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    Explainer: The hearings investigating the January 6 US Capitol attack, and why they matter

Explainer: The hearings investigating the January 6 US Capitol attack, and why they matter

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The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is airing eight public hearings this summer before releasing a final report in September. Julie Norman explains why the hearings are taking place, why they matter, and what outcomes we might expect.
What is the committee and why is it holding hearings? 
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    Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures

Cynicism toward the law is linked to lower compliance with and support for COVID-19 mitigation measures

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The COVID-19 pandemic saw the introduction of efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus by US state governments, including mask mandates, limits on large gatherings and stay-at-home orders. In new research Richard K. Moule Jr., George W. Burruss, and Chae M. Jaynes look at why members of the public both supported and defied strategies meant to […]

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    How subcontracting key services leads to the entrenchment of urban immigration detention in many US communities

How subcontracting key services leads to the entrenchment of urban immigration detention in many US communities

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The US federal government contracts with US local governments to provide immigration detention. In new research Deirdre Conlon and Nancy Hiemstra find that these contracts generate substantial revenues for urban counties in New Jersey, and that county subcontracting for services such as food and medical care can also provide substantial revenues for local businesses. They write that the monetary […]

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    A world without Roe v. Wade: understanding the Supreme Court’s likely ruling and what to do about it

A world without Roe v. Wade: understanding the Supreme Court’s likely ruling and what to do about it

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With the Roe v. Wade decision now likely to be overturned by the US Supreme Court this summer, Brittany R. Leach looks at the draft decision, and what Justice Alito’s flawed view of the history of abortion law and practice might mean for the future rights of women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and other groups. She writes that […]

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    With the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade, conservatives are telling us they want to eradicate minority rights in America – and we must start listening

With the leaked draft opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade, conservatives are telling us they want to eradicate minority rights in America – and we must start listening

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Last week, a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion showed that the Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing the right to an abortion in the United States. Keith Magee argues that the move, which will have the largest negative impact on poor Black women, may signal that other civil rights, such as same-sex marriage and contraception are […]

The end of Roe v. Wade moves abortion to the states

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This week, a leaked draft decision from the US Supreme Court in the Dobbs v. Jackson case indicated that the Court may be on the verge of overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which gave women the right to a safe and legal abortion in the US. Alex Garlick writes that the move, which is the result of […]

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    When the Senate plays politics with Supreme Court vacancies this hurts the public’s perceptions of the Court

When the Senate plays politics with Supreme Court vacancies this hurts the public’s perceptions of the Court

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The recent US Senate confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the Supreme Court has shown how politicized such hearings have become. But how do these more contentious hearings influence how the American public thinks about the Supreme Court itself? In new survey research, Miles T. Armaly and Elizabeth A. Lane examine reactions to the US Senate’s approach to […]

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    The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 3: New York: Education Inequality in the Empire State

The Ballpark Podcast Season 4 Episode 3: New York: Education Inequality in the Empire State

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In this episode of The Ballpark, we head to New York to learn more about the Empire State. We look at the ‘city that never sleeps’, and the rest of the state, which is one that many of us may actually know very little about. We explore how the City and the rest of the state interact, as well […]

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    Long Read: Trump v. Thompson shows that when the Supreme Court weighs in on executive privilege it’s bad for Congress, for a sitting President, and for the Court.

Long Read: Trump v. Thompson shows that when the Supreme Court weighs in on executive privilege it’s bad for Congress, for a sitting President, and for the Court.

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The US Supreme Court has recently rejected former President Trump’s request to stop the National Archives from releasing White House records from during his tenure. Gary J. Schmitt and Jeffrey K. Tulis look at the recent history of disputes over executive privilege between Congress and the executive, and argue that while hyper-partisanship in the legislature has necessitated the Supreme […]

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    With Breyer’s Retirement, the US Congress has lost its champion at the Supreme Court

With Breyer’s Retirement, the US Congress has lost its champion at the Supreme Court

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Last week, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer announced that he would be retiring from the US Supreme Court after nearly 30 years. Lauren C. Bell writes that while Breyer’s departure is not likely to change the Court’s 6-3 conservative-liberal split, it does mean the Court will be losing its member who is most committed to respecting and deferring to the […]

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