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Boom! Lawyered: The Supreme Court Just Trashed 40 Years of Precedent and Sounded the Alarm for ‘Roe’

Franchise Board of California v. Hyatt may not be the most important case of the Supreme Court term, but the fallout from the Court's decision to overturn decades of precedent could have major ramifications for Roe v. Wade. In fact, Justice Stephen Breyer sounded the alarm himself in his dissenting opinion. In this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo explain what happened and what it could mean for abortion rights, marriage equality, and more.

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Pastor David Brooks, Your Sermons Are Growing Stale…

Peter Laarman

The 'trustees of the First Church of American Religion' express concern over the approach of Times columnist David Brooks: You place religious practice and affiliation in the category of palliative resources for those being crushed by the new ruthless economy, whereas the religion usually referred to as prophetic—a form of religion we still regard as indispensable—sees faith as much more than a kind of backstop for those who suffer. 

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Pope Francis Dithering About Women, Skittish About Cops

Mary Hunt

In continuing to oppose women's ordination the pope argues that something has to be revealed in order for it to be done; but that we don’t do it so it must not have been revealed. A cursory examination of change on Catholic views of the death penalty and usury make quick mincemeat of that argument. Revelation provides direction toward increased justice; it's not a checklist of historical givens.

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[Photo: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry leave an event.]

A British doctor joined the royal-bashing, in questioning her birth plan. With physician attitudes like that, who could blame the Duchess of Sussex for considering midwifery, a doula, and a nonhospital birth?

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