Blog Profile / Slate: Dahlia Lithwick

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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

Blog Post Archive

Robert Mueller Needs a New Team

An Open Letter to Robert Mueller From the Association of Super Secret Detectives Dear Special Counsel Mueller: It has come to our attention here at the Association of Super Secret Detectives that you have recently broadened the team of experts assembled to investigate Russian involvement in the recent U.S. Show More Summary

Orchestrated Chaos

It’s hard to imagine how Kris Kobach could have screwed things up so badly. Here is a man, seemingly hatched from an underground lab devoted entirely to perfecting the fine art of vote suppression, given a golden opportunity to suppress...Show More Summary

Unsolicited Advice for the White House Press Corps

In this, what is somehow the fifth month of the Donald Trump administration, the White House’s official spokespeople have decided it’s about time to stop taking reporters’ questions on camera. Instead, they’ve taken to releasing audio...Show More Summary

Amicus: Breakfast Table Redux

Listen to Episode 71 of Slate’s Amicus: The Supreme Court’s 2016 term may not have contained the usual number of blockbuster cases, but it did have its fair share of drama. Between the stonewalling of Merrick Garland; the filibustered...Show More Summary

SCOTUS Splits the Travel Ban Baby

The Supreme Court’s ruling on Donald Trump’s travel ban is like an optical illusion: Your perception of it changes depending on your vantage point. To Trump and his allies, the decision looks like total vindication for the administration, a move that allows its long-delayed executive order to take effect. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Well it was a rockin’ sockin’ morning on Monday, and the big news is of course that rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s immediate departure were overheated and premature (as Walter predicted). Maybe the takeaway from all of this is that no one individual should be this crucial in a modern constitutional democracy. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Good morning, breakfasters: Three decisions down Friday morning, along with an announcement from Chief Justice John Roberts that the term will wrap up on Monday. First we had Perry v. Merit Systems Protection Board, an employment discrimination...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Dear Walter, Pam, Mark, and the Judge, Welcome back to my favorite week of the year! Walter, it often amazes me that when we started this tradition it was radical online norm shattering, and today it’s just old-school journalism. I think...Show More Summary

Amicus: Nice Little FBI You’ve Got Here. Pity if Something Happened to It.

Listen to Episode 70 of Slate’s Amicus: In his much-anticipated testimony on Capitol Hill this week, former FBI Director James Comey described several uncomfortable interactions with President Donald Trump that preceded his firing. The...Show More Summary

The Covfefe

From the depths of the sea, where Mar-a-Lago once stood, comes the tale of Covfefe too late understood. I will tell you right now how I learned of this story. It might be #fakenews; it might be allegory. Adrift in my boat, I wondered...Show More Summary

When the Nazis Come Marching In

As a resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, I have been forced of late to spend too much time thinking about Nazis. In mid-May, a handful of white supremacists, Holocaust deniers, xenophobes, and recreational racists—among them Richard Spencer—marched through one of our parks with flaming torches in support of a Robert E. Show More Summary

Amicus: Clarence Thomas Is Colorblind

Listen to Episode 69 of Slate’s Amicus: This week, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that caught some court-watchers off guard. It ruled that North Carolina lawmakers had violated the Constitution by using race as a proxy for divvying up voters along partisan lines. Show More Summary

Is Donald Trump Too Incapacitated to Be President?

Ever since Donald Trump landed in the Oval Office, millions of us have been obsessing on how to get him out. For many, the question has been not just if, but how and how soon. Will impeachment happen? Could Trump simply admit defeatShow More Summary

Amicus: Animus Amicus

Listen to Episode 68 of Slate’s Amicus: In the wake of the unceremonious termination of FBI Director James Comey this week, one previously unfamiliar name has dominated the news cycle: Rod J. Rosenstein. The former federal prosecutor became the U.S. Show More Summary

Lawyers to the Rescue!

There is a lingering question about whether the executive order on religious freedom Donald Trump signed in the Rose Garden on Thursday—which had been seen as a possible threat to the LGBTQ community but ultimately spared them for now—did something, nothing, or less than nothing. Show More Summary

Amicus: The Myth of the Neutral Expert

Listen to Episode 67 of Slate’s Amicus: The Supreme Court has slowed Arkansas’ unprecedented rush to execute eight men in 11 days, pending a decision in McWilliams v. Dunn. At issue in the case is whether James McWilliams, an indigent...Show More Summary

Reality Check

The Alex Jones custody case unspooling last week and this week in Austin, Texas, is many things. It is a spectacle, a human tragedy, and an hourly reminder that America is mostly goddamn horrifying. What it is not—with all due respect...Show More Summary

Arkansas Should Not Be Allowed to Execute Prisoners for the Sake of Convenience

This week’s fast-track execution spree in Arkansas has a little something for everyone who harbors lingering doubts about the way we administer the death penalty: Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s initial pledge to execute eight men in 10 days raised virtually every issue that makes capital punishment as currently practiced worrisome. Show More Summary

Neil Gorsuch’s First Big Test

In his first week on the Supreme Court, newly sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch—an avowed defender of religious freedom—will hear oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. The important religious liberty case asks whether the First Amendment’s...Show More Summary

Amicus: Playground of Liberty

Listen to Episode 66 of Slate’s Amicus: Newly sworn-in Justice Neil Gorsuch gets his first chance to make his mark on the court at this week’s oral arguments for Trinity Lutheran v. Comer. The important case asks whether the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause compels the state of Missouri to provide public grant money directly to a church. Show More Summary

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