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While Leo is best known for his influence on the Supreme Court, he and his network have also worked to shift the balance of power in federal district and appellate courts, and state supreme courts, too.

In the largest known political advocacy donation in U.S. history - worth $1.6 billion - industrialist Barre Seid funded a new group run by Federalist Society co-chair Leonard Leo, who guided Trump’s Supreme Court picks and helped end federal abortion rights. Read more»

A coalition of state-based libertarian and conservative think tanks and legal centers, known as the State Policy Network, long has operated behind the scenes promoting a conservative agenda in state legislatures.

Through a wave of pandemic-related litigation, a trio of small but mighty conservative legal blocs has rolled back public health authority at the local, state, and federal levels, recasting America’s future battles against infectious diseases. Read more»

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pushing schools to reopen as normal this fall, arguing it’s healthier for kids than staying home. Critics say she has not told schools how to reopen safely in the face of COVID-19.

Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman said Wednesday that the already delayed Aug. 17 start of in-person classes may have to be pushed back again in light of continuing concerns about COVID-19 safety. Read more»

Days of protests against Supreme Court nominee – now justice – Brett Kavanaugh continued at the Capitol as the Senate was confirming him.

The time to stop Kavanaugh was never 2018. It was 2016. It was 2014. It was 2012. Those elections created the GOP Senate majority. Persistence trumps resistance, and just showing up is half the battle. Read more» 1