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Politics Mar 19Garland would move Supreme Court to the left, but how far?
Merrick Garland's judicial record over nearly two decades indicates he would side more often than not with the Supreme Court's liberal justices on a range of cases splitting the court along ideological lines.
Nation Mar 02Abortion case appears to split depleted Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — The abortion debate is returning to the Supreme Court in the midst of a raucous presidential campaign and less than three weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia's death.
Politics Feb 27Abortion case returns to a Supreme Court altered by Scalia’s absence
The Supreme Court challenge to a Texas law that has dramatically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state is the justices' most significant case on the hot-button issue in nearly a quarter-century.
Politics Feb 17Supreme Court may face extended period with 8 justices
The Supreme Court has managed to function effectively at less than its full nine-member strength for two extended periods in the past 50 years. The question now is whether the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in the middle of the…
Politics Feb 15Results in key Supreme Court cases could change with Scalia’s death
The Supreme Court abhors even numbers. But that's just what the court will have to deal with, perhaps for many months, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Eight justices will decide what to do, creating the prospect of 4-4…
Nation Feb 14Issues SCOTUS to soon consider include contraception, religious liberty
Next month's Supreme Court arguments in a clash over contraceptives, religious liberty and President Barack Obama's health care law also now seem more likely to favor the Obama administration.
Politics Feb 13In victory or dissent, Scalia was a man of strong opinions
Scalia deeply influenced a generation of conservative legal thinkers and was a lightning rod for criticism from the left almost from the moment President Ronald Reagan put him on the court in 1986.
Nation Feb 13U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79
Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the Supreme Court, has died, leaving the high court without its conservative majority and setting up an ideological confrontation over his successor in the maelstrom of a presidential election year.
Politics Jan 25Justices extend bar on automatic life terms for teenagers
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that people serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers must have a chance to seek their freedom, a decision that could affect more than 1,000 inmates.
Nation Jan 19Supreme Court sets election-year clash on immigration
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court stepped into a boiling political dispute over immigration Tuesday, setting up a likely decision in the middle of a presidential campaign marked by harsh rhetoric about immigrants.