It happened. Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court Monday evening (NPR). Judge Barrett, who is 48 years old, is likely to serve on the court for decades, solidifying a 6-3 conservative majority. It also gives her immediate power in several upcoming hearings this November that disproportionately impacts the livelihood of communities of color. This is the first time a Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed without a single vote from a major minority party since December 1869 (WSJ). Now that it’s official, inquiries on whether or not Biden, if confirmed, could expand the court, have snowballed into comprehensive calls for action.
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An explainer on the Supreme Court, the federal judiciary's highest court, which has been instrumental in leveraging and stripping rights.
In overturning abortion rights, Justice Thomas urged the court to reconsider other decisions that used "substantive due process precedents."
Upon the announcement of Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement, discussions on who will be his successor highlight a need for more Supreme Court representation.
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The recent Supreme Court rulings pose a threat to religious freedom in the country as the separation of church and state erodes.
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A breakdown of four key Supreme Court rulings in the 2021-22 term that will have major rippling effects on the country beyond the individual cases.