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Charter schools are successful and worth saving

My daughter’s charter school has delivered on its promise to deliver an innovative learning experience.


Dow Chemical settles case citing Supreme Court uncertainty

Dow Chemical says it will pay $835 million to settle a long-standing class action lawsuit, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia decreased its chances of prevailing at the Supreme …


Little hope of Supreme Court nominee vote, survey finds

Neither Republican nor Democratic staffers who responded to CQ Roll Call’s Capitol Insiders Survey in February expect the Senate to confirm a replacement for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court …


Obama warns high court credibility at stake in nominee fight

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court’s credibility could be diminished if Republicans go through with a threat not to vote or hold a hearing on his nominee.


McConnell: No Senate vote on Obama Court pick

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that his party won’t permit a vote on any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Barack Obama and will instead “revisit the matter” …


Coming battle over Justice Scalia vacancy departs from historic norm

The history of Supreme Court nominations is dominated by tales of picks the Senate debated and approved with little angst. President Barack Obama’s upcoming effort to fill the vacancy created …


Krauthammer: Senate must reject Obama court nominee

Fight over court nominee is all about power. Just Power.


Analysis: Supreme Court opening to produce a long, sophisticated fight

Republican and Democratic Senate campaigns have already clashed – fiercely – over when and how to confirm a new Supreme Court justice.


Justice Scalia mourners to pay respects Friday

Thousands of mourners are expected to pay their respects to the late Justice Antonin Scalia as he lies in repose Friday at the Supreme Court.


Term limits for Supreme Court justices gains support

Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death a month before his 80th birthday and the potential impasse over replacing him is giving new impetus to an old idea: Limiting the service of …


Riding with Scalia: Reporter fondly recalls trip across Washington state with late Supreme Court Justice

A former Spokesman-Review reporter and editor once drove the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia across Washington state.


Scalia’s death complicates Supreme Court’s hot-button political issues

The death of Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court’s most conservative members, complicates a term that was poised to play a big role in this year’s elections, thanks …


Supreme Court fight: Cracks emerge in Republican strategy

Concerted Republican opposition to considering President Barack Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court showed early signs of splintering on Wednesday as a handful of influential senators opened the door to …


President Obama to visit court to pay respects to Scalia on Friday

The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit the Supreme Court on Friday to pay their respects as Justice Antonin Scalia lies in repose.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 16, 2016, 2:51 p.m.

President Obama says he will name indisputably qualified nominee for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama says there is “more than enough time” for the Senate to consider a nomination to the Supreme Court this year, and he intends to move ahead with …


Scalia to lie in repose at Supreme Court on Friday

The body of Justice Antonin Scalia will lie in repose in the Supreme Court’s Great Hall on Friday.


Senate GOP to Obama: Don’t bother nominating Scalia replacement

Senate Republicans united behind Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in insisting that President Barack Obama’s successor fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death. Democrats looking to reclaim …


Supreme Court blocks Obama’s climate change rules

The Supreme Court dealt a surprising setback to President Barack Obama on Tuesday by putting his climate change policy on hold while coal producers and Republican-led states challenge its legality.


Smart Bombs: School funding stuck in time

The Legislature is stuck in a seemingly endless loop of studying the issue of basic education funding.


Garrow: Old, declining justice should step down

Age limit should be set for tenure on the federal bench.


Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration

The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive action to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to “come out …


Dana Milbank: High Court bent on further eroding union power

Majority of justices willing to overturn a 40-year-old precedent, which will give the rich even more control over the country.


Supreme Court lets local ban on assault weapons stand

In a victory for gun-control advocates, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected a 2nd Amendment challenge to laws that forbid the sale or possession of semiautomatic weapons that carry more …


Editorial: Court fails to clarify charter school ruling

Rather than give lawmakers clear signals on charter schools, a divided court stubbornly stays the wrong course.


Editorial: Supreme Court should quickly take up case on legality of I-1366

A legal challenge to the budget-smashing Initiative 1366 should be pursued as soon as possible.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 2:35 p.m.

Justices review DA’s choice of all-white murder trial jury

Prosecutor Stephen Lanier’s meaning was unmistakable when he urged jurors in north Georgia to sentence the defendant to death in part to deter other people “out there in the projects.”


Shawn Vestal: Lawmakers have authority to fund schools, not necessarily ability

The Washington Supreme Court has diagnosed the illness correctly. But the justices must wish they could prescribe a different treatment. The court has held the Legislature in contempt of court …


Supreme Court dissent in execution drug case says death penalty may be unconstitutional

WASHINGTON – Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first …


Differing reactions on supreme court ruling

Friday’s Supreme Court ruling effectively ended Idaho Governor Butch Otter’s efforts to ban same-sex marriage.


UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2015, 2:07 p.m.

Supreme Court declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant …