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How the Supreme Court dominates our democracy

By Nikolas Bowie

16 Jul 2021 · 9 min read

Judicial review gives any five justices power over the whole government. Why?

The United States calls itself the world’s oldest democracy, which would be true if the world began in 1965. That was the year John Lewis marched to the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the president said “We shall overcome” and Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, which allowed many citizens to exercise their right to vote for the first time.

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