Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a great American. She was a pioneer in the women’s rights legal movement, co-founding its first journal and lecturing on the topic as Columbia’s first tenured female law professor (my father was in her first-ever class, and recalls her as a great teacher). She was the American Civil Liberties Union’s general counsel after founding its Women’s Rights Project.

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The only two certainties in life are death and taxes (at least since the Supreme Court’s 1916 decision upholding the income tax). That has meant that throughout the history of the Supreme Court, with its constitutionally mandated lifetime appointments, presidents and justices have attempted to game both turbulent political winds and the vagaries of mortality by strategically filling seats held by old-timers with younger justices of similar ideological bents. “It’s legitimate if all of them do it,” says Tracey George, a professor of both law and political science at Vanderbilt.

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Legal scholars of the right and left take on the Supreme Court's decision to undo the Voting Rights Act.

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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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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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In the next few weeks, the battle for marriage equality faces two crucial hurdles.

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The Obama administration has taken a position that makes the Bush pro-secrecy campaign seem pale in comparison

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You shouldn't read too much into John Roberts's recent display of jurisprudence.

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Big Chief

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