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Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review

Supreme Court opinions are indeed very long. The ideological rift between the majority and the minority is really, really strong. Judges are supposed to base their decisions on legal materials and the proper roles of the branches ofShow More Summary

The Schmoozing Gene

For years, Barack Obama was able to keep his poll numbers high because the American public saw him as above the fray. But now that his poll numbers are dipping, he lacks the personal relationships to fall back on when the worm turns—in part because he's stayed so above the fray. Show More Summary

Salinger, the Swamis, and the Secrets

I’m standing outside an imposing four-story graystone townhouse. Located on a leafy, blossoming block of East 94th Street in Manhattan, it’s the headquarters and worship center of the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Society, the spiritual home to J.D. Show More Summary

Fright in the Attic

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My Gay Dad Dreamed of This Day

I’m not trying to get her to grow up gay. I’m not hiding my gayness to get her to grow up straight. But she can see that there are many orientations and many ways to be. Hopefully, by the time she grows up we will have a society where those dichotomies of whether you’re gay or straight, a man or a woman aren’t so important. Show More Summary

Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review

OK, I’ve digested the dissents in the DOMA case, especially Justice Scalia’s enraged one. (He gets points for the phrase “legal argle-bargle.” I plan to borrow that for future articles.) It’s important to point out that he directs most of his rage at the five-justice majority, not at proponents of gay marriage, or the institution itself. Show More Summary

WATCH: The Reaction as DOMA Went Down

After interns ran the Supreme Court’s decision to the networks, crowds in Washington erupted, activists across the country celebrated, and two plaintiffs got a call from the president on live TV. Luckily, cameras were never far away...

Goodbye to the Crown Jewel of the Civil Rights Movement

The Supreme Court struck down the crown jewel of the Civil Rights movement today. Section 5 was the most powerful tool in the movement’s arsenal. Although I’m a law professor and thus supposed to be opining on the court’s decision and Congress’ potential response, I want to spend a little time mourning Section 5’s passing before hashing out the consequences.

Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review

Chief Justice John Roberts’ opinion on the Voting Rights Act takes away one of the most important tools for ensuring minority rights that Congress has ever created. Yet the opinion sounds respectful and modest. This is the genius of John Roberts. Show More Summary

Scalia the Mullah

In a speech last week titled “Mullahs of the West: Judges as Moral Arbiters,” Justice Antonin Scalia told the North Carolina Bar Association that the court has no place acting as a “judge moralist” in issues better left to the people. Show More Summary

What Did You Want to Be When You Were 8?

By the time he was 8 years old, Gerry Allen had already chosen a career. “I wanted to be a National Park ranger. That’s all I wanted to do,” he recalls. When he got to Auburn University, he shaped his studies—a biology major and minors...Show More Summary

Rethinking Gun Control

Background checks are back. Last week, Vice President Biden said that five U.S. senators—enough to change the outcome—have told him they’re looking for a way to switch their votes and pass legislation requiring a criminal background check for the purchase of a firearm. Show More Summary

Connecting the Dots, Missing the Story

Could Big Data have prevented 9/11? Perhaps—Dick Cheney, for one, seems to think so. But let's consider another, far more provocative question: What if 9/11 happened today, in the era of Big Data, making it all but inevitable that all the 19 hijackers had extensive digital histories?

Supreme Court 2013: The Year in Review

I agree that the Supreme Court’s opinions tend to be too long. The padding often muffles the meaning, and I also think it’s one reason journalists sometimes screw up in the instant of first reporting a major decision (as some infamously did when the Obamacare ruling came down last year, and after Bush v. Show More Summary

How Do You Say Shaolin in Sign Language?

When Killer Mike took the stage last week at the Bonnaroo music festival, he spotted amid the crowd a white woman rapping along to his lyrics, shaking her body and contorting her face to the beat. The Atlanta rapper has his share ofShow More Summary

The "Can Anyone Stop This Darn Immigration Bill?" Gabfest

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Sculpting a Career in Fashion

When I first contacted Alice Wu, she had just returned from a week of meetings with store buyers and fabric suppliers in Los Angeles, but she promised to get in touch with me soon. The following week, she was on the road for sales appointments in the Pacific Northwest. Show More Summary

Life Is Sweet

In Virginia hunt country, 47 miles from Washington, D.C., you’ll find the town of Warrenton, population 9,735. On Main Street, across from the town library and next to the courthouse, there’s a small, refurbished filling station with a cherry-red pickup truck parked out front. Show More Summary

The Calling

Saul of Tarsus’ path to sainthood began when a celestial light enveloped him on the road to Damascus. He heard Jesus’ voice, inaudible to his companions, saying: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The conversion experience of Father James Martin was less dramatic. Show More Summary

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