Linda Hirshman

The Gay-Marriage Victory Is Bigger Than You Think

How the DOMA ruling creates a path for nationwide marriage equality

How the DOMA ruling creates a path for nationwide marriage equality.

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When Justice O'Connor Thought a Bush Was "Vital for the Court"

An old letter suggests she too once saw the Supreme Court as a political body

An old letter suggests she once saw the Supreme Court as more political than she says she does today.

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A Delay on Gay Marriage Isn't a Defeat

Equality activists shouldn't worry if the Supreme Court punts the issue

Equality activists shouldn't worry if the Supreme Court punts the issue.

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And the Supreme Court Is unlikely to ignore that fact.

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The Supreme Court has announced it will look at two gay marriage cases. Chris Matthews feels a thrill running up his leg. Shivers are probably the right response. But not necessarily the Matthews kind. The Court’s consideration of the sweeping challenge to California’s Proposition 8 raises the odds that the Supreme Court strategy may backfire—a risk that the modest challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was likely to avoid.

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Card 'Em

When Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law yesterday, it became official: health care was not to be, as certain Republicans promised, the president’s Waterloo. Republicans quickly swung to predicting that health care would instead be a deceptively successful but actually disastrous victory—more like Napoleon’s conquest of Moscow, say, which launched his bloody winter march from power.

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