Dorothy Samuels

Dorothy Samuels, a former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.


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The instinct to punish judges for an unpopular or mistaken decision is alive and well and imperiling judicial independence. Read more

Law and Justice


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Planned Parenthood’s new petition for high court review involves a state restriction on medication abortion nearly identical to one the nation’s top court ruled unconstitutional in 2016. Read more

Law and Justice


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As the justices take up the Masterpiece Cakeshop case this week, a pithy amicus brief from First Amendment experts unravels the bakery owner’s free speech complaint. Read more

Law and Justice


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A ruling for the bakery owner in the so-called “cake case” before the Supreme Court could inflict untold harm on gay people, true religious liberty, and civil rights. Read more

Law and Justice


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The DOJ’s investigation represents a threat to leakers, whistleblowers, and robust journalism. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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The president’s proposal to defund the nation’s flagship domestic service program is unwise and unpatriotic. Lawmakers should look elsewhere to make cuts.  Read more

Economic Policy


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The administration continues to lunge in the wrong direction and to threaten harm to women everywhere. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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So little time, so much damage to women’s rights and wellbeing Read more

Money, Politics and Power



Another presidential assault on the courts and poor people—and another critical institution heedlessly threatened.   Read more

Law and Justice


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Democrats should require Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to respond to basic questions about his judicial philosophy and views on past cases. Read more

Law and Justice


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Donald Trump did not just reinstate a pre-Obama ban on U.S. assistance to overseas groups that perform or even talk about abortion, he vastly expanded its reach. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Record spending by secretive outside special interests in state supreme court races poses a stark threat to the impartiality of the nation’s courts. Read more

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Roe v. Wade will stand for now, but the essential right it protects is in Trump’s line of fire. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The Republican Party will never solve its woman problem until its leaders abandon candidates and policies that seek to rob women of their basic right to make their own child-bearing decisions. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Unlimited, undisclosed spending is playing an ever-greater role in state supreme court races, undermining the fairness of the courts and putting judges at risk of conflicts of interest. Read more

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