This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • The Case to End the Supreme Court as We Know It

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The Supreme Court has historically supported democratic and egalitarian change only when forced by social movements. People must stop looking to the power invested in the court and start looking for the power latent in themselves. 

  • If the Republican Party is the Party of Trump, What Does it Stand For?

    by Robert L. Tsai and Linda C. McClain

    The party’s decision to short-circuit the platform-writing process robbed its own voters of a meaningful opportunity to chart the direction of the party and re-tether a rudderless president to principles.

  • The Supreme Court Used to be Openly Political. It Traded Partisanship for Power

    by Rachel Shelden

    Americans once assumed that the constitutionality of a given law was a matter to be settled through legislative politics and elections, and selected judges on a partisan basis. Today's court is no less political or ideological, but can exert more power because of its nominal freedom from partisan politics. 

  • Correcting the Misinformation about Breonna Taylor

    by Radley Balko

    The Post's policing expert suggests that the Kentucky Attorney General's statements about the grand jury process in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police officers is part of a broad pattern of misinformation. 

  • Republicans are Desperately Trying to Change the Subject

    by Neil J. Young

    Republicans will attempt to paint Democratic opposition to Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination as anti-Catholic. There's no evidence for this charge and it's really an attempt to distract from the norm-busting dash to seat a justice before an impending election. 

  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Abraham Lincoln, and American Jewish History

    by Rebecca Brenner Graham

    Public mourning for Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a prominent Jewish American evokes Abraham Lincoln's role in supporting Jews in Civil War service, and the Jewish community's mourning after his assassination.

  • The Militia Menace

    by Tom Mockaitis

    The time has come to stop mincing words about militias and other far-right extremist groups. They are at best-armed vigilantes and at worst domestic terrorists acting on behalf of a racist ideology 

  • How to Remember the 'Notorious RBG'

    by Peniel Joseph

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg's "Notorious RBG" persona unfortunately obscures the fact that the late justice had a few blind spots, especially with regard to racism. Considering her faults is essential to understand the empathy and solidarity people need to work together for change. 

  • What Would Cicero See In American Governance Today?

    by Edward Watts

    "The United States now approaches the tipping point between a republic governed by law and the polity of violence, governed by mutual fear, that Cicero described over two millennia ago."