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Scott Lemieux

Columnist

Scott Lemieux is a professor of political science at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., with a focus on the Supreme Court and constitutional law. He is a frequent contributor to the American Prospect and blogs for Lawyers, Guns and Money.

Obama's act of simple decency
President Obama.
Opinion

Obama's act of simple decency

The Democrats' postmortem problem
Can the Democrats learn from their mistakes?
Opinion

The Democrats' postmortem problem

Why a Republican Senate would create a constitutional crisis if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency
If elected, Hillary Clinton will be faced with strong opposition.
Opinion

Why a Republican Senate would create a constitutional crisis if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency

Why this GOP-controlled court couldn't stomach Texas' voter-ID law
It is more and more apparent that voter ID laws are preventing minorities from voting.
Opinion

Why this GOP-controlled court couldn't stomach Texas' voter-ID law

Why the Supreme Court couldn't tolerate Texas' abortion laws
Abortion rights activists cheer the court's decision Monday.
Opinion

Why the Supreme Court couldn't tolerate Texas' abortion laws

Sonia Sotomayor's devastating defense of civil liberties
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
Opinion

Sonia Sotomayor's devastating defense of civil liberties

The sorry ineptitude of the Supreme Court's contraception decision
The pill.
Opinion

The sorry ineptitude of the Supreme Court's contraception decision

Why Bernie Sanders' supporters are right to be furious with New York's atrocious primary
Fans of Bernie Sanders were very disappointed at his primary loss.
Opinion

Why Bernie Sanders' supporters are right to be furious with New York's atrocious primary

Why the Supreme Court will likely strike down Obama's immigration order — even if it ties
Immigration supporters on the steps of the Supreme Court.
Analysis

Why the Supreme Court will likely strike down Obama's immigration order — even if it ties

Why Merrick Garland will never be a Supreme Court justice
Just a pawn?
Analysis

Why Merrick Garland will never be a Supreme Court justice

Will Mitch McConnell pay for his Supreme Court jiggery-pokery?
Tricky Mitch.
Feature

Will Mitch McConnell pay for his Supreme Court jiggery-pokery?

Hillary Clinton has evolved since the '90s. You probably have too.
Hillary Clinton's beliefs have evolved with time.
Opinion

Hillary Clinton has evolved since the '90s. You probably have too.

This might be the end of organized labor
A Supreme Court case may be a game changer.
Analysis

This might be the end of organized labor

The weirdest omission of the Democratic debate
The questions that were not asked on Saturday's debate are more telling than the questions that were asked.
Opinion

The weirdest omission of the Democratic debate

Republicans' coup de grace on voting rights?
Minority voters are still forced to fight for representation.
Opinion

Republicans' coup de grace on voting rights?

Why progressives should support Louisiana's anti-abortion Democratic governor
Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards addresses his supporters.
Opinion

Why progressives should support Louisiana's anti-abortion Democratic governor

The telling incoherence of Antonin Scalia's 'pederast' comments
Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has made some offensive statements.
Opinion

The telling incoherence of Antonin Scalia's 'pederast' comments

John Kasich wants to be the Jon Huntsman of 2016. This is even crazier than it sounds.
John Kasich
Opinion

John Kasich wants to be the Jon Huntsman of 2016. This is even crazier than it sounds.

Why the raging dysfunction in Washington is the new normal
D.C. dysfunction
Opinion

Why the raging dysfunction in Washington is the new normal

Why the American death penalty system is broken
lectric Chair by Andy Warhol
Opinion

Why the American death penalty system is broken

Jeb Bush and the Republican Party's bizarre 9/11 blind spot
George Bush speaks to soldiers in 2002.
Opinion

Jeb Bush and the Republican Party's bizarre 9/11 blind spot

No, Kim Davis wasn't standing on principle
A race to the bottom.
Opinion

No, Kim Davis wasn't standing on principle

Why Biden 2016 makes no sense
Opinion

Why Biden 2016 makes no sense

How the presidential race is making the GOP's health care ideas even worse
Scott Walker
Opinion

How the presidential race is making the GOP's health care ideas even worse

Lawrence Lessig, and how not to run a single-issue campaign
Lawrence Lessig
Opinion

Lawrence Lessig, and how not to run a single-issue campaign

John Roberts has been trying to gut the Voting Rights Act for decades
John Roberts
Opinion

John Roberts has been trying to gut the Voting Rights Act for decades

How ObamaCare's fiercest critic all but admitted the legal case against it was a scam
ObamaCare supporters cheer in front of the Supreme Court building
Opinion

How ObamaCare's fiercest critic all but admitted the legal case against it was a scam

How a President Hillary Clinton could help end the death penalty
Hillary Clinton
Opinion

How a President Hillary Clinton could help end the death penalty

Sorry, liberals: The Supreme Court is still plenty conservative
Supreme Court
Opinion

Sorry, liberals: The Supreme Court is still plenty conservative

Why the next big battle at the Supreme Court may be over solitary confinement
Solitary confinement
Opinion

Why the next big battle at the Supreme Court may be over solitary confinement

Yes, it's okay for Obama to 'bully' the Supreme Court
Barack Obama
Opinion

Yes, it's okay for Obama to 'bully' the Supreme Court

How Congress learned to stop bowing to President Obama on national security
NSA
Opinion

How Congress learned to stop bowing to President Obama on national security

Will Republicans suffer politically if the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare? Don't count on it.
Supreme Court
Opinion

Will Republicans suffer politically if the Supreme Court strikes down ObamaCare? Don't count on it.

Rick Scott lied on his mother's grave — and blew a hole in the GOP's anti-ObamaCare argument
Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Opinion

Rick Scott lied on his mother's grave — and blew a hole in the GOP's anti-ObamaCare argument

Why Canada's election shocker wasn't all that surprising
Alberta New Democratic Party leader Rachel Notley.
Opinion

Why Canada's election shocker wasn't all that surprising

Why the Supreme Court shouldn't let voters decide on gay marriage
Supreme Court
Opinion

Why the Supreme Court shouldn't let voters decide on gay marriage