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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a polarizing figure — either partisan Republican or impartial jurist, depending on who you ask. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Supreme Court polarization is not inevitable — just look at Europe

Controversial judicial appointments and divisive court rulings are not the norm everywhere. Here's what the US could learn from Europe about ensuring ideological balance on the Supreme Court.
In this April 28, 2015 file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington as the Supreme Court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File) AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Justice Kennedy’s LGBTQ legacy may be short-lived

A legal scholar explains why Kennedy's opinions on same-sex relationship rest on fragile constitutional grounds.
The justices have previously ruled that the government cannot compel people to speak its message or associate with ideas they do not hold. www.shutterstock.com

Supreme Court to rule on your First Amendment right to silence

Most people know that the First Amendment protects free speech. But two upcoming Supreme Court cases reveal how it also gives people in the US the right not to speak.
Members of the senior class of Russell County HIgh School in Kentucky recite the Lord’s Prayer, in defiance of a court ruling, during commencement exercises in 2006. AP Photo/James Crisp

History shows why school prayer is so divisive

As the Kentucky Senate considers a bill for school prayer, a scholar explains the violent history of prayer – and a time when Catholic students were sometimes whipped, beaten and worse for not participating.

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