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Archived Since:April 18, 2011

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Three's company, too

ANTHONY KENNEDY, in his majority ruling legalising same-sex marriage nationwide, tried to allay the concern that polygamy would be next. John Roberts, in his dissent, said he couldn't see a principled way of opening the door to same-sex couples without also letting polygamists through. Show More Summary

Jersey Boy

BOB TOWEY is the president of Livingston High School, a position held by Chris Christie some 35 years ago. Like any good politician, Mr Towey knows a good opportunity when he sees it. He and his fellow student officers agreed it wasShow More Summary

Legal prophylactics

IN 2010 Jacob Szafranski and Karla Dunston decided to undergo in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to create and freeze embryos together. After the couple broke up, Mr Szafranski sued Ms Dunston to prevent her from using their three frozen embryos. Show More Summary

Last gasps

WHEN Oklahoma executed Clayton Lockett by lethal injection in April 2014, the state used an untested sedative. The drug apparently failed to bring on the coma-like state that is meant to precede the introduction of drugs to stop his breathing and then his heart. Show More Summary

The inside of John Roberts's head

JOHN ROBERTS, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, has conservatives vexed. To many of them, Mr Roberts' dissent to the majority's decision legalising gay marriage today seems flatly inconsistent with his reasoning in the King v Burwell case, which saved Obamacare. Show More Summary

Expect more shouting

THE Affordable Care Act has survived another encounter with the Supreme Court. Now 7.5m Americans who might otherwise have lost subsidised health insurance can keep it. This is a good thing. Trying to disentangle the effects of the law, better known as Obamacare, from all the other changes affecting health care is like trying to count raindrops. Show More Summary

A constitutional right

THIS morning, on the anniversary of two previous rulings expanding gay rights, and on the eve of gay-pride weekend in New York and San Francisco, America's Supreme Court announced a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. By a vote of 5-4, the justices ruled that the 14th amendment prohibits states from banning gay nuptials. Show More Summary

Hail to the chief

FOR the second time in three years, Chief Justice John Roberts has departed from his conservative colleagues and voted to keep Obamacare chugging. In 2012, he authored the majority opinion in a 5-4 ruling that turned back a constitutional challenge to the law’s requirement that most Americans buy a health insurance policy. Show More Summary

Speaking truth to obliviousness

If you're a white American, you're more likely than not to vote Republican, though it's a close call. If you're white and male, or white and religious, or white and from the South, or white and old enough to collect Social Security, your odds of a GOP affiliation go up a good deal. Show More Summary

A culture of violence

THE MURDER of nine black Americans in Charleston, South Carolina by a young white man hoping to start a "race war" has renewed calls for stricter gun control, as well as the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the South Carolina state house. Show More Summary

Time for the museum

FOR nearly half a century Georgia’s state flag was three-quarters filled with the battle flag of the Confederacy, a symbol of the pro-slavery side in America's civil war. This state flag had been adopted in 1956, two years after the Supreme Court integrated America’s schools with its Brown v Board of Education ruling. Show More Summary

The Republicans have a pope problem

IT WAS bad enough when Pope Francis began banging on about inequality. Worse still when he changed the church’s tone when it comes to addressing gay people (“Who am I to judge?”). Now the pope has issued a papal encyclical affirming the science of climate change and calling on leaders to phase out fossil fuels from the global economy. Show More Summary

Why gun control is doomed

NO NEW laws restricting access to guns will be passed as a result of Wednesday’s racist shooting rampage, which left nine dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Americans can be confident this is true for several reasons. Show More Summary

Charleston’s terror

“I HAVE to do it,” explained the gunman to those gathered at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on the evening of June 17th, “you rape our women and you’re taking over our country.” The shooter, allegedly aShow More Summary

Blurred lines

RACHEL DOLEZAL was, until very recently, the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People. She gave up the leadership post a couple days after her parents, who claim European ancestry (with, perhaps, a dash of Native American), outed their daughter as white. Show More Summary

Pick your poison

BY THE end of the oral argument in Walker v Sons of Confederate Veterans on March 23rd, the justices seemed caught between a Scylla and Charybdis. If they sided with the state of Texas, which had refused the Sons’ application to issue...Show More Summary

The latest American mass killing

WE DO not yet know why a gunman entered a church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday and killed nine people at a prayer meeting, but in a sense it does not matter. One searches for reasons in order to assign responsibility and to devise solutions, but in this case no one will accept responsibility, and no solutions will be devised. Show More Summary

Choosing battles

EVER since the Supreme Court announced a limited right to abortion choice with its Roe v Wade decision in 1973, pro-life activists have fought to chip away at the decision. Efforts to curb abortion have accelerated and diversified recently, with an impressive 231 separate regulations coming into effect in just the past four years. Show More Summary

Fight! Fight! Fight!

HILLARY CLINTON is a fighter. In a very long speech at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park in New York City, where she officially re-launched her presidential campaign this weekend, she declared that she is here to fight. Show More Summary

Tightly scripted

TO WHOOPS and applause, Jeb Bush ran on stage in a college gymnasium near Miami on Monday afternoon and announced that he is running for president with an assured, unadventurous speech. Two flickers of spontaneity intruded on the well-rehearsed performance by the former governor of Florida. Show More Summary

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