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Pro-statehood supporters at the seaside Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Danica Coto

Are Puerto Ricans really American citizens?

Over the years, Puerto Ricans have in fact been granted three different types of U.S. citizenship, but questions about their rights and equal treatment as citizens still remain.
A Mexican who was recently deported from the U.S. in Tijuana, Mexico. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

America’s mass deportation system is rooted in racism

From Chinese laborers to 'bad hombres,' the US settler mentality has perpetuated an immigration system that pushes out unwanted groups and bypasses the Constitution.
Trump shakes hands with Gorsuch on Jan. 31, 2017. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Who is Neil Gorsuch?

As conservatives cheer and liberals fret, a law professor considers Gorsuch's judicial record and the politics behind his selection.
Demonstrators outside Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O'Hare airport on Jan. 29, 2017. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

The best legal arguments against Trump’s immigration ban

A constitutional scholar considers the legal arguments that could undo Trump's executive order barring travel by residents of seven Muslim majority countries.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt gestures as he answers a question during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Thursday, June 13, 2013. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki

Can legal activist Scott Pruitt undo clean air and water protections as head of EPA?

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has sued the federal government repeatedly. If he becomes head of EPA and tries to weaken environmental laws, opponents are likely to do the same to him.
The court can make a big difference in workers’ lives. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Why the Supreme Court matters for workers

A Trump victory on Nov. 8 would preserve a conservative majority on the court. A look back at its recent decisions shows why that would be very bad for workers' rights.
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands. Stephan Savoia/AP

What do cheerleader uniforms and smartphones have in common?

The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
The front columns at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Alexander Hamilton and the new Supreme Court term

As the new Supreme Court session opens, a legal scholar makes an argument for sticking with just eight justices. It's not unconstitutional.
Donald Trump met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. REUTERS/Henry Romero

Immigration: Five essential reads

Donald Trump gave a major speech on immigration this week. This roundup looks at some of his ideas for reform and explains what the experts have to say about this complex issue.

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