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Supreme Court Justice Blocks Controversial Hawaiian Vote Count

Temporary stay stops the certification of any winners

(Newser) - A US Supreme Court justice on Friday issued a temporary stay blocking the counting of votes in an election that would be a significant step toward Native Hawaiian self-governance. Justice Anthony Kennedy's order also stops the certification of any winners pending further direction from him or the entire court.... More »

SCOTUS Not Interested in Planned Parenthood Case

High court rejects NH anti-abortion group's push for docs related to gov't grant

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has rejected an anti-abortion group's bid to force disclosure of confidential Planned Parenthood and federal government records about a contract for family planning services in New Hampshire. The justices on Monday let stand a ruling that allowed the Health and Human Services Department to withhold some... More »

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Major Abortion Case

For the first time since 2007

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is taking on its first abortion case in eight years, a dispute over state regulation of abortion clinics. The justices said Friday they will hear arguments over a Texas law that would leave about 10 abortion clinics open across the state. A decision should come by late... More »

White House Will Appeal Immigration Case to Supreme Court

After an appeals court keeps Obama plan from moving forward

(Newser) - Last November, President Obama laid out his immigration plan , which included protection against deportation for millions of undocumented people. Since then, Texas has been leading a slew of states trying to block the executive action, which was dealt another blow Monday when a federal appeals court sided with a lower... More »

Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare

This one is brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits

(Newser) - For the fourth time in five years, ObamaCare is going before the Supreme Court, Politico reports. This time, seven religious charities, hospitals, and colleges—including Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame—are challenging the contraception mandate, which they claim violates their religious beliefs, according to the Hill . Hobby... More »

Supreme Court Gets Highly Political Cases

Unions and abortion rights could be in jeopardy

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is facing a docket of high-profile political cases that will test whether recent liberal victories were more fluke or firm conviction, the New York Times reports. The court—which is divided 5-4 for conservatives, but saw Justice Roberts vote liberal on Obamacare and same-sex marriage—will look... More »

Liberals, Brace for an Ugly Supreme Court Session

Jeffery Toobin predicts 'disaster' for those on the left

(Newser) - Liberals had reason to cheer the most recent Supreme Court session, with victories on same-sex marriage and ObamaCare . But Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker thinks things are about to get very ugly for those on the left when it comes to the court. He ticks off pending cases on... More »

Ky. Clerk Defies SCOTUS, Still Won't Issue Licenses

Kim Davis says she has 'God's authority' to reject gay couples

(Newser) - Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis reported to work this morning to "face her moment of truth." But the Kentucky official who's been refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses ignored yesterday's Supreme Court rejection of her appeal for an "asylum for her conscience" and, "under... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Clerk Who's Against Gay Marriage

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has been refusing to issue licenses

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses , and the clerk will arrive at work tomorrow morning to face her moment of truth. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will have to choose whether to issue marriage licenses, defying her Christian... More »

Scalia a Terrible Role Model for Young Lawyers

And it's got nothing to do with politics, says law school dean

(Newser) - Antonin Scalia has taken plenty of criticism over his Supreme Court opinions, but this example doesn't have anything to do with his politics. Instead, it's his tone. In an essay in the Los Angeles Times , the dean of the UC Irvine law school writes that Scalia's scathing... More »

Supreme Court Rules on Texas Abortion Clinics

Abortion-rights advocates say state law will close more clinics

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is refusing to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force about 10 abortion clinics to close. The justices voted 5-4 today to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations, refusing to keep them on hold while the clinics... More »

4 Boldest Passages in the Lethal Injection Ruling

From Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, and Antonin Scalia

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today ruled 5-4 that the use of midazolam—the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma—does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment as prohibited by the Eighth Amendment. When the Supreme Court justices debated the case in... More »

SCOTUS Smacks Down Obama Emissions Plan

Says EPA jumped gun on regulations on mercury, other pollutants

(Newser) - In a 2014 ruling , an appeals court decided that the Environmental Protection Agency "properly [put] the horse before the cart" in coming up with mandates to limit power-plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants. The Supreme Court today overturned that ruling, blocking a key White House environmental initiative because... More »

Affirmative-Action Case Will Go Before SCOTUS Again

Abigail Fisher's lawsuit against University of Texas will get 2nd look by court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court says it will dive back into the fight over the use of race in admissions at the University of Texas, a decision that presages tighter limits on affirmative action in higher education. The justices said today they'll hear for a second time the case of a... More »

SCOTUS: Lethal Injection Drug Not Cruel, Unusual

Use of midazolam doesn't violate the Eighth Amendment

(Newser) - When the Supreme Court justices in April debated the constitutionality of lethal-injection drug midazolam, Elena Kagan likened the execution protocol to being burned alive. She joined three dissenters in today's 5-4 ruling that the first drug in a three-drug combination used last year in executions in Arizona, Ohio, and... More »

Colbert to Scalia: You Already Had Your Head in a Sack

Oh, and please stop by my show!

(Newser) - Justice Antonin Scalia fiercely dissented in yesterday's Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage —so fiercely that he inspired a Scalia burn-generator , and vowed he would hide his "head in a bag." Responded Stephen Colbert, "I could’ve sworn he was already hiding his head in... More »

Gay Marriage Ruling: What the 4 Dissenters Had to Say

Lines from John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today declared that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America in a 5-4 ruling. In what Politico calls a "rare occurrence," each of the four dissenters penned their own dissent. Here's what they wrote :
  • John Roberts: "If you are among
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Essence of Gay Marriage Ruling Is in One Paragraph

Anthony Kennedy's prose moves court watchers

(Newser) - The New Republic calls it "the most powerful paragraph" in today's Supreme Court decision in support of gay marriage , Sarah Kliff at Vox says it stands out as a "moving piece of writing," especially for a judicial decision, and Josh Greenman of the Daily News tweets... More »

5 Best Twitter Reactions to Gay Marriage Ruling

Social media is blowing up right now with every color of the rainbow

(Newser) - The historic SCOTUS ruling today legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has spurred more than a few dissents , a flurry of thinkpieces, and some quirky infographics, tweets, and other promos on Twitter with the #LoveWins and other related hashtags. See the photo gallery for just a handful of favorites. More »

Obama: 'We've Made Our Union a Little More Perfect'

President hails the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

(Newser) - Yesterday, President Obama said the Supreme Court created a "good day for America" because of its ObamaCare ruling. Well, now he thinks the justices are two for two. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Obama hailed today's decision in support of gay marriage , saying the court "reaffirmed that... More »

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