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Writing for Mother Jones, Hannah Levintova discusses the newest abortion-rights-related law to find its way to the US Supreme Court: Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. Levintova describes the premise: In this case, the justices are expected to focus on two of [recent Texas abortion law HB2]’s most onerous requirements: that abortions be performed in ambulatory surgical centers, hospital-like […]

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Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern’s recent Slate.com post offers a brief preview of what’s to come this term in the nation’s highest court. For readers with a liberal bent, the news may be troubling, as they ask, rhetorically: “Is the court moving right, or far right, or really, really far right?” The entire analysis […]

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Writing for Slate.com this week, Mark Joseph Stern addressed the most recent challenge to Obergefell v. Hodges, the recent decision granting gay couples nationwide the right to marry. The challenge comes from Kim Davis, a clerk in Kentucky who continues to refuse marriage licenses to gay applicants. More specifically, the challenge comes in the form of an […]

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Some light reading this week: Jess Bravin of the Wall Street Journal finds Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg taking in an opera. Justice Ginsburg is an apparently frequent opera-goer, but in this instance, she’s both observer and subject: Saturday night’s world premiere of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg,’ a comic opera putting the jurists through the paces of a supernatural crucible, […]

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One Believe it or not, sex is a very important part of a relationship for many women, despite what we may say or what nonverbal messages we may send. From a female standpoint, I enjoy the intimacy. I enjoy knowing that I have that kind of power over another, that I can bring them to […]

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Robert J. Smith of Slate.com asks an interesting question following the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that allows states to keep using the drug midazolam as part of a lethal injection cocktail: could the Court be close to abolishing the death penalty? Smith points first to the dissent in this most recent case, in which Justices Stephen […]

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In the wake of some monumental Supreme Court rulings, Jamelle Bouie of Slate.com is looking to the future, and discussing one particular case that looms large on the Court’s docket. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, is making its second trip to the highest court, after a series of events that began in 2008 when […]

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Writing for Slate.com, Mark Joseph Stern recounts some interesting– and in some instances, legitimately funny– moments from Monday’s Supreme Court docket. Before the Court was a case pitting the State of Texas against a group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans; the group wanted the state to manufacture their customized license plate, which features the Confederate […]

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For the second week in a row, I am reading about the newest challenge to The Affordable Care Act, King v. Burwell. Oral arguments will be held in The Supreme Court today; on Monday, Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote a piece for The Nation uncovering the major financiers of the attack on the health care law, the Koch brothers. […]

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In his recent piece for Salon.com, Simon Maloy uncovers a glaring contradiction in Orrin Hatch’s newest attack on the Affordable Care Act. Speaking to The Heritage Foundation on Monday, Hatch made clear why he believes the plaintiffs should prevail in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to Obamacare to reach the Supreme Court. Maloy begins with some […]

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In the most recent issue of The Nation, Nan Aaron, William Yeomans, and Michelle D. Schwartz look back on nearly ten years of a John Roberts-led Supreme Court. They argue that the effects of Roberts’ leadership are clear: the interests of the powerful are the primary guide to his– and The Court’s– decision-making: The man who vowed to […]

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In the most recent issue of The Nation, Nan Aaron, William Yeomans, and Michelle D. Schwartz look back on nearly ten years of a John Roberts-led Supreme Court. They argue that the effects of Roberts’ leadership are clear: the interests of the powerful are the primary guide to his– and The Court’s– decision-making: The man who vowed to […]

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February 3, 2018

This is, clearly, a continuing story. In an online article in a new UK magazine, The Amorist, computer science professor Kate Devlin urges that sex bots (and digital assistants, like Siri) shouldn't just be "gynoids"; we should have access to "androids" as well. And then there is my personal experience of drawing from the nude. Increasingly, I find or realize, that breasts now often -- and unfortunately! -- are coming in just one, too-perfect shape. (In the augmentation industry it's called "round," and I believe the most popular fill is on the order of 400ccs.) Are we finding that the simples...

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

In the most recent issue of The Nation, Nan Aaron, William Yeomans, and Michelle D. Schwartz look back on nearly ten years of a John Roberts-led Supreme Court. They argue that the effects of Roberts’ leadership are clear: the interests of the powerful are the primary guide to his– and The Court’s– decision-making: The man who vowed to […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Gun. Pour ses explorations des traductions, vers le français, de la poésie, voir, par example, Translating Dickinson, Poetry as Conversation, et Dylan, Nobel, Paris, Chimes Flashing. Some readers may also find of […]

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Arabian Red Fox, photograph by Jem Babbington, appears on Birds of Saudi Arabia website

In the most recent issue of The Nation, Nan Aaron, William Yeomans, and Michelle D. Schwartz look back on nearly ten years of a John Roberts-led Supreme Court. They argue that the effects of Roberts’ leadership are clear: the interests of the powerful are the primary guide to his– and The Court’s– decision-making: The man who vowed to […]

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July 25, 2017

[…] Sex, Politics—is due out in 2017. His previous, Emily-Dickinson-related, multilingual writing: Translating Dickinson (into French) and Dickinson — Sex, Spanish, Stew. Some readers might also be interested in Beyond […]

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