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Supreme Court seems reluctant to interpret intent of Virginia uranium law

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court justices across the ideological spectrum seemed reluctant Monday to try to divine the reason that Virginia lawmakers decided back in the 1980s to ban the mining of uranium, since everyone agrees that is something the state ...

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Supreme Court refuses to block young people’s climate lawsuit against US government

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court Friday night refused to halt a novel lawsuit filed by young Americans that attempts to force the federal government to take action on climate change, turning down a request from the Trump administration to stop ...

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Trump officials aggressively bypass appeals, seek relief from Supreme Court

To a far greater degree than its predecessors, the Trump administration has sought to bypass adverse lower-court rulings on some of its signature issues by seeking extraordinary relief from a refortified conservative Supreme Court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Solicitor ...

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On eve of trial, Supreme Court leaves landmark climate case – filed by kids – in limbo

Expert witnesses had already booked their travel to testify in the long-awaited landmark climate change case. Some of the plaintiffs — young activists who are suing the federal government — altered their school schedules in order to live in Eugene, ...

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Democrats seize on failure of judicial pick to demand all of Supreme Court nominee’s documents

WASHINGTON – The forced withdrawal Thursday of a Trump judicial nominee over his college writings inflamed the battle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, with Democrats escalating their demands to see all of his past documents, even though that could ...

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In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue

WASHINGTON – Judge Brett Kavanaugh has only one major abortion ruling in his 12 years on the federal bench, but that forceful opinion will define the coming debate on what his elevation to the Supreme Court would mean for a ...

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Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and ...

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Catholics on the court: The historical struggle between canon and constitutional law

In late 1972, while drafting the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, Justice Harry Blackmun asked fellow Justice William Brennan to review a section in the opinion concerning the Roman Catholic Church. “Your judgment as to this ...

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