Irin Carmon
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Can Republicans Stop Patients From Leaving the State for an Abortion?

Can Republicans Stop Patients From Leaving the State for an Abortion?

It sounds so simple, idealistic even. Roe v. Wade and its descendants, writes Justice Samuel Alito in his , have not “ended debate over the issue of a constitutional right to obtain an abortion,” and for that reason and others, “must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.” In the December oral argument for the that will apparently be the vehicle for eviscerating the constitutional right to abortion, Justice Brett Kavanaugh remarked airily of putting America’s uteruses to a vote: “There will be different answers...

May 4
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The Smearing of Kristen Clarke

The Smearing of Kristen Clarke

Last Thursday evening, Tucker Carlson Tonight devoted segment — at least its fifth since January — to the civil rights attorney Kristen Clarke, who has been nominated by Joe Biden to serve as assistant attorney general for civil rights. Until then, Carlson’s segments had focused on plumbing the archives of the Harvard Crimson to accuse Clarke, who is the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and would be the first woman confirmed to the position, of being anti-white and anti-Semitic.Thursday presented a new tactic. Maureen Faulkner, the widow of the Philadelphia...

March 21, 2021
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The Story Behind the Story of Martin Shkreli’s Romance With a Reporter

The Story Behind the Story of Martin Shkreli’s Romance With a Reporter

It takes a lot to get everyone on the Internet to read the same thing — especially in Trump and plague times — but on Sunday night, “The Journalist and the Pharma Bro” did it. Published in Elle magazine, it’s a reported of Bloomberg News reporter Christie Smythe giving up her career and her marriage for a now-scuttled relationship with , who is serving a seven-year sentence in federal prison for fraud. The story includes a kiss in a room redolent of chicken wings. The reaction came as something of a surprise to its author, Stephanie Clifford, who said she is now fielding requests from...

December 21, 2020
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The Glorious RBG

The Glorious RBG

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.Ruth Bader Ginsburg used to instruct her clerks to get it right and keep it tight, so I’ll try to do the same. Only someone so stubborn and single-minded, someone so in love with the work, could have accomplished what she did — as a woman, survived discrimination and loss; as a lawyer, compelled the Constitution to recognize that women were people; as a justice, inspired millions of people in dissent. (I asked her once in an interview what she had changed her mind about and she refused to answer. “I don’t dwell on that kind of...

September 19, 2020
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Misadventures in Teleworking Are the Least of the Supreme Court’s Problems

Misadventures in Teleworking Are the Least of the Supreme Court’s Problems

Please read our updated and , effective on December 19, 2019.CLOSEThere was a brief silence, and then a muffling sound, and then Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s voice came through clearly, on the scratchier side of her vocal spectrum but unmistakable. The justice was calling from her hospital bed, where for a gallbladder infection, on the third day of the Supreme Court’s historic experiment in conference calling.The pandemic had dragged the Court into at least the 20th century. In March, oral arguments had been postponed for the first time since the 1918 Spanish flu and, before that, 18th-century...

May 9, 2020
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