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Chief Justice Roberts sided with liberals on abortion. It isn't enough

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To the pleasant surprise of pro-choice proponents, the Supreme Court did not gut abortion rights today. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined with the court's four liberals to block a Louisiana abortion law that would have closed all the state's clinics and effectively have allowed similar shutdowns in other states controlled by conservative legislators. Roberts has also blocked Trump's executive repeal of rights for undocumented people brought to the US as children this term. And he recently sided with liberals and conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to declare employment discrimination against LGBT people to be unconstitutional.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump have ensured that the Supreme Court will be under conservative control for at least a generation. Democratic candidates during the primary proposed term limits on justices and adding seats to the court to try to rectify this imbalance. Now that the court hasn't done the worst, though, Democrats may feel inclined to back away from these changes. But they shouldn't.

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In its current form, the Supreme Court remains an unrepresentative barrier to change, and a danger to democracy. If we want to protect the country from further authoritarian decline, we need to shore up and revamp our institutions. That means reforming the court.

Republicans have........

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