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Supreme Court allows enforcement of new green card rule

A divided Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to put in place new rules that could jeopardize permanent resident status for immigrants who use food stamps, Medicaid and housing …


Looming Louisiana abortion case in Supreme Court divides region’s lawmakers

Republicans have asked that the nation’s highest court uphold a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. The Supreme Court threw out a similar …


Justices taking up bans on state money to religious schools

A Supreme Court that seems more favorable to religion-based discrimination claims is set to hear a case that could make it easier to use public money to pay for religious …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Court to look anew at health care law birth control rules

The Supreme Court will consider allowing the Trump administration to enforce rules that allow more employers to deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women.


Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg declares she’s ‘cancer-free’

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has declared that she is “cancer-free,” beating the disease for the fourth time after undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer in the summer.


Hugh Hewitt: Evangelicals should thank Trump for protecting their religious liberty

Evangelicals who minimize the importance of President Donald Trump’s judicial appointments betray a naivete about the perils to religious liberty in the United States, perils that have been growing over …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 16, 2019

Bond granted for Mississippi man tried 6 times in killings

A Mississippi man whose murder conviction was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court for racial bias was released from custody Monday for the first time in 22 years.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records

The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that …


Roberts seems to hold key to case over New York City gun law

Chief Justice John Roberts appeared Monday to be the key vote in whether the Supreme Court considers expanding gun rights or sidesteps its first case on the issue in nearly …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Montana town’s toxic-waste battle reaches high court

After more than a decade of court battles, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear residents’ case against the property’s current owner. Theirs is more than just a David vs. …


Who made the new drapes? It’s among high court’s mysteries

The Supreme Court’s role in a bitterly divided Washington and nation may be more important than ever, yet basic details about how the court operates remain obscured.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Spokane woman who provided alibi in murder case profiled in ‘Serial’ podcast dismayed by Supreme Court ruling

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a new trial for Adnan Syed, the Maryland man convicted in the strangling death of a classmate – a case that drew national attention …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Justices reject call for new trial in ‘Serial’ podcast case

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Maryland man’s bid for a new trial based on information uncovered by the hit podcast “Serial.”


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

California justices reject law requiring Trump tax returns

President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, a unanimous state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 18, 2019

Chief justice orders delay in House fight for Trump records

Chief Justice John Roberts is ordering an indefinite delay in the House of Representatives’ demand for President Donald Trump’s financial records to give the Supreme Court time to figure out …


Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations.


Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United States and protects them …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

For 30-somethings, stakes are high over future of DACA

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday against President Donald Trump’s attempt to end a program that protects immigrants who were brought here as children and allows them to …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s strict abortion ban

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional.


Federal judges seem skeptical of Trump arguments in tax case

Three judges on a federal appeals panel appeared inclined Wednesday to reject arguments that President Donald Trump’s tax returns can’t be given to a New York grand jury because he …


Paul Waldman: Supreme Court must be part of Democrats’ debate

The failure to focus on the issue of the Supreme Court is an atrocious oversight on the part of the networks that have aired and moderated the Democratic presidential candidate …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Supreme Court to consider whether sniper Lee Boyd Malvo should be resentenced

One evening in February 2002, a 21-year-old single mother named Keenya Cook was making dinner and taking care of her 6-month-old daughter when the doorbell rang at her Tacoma, Washington, …


Dana Milbank: Will Gorsuch abandon his judicial philosophy to get what he wants?

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is in a corner as the court decides whether to bless employment discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. Will he interpret the text of the law the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Divided Supreme Court weighs LGBT people’s rights

A seemingly divided Supreme Court struggled Tuesday over whether a landmark civil rights law protects LGBT people from discrimination in employment.


Erwin Chemerinsky: The Supreme Court starts its new term this week. Expect divisiveness

Over the next several months, the Supreme Court will decide divisive cases involving gay and lesbian rights, immigration and gun control. I suspect we will deeply feel the absence of …


Supreme Court’s election-year term opens with insanity case

The Supreme Court began its election-year term Monday by wrestling over whether states must allow criminal defendants to plead insanity.


Supreme Court begins election-year term full of big cases

The justices are returning to the Supreme Court bench for the start of an election-year term that includes high-profile cases on about abortions, protections for young immigrants and LGBT rights.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Supreme Court to hear abortion regulation case

The Supreme Court is adding an abortion case to its busy election-year docket, agreeing to take up a Louisiana law that could leave the state with just one clinic.