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THE SUPREME COURT AND THE AMERICAN ELITE, 1789-2008 BY LUCAS A. POWE JR., Harvard University Press, 421 pages, $29.95 FOR BOTH LIBERALS AND CONSERvatives, whether or not Barack Obama can reshape the federal courts looms as one of the great uncertainties about his presidency. The most right-wing justice today is far more liberal on questions of race and gender-and far more committed to government regulation of the economy-than the most leftwing justice of the late 19th century. Once in a while-especially during the Warren years-the Court reflected, not simply public opinion, not simply the "ruling coalition" but the views of the enlightened, the views of the wisest and the best.
HOW SUPREME A COURT? Lawrence M Friedman The American Prospect; Apr 2009; 20, 3; Docstoc pg. 40 Reproduced with permission of th
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