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Dahlia Lithwick writes about the courts and the law for Slate. Follow her on Twitter.

Feb. 25 2014 11:46 PM“Stand Your Ground” NationAmerica used to value the concept of retreat. Now we just shoot.
Feb. 17 2014 11:55 PMHow Can You Explain “Color” to an 11-Year-Old?Alan Alda’s challenge to scientists: Let kids be the judges.
Feb. 10 2014 5:19 PMThe Left Fights BackThis weekend’s massive protest in North Carolina shows that the GOP doesn’t own morality.
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Jan. 29 2014 3:37 PMNext in the War on the War on Women, Republicans Debut the "Who Are You Callin' a Lady?" Tack
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Jan. 28 2014 2:06 PMWhen Pete Seeger Faced Down the House Un-American Activities Committee
Jan. 22 2014 2:47 PMLessons of the Bob McDonnell ScandalWealthy donors are never your friends, and living within your means is only a rule for chumps.
Dec. 18 2013 2:26 PMJudge Leon’s NSA #SlatepitchThe wacky idea that giving away your data creates a greater expectation of privacy.
Dec. 10 2013 2:39 PMHow to Talk to Republican CongressmenA guide for women.
Dec. 3 2013 4:43 PMUn-PeopleThe conservative crusade to declare everything a “person”—corporations, fertilized eggs—will have disastrous consequences.
Nov. 22 2013 12:07 PMTaking the “Meh” out of MetadataHow the government can discover your health problems, political beliefs, and religious practices using just your metadata.
Nov. 13 2013 3:42 PMFinally!Anti-choice activists have been gunning hard to outlaw abortion. Today, the Democrats pushed back.
Supreme Court Dispatches
Nov. 6 2013 6:46 PMSay a Prayer for the Supreme CourtCan the justices settle the world’s religious differences? Not a chance in hell.
Nov. 1 2013 8:02 PMDear President Obama, This Is Why Judges MatterTwo Bush appointees deliver body blows to reproductive rights—and demonstrate the power of the bench.

Oct. 28 2013 5:07 PMHalf MeasuresThe Texas abortion ruling gives a major victory to pro-choicers and a minor one to pro-lifers, but settles nothing.
Oct. 21 2013 11:55 PMAxes of EvilWhat happens when a grown woman wears Axe fragrance for an entire week?
Feb. 25 2014 2:32 PMPre-RacialJustice Clarence Thomas says blacks didn’t think about race in the 1950s South.
Feb. 14 2014 10:43 AMIt’s Over: Gay Marriage Can’t Lose in the Courts
Feb. 5 2014 3:08 PMWoody Allen v. Dylan FarrowThe Court of Public Opinion is now in session.
Jan. 28 2014 6:26 PMGod vs. the GovernmentThe Little Sisters case is not about a form. It’s about who gets to decide what the form means.
Jan. 23 2014 2:28 PMThe Blame Maureen GameBob McDonnell was greedy for golf clubs while Maureen coveted clothes. Why is it so much easier to despise the wife?
Jan. 15 2014 6:49 PMDo We Have the Right to Choose How We Talk About the Right to Choose?
Dec. 11 2013 11:52 PMLockdown NationWe routinely terrify and traumatize kids to spare them terror and trauma.
Dec. 6 2013 6:30 AMOy, Hark!A Jewish parent's guide to Christmas specials.
Nov. 26 2013 3:25 PMCorporations Are People, the Biblical SequelThe Supreme Court will decide whether companies don’t have to cover contraception because they have religious beliefs.
Hey, Wait A Minute
Nov. 20 2013 12:34 PMToronto’s GolemRob Ford delights Canadians by ending their centuries-long reputation for dorkiness.
Nov. 12 2013 6:28 PMIt’s Not My Gun. It’s “Free Speech.”The alarming rise of “open-carry” demonstrations.
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Nov. 5 2013 9:50 PMBye-Bye, Cooch
Nov. 1 2013 4:13 PMThe Fight to Criminalize Early-Term AbortionsNew rulings in Texas and Oklahoma could challenge the last remnant of Roe v. Wade.
Oct. 24 2013 11:26 AMLadies’ ChoiceVoter ID laws might suppress the votes of women. Republican women.
Oct. 16 2013 5:24 PMLet. Us. Pray.What’s wrong with falling in love with the amazing Senate chaplain?



Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

160 Countries Host Marches to Demand Action on Climate Change


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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