Sign up to get this weekly column as a newsletter. We’re looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. (CNN) In one of his “Federalist” essays urging New Yorkers to support the newly drafted Constitution, Alexander Hamilton called the judiciary the “weakest” part of the government and wrote that it “will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them.” In the last few days, though, the US Supreme Court has looked like the most powerful part of the government as its conservative majority threw out the national right to abortion that existed for nearly 50 years and invalidated New York’s more-than-a-century-old law regulating the right to carry guns. With lifetime jobs, and no higher court to look over their shoulder, the justices reign supreme –but not above controversy. Both of last week’s landmark decisions flew in the face of public opinion. In CNN’s poll in May, 66% of Americans opposed completely overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s exactly the same percentage that supports greater restrictions on the sale of guns, according to Gallup’s latest poll …. Read full this story
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