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Women protesting against Georgia’s anti-abortion “heartbeat” Bill in Atlanta, Georgia. Photograph: Elijah Nouvelage

Ireland may have made history last year by legalising abortion, but in the United States the debate is far from over. More than 45 years after the Ro(...)

US president Donald Trump with Justice John Roberts.    Justice Roberts said in a statement: “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” File photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has continued his spat with the chief justice of the United States supreme court, after Justice John Roberts rebuked the president for de(...)

US president Donald Trump with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh, last July. In the postwar decades, judges around the world looked to the US supreme court for inspiration. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Judges, unlike politicians, don’t owe their positions to popular endorsement. Still, like politicians, they tend to reflect how their societies think.(...)

Demonstrators protest against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the US supreme court due to sexual assault claims. Photograph:   Saul Loeb

They watched in cafes and bars, in living rooms and kitchens around the country, through  iPhones, live streams and cable TV. On Thursday, millio(...)

Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a cult-like following. Photograph: by Michael Kovac/Getty Images

Sometimes heroes come from the most unlikely places. For millions of progressive Americans who continue to look on aghast at Donald Trump’s presidency(...)

Brett Kavanaugh is congratulated by Donald Trump after the US president nominated him as a justice of the supreme court. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

When Donald Trump strode into the East Room of the White House on Monday night to face the cameras, the US president could barely contain his smile. (...)

US president Donald Trump: may interview two or more additional candidates as White House scrambles to complete a vetting process before Monday, July 9th. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has interviewed four candidates to replace Anthony Kennedy, the retiring supreme court justice, and may interview two or mor(...)

US president Donald Trump with supreme court judges Neil Gorsuch and Anthony Kennedy at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington last year. File photograph: Al Drago/The New York Times

Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the supreme court has given US president Donald Trump an opportunity to shift America’s highest court to the right. (...)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at the Bronx’s pride parade on June 17th: unexpected victory suggests a Democratic establishment removed from its grass roots. Photograph: David Delgado/Reuters

It’s been a difficult week for Democrats. The party began the week on the political high ground, as it continued to bask in the fallout from the Repub(...)

US supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy, who has announced his retirement, speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House last year. Photograph: Al Drago/New York Times

Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement from the US supreme court, in a major boost to conservatives and President Donald Trump. Justic(...)

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