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Supreme Court Grants Trump, Future Presidents a Loaded Weapon to Break the Law

Supreme Court Grants Trump, Future Presidents a Loaded Weapon to Break the Law

The Supreme Court’s decision to grant presidents immunity from prosecution for criminal acts committed while in office not only gives Donald Trump a free pass for his past crimes, but sets a dangerous precedent for all future presidents. Before Trump, no one had even argued that presidents are absolutely immune from criminal liability after they leave office. Indeed, every president – including Trump himself – assumed the opposite. In his impeachment trial Trump’s lawyers argued against impeachment by conceding that…

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Trump’s Attacks on DEI Reveal Administration’s Agenda for Second Term

Trump’s Attacks on DEI Reveal Administration’s Agenda for Second Term

When Donald Trump’s administration ended in 2020, two-thirds of Americans believed that Trump had increased racial tensions in the U.S. The Trump administration’s sustained assault on political, civic, and legal efforts to promote racial justice and the administration’s transparent pursuit of an agenda based on white supremacy had pushed the country to its breaking point. Today, Trump and his supporters have doubled down on this agenda. As part of a larger backlash against racial justice efforts that ignited in the…

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What Voters Really Want for Immigration and Public Safety Reform

What Voters Really Want for Immigration and Public Safety Reform

When it comes to immigration and public safety, Republican and Democratic platforms have become virtually indistinguishable. Both sides are espousing a narrative that calls for harsher policies, more enforcement, and increased incarceration. Candidates have bought into the idea that to win votes, they must lean into “toughness.” So how did we get here? Extremist candidates currently control the narrative on both issues and are weaponizing Americans’ fears to win support. These extremist candidates paint a picture of communities under siege…

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court Just Rejected the Nation’s First Religious Public Charter School

The Oklahoma Supreme Court Just Rejected the Nation’s First Religious Public Charter School

In a win for the separation of church and state, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma’s approval of the nation’s first religious public charter school violates the state constitution and charter-school statute, as well as the U.S. Constitution. The decision affirms what we already knew: A religious school can’t be a public school, and a public school can’t be religious. Last year, St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School applied to the Oklahoma Virtual Charter School Board to become…

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The Supreme Court Just Declined to Protect Emergency Abortion Care for Pregnant Patients. Here’s What to Know

The Supreme Court Just Declined to Protect Emergency Abortion Care for Pregnant Patients. Here’s What to Know

Today, the Supreme Court declined to issue a ruling in Idaho and Moyle, et al. v. United States. Instead, it sent the case back down to the lower courts where anti-abortion extremists will continue to fight to strip pregnant people of the basic right to emergency care, including when their life is at risk. While the court’s decision temporarily restores the ability of doctors in Idaho to provide emergency abortions required under the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act…

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55 Years After Stonewall, Police Reform Stalls at Symbolic Gestures

55 Years After Stonewall, Police Reform Stalls at Symbolic Gestures

Fifty five years after a police raid at a popular drag bar in Greenwich Village led to the Stonewall uprising, interactions between police and queer folks can certainly appear a lot different than they did in the 1960s. The laws banning crossdressing, obscenity, and same-sex sexual relations that enabled police to harass LGBTQ people have largely been overturned in court. The pride parades that commemorate the Stonewall uprising now often have a police escort. Many police departments have hired LGBTQ…

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Overturning Roe is Just the Beginning

Overturning Roe is Just the Beginning

Today marks two years since Roe v. Wade was overturned, wiping out federal protections for abortion rights. This decision was a direct result of Donald Trump’s actions. In 2016, during his presidential campaign, he vowed to appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe. Over the course of his presidency, he did just that – appointing the three Supreme Court justices who later voted to reverse decades of protections for abortion rights. Trump’s devastating legacy is clear. Today, anti-abortion politicians…

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The Supreme Court’s Gun Decision Is Not a Victory for Women

The Supreme Court’s Gun Decision Is Not a Victory for Women

This piece was first published in Slate on 6/21/24. The U.S. Supreme Court today broke from its recent embrace of gun rights, leaving in place a federal criminal law that makes it a felony for anyone subject to a civil domestic violence restraining order to possess a gun. As an advocate for survivors of domestic violence, today’s outcome comes as a relief. Indeed, it is the result my organization, the ACLU, asked the court to reach. Even so, liberals shouldn’t…

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