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Politics Feb 13What didn’t add up? Fact-checking the ninth Republican debate
The GOP presidential debaters misfired in assertions about Supreme Court nominees, Syria, immigration and more.
Politics Feb 05Partisan fights over Supreme Court nominations hurt the court’s image, Chief Justice Roberts says
WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts says he is concerned that partisan political battles over Supreme Court nominations have led to a widespread misunderstanding about the role of the court.
Nation Jan 12Florida death penalty system is unconstitutional, Supreme Court rules
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences.
Politics Jan 11High court seems skeptical of mandatory public union fees
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday appeared ready to deal a major blow to organized labor as it considers the free speech rights of government workers who say they shouldn't be forced to pay fees to public sector unions.
Economy Oct 16Supreme Court justice took part in case despite wife’s stock ownership
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer had a conflict of interest under federal law when he heard arguments in a case this week despite his wife's ownership of stock in a company involved in the dispute.
Nation Aug 28Supreme Court can keep protesters off its plaza, appeals court rules
The Supreme Court, the setting for landmark rulings in favor of free speech, can keep protesters off its marble plaza without violating their constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.
Nation Aug 28Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal
A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.
Nation Aug 21Appeals court reinstates wage rules for home care workers
A federal appeals court on Friday revived Obama administration regulations that guarantee overtime and minimum wage protection to nearly 2 million home health care workers.
Nation Aug 11Prison reform advocates hope one Supreme Court justice will help end solitary confinement
Prison reform advocates who have spent years campaigning against solitary confinement are counting on a powerful new ally in their quest to end the practice — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Nation Aug 11Advocates against solitary confinement see hope in Justice Kennedy’s comments
WASHINGTON — Prison reform advocates who have spent years campaigning against solitary confinement are counting on a powerful new ally in their quest to end the practice — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.