavirus Aid

Tribal governments in the lower 48 states had sued to challenge the allocation of $450 million in federal virus aid to Alaska Native corporations.

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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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Justice Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s Truth Teller

In her opinions, Justice Sotomayor explains how Supreme Court cases are part of a larger unfolding story of where the country finds itself. 

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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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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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Supreme Court Wary of Law Letting Union Organizers Onto Private Property

The justices considered a California regulation that allowed labor representatives to meet with farm workers at their worksites for up to three hours a day for as many as 120 days a year.

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

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New Yorkers at the Inauguration Festivities

Roles in the ceremony and related events included performing the national anthem and leading the vice president in the oath of office.

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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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Supreme Court Bars Curbside Voting in Alabama

After a state election official banned the practice, a federal trial judge allowed, but did not require, counties to offer it in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Can a Latina Girl Dream of Being President of the United States?

Women’s representation in government is lagging. Change won’t happen by itself.

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The Justice Department’s Shameful Rush to Federal Executions

The push to impose the federal death penalty no matter the cost poses a grave threat to the rule of law.

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Supreme Court Allows Restrictions on Voting by Ex-Felons

The case concerned a Florida state law that limited the sweep of a voter initiative meant to allow former prisoners to vote.

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John Roberts’s Triumphant Supreme Court Term

Among them: Religion got a place at the public table long reserved for secular society.

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Supreme Court Turns Down Request to Allow All Texans to Vote by Mail

Democrats in the state had urged the justices to reinstate a federal trial judge’s order based on the 26th Amendment, which bars voting discrimination based on age.

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Supreme Court Limits S.E.C.’s Power to Recoup Ill-Gotten Gains

But the justices rejected a request that they rule the agency can never sue for disgorgement of profits obtained by fraud.

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Abolishing Qualified Immunity Is Unlikely to Alter Police Behavior

A host of reasons raise questions about the effectiveness of this reform.

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‘Troubling Tableau’ in 11th Circuit’s Prisoner Cases, Sotomayor Says

The appeals court, which covers three Southern states, uses procedures “out of step with other courts,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote, echoing critiques from judges and scholars.

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Does John Roberts Need to Check His Own Biases?

Evidence from recent Supreme Court arguments suggests that the chief justice, like most people, may have ideological and gender blind spots.

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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

The cases are the latest in a series the court has had before it considering the relationship between church and state.

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Supreme Court Hears First Arguments via Phone

The conference call started with the usual Oyez! chant, but that was almost the only traditional thing about the arguments in a trademark case.

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A Precedent Overturned Reveals a Supreme Court in Crisis

Separate opinions in a case show nine justices pursuing agendas far removed from the dispute at hand.

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Supreme Court Revives ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy for Asylum Seekers

A federal appeals court had found that the policy, which was put in place early last year, violated federal and international law.

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