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John Roberts Joins Liberals in Big Census Ruling

Justices say Trump administration's explanation isn't good enough

(Newser) - If the Trump administration wants to add a controversial US citizenship question to the 2020 census, it will have to hustle. The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the current bid to add the question, saying the administration's explanation for why it's necessary just isn't good enough, reports... More »

Sweeping Roe v. Wade Decision? Not Roberts' Style

Analysts think his Supreme Court more likely to 'chip away' than overturn

(Newser) - As several states move to restrict abortion—including Alabama and now Missouri, per CBS News —the big question is whether these new laws will lead to a direct challenge at the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. But one common theme in coverage is that Chief Justice John... More »

Kavanaugh Dissents as Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Law

Temporary stay granted in Louisiana case

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has blocked a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana—but only temporarily. Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted to uphold an almost identical law in Texas in 2016, joined the court's four liberal justices in voting to block the law, which would require abortion providers to have... More »

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Trump on Asylum-Seekers

Won't allow White House to begin enforcing controversial new restrictions

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled against President Trump on Friday regarding a controversial new plan to put restrictions on asylum-seekers. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court's four more liberal justices in blocking the White House from immediately enforcing the plan, reports the New York Times . (This is the same... More »

Trump Takes Pushback Against Chief Justice Into 2nd Day

Calls 9th Circuit Court of Appeals 'a complete & total disaster'

(Newser) - "HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!" was President Trump's early morning Turkey Day tweet to America, sandwiched in between a post about the "mean & nasty world out there, the Middle East in particular" and a continuation of his public pushback against Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.... More »

Trump Fires Back at Chief Justice Roberts

President calls federal appeals court rulings so biased they're 'shocking'

(Newser) - It didn't take long for President Trump to respond to a rare rebuke from the chief justice of the Supreme Court. After John Roberts criticized the president for belittling a federal judge who ruled against the White House, Trump took to Twitter to make his case. "Sorry Chief... More »

In a First, John Roberts Takes Shot at Trump

'We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges,' says the chief justice

(Newser) - When the AP asked John Roberts for a comment about President Trump's criticism of a federal judge, the chief justice delivered in a headline-making way. “We do not have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges,” said Roberts in a statement released Wednesday. “... More »

Sotomayor Calls Out Trump's 'Unrelenting Attack' on Muslims

Travel ban dissent is scathing, but president hails vindication against 'hysterical' critics

(Newser) - The travel ban stands . So ruled the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a ruling that President Trump was quick to celebrate, reports NBC News . In a statement, he said the decision reaffirms his authority to act in the name of national security, adding that it "is also a moment... More »

Chief Justice Wins Praise for Wishing 'Pain' on Students

Unconventional commencement speech notes lessons come with hardships

(Newser) - Commencement addresses are typically filled with well wishes. Chief Justice John Roberts went the opposite route in a June 3 speech getting attention this week after the Washington Post published excerpts. Roberts told students at an elite boarding school for boys in New Hampshire that he hoped their future would... 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 »

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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John Roberts' One Question on ObamaCare May Be Huge

Jeffrey Toobin thinks he may be leaning to save the law, for now

(Newser) - In yesterday's arguments about ObamaCare before the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts surprised observers by saying almost nothing. But the single question he did ask might well have tipped his hand, writes Jeffrey Toobin at the New Yorker . If Toobin is right, it's a mixture of good... More »

SCOTUS: Employers Can Duck Birth Control

...if they hold religious objections

(Newser) - The Supreme Court today dealt a decisive victory to Hobby Lobby , ruling in a 5-4 decision that closely held companies can refuse the ObamaCare mandate to provide birth control for employees. Chief Justice John Roberts, the swing vote that upheld ObamaCare two years ago, this time crossed over to side... More »

Court's Ruling on Cell Phones Is Milestone for Privacy

Pundits: Finally, justices prove they understand technology's role in modern life

(Newser) - They may not be an especially tech-savvy bunch, but today's ruling on cell phones shows that the Supreme Court justices are anything but Luddites, writes Dahlia Lithwick at Slate . The court ruled unanimously that police need a warrant under almost all circumstances to search somebody's cell phone, with... More »

Supreme Court Looks Befuddled on Aereo Case

Stephen Breyer referenced phonograph records

(Newser) - The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in ABC v. Aereo, a much-watched case that could have big implications for both cloud computing and broadcast television—implications the justices didn't seem comfortable with. Aereo allows users to record broadcast TV online and watch it at their leisure. The major... More »

Sotomayor Gets Personal in Affirmative Action Case

She thinks court is 'out of touch with reality,' and chief justice criticizes her criticism

(Newser) - Sonia Sotomayor had her "most personal moment" yet in her four-plus years on the Supreme Court with today's dissent in a key affirmative action case , writes Robert Barnes at the Washington Post . Sotomayor thinks the court blew it in allowing the University of Michigan to ban racial preferences... More »

Supreme Court Strikes Cap on Political Donations

Decision, split 5-4, will allow individuals to donate as much as they want overall

(Newser) - The Supreme Court dealt yet another blow to campaign finance rules today, ruling that it is unconstitutional to cap the total amount a person could give to candidates, political parties, and PACs. Watergate-era laws have long constrained how much any one person could give; for the 2013-2014 cycle, for example,... More »

High Court Sounds Conflicted on Contraceptive Case

Women justices and conservative justices at odds over health care mandate

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sounded deeply divided today as it heard arguments in a politically charged challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate , with its women on one side and its conservatives on the other. The hearing combined two cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v.... More »

Rand Paul: Put John Roberts on His Precious ObamaCare

Senate firebrand proposes constitutional amendment

(Newser) - Looks like Rand Paul hasn't forgiven John Roberts for declaring ObamaCare constitutional. The Kentucky senator says he's pushing a constitutional amendment stating that no federal employees would get special exemptions from laws—which, he tells the Daily Caller , would kick government employees off their taxpayer-subsidized health plans, and... More »

Roberts Adds Rare Democrat to Secret Court

But José Cabranes is so conservative Bush almost appointed him

(Newser) - John Roberts has finally appointed another Democrat to the secretive FISA court that watches over the NSA's controversial surveillance programs—but it's security hawks, not civil libertarians, who should be celebrating. Though he was originally appointed by Bill Clinton in 2000, Judge José A. Cabranes leans conservative ideologically,... More »

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