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Politics Jan 20Trump will be sworn in by the chief justice he once called an ‘absolute disaster’
Will it matter that in the course of the campaign, Trump referred to Roberts as "an absolute disaster" and "disgraceful," mainly for Roberts' two votes in defense of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul?…
Nation Dec 06Justices uphold Katrina fraud verdict against State Farm
WASHINGTON — A unanimous Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. committed fraud against the federal government after 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
Politics Dec 03Supreme Court to hear cases about use of race in redistricting
The Supreme Court is returning to the familiar intersection of race and politics, in a pair of cases examining redistricting in North Carolina and Virginia.
Politics Nov 30Why conflict of interest rules apply differently to the president
When it comes to ethics, not all government employees are regulated equally. What's a serious matter for a second-term congressman with a small business has no equivalent for a president with a multibillion-dollar empire.
Nation Nov 30Supreme Court weighs bond hearings for detained immigrants
A seemingly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday tried to figure out whether the government can detain immigrants indefinitely without providing hearings in which they could argue for their release.
Politics Nov 13Trump’s presidential pen could remake Supreme Court’s agenda
Even before Donald Trump chooses a Supreme Court nominee, the new president can take steps to make several contentious court cases go away.
Nation Nov 05Courtesy votes offer evidence justices are working together
In several cases, a Supreme Court justice switched sides to provide a needed fifth vote to preserve the status quo.
Politics Nov 03With eight Supreme Court justices, an undecided election could be ‘nightmare scenario’
As controversial as that decision was, it was made by a nine-justice court. This time around, there are only eight justices and the possibility of a tie vote. That would leave a lower federal or state court ruling in place,…
Politics Aug 24Where do the presidential candidates stand on Supreme Court nominees?
An Associated Press series is examining issues at stake in the presidential election and how they affect people. This one focuses on filling the vacancy in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Politics Aug 04The election could determine the Supreme Court’s transgender bathroom case
The Supreme Court's order blocking a transgender male from using the boys' restroom at his Virginia school underscores how the presidential election results will shape the high court.