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Supreme Court Hands Trump a Travel Ban Loss —and Win

Grandparents are 'bona fide' relationships

(Newser) - The Trump administration must allow visitors from six Muslim-majority nations into the US if they already have a grandparent, cousin, or other relative in the country, according to a 6-3 ruling by the US Supreme Court on Wednesday. The Supreme Court stated in June that Trump's travel ban could... More »

Sheldon Silver's Corruption Conviction Tossed

Federal appeals court cites Supreme Court ruling on Bob McDonnell

(Newser) - The corruption conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was overturned Thursday by a federal appeals court that cited a recent Supreme Court ruling that narrowed the definition of what it takes to convict a public official. The three-judge panel of the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Carl Reiner to Justice Kennedy: It's Not Time to Retire

Entertainer explains why in public letter

(Newser) - Rumor has it Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may be considering retirement , and in a piece in the New York Times , director/writer/producer/actor Carl Reiner asks him not to. Yes, Kennedy is almost 81, and Reiner—who is 95—says he understands "the problems that come" at a certain age.... More »

Story May Provide Clue About Kennedy's Plans

Supreme Court justice warns clerk applicants he's considering retirement

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court wrapped up its current term, all eyes were on Anthony Kennedy amid rumors that he'd announce his retirement. He did not do so , but the rumors are gaining steam once again thanks to an NPR story. The focus of the piece was on new Justice... More »

Iran Slams Travel Ban as 'Racist,' 'Unfair'

Minister calls for US to join 'real fight' against terror

(Newser) - Iran says the US Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair." Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by state TV Wednesday as saying it is "regrettable" that Washington "closes its eyes... More »

Neil Gorsuch Is Paying Off for Trump

A look at what the media is saying about the newest Supreme Court justice

(Newser) - Two and a half months in, how is Neil Gorsuch doing on the Supreme Court? The consensus seems to be that he's making his mark already. A sample of the coverage as the court's term ended Monday:
  • CNN says Gorsuch is "no ordinary junior-most justice," noting
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Trump Claims 'Clear Victory' After Supreme Court Ruling

He also wants an apology over Russia accusations

(Newser) - The Supreme Court decided Monday to let President Trump's travel ban go into effect with restrictions, a decision Trump himself praised as a "clear victory for our national security." In a statement per the Hill , Trump said the ruling "allows me to use an important tool... More »

Church Scores Big Victory at Supreme Court

Justices say Missouri was wrong to deny state funds for playground

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's big headline on Monday involved partially instating President Trump's travel ban, but it was far from the only consequential development on the last day of the court's term . In a big church-state ruling, the court sided with the church. Justices ruled 7-2 that the... More »

No Retirement Bombshell as SCOTUS Term Ends

Anthony Kennedy made no announcement following a weekend of speculation

(Newser) - The last day of the Supreme Court's term was notable not only for what was announced but also for what wasn't. There had been wild speculation that Justice Anthony Kennedy could reveal his retirement from the court Monday, but the court recessed with no such announcement. Kennedy could... More »

Court Allows Parts of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall

(Newser) - President Trump scored a significant, if partial, victory from the Supreme Court on Monday: The justices agreed to allow a scaled-down version of his travel ban to take effect. The court also agreed to hear the case in the fall, setting the stage for a ruling that could have wide... More »

All Eyes on SCOTUS Over Retirement Rumor, Travel Ban

Plus, 6 outstanding decisions could be out on court's final day of term

(Newser) - The Supreme Court gathers Monday for the last scheduled day of the current term, with decisions on six cases—including one on the separation of church and state—still to come. Overshadowing all that, however, is speculation about whether Justice Anthony Kennedy will announce his retirement after 30 years on... More »

Why Speculation Is Running Wild Over a SCOTUS Opening

If Anthony Kennedy plans to step down now, we'll likely learn of it tomorrow

(Newser) - CNN uses the term "fever pitch." At this point it's only speculation, but the big question swirling around the Supreme Court has nothing to do with one of its cases. It's whether Justice Anthony Kennedy plans to step down—and whether he may do so... More »

Sex Offenders Can Use Social Media: Supreme Court

SCOTUS strikes down North Carolina ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular sites, the AP reports. The justices ruled unanimously in favor of North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. His Facebook boast about beating a traffic ticket led to his conviction... More »

Rock Band's Court Win Bodes Well for Redskins

Federal trademarks case was decided on Monday

(Newser) - An Asian-American rock band called the Slants found itself on the winning side of a Supreme Court case Monday. The justices ruled that a 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. The ruling is a victory for the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the... More »

SCOTUS to Hear Case That Could Affect Our Elections

It's court's first case on partisan gerrymandering in more than a decade

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is wading into the thicket of partisan redistricting in a case from Wisconsin. The justices on Monday said they will decide whether Republican lawmakers drew electoral districts so out of whack with the state's political breakdown that they violated the constitutional rights of Democratic voters. It'... More »

SCOTUS Taking Up Cellphone Tower Case

High court will consider whether police need warrants

(Newser) - In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review cellphone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects, the AP reports. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced... More »

Trump Is Back to Using a Term That May Cause Legal Issues

'I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN!'

(Newser) - While members of the Trump administration have tried to downplay his immigration executive order as simple vetting to keep the country safe, the president himself doubled down Monday on what he considers the order to be, the Hill reports. In an initial tweet Saturday that has since been criticized for... More »

Feds File Emergency Applications to Reinstate Travel Ban

It's up to the Supreme Court

(Newser) - President Trump has turned to the nation's highest court to keep his travel ban alive. The administration filed emergency applications late Thursday with the US Supreme Court to reinstate the temporary ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries, reports Reuters . The ban has been repeatedly slapped down by other... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Down 2 GOP-Drawn NC Districts

Says Republicans drew lines based on race to limit power of African-American voters

(Newser) - The Supreme Court struck down two North Carolina congressional districts Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, reports the AP . The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor's office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in the districts, weakening African-American voting... More »

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of NC Voter ID Law

Lower court's ruling scrapping the controversial law stands

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification law, which a lower court said targeted African Americans "with almost surgical precision." The justices left in place the lower court ruling striking down the law's photo ID requirement and scaling back... More »

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