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Decade in review: Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing

On July 9, 2018, President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, then a 53-year-old appeals court judge, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Republicans praised the pick and made plans to move forward quickly with a hearing and a vote, while Democrats rallied against Kavanaugh’s nomination but acknowledged that his…
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Decade in review: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dubbed “Notorious RBG” by...

Over the last decade, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has become a pop culture icon – an unlikely attainment for a Supreme Court justice. Throughout her career, Ginsburg has made history and broken glass ceilings, from graduating first in her class at Columbia to founding the ACLU Women’s Rights Project to becoming the second woman on…
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Decade in review: One man’s crusade against race-based policies

There is a long history of “test cases” being brought all the way to the Supreme Court by interest groups recruiting suitable plaintiffs. Two of this decade’s major cases involving race were no exception – although the “interest group” was comprised of one person. In 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the court, by a…
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Decade in review: Justice Antonin Scalia’s death and the Republican delay...

On February 13, 2016, 79-year-old Justice Antonin Scalia died at a ranch in Marfa, Texas. That night, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who was then the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both declared that the Senate should not act on any new nomination for a Supreme Court justice…
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Decade in review: The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy

The Supreme Court closed out its 2017-2018 term with high-profile rulings in the challenge to President Donald Trump’s ban on travel to the United States by citizens of eight predominantly Muslim countries and the dispute over the payment of fees by public-sector employees who are represented by – but do not belong to – a…
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Decade in review

As the second decade of the 21st century winds down, it’s a good time to take stock of what these past 10 years have meant for the Supreme Court – and, by extension, the country. The major change at the court, of course, has been in its makeup. Justices Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016,…
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Decade in review: Citizens United and campaign spending

One of the first blockbuster Supreme Court decisions of the past 10 years will surely affect the election taking place at the beginning of the new decade. In January 2010, the court ruled 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations and unions have a First Amendment right to engage in independent spending to…