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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?…
Nation Apr 27High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed poised to overturn the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on political corruption charges and place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws.
Nation Apr 26Supreme Court sides with police officer in free speech case
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a New Jersey police officer who was demoted after his boss mistakenly believed he was involved in a political campaign can still bring a lawsuit alleging a violation of free speech rights.
Nation Apr 20High court expresses doubts about drunken driving laws
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is expressing doubts about laws in at least a dozen states that make it a crime for people suspected of drunken driving to refuse to take alcohol tests.
Nation Apr 20High court upholds Arizona’s legislative redistricting plan
WASHINGTON -- A unanimous Supreme Court says an Arizona commission did not violate the principle of one person, one vote when it redrew the state's legislative districts in a way that created some with more residents than others and improved…
Nation Mar 29Tied 4-4 after Scalia’s death, Supreme Court upholds win for labor unions
WASHINGTON — A tie vote from the Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a win to labor unions in a high-profile dispute over their ability to collect fees.
Politics Feb 29Justice Thomas asks questions in court, 1st time in 10 years
WASHINGTON -- Justice Clarence Thomas broke 10 years of silence and provoked audible gasps at the Supreme Court on Monday when he posed questions from the bench during an oral argument.
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 20Watch Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral Mass
One of Scalia's nine children, the Rev. Paul Scalia, was to lead the Mass on Saturday at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It can hold at least 3,500 people.
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…