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Remembering the Decades-Long Abortion Fight You Weren't Alive to Witness

Over the past few years—well, frankly, since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973—we’ve seen a proliferation of evidence that a woman’s right to have an abortion is actively being curtailed by our nation’s representatives. But it’s easy to forget that if you lived before 1973, your lifetime likely spanned…

Crazy How Anti-Affirmative Action Justice Scalia Was an Affirmative Action Hire

During a Supreme Court argument regarding the constitutionality of affirmative action on Wednesday, Justice Antonin Scalia suggested that minority students might consider going to a “slower-track school where they do well.” By that logic, Scalia should probably be on a slower-track court where he doesn’t feel so…

This Session of the Supreme Court Could Determine Abortion Access for Generations

Amy Hagstrom Miller is used to fielding frantic phone calls. She’s been working in abortion care since 1989; in 2003 she founded Whole Woman’s Health, a group of clinics in five states that provide gynecological care and abortions. In Texas, Whole Woman’s hotline is getting one particular call in particular, over and…

Famously Awful 5th Circuit Rules Against Obama Immigration Plan, Paving Way for Supreme Court Battle 

The exceedingly conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled against an Obama administration plan that would have allowed millions of undocumented families to remain in the country. On Monday night, the 5th agreed with a lower court, ruling that the immigration plan couldn’t be enforced while 26 states are…

'Marty Was Always My Best Friend': Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Love Story

Wives—and until 1981, they were always wives—of Supreme Court justices have historically had roles not unlike a gaggle of First Ladies: sitting for photographs in Good Housekeeping, sitting in a special reserved section of the court even after their husbands retired, gathering for lunch three times a year in what used…

Mike Huckabee: Kim Davis Only Has to Uphold the Law 'If It's Right'

In his continuing bid to demonstrate his weak grasp on the American branches of government and generally how we do things around here, Mike Huckabee is defending anti-gay, marriage license-denying county clerk Kim Davis, saying she only needs to uphold the law “if it’s right” and saying she’s “fighting judicial…