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Editor’s pick: With the Supreme Court beginning to hear oral arguments last week, many engaged citizens tuned in for signs of how the justices may rule on cases related to gun restrictions, abortion rights, funding for religious schools and more. Underlying this interest was a deeper question of how partisan the court will behave in making those decisions.

It’s not the same in Europe. As law professor David Orentlicher wrote in 2018, countries like Germany, Spain and Portugal choose their justices differently than the U.S. does. The goal is to make sure their high courts are ideologically balanced. It’s an approach that inspires a high level of public confidence, Orentlicher argues, and one that U.S. justices could embrace by deciding to speak more often in one voice.

Emily Costello

Managing Editor

Many people are using Bible verses to justify their stance against vaccine. David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

Cherry-picking the Bible and using verses out of context isn’t a practice confined to those opposed to vaccines – it has been done for centuries

John Fea, Messiah College

A historian of the Bible in American life explains how Bible verses are being picked out of context to make a case for the anti-vaxxer movement.

Britney Spears’ supporters erupted in cheers after her father was removed as conservator. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Britney Spears gets free of father’s conservatorship – but many others remain shackled by the easily abused legal arrangement

Naomi Cahn, University of Virginia

Spears’ battle to end her conservatorship may lead to reforms.