- Jul 4 20161 minute
The Liberal Hypocrisy of ‘Free Speech’
LIBERALS TEND TO THINK OF THEMSELVES as open-minded and supportive of free speech. But recent examples show otherwise—and prove that many on the left are not above using intimidation and harassment to silence dissenting voices. Consider the fight ag
- Dec 5 20164 minutes
Will The Supreme Court Limit Gerrymandering?
The High Court will hear two cases related to a crucial issue––how states draw their legislative districts.
- Oct 3 20165 minutes
The Right To Run Sex Ads
Besieged on several fronts, an online classified site wraps itself in the First Amendment
- Jan 10 20171 minute
The U.S. Supreme Court Puts North Carolina's 2017 Elections On Hold
After a lower court ordered unusual legislative contests this year to mitigate unconstitutional racial gerrymandering, the justices temporarily stayed the order.
- Dec 28 20168 minutes
The Religious-Liberty Showdowns Coming In 2017
From mosque surveillance to new religious-exemption laws, a look at some of the issues likely to come up under Trump
- Dec 12 20167 minutes
The Supreme Court Case That Could Bankrupt Religious Schools And Hospitals
Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton pits financially strained organizations against their own workers, who fear their promised pensions may not be there when they retire.
- Dec 7 20165 minutes
Did Jeff Sessions Champion Desegregation?
Trump’s nominee for attorney general claims to have “filed 20 or 30” desegregation cases as U.S. attorney in Alabama, but there’s little evidence to support that.
- Aug 29 20163 minutes
Unpacking the Court: Is Eight Enough?
AS THE SENATE PREPARES TO END ITS summer recess on Sept. 6, one question looms larger than most: What will happen to Judge Merrick Garland? It has, after all, been more than five months since President Obama put forward his nominee to replace Supreme
- Dec 21 20165 minutes
Can Trump Reverse Obama's Arctic-Drilling Ban?
Probably not, at least without Congress’s help.
- Sep 5 20162 minutes
Akhil Reed Amar
The author of The Constitution Today extols the relevance of a document so essential that he carries three copies
- Nov 14 20162 minutes
The Ninth Justice
Paul M. Barrett In the first half of 2017 a new justice nominated by President Trump is likely to join the Supreme Court, which has been split 4-4 since the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia last February. Scalia was known as a social conse
- Oct 31 201615 minutes
In Case of Low Revenue
There are half a billion tweets a day, a deluge known as the Firehose. For Twitter, it’s sellable data. For repressive governments, it’s a great way to hunt dissidents
- Oct 16 20162 minutes
And Then There Were Three
THE FIRST WOMAN to argue a case before the Supreme Court did so in 1880. It would take another 101 years for a woman to sit on that bench rather than stand before it. Even then, progress was fitful. Over the 12 years that Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth
- Jul 25 201613 minutes
What a President Needs to Know
Amid the clamor of advisers and the fog of hard calls, some basic requirements remain
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
The Dangers of an Empty Seat
FOR MONTHS, Republican Senators have obstinately refused to consider Chief Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Senator Mitch McConnell set this strategy in motion mere hours after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, when he issued a
- Oct 16 20161 minute
A Tax Conservatives Might Like
“I FELT AN ENORMOUS SENSE of responsibility. It was a critical piece of the president’s legacy. But beyond that, once that law was enacted, and I was involved in the effort to preserve it, I would have one conversation after another after another wit
- Nov 11 20164 minutes
Legal Titans Clash Over Cellphone Risks
Cellphone makers claim a First Amendment right not to say what the government tells them to.
- Jan 6 20175 minutes
Can States Make People Pay Even When Their Convictions Are Overturned?
The Supreme Court considers whether states that charge inmates with fees and restitution have to return that money if their convictions are set aside.
- Dec 30 20162 minutes
The Year In Religion And Politics
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016—from religious-liberty bills to Donald Trump's polarizing effect on evangelicals.
- Dec 29 20163 minutes
The Year In Race, Identity, And Criminal Justice
Selections from The Atlantic’s coverage of 2016, when longstanding tensions over race and identity erupted into conflict.
- Dec 21 20165 minutes
A Wisconsin Legislator Models Political Correctness For Students
Instead of selectively attacking views they find objectionable, students, administrations, and elected officials could try defending the principle of free speech.
- Dec 6 20165 minutes
In The Battle Over Voting Rights, What Happens Next?
Court challenges to redistricting in North Carolina and Wisconsin could bring national changes in elections.
- Jul 18 20162 minutes
The Supreme Court’s New Modesty
THE PLAN, HATCHED BY SENATE Republicans after the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, was to make the presidential election into a referendum on the future of the Supreme Court. But the court has not cooperated. Given multiple c
- Jul 18 20161 minute
225. Why Is the Court System so Slow?
Jeffrey Kluger No one knows which Founding Father came up with the idea to pop the words speedy trial into the Sixth Amendment, but whoever he was, he’d be awfully disappointed today. It’s no secret that the American justice system moves with the s
- Dec 14 20165 minutes
North Carolina Republicans Try To Curtail The New Democratic Governor's Power
After Roy Cooper narrowly won the gubernatorial race, the GOP-led state legislature is using a special session to sharply limit the incoming executive’s authority.
- Jan 22 20174 minutes
Roe: Can A Play Influence The Abortion Debate?
Lisa Loomer's production about the legendary Supreme Court case opens during a time of renewed uncertainty over a woman’s right to choose.