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2022-05-18 21:10:51
by Tom Ramstack
A Potential Federal Law on Abortion Divides Witnesses Before Congress

WASHINGTON — Abortion supporters and detractors made impassioned pleas before a congressional committee Wednesday while invoking constitutional rights or Biblical... Read More

WASHINGTON — Abortion supporters and detractors made impassioned pleas before a congressional committee Wednesday while invoking constitutional rights or Biblical teachings. The House Judiciary Committee is considering one of several proposals in Congress on whether to enact a federal law... Read More

2022-05-16 19:45:11
by Dan McCue
Sen. Cruz Victorious in Campaign Finance Case

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law,... Read More

WASHINGTON  —  Sen. Ted Cruz. R-Texas, has prevailed in his Supreme Court challenge to a provision of federal campaign law, but in dissent at least one justice believes the ruling "can only bring this country's political system into further disrepute."... Read More

2022-05-11 20:22:14
by Dan McCue
If Roe Falls, What Civil Rights Precedents Might Be Next?

WASHINGTON — James Obergefell, who was in the nation’s capital this week to attend a fundraiser and visit with friends,... Read More

WASHINGTON — James Obergefell, who was in the nation’s capital this week to attend a fundraiser and visit with friends, wears the mantle of a civil rights icon lightly. Warm, often funny, and intelligent, the plaintiff in Obergefell v. Hodges,... Read More

2022-05-09 20:55:49
by Tom Ramstack
Alleged Judicial Activism in Abortion Case Renews Calls for Supreme Court Reform

WASHINGTON — The draft of a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade that was leaked to the media... Read More

WASHINGTON — The draft of a Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade that was leaked to the media last week is renewing calls in Congress to expand the number of justices. Democrats behind the proposal say the Supreme... Read More

2022-05-06 16:01:27
by Dan McCue
Could the Potential Decision on Roe Pose Threat to Interracial Marriage Precedent?

WASHINGTON — As talk about the possible collateral effect of the Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe v. Wade continues to... Read More

WASHINGTON — As talk about the possible collateral effect of the Supreme Court potentially overturning Roe v. Wade continues to roil Washington, The Well News reached out to attorney Philip Hirschkop to ask what impact that might have on the... Read More

2022-05-03 23:13:54
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Hearing on Judicial Code of Ethics Overshadowed by Supreme Court Leak

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Tuesday started as a discussion of a proposed new code of conduct for the U.S.... Read More

WASHINGTON — A Senate hearing Tuesday started as a discussion of a proposed new code of conduct for the U.S. Supreme Court but quickly turned to outrage over a leaked draft copy of a ruling that would overturn most abortion... Read More

2022-05-03 23:10:49
by Madeline Hughes
Activists on Both Sides of the Debate Gear Up for Abortion Fight

WASHINGTON — Activists of all political stripes gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday the day after Politico published a leaked... Read More

WASHINGTON — Activists of all political stripes gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday the day after Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would roll back Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years after the landmark decision... Read More

2022-05-03 18:10:17
by Madeline Hughes
Leaked Draft on Roe v. Wade Ignites Protests

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning after Politico published a leaked draft of a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of protestors gathered outside the Supreme Court Tuesday morning after Politico published a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would roll back Roe v. Wade nearly 50 years after the landmark decision solidified a woman’s... Read More

2022-05-03 14:41:40
by Dan McCue
What They’re Saying About the Supreme Court Leak and the Draft Decision

WASHINGTON — The story hit like a lightning bolt shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday night: a draft opinion leaked to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The story hit like a lightning bolt shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday night: a draft opinion leaked to Politico indicated that in a preliminary vote on a Mississippi abortion case, the Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe... Read More

Report: Supreme Court Draft Suggests Roe Could be Overturned

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report. A decision to overrule Roe would lead to abortion... Read More

2022-05-02 17:54:54
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Rules Boston Unlawfully Refused to Fly Christian Flag

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist by... Read More

WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that Boston violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist by refusing to comply with his request to fly a Christian flag on a flagpole outside City Hall, while allowing other... Read More

2022-04-28 14:27:13
by Dan McCue
Breyer Hears Final Oral Argument, Chief Justice Bids Him Adieu

WASHINGTON — Retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer heard his last oral argument on Wednesday, with Chief Justice John Roberts... Read More

WASHINGTON — Retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer heard his last oral argument on Wednesday, with Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. bidding him an emotional farewell after 28 years on the bench. Though Breyer’s impending retirement won’t officially occur until,... Read More

2022-04-26 19:32:51
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Sides With High School Accused of Excluding Asian Americans

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn an elite Virginia high school's policies intended to make the... Read More

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn an elite Virginia high school's policies intended to make the student population more demographically diverse in the latest uproar over school admission rules. The parents of applicants to Thomas Jefferson... Read More

High Court Could Free Biden to End Trump Asylum Policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned lower-court orders that have blocked the Biden administration from ending a... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday questioned lower-court orders that have blocked the Biden administration from ending a controversial Trump-era immigration program for asylum-seekers. Questions from conservative and liberal justices during nearly two hours of arguments suggested that... Read More

2022-04-26 15:42:43
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Gives Another Chance to Coach Who Prayed After Games

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to favor a high school coach who claimed a constitutional right to... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to favor a high school coach who claimed a constitutional right to pray on the 50-yard line after football games during oral arguments Monday. His school district administrators in Bremerton, Washington, disagreed.... Read More

2022-04-19 15:34:32
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General Input on Biologic Drug Patents

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to weigh in on a drug patent... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar to weigh in on a drug patent case the outcome of which could ultimately be worth billions of dollars. The case, Amgen v. Sanofi, emanates from the... Read More

Cheers for Jackson as Biden Declares 'Moment of Real Change'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday celebrated the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Friday celebrated the confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to reach the Supreme Court, hailing “a moment of real change in American history.” It was a moment 46... Read More

2022-04-07 19:49:00
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Confirms First Black Woman as Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson won confirmation in the Senate Thursday to become the first Black woman to be appointed... Read More

WASHINGTON — Ketanji Brown Jackson won confirmation in the Senate Thursday to become the first Black woman to be appointed as a Supreme Court justice. The 53-47 vote was made possible by three Republicans who crossed over to vote for... Read More

2022-04-07 18:55:59
by Dan McCue
Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 53-47 to confirm U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 53-47 to confirm U.S. Circuit Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, making her the first Black woman ever to serve at the very top of the nation’s courts. Jackson will now replace... Read More

Senate Poised to Confirm Jackson to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is expected to confirm Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson on Thursday, securing her place as the first Black woman on the high court and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his historic pick. Three... Read More

Analysis: Three GOP Senators Buck Party to Back Biden Court Pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — By announcing they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to the Supreme Court,... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — By announcing they will vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman to the Supreme Court, three Republican senators are marking the historical moment by building legacies of their own. Every senator has a voice, and... Read More

Supreme Court Reinstates Trump-era Water Rule for Now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated for now a Trump-era rule that had curtailed the power of... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday reinstated for now a Trump-era rule that had curtailed the power of states and Native American tribes to block pipelines and other energy projects that can pollute rivers, streams and other waterways.... Read More

2022-04-04 23:57:37
by Tom Ramstack
Collins, Romney and Murkowski Break With GOP on Jackson Nomination

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination in a Monday vote, the panel’s... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination in a Monday vote, the panel’s first tie on a high court pick since Clarence Thomas' nomination in 1991.  Senators voted 11-11 on sending Jackson’s nomination... Read More

Senate Panel to Vote on Jackson Nomination to Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are launching a whirlwind of votes and Senate floor action Monday with the goal of confirming Ketanji... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are launching a whirlwind of votes and Senate floor action Monday with the goal of confirming Ketanji Brown Jackson as the first Black woman on the Supreme Court by the end of the week. The Senate Judiciary Committee... Read More

2022-04-01 18:38:40
by Tom Ramstack
House Speaker Supports Code of Ethics for Supreme Court Justices

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is joining calls for a Supreme Court code of ethics to limit what critics... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is joining calls for a Supreme Court code of ethics to limit what critics say is sometimes out-of-control behavior by the justices. The California Democrat announced her support of a code of ethics after... Read More

2022-03-31 13:27:49
by Dan McCue
Ginsburg Family Donates Objects to National Museum of American History

WASHINGTON — Several objects related to the career of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were donated Wednesday to... Read More

WASHINGTON — Several objects related to the career of Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg were donated Wednesday to the National Museum of American History. The donation by her children, Jane and James Ginsburg, was announced Wednesday night as... Read More

2022-03-30 14:41:59
by Dan McCue
Ketanji Brown Jackson Now Has Bipartisan Support for High Court Confirmation

WASHINGTON — When the Senate votes on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court next week, she’s assured... Read More

WASHINGTON — When the Senate votes on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court next week, she’s assured of having bipartisan support for her confirmation. On Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said after a second meeting with... Read More

2022-03-29 14:19:28
by Dan McCue
RBG, Sandra Day O’Connor, to be Honored with Busts in Capitol

WASHINGTON — The House voted 349-63 Monday night to authorize the permanent display of former Supreme Court Justices  Ruth Bader... Read More

WASHINGTON — The House voted 349-63 Monday night to authorize the permanent display of former Supreme Court Justices  Ruth Bader Ginsburg  and Sandra Day O'Connor in the U.S. Capitol. Nineteen members did not cast a vote on the matter. House... Read More

2022-03-29 14:17:42
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Takes Case of Warhol Portrait to Determine Copyright Infringement

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case to determine whether artist Andy Warhol violated a... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to review a case to determine whether artist Andy Warhol violated a photographer’s copyright by basing one of his artworks on a photograph of the musician Prince. Both Warhol and Prince are... Read More

2022-03-25 17:46:55
by Dan McCue
Justice Clarence Thomas Released from Hospital

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was discharged from Washington’s Sibley Memorial Hospital Friday morning, a week after being... Read More

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was discharged from Washington’s Sibley Memorial Hospital Friday morning, a week after being admitted with “flu-like” symptoms. In announcing his hospitalization, the court said Thomas had been diagnosed with an infection, that he... Read More

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