The Gist

People Power Beats the Courts

There have been three big constitutional changes in our lifetime. How did they happen?

Robert Oliver and Mark Heller celebrate the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015, in West Hollywood, California.

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How can savvy activism topple decades of legal precedent? The ACLU’s David Cole tells us about three issues in which like-minded citizens advanced their agenda: marriage equality, gun ownership, and checking George W. Bush’s war on terror. Cole’s book is Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law.

In the Spiel, Mike considers Brett Talley, President Trump’s odd pick for federal district judge.

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