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The Supreme Court dives into a dispute over what diversity means

NEXT week, the Supreme Court will hear Fisher v University of Texas II, an important case asking how race may fit into admissions decisions at public universities. The Roman numerals denote this as the second time Abigail Fisher’s lament...Show More Summary

Marco Rubio’s tax plan is efficient. It is also expensive and regressive

FEW policy choices bring the trade-off between efficiency and equality into sharper view than taxes on capital. On the one hand, capital taxes harm the economy by discouraging productive saving and investment; many economists argue that capital should not be taxed at all. Show More Summary

Obama "deeply disturbed" by death of black teenager

THE IMAGES, released by Chicago police on November 24th, are appalling. A young man, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, jogs along the middle of a road at night and slows to a brisk walk as he sees two police cars that have stopped ahead of him. Show More Summary

John Roberts reflects on leadership at the Supreme Court

IN A rare public appearance on the evening of November 20th, John Roberts, the chief justice of the United States, gave a talk at the New York University School of Law. The subject of the chief’s presentation was one of Mr Roberts’sShow More Summary

Obama asks the Supreme Court to act fast to save his immigration orders

FIVE months ago, the Supreme Court turned back a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that would have scuttled Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement. On November 21st, the president’s solicitor general, Donald Verrilli, asked the Supremes for another favour. Show More Summary

Louisiana gets its first Democratic governor in more than a decade

EVEN IF all the polls predicted it, this election result was a stunner by any measure. On November 21st, Louisiana, among the reddest of all American states, became the first in the deep South to elect a Democratic governor in more than a decade. Show More Summary

Why it makes sense to raise the age of juvenile courts

WHEN RALPH Bonano was 17 years old, he was on the wrong road. He had dropped out of school, joined a gang, been arrested several times—and he regularly sold drugs. When your correpondent spoke to him three years later, in 2014, he was on a better path. Show More Summary

An American mayor says no to Syrian refugees, flunks history

“THOSE WHO cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”, George Santayana, the philosopher, is famous for saying. David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, Virginia, showed yesterday that people who think they remember the...Show More Summary

Bobby Jindal bows out

BOBBY JINDAL'S aim to become the Republican Party’s presidential candidate was always a long shot. The governor of Louisiana is not well-known outside his relatively small home state. He does not have deep pockets, especially compared to Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. Show More Summary

Governors seek to exclude Syrian refugees

SLAMMING the door on Syrian refugees would be a betrayal of America's values, declared Barack Obama on November 16th. Refugees should not, he said, be conflated with terrorists. “The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism, the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war,” he said, speaking at the G20 summit in Turkey. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court agrees to hear the biggest abortion case since 1992, in the middle of the presidential election

TWO and a half years ago, Wendy Davis (pictured above) stood in pink running shoes for 11 hours on the floor of the Texas Senate to speak against a bill that would shutter most abortion clinics in her state. “The alleged reason for the...Show More Summary

Clinton, Sanders and O'Malley talk national security

IF CLAP-O-METERS decided presidential elections, then a convincing case could be made that national security—and notably the struggle against the murderous fanatics of the Islamic State (IS)—is the biggest obstacle standing between Hillary Clinton and the White House. Show More Summary

The Donald rips into his rival, and Iowa's voters

DONALD Trump’s astonishing political ascent has been fuelled by his reputation for telling it like it is. But there must surely be a limit to how much truth (or Mr Trump’s version of it) voters want to hear. Over the course of a rambling, vitriolic rant in Iowa on November 12th, he may have touched that limit. Show More Summary

Betting on change in Atlantic City

CHRIS CHRISTIE, New Jersey’s governor, has had a tough few days. He was excluded from the fourth main Republican presidential debate on November 10th and instead relegated to the tier-two crew. Not only is he faring poorly in national polls: in his home state a recent survey put him fourth—well behind Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Mark Rubio. Show More Summary

Marco Rubio rises above the rest in Milwaukee

A LOT was at stake at the fourth televised Republican debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 10th. Jeb Bush was fighting for his political life in posing himself as a credible contender of the presidency. Marco Rubio had to tryShow More Summary

Can you sue a website that misrepresents you?

MOST employers turn to the web to help get the skinny on their job applicants. But what happens when the information they find is inaccurate? Looking himself up on Spokeo, a “people search engine,” Thomas Robins was surprised to read that he was a well-off man in his fifties with a wife, children and a graduate degree. Show More Summary

A man’s jail term turns on a comma

WE HAVE been suspicious for some time of laws imposing mandatory minimum sentences. Extending prison time for criminals who abuse children may be more justifiable than mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offences, but it seems that lawmakers were not particularly careful when, in the 1990s, they sat down to compose these tougher laws. Show More Summary

An old court case exposes the racist tricks used to ensure all-white juries

TIMOTHY TYRONE FOSTER, a black man, sits on Georgia’s death row for killing an elderly white woman in 1986. When jurors were being vetted to hear Mr Foster’s case, prosecutors struck all five African Americans from the jury pool. Four...Show More Summary

How the law needles the poor

THE MOST revolting scene in Monty's Python's "The Meaning of Life" depicts a man succumbing to a putatively voluntary liver donation. Arriving at his front door, the authorities point to the liver donor’s card in his wallet. “Need we...Show More Summary

The latest battleground in transgender rights: the school changing room

A DISAGREEMENT about the treatment of transgender students is pitting the largest high-school district in Illinois against federal authorities. The bone of contention is the access to changing rooms for a transgender high-school student...Show More Summary

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