Supreme Court Grants Temporary Reprieve to Biden Immigration Policy

Justice Samuel Alito briefly stayed a ruling from a federal judge that would have forced some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while U.S. officials considered their cases.

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Proving Racist Intent: Democrats Face High New Bar in Opposing Voting Laws

Democrats and voting rights groups say they can no longer count on the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, to serve as a backstop for preventing racially discriminatory voting restrictions.

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Supreme Court Term Marked by Conservative Majority in Flux

The chief justice’s power waned, and the three Trump justices grew more influential. The term ended with an exclamation point, with the court imposing new limits on the Voting Rights Act.

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The Supreme Court’s Newest Justices Produce Some Unexpected Results

In the term so far, including two major decisions on Thursday, the court’s expanded conservative majority is fractured and its liberals are often on the winning side.

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Supreme Court Limits Sweep of Law on Mandatory Minimum Sentences

Violent felonies committed recklessly do not count in deciding whether 15-year terms are required under the Armed Career Criminal Act, the justices ruled.

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A Lively Supreme Court Argument Over a Cheerleader’s Vulgar Rant

The justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech.

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Uncomfortable Timing for a Supreme Court Gun Fight

The justices contemplate expanding arms rights in the wake of mass shootings.

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This Is What Judicial Activism Looks Like on the Supreme Court

In a dissent, two conservative justices invite a case to overturn a precedent on religion in the workplace that they dislike.

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Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement

Taking their cue from Trump, they are going all out to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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We Still Have to Worry About the Supreme Court and Elections

The justices are about to consider whether the Voting Rights Act applies to policies that restrict the vote.

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Supreme Court Weighs Limits of ‘Hot Pursuit’ by Police

The court has said that the police need no warrants to enter the homes of fleeing felons. Does that exception also apply to people suspected of minor crimes?

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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Pennsylvania Election Case on Mailed Ballots

In dissent, three justices said the court should have used the case to provide guidance in future elections.

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Supreme Court Rejects Religious School’s Challenge to Kentucky Virus Order

The governor had ordered all of the state’s K-12 schools, whether public or private, to close temporarily to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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In Unusually Political Speech, Alito Says Liberals Pose Threat to Liberties

The conservative justice’s pointed remarks, which he made in a speech to the Federalist Society, reflected thoughts he has expressed in his opinions.

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The Supreme Court Is Now 6-3. What Does That Mean?

Will we see a cohesive conservative alliance? Or a disparate group of conservative justices?

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Has the Court Learned Nothing From Bush v. Gore?

Apparently not.

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Amy Coney Barrett’s Rise Is a Threat to Gay Rights

Many of us thought gays and lesbians had won the marriage battle. Maybe not.

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

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Supreme Court Won’t Immediately Revive Abortion-Pill Restriction

A federal judge, citing the pandemic, had suspended a federal requirement that women seeking medication abortions pick up a pill in person.

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The Supreme Court’s Religious Wing Takes on Covid-19 Restrictions

The fight over limits on church attendance divides the justices.

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In the Supreme Court’s Trump Tax Ruling, Voters Lose

The justices reiterated that no president is above the law, but voters still won’t see his taxes before November.

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The Supreme Court Defines ‘Sex’ in Its Title VII Ruling

We’ll soon find out whether the court inflames the culture wars or cools them as its term winds down.

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Why the Supreme Court Ruling on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights Is Such a Big Deal

Only some queer people get married, but almost all of them work.

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The Supreme Court Says Gay Rights Are Civil Rights

The Supreme Court says you can’t be fired for being gay or transgender.

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The Supreme Court, Too, Is on the Brink

The polarization roiling the country has the Supreme Court in its grip.

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Does John Roberts Need to Check His Own Biases?

Evidence from recent Supreme Court arguments suggests that the chief justice, like most people, may have ideological and gender blind spots.

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Supreme Court Takes On Employment Bias at Religious Schools

The cases are the latest in a series the court has had before it considering the relationship between church and state.

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A Precedent Overturned Reveals a Supreme Court in Crisis

Separate opinions in a case show nine justices pursuing agendas far removed from the dispute at hand.

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