Scott Lemieux


Scott Lemieux is a political science professor at the University of Washington. He writes for the blog Lawyers, Guns & Money. Follow @lemieuxlgm


Victor Juhasz

How the Supreme Court might frustrate the effort to use statutory authority to advance a progressive agenda, and why the next president should follow through anyway Read more

Day One Agenda


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The justices deny relief from gerrymandering, and hold up the citizenship question on the census … for now. Read more

Law and Justice


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Despite its deep-seated problems, ditching the Electoral College is easier said than done. For now, Democrats should emphasize that Trump was not the people’s choice. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Policy issues have drawn remarkably little notice in this sensation-driven election, but the two candidates’ platforms are as starkly divergent as they have been in a generation. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that rejected voting restrictions in North Carolina only because the Court’s current 4-4 split left the justices evenly divided. The stalemate underscores how the future of voting rights hangs on the high court’s composition. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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Aetna is one of more than a dozen insurers abandoning the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, a move that adds urgency to progressive calls for a public option. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Most progressives would rank Citizens United v. FEC as the worst ruling ever handed down by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts. But five other rulings are turning out to be even more disastrous. Read more

Law and Justice


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As speculation swirls over who would make the best running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, a key question is how her pick might tilt the balance of power in the Senate. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Hillary Clinton’s supposed shift to the left has been overstated, as her support for a single-payer Medicare plan illustrates. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Two recent rulings by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spotlight the limitations of originalist readings of the Constitution, which would dominate a Court controlled by conservatives. Read more



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Three scholars scrutinize Evenwel v. Abbott, a Supreme Court ruling with broad implications for both the future of voting rights and the direction of the Court. Read more

Civil Rights in America


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In choosing a successor to Antonin Scalia, Obama would do well to play the long game and consider a nominee with strong progressive credentials. Read more

Law and Justice


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The Supreme Court rules in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell that corporations can have a religious conscience—at least when it comes to birth control. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The balance the opinion strikes between the state's interest in protecting access to reproductive health clinics and First Amendment rights is not unreasonable, and should not unduly restrict states going forward. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The precedent was in fact clear enough that all nine members of a Court with a notably dubious record on Fourth Amendment rights agreed with the judgment. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The majority opinion by Scalia made it harder for the government to regulate polluters, but doesn't appear to impede the administration's new climate regs. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The reasoning behind Judge Rolf Treu's decision is based on the faulty assumption that if you treat everyone equally, then everyone is equal. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

However horrible Boggs is, the primary villains here, as is so often the case, reside in the World's Worst Deliberative Body. Read more

Money, Politics and Power