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Saturday, March 17, 2018
David G Savage

Justices Sound Skeptical Of Colo. Baker’s Refusal To Make Wedding Cake For Gay Couple

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court gave a somewhat skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Colorado baker’s claim that he had a free-speech right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, despite a state civil rights law that bans such discrimination.

December 6, 2017
Trump, Russian Hacking

Senate Panel Approves Absurdly Unqualified Judicial Appointee

Brett J. Talley, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be a federal judge in Alabama, has never tried a case, was unanimously rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association’s judicial rating committee, has practiced law for only three years and, as a blogger last year…

November 11, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Gorsuch Is Already Pushing Supreme Court Right On Religion, Guns And Gay Rights

When Judge Neil M. Gorsuch went before the Senate in March as President Donald Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, he sought to assure senators he would be independent and above the political fray. “There is no such thing as a Republican judge or Democratic judge,” he said more than once. “We just have judges.”

June 29, 2017

Supreme Court To Decide On Partisan Gerrymandering: Can It Be Used To Create Favorable Voting Districts?

The Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a closely watched challenge to partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin and decide whether it is unconstitutional for party leaders to entrench themselves in power with carefully drawn electoral maps. The case of Gill vs. Whitford is to be heard in the fall, and it could yield one of the most important rulings on political power in decades.

June 20, 2017
Gavin Grimm, Transgender Rights

Supreme Court Puts Off Ruling On Rights Of Transgender Students

The justices asked an appeals court in Virginia to reconsider the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who was denied the right to use the boys’ restroom in his high school.

March 7, 2017
Judges, Merrick Garland, Obama

Outgoing Congress Confirmed Fewest Judges Since 1952

Since Republicans took control of the Senate at the beginning of the 114th Congress in 2015, senators have voted to confirm only 22 of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That’s the lowest total since 1951-52, in the final years of Harry Truman’s presidency

January 1, 2017
The U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Supreme Court’s Tie Vote Upholds Public Employee Fees For Unions

The Supreme Court announced a tie vote yesterday in what labor law experts had called a “life-or-death” case for public employee unions.

March 30, 2016
People stand outside the Supreme Court building at Capitol Hill in Washington D C

Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Law That Would Restrict Abortion Providers

The court’s order is a good sign for abortion-rights groups in Louisiana and nationwide.

March 4, 2016

Supreme Court Set To Decide Politically Charged Cases In 2016

As the nation heads into a presidential election year, the Supreme Court is set to decide a half-dozen politically charged cases in 2016 on such topics as abortion, affirmative action, contraceptives and immigration.

December 30, 2015

Affirmative Action At Universities In Doubt As US Supreme Court Hears Arguments

The future of affirmative action at public universities appeared in some doubt Wednesday as the Supreme Court justices debated for a second time whether to strike down a race-based admissions policy at the University of Texas.

December 10, 2015
Planned Parenthood rally war on women

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Biggest Abortion Case In 2 Decades

The Supreme Court is taking on the challenge of Texas’ new law that imposed new medical regulations that would in effect shut down three-fourths of the state’s abortion clinics.

November 13, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leaves after talking about her strategy for rural America during campaign stop at the Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa

A Key Word In Clinton Email Investigation: ‘Knowingly’

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State may have been risky and politically unwise, but many experts in national security law predict it will not lead to criminal charges.

September 8, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Power Of Independent Commissions To Draw Districts

The 5-4 decision bolsters an increasingly popular political reform adopted by voters in California and other states to transfer authority to draw districts from state legislators to a nonpartisan citizen panel.

June 29, 2015
Planned Parenthood

Supreme Court To Decide Whether To Wade Into Thorny Abortion Issue

The Supreme Court faces a decision soon on whether to dive back into the contentious issue of abortion and consider allowing states to enforce new, stricter laws.

May 31, 2015

Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage; Kennedy Unexpectedly Expresses Doubt

Gay rights lawyers went to the Supreme Court hoping to find a majority of justices ready to support a historic ruling that would declare same-sex couples have an equal right to marry nationwide.

April 29, 2015
Mary Bonauto, Gay Rights, Same-Sex, Gay Marriage, Supreme Court, Law, Advocate, National News, Politics

Gay-Rights Pioneer To Argue Supreme Court Marriage Case

Infamous gay-rights advocate, Mary Bonauto, will represent the plaintiffs in an upcoming Supreme Court case and hopes to expand gay marriage rights nationally with a victorious decision.

March 31, 2015
Health Care, Medicaid, Supreme Court, Health, National News, Top News, Idaho, California, States Rights, Reimbursements

Supreme Court Bars Judges From Setting Medicaid Rates

Medicaid rates are so low that the Supreme Court was needed to forbid health care providers from continually suing certain states.

March 31, 2015
Infrastructure, carbon, emissions, supreme court, pollution, EPA, climate change, law

EPA Rule On Power Plant Emissions Faces Formidable Hurdle In Supreme Court

The Obama administration is facing yet another high-stakes Supreme Court battle over the president’s use of executive power.

March 23, 2015

Supreme Court May Say Gerrymandering Protected By Constitution

The Supreme Court appears ready to stand up for gerrymandering.

March 3, 2015

Obamacare Supporters May Make States’ Rights Case Before Supreme Court

Inside the White House’s ironic legal defense of the Affordable Care Act.

February 26, 2015

Supreme Court Justices Wary Of Expanded Rights For New Immigrants

The Supreme Court seems to back the government’s strict position on immigrant rights.

February 23, 2015

Opponents Of Mandatory Union Fees Hope Supreme Court Will Side With Them

The Supreme Court may deal a major blow to organized labor.

February 2, 2015

Supreme Court Knocks Down Promised Health Benefits For Union Retirees

Corporate America just scored a big win at the Supreme Court.

January 26, 2015

Analysis: On Gay Marriage, Supreme Court To Weigh Equal Rights And States’ Rights

Is the Supreme Court ready to pave the way for marriage equality?

January 19, 2015

Capital Punishment In U.S. Continues Its Decline

Is the death penalty on its way out in the United States?

December 18, 2014