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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The Supreme Court Takes Us Back … Way Back

Think about what the world was really like before Roe.

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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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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 Supreme Court’s Fighting Words

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

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The Radical Reign of Clarence Thomas

An out-of-control court sends women back to the Dark Ages.

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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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In One Day, Washington Goes in Two Directions on Guns

The Supreme Court delivered a victory for gun rights, while the Senate passed a gun control bill for the first time in decades.

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Ginni Thomas Has a Lot of Explaining to Do

If the tables were turned, Republicans would not hesitate to use every argument, and every tool, at their disposal.

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Abortion Questions for Justice Alito and His Supreme Court Allies

Isn’t having to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term the same as forced labor?

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Ginni Thomas Urged Arizona Lawmakers to Overturn Election

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote to legislators in a crucial swing state after the Trump campaign’s loss in 2020.

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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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Justice Thomas Says Leaked Opinion Destroyed Trust at Supreme Court

In remarks at a conference in Dallas, he also decried the recent protests at justices’ homes and said conservatives would not adopt such tactics.

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The Fight Over Abortion History

The leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade also takes aim at its version of history, challenging decades of scholarship that argues abortion was not always a crime.

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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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What Will Smith and Joe Biden Have in Common

The slap and the slip were the same kind of gaffe.

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The Political Lives of Clarence and Ginni Thomas

How the Supreme Court justice and his wife came to be at the heart of the conservative movement.

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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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Washington Is Getting Extra Serious and Extra Silly

Not for the first time. 

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Texts Show Ginni Thomas’s Embrace of Conspiracy Theories

In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas was involved in a range of efforts to keep President Donald J. Trump in power.

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Real Justice: Justice Jackson

From Anita Hill to Ketanji Brown Jackson, the Senate keeps embarrassing itself.

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Ginni Thomas Texts Expose Rift in House Jan. 6 Panel

There is debate within the committee investigating the assault on the Capitol over whether to seek testimony from the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas about her efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

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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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Justice Clarence Thomas Discharged From Hospital, Court Says

The Supreme Court justice, 73, had been hospitalized for a week with flulike symptoms.

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Ginni and Clarence Thomas Are Making a Mockery of the Supreme Court

Trump couldn’t ask for two better friends in his quest to harm American democracy. 

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Justice Clarence Thomas Hospitalized With Flulike Symptoms, Court Says

Justice Thomas, who was hospitalized on Friday, was being treated with intravenous antibiotics and was expected to be released in a day or two, the court said on Sunday.

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Lynn Yeakel, Spurred Into Politics by Anita Hill, Dies at 80

She nearly unseated Senator Arlen Specter after his aggressive grilling of Ms. Hill during Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Won’t Be Able to Change a Radical Court. Yet.

A new face on the court is welcome, but it won’t change its ideological trajectory. At least not yet.

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The Ginni Thomas Question

We have a Times investigation of Ginni and Clarence Thomas — as well as the latest news from Ukraine.

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The Long Crusade of Clarence and Ginni Thomas

The Supreme Court justice and his wife battled for years for a more conservative America. New reporting shows how far she was willing to go after Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss.

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Biden, a Veteran of Supreme Court Fights, Ponders His Own Historic Pick

President Biden spent decades in the Senate and presided over the transformation of Supreme Court fights into hyperpartisan affairs. Now he is pushing to lower the temperature for his own nominee.

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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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The Supreme Court’s End Game on Abortion

The only question is, how will they explain it? 

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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 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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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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Does the Supreme Court Belong to Justice Thomas Now?

With conservative justices in the majority, it seems to be reshaping itself in his image.

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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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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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How R. Kelly Got Away With It

The singer’s abuse of Black women and girls was hiding in plain sight.

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On Matters of Race, Randall Kennedy Demands Thinking Over Feeling

Kennedy’s new essay collection, “Say It Loud!,” challenges many common beliefs in the name of individuality.

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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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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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