The Supreme Court: Fragmented Bench

The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government, capped by the power and glamour of the presidency, makes news week after week. So does the Legislative Branch, whether it is going along with the President or opposing him. Last week was one of those relatively rare times when the third branch of the Government, the Judiciary, dominated the news. Within a span of a few days, 1) the Supreme Court handed down a precedent-breaking decision that might have as many repercussions as its 1954 school desegregation ruling. 2) an Eisenhower-appointed Justice retired, and...

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