Robert F. Nagel (Colorado): Conservatism and Constitutionalism in the United States. Study: Trump’s judicial appointees are more conservative than those of past Republican presidents. Trump’s new judges are everything conservatives hoped for and liberals feared. Conquerors of the courts: Forget Trump’s Supreme Court picks — the Federalist Society’s impact on the law goes much deeper (and more). Christopher R. Green (Mississippi): Justice Gorsuch and Moral Reality. Gorsuch, swing vote? Neil Gorsuch hates the government — maybe he’ll turn that anger towards prosecutors. Daniel L. Chen (Toulouse) and Elliott Ash (ETH Zurich): What Kind of Judge Is Brett Kavanaugh? A Quantitative Analysis. Precedent, meet Clarence Thomas — you may not get along (and more). Is Trump trying to ease Clarence Thomas off the Supreme Court?

A Supreme Court divided — on the Right: Is there a split among conservatives between ideology and the court’s long-term legitimacy? (and more) John Roberts is trying to save the Republican Party from itself. Roberts, leader of Supreme Court’s conservative majority, fights perception that it is partisan. Who is John Roberts kidding? Of course the court system is political — the first step toward changing that is acknowledging it. Michael O’Donnell reviews The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts by Joan Biskupic (and more).


Lisa Marshall Manheim and Elizabeth G. Porter (Washington): The Elephant in the Room: Intentional Voter Suppression. Mark Zuckerberg’s call to regulate Facebook, explained. Hard Brexit, dark money: Links between these secretive campaigns raise new questions for Facebook about political ads. Trump’s threats to close the US-Mexico border, explained. Zuzana Caputova is elected Slovakia’s first female president. Boeing crashes highlight the high costs of cheap government. Rachel Cohen on the new politics of the retirement crisis. Stephen Moore would change the Federal Reserve for the worse — much worse. Benoit Basse interviews Peter Singer on Jonathan Glover and the ethics of killing.

Peter M. Shane (OSU): Analyzing Constitutions. From CRS, a report on Free Speech and the Regulation of Social Media Content. “AOC sucks” is the new “Lock her up”. What happens when women stop leading like men: Tina Brown on Jacinda Ardern, Nancy Pelosi and the power of female grace. When is a summary not a summary? Apathy, anger and relief: How voters around the country are processing the end of Mueller. To understand Mueller’s work, focus on counterintelligence. What has to happen for Mueller’s report to become public? William Barr can’t hide the Mueller report. Why courtrooms are kryptonite for Alex Jones. Betsy DeVos’s threats to the Special Olympics are cruel — but disabled people have bigger problems.

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