Dahlia Lithwick

Senior Legal Correspondent, Slate

Dahlia Lithwick appears in the following:

New SCOTUS Decisions

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Senior editor at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick, discusses this week's Supreme Court decisions and previews the Elena Kagan confirmation hearings starting on Monday. 

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Thousands of Elena Kagan's Emails Released to Public

Monday, June 21, 2010

On Friday, thousands of emails written by Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan were released by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. Observers of the court from both sides of the aisle spent the weekend scrutinizing the new documents, searching for clues about her legal history. 


Elena Kagan's Record

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 senior editor Dahlia Lithwick looks at what's known about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's stance on key issues likely to face the court.

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New Nomination: Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

The expected new pick for the Supreme Court is Solicitor General Elena Kagan. Join us for live coverage of this morning's press conference with Slate's senior legal correspondent Dahlia Lithwick.

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The 'Unknowable' Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

There is still a lot that is unknown about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. The question remains as to whether her positions as solicitor general can tell us what she'd be like as a Supreme Court judge.

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Supreme Court to Consider Privacy for Ballot Petition Signers

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Supreme Court hears a case today seeking to determine if the free speech rights of people who sign a ballot petition are violated if those names and addresses are publicly disclosed. In the case of Doe v. Reed, people who signed a ballot petition to end same-sex domestic partnerships argue they will be subject to harassment and retaliation if the state allows their personal information to be disclosed. Today's case is just one of several the Supreme Court is hearing regarding the constitutional scope of free speech and the First Amendment.

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Corporate Votes

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor for, and Martin Gold, a lawyer for the Chamber of Commerce, discuss the April 1st [!] Supreme Court ruling following up on the Citizens United case. In a decision in the Chamber of Commerce V. Federal Election Commission case, the nation's top court ...

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N.S.A. Wiretaps

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor for, discusses the federal judge's ruling that the post-9/11 warrantless wiretap surveillance was illegal.

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Takeouts: Next Steps for Health Care Overhaul, Obama's Nominee for US Court of Appeals, Listeners on the Next Big Issue

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

  • CONGRESS TAKEOUT: Health care reform has been signed into law. Now what? Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich lays out the next steps in the Senate and the courts.
  • JUDICAL TAKEOUT:  Since President Obama nominated law professor Goodwin Liu to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals, there's been a firestorm of criticism and praise for his pick. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor Slate magazine looks at what this progressive choice could mean for potential Supreme Court nominations.
  • LISTENERS ON THE NEXT BIG ISSUE: By email, on the web and over the phone Takeaway listeners weigh in with their reaction to Sunday's historic vote in the House and weight in on what Congress should tackle next.

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Chief Justice John Roberts Calls State of the Union 'Troubling'

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

During his State of the Union Address, President Obama called out the Supreme Court for its ruling that allowed corporations to spend money on ads for political candidates. At the time, Justice Alito rolled his eyes and mouthed "not true." The scene caused a stir as different branches of the government pointed fingers at each other. Yesterday, Chief Justice John Roberts broke the silence and shot back, telling a group of University of Alabama students that the incident was "very troubling."

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Analyzing Justice Roberts' Supreme Court

Friday, January 22, 2010

In what will certainly be looked back upon as a landmark and highly controversial decision, the Supreme Court reversed longstanding restrictions on campaign finance yesterday: specifically, laws restricting corporations and corporate money during election season.

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Eric Holder Testimony and Analysis

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder is testifying this morning about his decision to try self-professed 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in a Manhattan civilian court. We play extended cuts, and Slate's senior editor Dahlia Lithwick offers analysis.

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Self-Professed 9/11 Planner to Stand Civilian Trial

Monday, November 16, 2009

The man who calls himself the 'mastermind' of the 9/11 terror attacks is heading to trial in U.S. federal court. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his alleged co-conspirators will be...

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Supreme Court: Sotomayor Starts, Stevens Leaving?

Monday, October 05, 2009

The Supreme Court begins its annual term this morning with a packed agenda. Among other cases, they'll be hearing about gun rights, dog-fighting videos, corporate political contributi...


A Novel Approach

Monday, September 14, 2009

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor and Supreme Court watcher at discusses working outside her comfort zone to write a chick lit novel.

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A Preview of Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee kicks off confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. She is President Obama's first appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, and if she is con...


SCOTUS Decisions

Monday, June 08, 2009

The Supreme court has just handed down a series of key decisions. Slate's Dahlia Lithwick has the latest.

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The Jurisprudence of Judge Sotomayor

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Obama is about to announce his Supreme Court pick: Sonia Sotomayor, the first American of Puerto Rican descent to be appointed to the Federal bench in New York City, now in ...


Obama's Nominee: The Supremes' First Hispanic Woman

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Obama is expected to announce that he will fill retiring Justice David Souter's seat on the high court with Sonia Sotomayor. She would be the first Hispanic member of the Su...


Who Will Reign Supreme?

Friday, May 08, 2009

Justice David Souter's retirement gives President Obama the chance to start reshaping the Supreme Court. Who's on Obama's short list? And what are the quialities that make someone a h...