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Every week, North Star will take some time out of our schedules to bring you our favorite reads from the past week.

Jeff Van Wychen

What’s Ailing American Politics

The leadership of American political parties—the so-called political establishment—have been frequently (and often deservedly) maligned. However, these establishment figures, according to Jonathan Rauch, helped to create order, facilitate compromise, and channel political energy into constructive channels. Through a variety of reforms (e.g., the dismantling of party-dominated nominating systems, curtailment of seniority in Congress and state legislatures, restrictions on pork-barrel spending), the power of the political establishment is greatly diminished—with unintended and distressing consequences.

Stephanie Fenner

Two Days, Four Major Victories for Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court

In a recent historic vote, the Supreme Court overturned two Texas abortion restrictions, but before SCOTUS closed out its term, it delivered three more victories for reproductive rights. The Court denied review in three appeals, leaving in place a Washington mandate requiring pharmacies to stock and dispense contraception, and lower court decisions overturning laws in Wisconsin and Mississippi that would have required doctors who provide abortions to have hospital admitting privileges, which Mother Jones states is “a rule that is often nearly impossible for abortion providers to comply with,” effectively closing abortion clinics.