Odd Couples: Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia

The friendship between Supreme Court icons Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia seemed quite impossible. Among other things, the two bonded over their love of opera — but theirs was a relationship built on so much more — they laughed together, traveled together, and shared real mutual respect.
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Story of the Week: Supreme Court Issues Key Decisions

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. The Supreme Court met at the end of last week on several matters, and made two key decisions. It voted to allow the Manhattan, N.Y. district attorney to pursue former President Donald Trump's tax returns, and it...
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A Liberal Who Conservatives Often Enjoyed and Respected: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

This September, Americans of all political leanings grappled with the news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had passed away at the age of 87. Ginsburg, only the second female justice, spent 27 years on the nation’s high court amid numerous battles with cancer. Justice...
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Republican and Democratic Voters Agree on Many Healthcare Topics: A Supreme Court Preview of California v. Texas

America’s attention on the Supreme Court will soon shift from the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the cases being decided this term. Only a week after the election, the justices will hear a case on a topic – healthcare – that appears to divide many Americans. Yet data suggests that...
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When Both Parties Pretend Not to Be Thinking About Abortion

The Democrats are talking about health care. Republicans are talking about religious freedom. But at Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings this week, it’s really all about abortion. Under normal circumstances, the partisan divide in this country over the controversial procedure would...
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Story of the Week: Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death Creates Supreme Court Opening

Sign up here to receive the Story of the Week in your inbox every Thursday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death last Friday created an influential opening on the Supreme Court, setting a partisan power grab into motion and reframing the stakes of the 2020 presidential election. President...
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When a Supreme Court Battle is Just the Undercard

In a column last week about California’s wildfires, I referenced a recent poll from the respected Pew Research Center that found that climate change policy ranked eleventh of twelve issues in importance to voters in this campaign. The only thing that was less of a priority to respondents...
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Media Bias Alert: Biden, McConnell, Others Switch Stances on Supreme Court Vacancies

The Supreme Court vacancy left after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing last Friday is up for grabs, and the media is all over it. Politicians and lawmakers from both parties are taking sides on whether to fill Ginsburg’s open seat before or after the 2020 presidential election . News reports...
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Brett Kavanaugh Confirmed to Supreme Court, Ending Fierce Partisan Battle

Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday after a fierce partisan battle that reverberated throughout the country. Kavanaugh's supporters say that he was rightly elevated to the high court, with some asserting that the Democrats' politicization of his confirmation...
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Ford and Kavanaugh Testify, Leaving Senators to Grapple With His Confirmation

Both Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday delivered emotional testimony about allegations of sexual assault against the judge, sending waves through Washington as lawmakers grapple with whether or not he should be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Ford's supporters say that...
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