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Supreme Court takes up Trump administration’s plan to ask about citizenship in census

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court added a politically explosive case to its low-profile docket Friday, agreeing to decide by the end of June whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the 2020 Census form sent to ...

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Analysis: Supreme Court’s execution decision animates critics on the left and right

The Supreme Court of the United States. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Ricky Carioti.

The Supreme Court’s late-night, two-paragraph order that sent a Muslim inmate in Alabama to his execution last week has become the court’s most controversial act of the term, drawing intense criticism from the political right and the left. The court’s ...

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Analysis: Abortion case provides unexpected quick test for Supreme Court conservatives

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WASHINGTON – Abortion providers in Louisiana have asked the Supreme Court for an emergency stay of a state law they say would leave only one doctor eligible to perform the procedure, an unexpectedly quick test on the issue for the ...

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Justices seem skeptical of Tennessee residency rule for liquor store owners

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WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices indicated Monday that they thought Tennessee’s tough residency requirements for those who want to run liquor stores have more to do with protecting in-state economic interests than guarding against the evils of alcohol. But they ...

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Supreme Court sets threshold for sentencing repeat violent offenders to prison terms

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WASHINGTON – A divided Supreme Court on Monday set the bar on the amount of violence needed to trigger longer prison sentences for some repeat offenders. Deciphering the provisions of the Armed Career Criminal Act, a 1984 law that sets ...

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Supreme Court turns aside challenge to Whitaker as acting attorney general

FILE - In this April 24, 2014, file photo, then-Iowa Republican senatorial candidate and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker watches before a live televised debate in Johnston, Iowa. President Donald Trump announced in a tweet that he was naming Whitaker, as acting attorney general, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was pushed out Nov. 7, 2018, as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks from Trump over his recusal from the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court, without comment, turned away a challenge Monday to Matt Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general. Washington lawyer and Supreme Court practitioner Thomas Goldstein has intervened in cases in Nevada and Maryland to say that President ...

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High court considers whether predecessors made a mistake 40 years ago

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court decided 40 years ago that one state could be sued in another state’s courts without its consent. On Wednesday, the justices pondered whether their predecessors had made a mistake. An hour-long argument featuring two of ...

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Supreme Court to hear cases on partisan gerrymandering in Maryland, North Carolina

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court once again will take up unresolved constitutional questions about partisan gerrymandering, agreeing Friday to consider rulings from two lower courts that found congressional maps in North Carolina and Maryland so extreme that they violated the ...

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Chief Justice Roberts notes progress in protecting judicial employees from misconduct

WASHINGTON – Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said Monday that the federal judiciary has made strides in protecting law clerks and other employees from sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct, but he added that too often, such behavior is still ...

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Controversial ruling on health care law could face a skeptical Supreme Court – if it gets there

WASHINGTON – If a federal judge’s controversial ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional eventually winds its way to the Supreme Court, it will face the same majority that has twice upheld the law against would-be fatal attacks and ...

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