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Nation Jan 31Watch Live: President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee
Two finalists for the high court slot — Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman — were both summoned to Washington ahead of Tuesday's announcement, adding a dash of drama to the announcement from the reality television star turned president. Their travel…
Politics May 10Garland submits questionnaire as Judiciary Committee stonewalls
The questionnaire is a standard early step in the vetting of any judicial nominee. The lengthy survey typically is drafted by the committee, completed by the nominee, and then reviewed and made public by the committee in advance of committee…
Politics Apr 30How the Supreme Court is functioning following Scalia’s death
Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight?…
Politics Feb 22Chief justice remembers Scalia’s ‘irrepressible spirit’
WASHINGTON -- Antonin Scalia's colleagues honored the late Supreme Court justice Monday in a manner he would surely have approved, in sharp exchanges and aggressive questions during the court's first session since Scalia's death.
Nation Feb 19Thousands pay respects to late Justice Scalia
WASHINGTON -- Bidding farewell to their longtime colleague, the eight remaining Supreme Court justices joined family members, former law clerks and members of the public Friday in paying their respects to Antonin Scalia in a tradition-laden, solemn day at the…
Politics Nov 13Justices agree to hear first abortion case since 2007
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics.
Health Nov 06SCOTUS to hear contraceptive mandate case
The Supreme Court will hear a case later this year on whether certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act violate the rights of religious groups to not be complicit in providing contraception.
Politics Oct 17Supreme Court considers appeal of Chicago suburb’s assault weapons ban
The Supreme Court has so far resisted elaborating on two landmark decisions that established a nationwide right to defend one's home with a gun. That could change with a new appeal filed by gun owners that challenges a Chicago suburb's…
Nation Oct 13Supreme Court weighs decision about prisoners given life sentences as teenagers
People serving life terms for murders they committed as teenagers were looking to the Supreme Court Tuesday for signals about whether they will have a chance to seek their freedom.
Politics Jun 29Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions. Two of the justices said for first time that death penalty itself probably is unconstitutional.