Magazine August 24, 2020, Issue

The Past, Present, and Future of the Conservative Legal Movement

(Roman Genn)
A lot has changed in 15 years, with hopes for more to come

The Supreme Court term just concluded has sparked more than the usual end-of-term debate and consternation about where the Court is now. There is and should be much of both. After all, while recent decisions included victories for religious liberty and the separation of powers, the justices also engaged in all-too-familiar activism to strike down a health-care regulation setting basic standards for abortionists, contort the text of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and stymie the Trump administration’s rollback of the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Surveying the judicial landscape also requires keeping perspective: This can

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