Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

Utah senator Mitt Romney. ‘Though a moderate on many issues  he is a proud Republican.’ Photograph: Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg

He was always an unlikely hero for the left, but this week former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a reminder that aversion towar(...)

The late US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg  at an event in New York on  April 9th, 2018. Photograph: Chang W Lee/New York Time

I used to feel pretty optimistic that the United States would get through the Trump years intact. In 2016, America got mad – and went mad. This admini(...)

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell in the US Capitol in Washington, January 31st. Photograph: Epa/Shawn Thew

During a meeting with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in June 2016, with the opéra bouffe builder improbably heading toward the presidential nomination de(...)

Senator Lindsey Graham  speaks to reporters after the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The process brings to completion Graham’s transformation from Trump critic to Trump lackey. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an especially ugly episode of a reality-show presidency that degrades almost eve(...)

Newly sworn-in US supreme court justice  Neil Gorsuch speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a US supreme court justice at the White Hou(...)

A man walks up the steps of the US supreme court  in Washington, DC on Tuesday.  President Donald Trump is due to announce his nomination to fill a year-long vacancy on the court. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democrats are ready to fight fire with fire in what promises to be an extraordinary political battle over Donald Trump’s choice to fill a year-long va(...)

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland stands with US president Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama has nominated a US appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the supreme court, hoping to fill a swing seat on the court with a mo(...)