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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 16, 2019, 11:54 a.m.

Times apologizes for tweet, revises Kavanaugh article

President Donald Trump on Monday said Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is under assault, following a New York Times story about a sexual misconduct allegation that was revised to reflect …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 2:01 p.m.

Dem presidential candidates call for Kavanaugh’s impeachment

Several Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the face of a new, uninvestigated, allegation of sexual impropriety when he was in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The U.S. Supreme Court’s clearing of the way for the Trump administration to deny nearly all asylum claims from Central Americans was denounced by immigration advocates as a “death sentence” …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 7:47 p.m.

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States


Sheldon Whitehouse: The newest political arm

Politics is a team sport. We battle, and our courts are supposed to referee our disputes. But what if one team spent years and millions of dollars to capture the …


Marc A. Thiessen: Senate Democrats’ unprecedented threat against the Supreme Court

Senate Democrats have launched an unprecedented attempt to actually bend the Supreme Court to their wishes – threatening to restructure the court if the justices do not rule as they …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 3:40 p.m.

Idaho AG signs on in argument against LGBTQ protections

Idaho’s attorney general has joined the U.S. Department of Justice in arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that federal civil rights laws do not protect LGBTQ employees against workplace discrimination.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 27, 2019, 4:10 p.m.

Federal judge blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban

A new Missouri ban on abortions at or after eight weeks of pregnancy won’t take effect Wednesday after a federal judge temporarily blocked it from being implemented.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Gunmaker asks U.S. Supreme Court to hear Sandy Hook appeal

The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a Connecticut court ruling that reinstated …


Supreme Court: Trump can use Pentagon funds for border wall

The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Kagan speaks of Supreme Court credibility in Spokane

Supreme Court justices are aware of how decisions made along partisan lines can damage the credibility of the institution, Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday at a judicial conference at the …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Stevens praised as ‘brilliant man’ at Supreme Court ceremony

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was remembered as a “brilliant man” with a “deep devotion to the rule of law” during a ceremony Monday at the court where …


Ex-Marine, professor, MLB draft pick among high court clerks

The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to become leading judges, professors and Supreme Court advocates. The one-year clerkship will cement …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Stevens to be 13th Supreme Court justice buried at Arlington

Arlington National Cemetery has long been planned as the final resting place of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. His second wife Maryan died in 2015 and was buried …


Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court for nearly 35 years and became its leading liberal, has died.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 6:12 p.m.

U.S. still looking for way to ask about citizenship on census

The Justice Department says it was still looking for a way to include a controversial citizenship question on the 2020 census.


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019, 11 a.m.

Supreme Court to decide on Trump bid to end DACA

The Supreme Court will decide whether President Donald Trump can end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:48 a.m.

Supreme Court allows partisan districts, blocks census query

In two politically charged rulings, the Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to efforts to combat the drawing of electoral districts for partisan gain and put a hold on …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Divided Supreme Court strikes down gun law provision, rules against newspaper

The Supreme Court on Monday struck a section of a 1980s law that allows prosecutors to seek stiffer penalties for certain violent crimes involving firearms, finding that the provision does …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Justices side with business, government in information fight

The Supreme Court sided with businesses and the U.S. government Monday in a ruling about the public’s access to information, telling a South Dakota newspaper it can’t get the data …


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Supreme Court upholds cross on public land in Maryland

A 40-foot-tall, World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public land in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important decision about the use of religious …


High court avoids new case over same-sex wedding cake

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.


Supreme Court upholds rule allowing state, federal charges

The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. The case was closely watched because a ruling the …


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 11:11 a.m.

High court lets Virginia voting go ahead under redrawn map

Virginians will elect members of the House of Delegates using a map seen as favorable to Democrats, according to ruling Monday by the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court rules against oil drilling platform workers

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against workers on oil drilling platforms off California who argued they should be paid for the off-work time they spend on the platform, including …


Justice Ginsburg warns of more 5-4 decisions ahead

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggested Friday that there will be sharp divisions among her colleagues as the court finishes its term.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.

McConnell: ‘We’d fill’ any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020

Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell says that if a vacancy occurs on the Supreme Court during next year’s election cycle the chamber would likely confirm a GOP nominee selected by …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 10:55 a.m.

Supreme Court rejects appeal over transgender bathrooms

The Supreme Court will not take up a challenge to a Pennsylvania school district’s policy allowing transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their sexual identity.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 8:31 p.m.

Supreme Court signals more openness to state abortion rules

The Supreme Court is upholding an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to dispose of aborted fetuses in the same way as human remains, a sign that the more conservative …


Abortion debate highlights divide in Democrat-led states

A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups …