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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:06 p.m.

How Clarence Thomas used Bill Cosby to call for a reconsideration of libel laws

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will not consider a defamation case involving Bill Cosby. But the announcement came with a twist: Justice Clarence Thomas called for a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:19 p.m.

High court to consider case about reach of clean water law

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean water law.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg back on bench as Supreme Court resumes hearings

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back on the bench Tuesday for the first time since her recent cancer surgery as the Supreme Court returned from its winter break and resumed …


Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg back at work

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has returned to work at the building for the first time since lung cancer surgery in late December.


The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution …


Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a …


Stephen L. Carter: One of the most outrageous Supreme Court decisions in decades

In my 30 years of writing about religious freedom, I can’t recall a case as outrageous as the one decided last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. A Muslim inmate …


Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

The Supreme Court is stopping Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court’s views on abortion rights.


Supreme Court rejects coach’s appeal over prayer, for now

The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a former Seattle-area football coach who lost his job because he refused to stop praying on the field.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 9:51 a.m.

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.


Supreme Court says Justice Ginsburg’s recovery is ‘on track’

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recovery from cancer surgery is “on track” and no further treatment is required. But the 85-year-old justice will miss court arguments next …


Review: ‘On the Basis of Sex’ is broad but refreshing look at the origins of the Notorious RBG

It’s refreshing to see a biopic where the wife is the main agent of toil, change and struggle, where the husband is supportive, loving, confident – and cooks dinner, too.


Supreme Court rejects mystery company in case linked to Mueller

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to shield a mystery company from having to provide information in what is believed to be the criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert …


Ginsburg missing Supreme Court arguments for 1st time

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is missing arguments for the first time in more than 25 years as she recuperates from cancer surgery last month, the Supreme Court said.


Supreme Court rules against challenge to $232M youth jail

The Washington state Supreme Court has struck down a challenge by activists against a $232 million youth jail and courthouse that are under construction in Seattle.


Court says Justice Ginsburg up and working after surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is up and working as she recuperates from cancer surgery.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018, 11:01 a.m.

Justice Ginsburg undergoes surgery to remove two cancerous growths from lung

The Supreme Court says Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had surgery to remove two malignant growths from her left lung.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018, 7:22 p.m.

Clarence Thomas references Gonzaga University case in Planned Parenthood dissent

A case against Gonzaga University that reached the Supreme Court in 2002 resurfaced this week when Justice Clarence Thomas referenced the case in dissent.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes …


James R. Maxeiner: There oughta be a (Supreme Court) law!

Now that tempers have calmed and some time has passed since the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it seems appropriate to explore ideas for preventing a …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 29, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Washington justices reinstate Microsoft retaliation case

Washington state’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a former Microsoft employee who accused the company of laying her off in retaliation for taking prior legal action in a …


Charles Lane: What we should take away from the Trump-Roberts kerfuffle

Despite President Donald Trump’s allegations, Chief Justice John Roberts’ plea to respect the good faith of honest judges is what the country actually needs.


Supreme Court orders new look at case of endangered frog

Federal judges must look again at an agency’s decision to declare a tract of Louisiana timberland “critical habitat” for an endangered Southeastern frog, following a ruling Tuesday by the nation’s …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Supreme Court could allow suit over Apple iPhone apps’ sales

The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps.


Justices to hear antitrust case over sale of iPhone apps

Apple is at the Supreme Court to defend the way it sells apps for iPhones against claims by consumers that the company has unfairly monopolized the market.


Marc A. Thiessen: Chief Justice Roberts is wrong. We do have Obama judges and Trump judges.

Chief Justice John Roberts is correct that we should not have “Trump judges” or “Obama judges.” But the reality is that we do.


Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It’s the fourth time …


Cyber Monday shoppers will see more sites charging sales tax

Shoppers heading online to purchase holiday gifts will find they’re being charged sales tax at some websites where they weren’t before. The reason: the Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 21, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Roberts raps Trump for ‘Obama judge’ comment

Chief Justice John Roberts is pushing back against President Donald Trump for his description of a judge who ruled against Trump’s migrant asylum policy as an “Obama judge.”


Supreme Court to hear arguments in census dispute

The Supreme Court says it will hear arguments over the evidence a federal judge can consider in the lawsuit concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.