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- Forty years ago, the Supreme Court held for the very first time that the Constitution protects against gender discrimination. The author of the brief that convinced the Court to hand down this landmark ruling — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — spoke about winning one of the most important cases in American history on a panel last week.
- Six Virginia voters filed a lawsuit asking a court to draw the state’s districts because, they claim, the legislature will not meet its constitutional duty to draw new district lines by the end of 2011.
- President Obama’s latest nominee to the highest court in the District of Columbia clerked for conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
- Former Speaker Newt Gingrich’s plans to rig the federal judiciary are so radical, even senior lawyers at far-right hate groups think they go too far.
- President Obama has now asked his staff to sign two bills for him via autopen — a decision that saves America the expense of hand-delivering the bill to him while he is traveling abroad, but which also has led to calls for him to sign them again in person to avoid a constitutional challenge to the new laws.