The single most important fact to understand about the Federalist Society -- indeed, about the conservative legal movement in general -- is that it once viewed the Supreme Court as its greatest enemy, but the Roberts Court is now the best friend it has in the American government.
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One of the most significant cases scheduled to go before the U.S. Supreme Court this term threatened to obliterate the standard for alleging racial discrimination in housing. But as many expected, the parties have announced a tentative settlement, which would avert for the second time a potential adverse ruling by the conservative Roberts Court.