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Kennedy May Be Leaning Left on Huge Political Case

In questioning on gerrymandering, he seems to side with Democratic challengers

(Newser) - Justice Anthony Kennedy may end up casting the deciding vote in one of the Supreme Court's biggest cases this term—and he appears to be leaning toward joining the court's more liberal justices when it comes to reining in gerrymandering. The court heard arguments Tuesday in a redistricting... More »

Unions Blast 'Blatantly Political' Suit Headed to SCOTUS

Supreme Court will look at whether all public employees have to pay 'fair share' fees

(Newser) - Teachers and other public employees are now eyeing the Supreme Court after it announced Thursday it will take on a case next summer that may have big repercussions for unions. The Los Angeles Times reports the high court will look at overruling the requirement that all public employees, not just... More »

SCOTUS: Texas' Disputed Voting Map Can Stay

At least until SCOTUS reviews case at a later date

(Newser) - Texas likely won't be forced to redraw electoral districts a court found were intentionally designed to weaken the influence of minority voters before the 2018 midterm elections. In a 5-4 decision along partisan lines Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted a request from Texas that it keep its congressional map,... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Neil Gorsuch Gets 3 Grunt Jobs on Court

Get ready for lots of note-taking, justice

(Newser) - New Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has more than weighty legal decisions awaiting. As the junior justice, Gorsuch also has some decidedly lesser responsibilities, and three in particular have been drawing attention, reports Quartz . First, he has to take notes when the panel of nine meets privately to discuss cases,... More »

Gorsuch Takes Seat in Time for Court's Biggest Case

An important church-state case will be argued this month

(Newser) - Neil Gorsuch is now officially a member of the US Supreme Court, and the 49-year-old's impact is expected to be both immediate and long-lasting. Gorsuch officially gets to work on Monday, in time to hear important cases for the current term and to help weigh in on which cases... More »

Men of SCOTUS Interrupt the Women a Lot

Female justices interrupted more often than men, researchers say

(Newser) - Even if there were an equal number of male and female justices on the Supreme Court, a new study suggests the sexes wouldn't have an equal voice. Researchers at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law say female justices simply "do not have an equal opportunity to be heard"... More »

Senate Democrat Speaks for 15 Hours Straight

Jeff Merkley spoke out about Neil Gorsuch, but didn't actually delay the vote

(Newser) - Sen. Jeff Merkley started talking on the Senate floor at about 6:50pm Tuesday and didn't yield until 10:14am Wednesday. No, it wasn't a filibuster, but the Oregon Democrat was speaking out against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, the Hill reports. Merkley, a longtime... More »

Plagiarism Accusations Surface About Gorsuch

Though an author he's accused of copying defends him against the allegation

(Newser) - Senators who oppose Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court might have a little more ammunition to work with this week: Both Politico and BuzzFeed are out with reports suggesting that Gorsuch copied other authors without attribution in his writings, particularly in his 1986 book The Future of Assisted ... More »

Nuclear Option Looks Likely in Gorsuch Confirmation Fight

Dems are closing in on 41 votes

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is going to be confirmed one way or another, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Sunday —and the Democrats appear ready to have it done the hard way. Senate Democrats are closing in on the 41 votes needed to block the confirmation, making... More »

McConnell: Gorsuch Will Be Confirmed

It's just a question of whether Senate Democrats filibuster, force nuclear option

(Newser) - It's all over but the shouting in the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Mitch McConnell tells Fox News Sunday . "Judge Gorsuch is going to be confirmed," the Senate majority leader said. His next comments seemed to indicate he wouldn't shy away from the... More »

When Did SCOTUS Nominations Get Nasty? In the Beginning

The first president to have a Supreme Court nominee rejected in the Senate: Washington

(Newser) - Merrick Garland never got a hearing, and Neil Gorsuch looks headed for a highly partisan showdown this week that could see the first successful filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee since the 1960s and Senate rules rewritten as Republicans try to put him in the seat that's been empty... More »

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