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A judge sends government lawyers to an ethics class

AN ODD side scuffle is taking place in the legal fight over the executive orders Barack Obama issued in 2014 to soften America’s immigration policy. With a Supreme Court decision pending in United States v Texas, a 26-state challenge...Show More Summary

Why America’s food labels are approaching their best before date

SELL by; use by; best by; expires on. American food products display a range of authoritative-sounding labels that are often inconsistently applied and confusing. Many people think expiration labels are federally regulated. In fact,Show More Summary

The Supreme Court cracks down on racist prosecutors

THE Supreme Court tends to expend more energy detangling questions of law than it does sorting through questions of fact. But on May 23rd, in a decision that could spare the life of a death-row inmate in Georgia, the justices took aShow More Summary

Trump’s Supreme Court wish-list is designed to reassure conservatives

DURING his run for the Republican nomination, Donald Trump has shown willingness to defend opposing views on nearly every big issue in American politics. He once supported women’s reproductive rights, including so-called partial-birth...Show More Summary

Why Americans will be more vulnerable to Zika than they should be

IF ANYTHING could persuade Republican congressmen to put aside their partisan gripes, you might think it be would the imminent arrival in America of a disease that causes babies to be born dead, with brain and eye lesions, or with shrunken heads. Show More Summary

The Supreme Court dodges a decision on contraceptive coverage

THE SUPREME COURT refuses a hearing to about 99% of the 7,000 or so cases that reach its inbox each year. But once the justices accept a case onto their docket, they generally side with one party or another. Not so in Zubik v Burwell, one of this year’s most closely watched cases which fizzled to a close on May 16th. Show More Summary

Pfizer’s move throws a wrench into America’s death-penalty machinery

“FIRST, do no harm.” Executives of pharmaceutical companies are not subject to this guiding principle of the Hippocratic oath—only doctors are. But increasingly, drug manufacturers are taking steps to ensure that their formulations do not wind up in syringes used for lethal injections of condemned prisoners. Show More Summary

The government tells schools to accommodate gender identity

WHEN John Locke chose Cicero’s dictum “salus populi suprema lex esto” (“let the public welfare be the supreme law”) as the epigraph for his Second Treatise on Government, it’s safe to say he wasn’t thinking about toilet rules. But 327...Show More Summary

A battle rages over the renaming of a law school after Antonin Scalia

IT IS in part an accident of geography that George Mason University has become a sprawling public institution. It sits in the prosperous Northern Virginia suburb of Fairfax County, home to thousands of lawyers, lobbyists and bureaucrats who work in Washington, DC. Show More Summary

How balancing America’s budget became a game

THE BROOKINGS Institution and the Wilson Centre, two Washington think-tanks, are putting the “fun” in “funding the federal government”. They have launched an online minigame which challenges all comers to balance the budget (or at least, keep the debt-to-GDP ratio from rising) over 25 years, without throwing their favourite policies overboard. Show More Summary

Why the Supreme Court is slowing down

WITH five votes, the late Justice William Brennan liked to tell his clerks, “you can do anything around here”. Justice Brennan’s rule still applies after the death in February of Antonin Scalia. But with only eight justices remaining, the magic number of five is now harder to come by. Show More Summary

A Texas law could disenfranchise 600,000 voters

FIG LEAVES are often draped over controversial laws coming out of the Republican-dominated legislature in Texas. But when a judge takes a closer look, the reality of the legislation tends to be laid bare fairly quickly. In March, Texas's...Show More Summary

John Kasich leaves the Republican battle with his reputation intact

PUNDITS have spent months mocking the Republican presidential ambitions of Governor John Kasich of Ohio, who finally dropped out on May 4th, clearing the field for Donald Trump. As other, more successful rivals dropped by the wayside,...Show More Summary

Why Ted Cruz’s plan to win over America’s disgruntled conservatives failed

HANDS triangled in prayer, then a sideways karate chop. Those two gestures, often performed in quick succession, were the signature gesticulations of Ted Cruz’s stump speeches during his now-abandoned bid for the Republican nomination. Show More Summary

Donald Trump knocks Ted Cruz out of the race

“TRUMP is scary,” says Jim Adkins, the manager of a branch of Olive Garden, a restaurant chain, as he is coming out of the banquet hall of the St Peter & Paul Macedonian Church, where he just cast his vote for Hillary Clinton. Mr Adkins...Show More Summary

How will Bernie Sanders’s revolution end?

BERNIE Sanders is out of the running to be the Democratic nominee, but he is still running for president. The once-rising democratic socialist candidate has faltered badly in recent weeks—losing five of the last six states—yet he signalled over the weekend that he is not ready to dismantle his podium and head back to Vermont. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz stands at a crossroads in Indiana

AFTER its first clear success at the Republican primaries in Wisconsin on April 5th, the Never Trump alliance sought to replicate its triumph in Indiana, which goes to the polls on May 3rd. Wisconsin’s Republican grandees, conservative...Show More Summary

Special Relationship, Episode 1

This election cycle has been unpredicatable enough already. But what would happen if another terrorist attack, along the lines of those carried out in San Bernardino, Paris and Brussels were to happen in America before the general election?...Show More Summary

Why freedom of speech might protect you when you aren’t speaking

“HARD cases”, Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote in 1904, “make bad law”. But a ruling this week by the Supreme Court shows that cases featuring a tricky set of facts can, when the majority gets a little creative, make good law. In Heffernan...Show More Summary

The mysterious power of Trump’s garish buildings

IT IS easy to laugh at the image of a Donald Trump-designed White House, if not at the idea of Mr Trump himself as an occupant. Emblazoned with the family name in two-foot-high bronze letters, fitted with gold fixtures and marble surfaces,...Show More Summary

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