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Four steps to appointing a Supreme Court justice

(THE CONVERSATION) Editor's note: This article was published in 2016 explaining Republican opposition to replacing Justice Antonin Scalia. Please read our updated version about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
With the unexpected death of United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this weekend, the political battle lines hav ... (full story)


Charlie Hebdo shootings served as an extreme example of the history of attacks on satirists

(THE CONVERSATION) As the trial of alleged accomplices to the attack on Charlie Hebdo recently got underway in Paris, the magazine republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.
It was a defiant act. The same images were cited as the grievance that led two killers to shoot dead 12 people at the magazine's offices in a terror ... (full story)


Ginsburg's legal victories for women led to landmark anti-discrimination rulings for the LGBTQ community, too

(THE CONVERSATION) The well-deserved tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the wake of her death justifiably focus on her transformational role in ending centuries of legal discrimination against women.
Starting in 1971, Ginsburg won five cases before the Supreme Court based on the equal protection clause of the Constitution's 14 ... (full story)


Hurricane Laura was another storm that strengthened fast, but is rapid intensification really becoming more common?

(THE CONVERSATION) Hurricane Laura blew up quickly as it headed for the Louisiana coast, intensifying from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in less than 24 hours. By the time it made it landfall, it was a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mile-per-hour winds.
The Atlantic has seen several hurricanes rapidly intensify l ... (full story)


Video: Who should get a COVID-19 vaccine first?

(THE CONVERSATION) A committee of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is readying a report with recommendations for equitable distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. In this Q&A, bioethicist Dr. Nicole Hassoun of Binghamton University breaks down the elements in the recently published draft report from the c ... (full story)