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Michael Gerson: Kennedy’s retirement offers Trump a path to uniting his party

Luck – pure, dumb luck – is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in …


Sarah Turberville and Anthony Marcum: Those 5-to-4 court decisions get all the attention, but a 9-0 vote is far more common

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announcement Wednesday that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court led to justifiable hand-wringing about his crucial role as the swing vote in 5-to-4 decisions. …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

Powering forward with a decision that could reshape the Supreme Court for decades, President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

The Senate battle over Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start – even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and …


Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Justice Kennedy played unexpectedly pivotal role at Supreme Court

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy will leave a hole in the center of the Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review gas tax case involving Yakama Nation

The nation’s highest court has agreed to consider whether Yakama gas station owners are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.


Praying football coach petitions U.S. Supreme Court

A former Bremerton High School assistant coach who was fired when he


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

High court OKs Trump’s travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Supreme Court rules for American Express in credit card case

The Supreme Court handed American Express a win Monday in a lawsuit over rules it imposes on merchants who accept its cards.


Supreme Court won’t hear North Carolina districting dispute

The Supreme Court is choosing not to take on a new case on partisan redistricting for now. Instead, the justices are sending a dispute over North Carolina’s heavily Republican congressional …


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 12:18 p.m.

Justices won’t hear case of anti-gay marriage florist

The Supreme Court is ordering Washington courts to take a new look at the case of a florist who refused to provide services for the wedding of two men because …


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Justices adopt digital-age privacy rules to track cellphones

Police generally need a warrant to look at records that reveal where cellphone users have been, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a big victory for privacy interests in the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 21, 2018, 3:27 p.m.

High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax

States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets …


Idaho Supreme Court OKs delaying water battle arguments

The Idaho Supreme Court will postpone arguments surrounding a key water battle to allow parties on both sides of the case to discuss a possible settlement.


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Supreme Court voids part of crisis pregnancy center law

The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively put an end to a California law that forces anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers to provide information about abortion.


Justices: No definitive ruling on partisan districts

The Supreme Court is resolving partisan redistricting cases from Wisconsin and Maryland without ruling on the broader issue of whether electoral maps can give an unfair advantage to a political …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 10:15 p.m.

Justices strike down Minnesota voter clothing restrictions

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a Minnesota law that barred voters in the state from wearing a wide range of political hats, T-shirts and pins to the polls.


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 3:25 p.m.

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

States can target people who haven’t cast ballots in a while in efforts to purge their voting rolls, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that has drawn wide …


UPDATED: Mon., June 11, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

Supreme Court tie favors Indian tribes in Washington state

The Supreme Court is leaving in place a court order that forces Washington state to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration.


Franklin County prosecutor says judges went behind his back

An unusual suit over who controls court records in Franklin County has expanded to include the county prosecutor and is headed to the Washington State Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

Supreme Court again faces same-sex-wedding issues in Washington florist case

The court is scheduled to review a petition from a florist in Richland, Washington, who refused to provide a floral arrangement for a longtime customer when he told her it …


Craig Mason: Supreme Court ruling a narrow decision for a big nation

Monday’s decision in the


High court rules in dispute over immigrant teen’s abortion

The Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case about a pregnant immigrant teen who obtained an abortion with the help of the ACLU, siding with the Trump administration and wiping …


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Justices side with Colorado baker on same-sex wedding cake

The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Colorado baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in a limited decision that leaves for another day the larger …


More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court’s highly anticipated decision in the case …


Helaine Olen: The Supreme Court just made it easier on employers and harder on workers

The already meager rights of American workers just got significantly smaller, thanks to the Supreme Court. It ruled Monday that employees can use contracts with workers to ban them from …


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 2:03 p.m.

Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated …