A Supreme Court Decision Could Have Implications for Social Media Free Speech
The court ruled that First Amendment protections don't apply to a corporation that operates a public access channel in New York.
The Future of Abortion Access: An Essential Reading List
The Alabama Senate on Tuesday voted in favor of a measure that would effectively ban abortion in the state. Here's a selection of Pacific Standard stories about recent challenges to abortion access.
The Supreme Court Just Blocked an Abortion-Restriction Law in Louisiana. What's the Science Behind the Law?
Studies show that, in most cases, laws requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital are not necessary for the health and safety of women getting abortions.
A Louisiana Law Could Give the Supreme Court a Chance to Remake Abortion Law in America
A petition to the Supreme Court to bar the law from taking effect brings the potential for the next major abortion ruling.
Brett Kavanaugh Has Already Had an Impact on the Supreme Court, Starting With Gun Rights
For proof of the newest Supreme Court justice's influence, look to a New York gun rights case.
The Supreme Court Is Set to Take on New Gerrymandering Cases
The Supreme Court has never ruled that a gerrymandered map was unconstitutional, and it has so far punted on any opportunities to do so.
What Will Brett Kavanaugh's Influence on American Politics Actually Be?
The new Supreme Court justice may not have the effect on liberal causes that some fear—that move to the right has already occurred.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from an interview with California State Senator Kevin De León to a report on the latest dire global climate summary.
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Trump, Kavanaugh, and the Fruits of 'Dignity Politics'
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama argues we can only heal our national divisions with a new, creed-based American identity.
What You Need to Know About the ACLU's Case Against the Mandatory Detention of Immigrants
The case—Brett Kavanaugh's first as a Supreme Court justice—deals with mandatory detention laws to keep immigrants in prisons during trials, even if they aren't a public danger or flight risk.
What Does Kavanaugh's Confirmation Mean for Women's Reproductive Rights?
The deeply conservative judge's position on the court is one of many threats toward abortion rights.
Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Is a Blow to the #MeToo Movement
The conservative judge's confirmation was nearly derailed by allegations of sexual misconduct and partisanship. His confirmation highlights the limits of the #MeToo movement.
False Reports of Sexual Assault Are Rare. But Why Is There So Little Reliable Data About Them?
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that false rape reports drastically exceed those of other crimes.
A Federal Judge Rules That Trump's Immigrant Policy Was Racist, but Rights Advocates Remain Concerned for the Future
On the verge of a Kavanaugh confirmation, immigrant rights advocates doubt the courts will continue to uphold protections against what one judge this week called racist policymaking.
The Most Competitive High Schools Don't Guarantee Success. What About Ones Like Georgetown Prep?
Research suggests that being surrounded by well-off peers in not-too-intense academic environments can lead to lifetime gains.
How Fraternity Culture Encourages Excessive Drinking
New research finds alcohol consumption is higher in chapters where members are expected to assert their masculinity.