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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.

The GOP's bad faith SCOTUS diversions
Amy Coney Barrett.
Opinion

The GOP's bad faith SCOTUS diversions

Stop assuming voters won't care about Trump's taxes
President Trump.
Analysis

Stop assuming voters won't care about Trump's taxes

The case against ObamaCare is weak. It will probably succeed anyway.
The Supreme Court.
Analysis

The case against ObamaCare is weak. It will probably succeed anyway.

Why on Earth is the GOP standing by Kavanaugh?
Kavanaugh, McConnell, and Pence
Analysis

Why on Earth is the GOP standing by Kavanaugh?

Manafort is screwed — and Trump knows it
Paul Manafort arrives in court
Opinion

Manafort is screwed — and Trump knows it

What does Anthony Kennedy's retirement mean for Roe v. Wade?
Pro-life and pro-choice demonstrators clash
Opinion

What does Anthony Kennedy's retirement mean for Roe v. Wade?

The Supreme Court's disgraceful decision on Trump's travel ban
Demonstrators outside the Supreme Court.
Opinion

The Supreme Court's disgraceful decision on Trump's travel ban

The Supreme Court is not coming to the rescue
President Trump, John Roberts, and Anthony Kennedy.
Opinion

The Supreme Court is not coming to the rescue

Trump's backwards interpretation of the IG report
President Trump in the White House
Opinion

Trump's backwards interpretation of the IG report

Gary Cohn's breaking point
Gary Cohn during a news briefing at the White House
Opinion

Gary Cohn's breaking point

Why Republican leaders will stand by Trump no matter what
Republican leaders stand behind Donald Trump
Opinion

Why Republican leaders will stand by Trump no matter what

Why Flynn's guilty plea won't bring down Trump
President Trump.
Opinion

Why Flynn's guilty plea won't bring down Trump

What Jeff Flake must do next
Sen. Jeff Flake.
Opinion

What Jeff Flake must do next

The Supreme Court looks poised to strike down gerrymandering. Here's why.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court.
Opinion

The Supreme Court looks poised to strike down gerrymandering. Here's why.

The inhumanity and lies of Trump's DACA suspension
President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Opinion

The inhumanity and lies of Trump's DACA suspension

The disturbing lessons of Trump's shameful Arpaio pardon
Joe Arpaio
Opinion

The disturbing lessons of Trump's shameful Arpaio pardon

Don't praise the GOP for calling out Trump's appalling Charlottesville comments
Protesters outside the White House after the Charlottesville events
Opinion

Don't praise the GOP for calling out Trump's appalling Charlottesville comments

Kirsten Gillibrand is serious about Medicare for all
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Opinion

Kirsten Gillibrand is serious about Medicare for all

How John McCain saved ObamaCare and proved the haters wrong
John McCain.
Opinion

How John McCain saved ObamaCare and proved the haters wrong

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?
Donald Trump points
Opinion

What happens if Trump fires Mueller?

Why Trump's Russia scandal will only get worse
The saga continues.
Opinion

Why Trump's Russia scandal will only get worse

Donald Trump Jr.'s dangerous liaisons
Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. on the campaign trail in June 2016.
Opinion

Donald Trump Jr.'s dangerous liaisons

Liberals' single-payer hubris
Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Opinion

Liberals' single-payer hubris

How the Supreme Court just dangerously undermined the separation of church and state
The Supreme Court of the United States.
Opinion

How the Supreme Court just dangerously undermined the separation of church and state

Democrats must pursue universal health care. They must also be smart about it.
Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Opinion

Democrats must pursue universal health care. They must also be smart about it.

How previous White House scandals altered the political landscape
Richard Nixon leaves the White House after resigning.
Feature

How previous White House scandals altered the political landscape

What past scandals can tell us about what Mueller might find on Trump
President Trump on a TV screen in the White House
Analysis

What past scandals can tell us about what Mueller might find on Trump

James Comey's revenge
James Comey on Capitol Hill
Analysis

James Comey's revenge

Trump revealing classified intel to the Russians wasn't illegal. But it is impeachable.
President Trump in New Jersey
Opinion

Trump revealing classified intel to the Russians wasn't illegal. But it is impeachable.

Don't cry for James Comey. Be nauseous for America.
James Comey.
Opinion

Don't cry for James Comey. Be nauseous for America.

The clear and present danger of TrumpCare
It could happen.
Opinion

The clear and present danger of TrumpCare

Why President Trump is getting killed in court, in 1 astonishingly ignorant comment
His own worst enemy.
Opinion

Why President Trump is getting killed in court, in 1 astonishingly ignorant comment

Why Democrats shouldn't be too giddy about the GOP's health-care disaster
House Democratic leaders
Opinion

Why Democrats shouldn't be too giddy about the GOP's health-care disaster

Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?
Paul Ryan laughs.
Analysis

Did Paul Ryan intentionally sabotage his own health care plan?

What's next for Trump's travel ban?
President Trump meets with legislators in Washington
Opinion

What's next for Trump's travel ban?

Federal judges have an obligation to check Trump's immigration orders
Donald Trump looks out over a crowd at a presidential debate
Opinion

Federal judges have an obligation to check Trump's immigration orders