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Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty

Amy Coney Barrett has been nominated by US president Donald Trump to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the supreme court, paving the way for what promise(...)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was considered too tame and too incrementalist for the feminists of the 1990s.

Votive candles adorned with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s image have been for sale for a long time and represent just one of the quasi-religious objects peopl(...)

US president Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, on August 5th in response to two separate shooting incidents. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/EPA

Less than a month after celebrating Independence Day on July 4th, America once again reeled this week from a bloody spate of mass shootings over a sin(...)

Justice John Paul Stevens in his chambers at the US supreme court in Washington in  April 2014. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the US supreme court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of t(...)

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. (...)

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