Four Justices have made plain their intent to void efforts to facilitate voting rights

Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republicans have long attacked so-called “activist” federal judges, claiming they interfere with the constitutionally protected autonomy of state government officials, particularly when federal courts have intervened to bar racial discrimination in voting and education. But the Supreme Court’s right-wing majority is now poised to dictate to state judges and governors how to enforce their own election laws, so as to tip the scales in favor of Republican candidates. Working in tandem with Republican legislators seeking to further suppress and dilute Democratic votes, the Court could usher in decades of minority control of both state and federal governments, unless Congress acts.


Make the entire Republican Party the defendant

Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate Chamber on the first day of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As the second Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump gets underway in earnest, we know exactly where the Republican Party stands. Most GOP senators voted to dismiss the case before it began, declaring their intention to let Trump off, regardless of the evidence. On Tuesday, 44 of 50 Republicans again voted not to hold the trial after hearing tendentious arguments from Trump’s lawyers, who spoke about everything except what Trump did.

But Republicans’ refusal to even consider the ample proof that Trump incited an attack on the Senate itself actually provides the House managers prosecuting the case with a unique…


The GOP was corrupt long before 45 came along

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A Republican president stands accused of traitorous acts, working in cahoots with a kleptocracy that emerged from the ruins of the USSR and its KGB — a menace the GOP long grounded its very identity upon fighting — in multiple schemes to undermine our national elections.

Many have asked why the Republican Party would stand lockstep behind such a brazen criminal. The most commonly heard answer is that Trump has “taken over” the Party. That’s true insofar as the president is always the head of his party, but it is not a satisfactory answer.

Trump has managed to line up…


Trump built a trap for the GOP. It’s time to use it.

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The leading House Democrats responsible for impeachment, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, originally argued Congress should not proceed without bipartisan support for removing the president from office. Based on that proposition, some have mourned Democrats’ failure to “convince” Republican members of Congress to support the impeachment of Donald Trump. This criticism fails to account for the contemporary reality of the GOP’s absolute fealty to Trump. Because of Trump’s control of his party, impeachment simply cannot result in the removal of the president, regardless of the gravity of the evidence against Trump.

But if properly undertaken, the proceedings might well contribute to…

David Lurie

David Lurie is a lawyer who practices in New York City. He has also written for Slate and The Daily Beast. You can follow him on Twitter here: @davidrlurie

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