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Nation Nov 09U.S. Supreme Court considers Texas case about religious rights during executions
Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Texas death row inmate's demand that a chaplain be allowed to pray out loud and touch him during his execution.
Nation Nov 08LISTEN: Supreme Court hears arguments on FBI surveillance of Muslims after 9/11
The Supreme Court struggled Monday with whether to allow a lawsuit by Muslim men claiming religious bias by the FBI to go forward despite the government's objection that doing so could reveal national security secrets.
Nation Nov 03LISTEN: Supreme Court hears arguments on New York gun rights case
The court was hearing arguments in its biggest guns case in more than a decade, a dispute over whether New York's law violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”…
Politics Nov 01LISTEN: Supreme Court takes up Texas law banning most abortions
A majority of the Supreme Court have signaled they would allow abortion providers to pursue a court challenge to a Texas law that has virtually ended abortion in the nation’s second-largest state after six weeks of pregnancy.
Politics Oct 04Supreme Court justices back at court for new term after 19-month pandemic absence
Justice Brett Kavanaugh is participating remotely from his home after testing positive for COVID-19 late last week.
Nation Sep 30Justice Alito pushes back against SCOTUS criticism
Three controversial cases were brought to the court as emergency motions and were decided without the court's more typical full briefing and oral argument. That process has been called the court's "shadow docket."…
Politics Sep 08Supreme Court hanging up phone, returns to in-person arguments
The high court announced Wednesday that the justices plan to return to their marble courtroom for arguments beginning in October, more than a year and a half after the in-person sessions were halted because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nation Sep 02Divided Supreme Court leaves Texas abortion law in place
The court voted 5-4 early Thursday to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers and others that sought to block enforcement of the law, which strips most women of the right to an abortion in the nation’s second-largest state.
Nation Sep 01Texas law banning most abortions in the state takes effect, with high court mum
The Texas law, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks and before most women even know they’re pregnant.
Health Aug 06Students ask Supreme Court to block college vaccine mandate
It's the first time the high court has been asked to weigh in on a vaccine mandate and comes as some corporations, states and cities are also weighing vaccine requirements for workers or even to dine indoors.