Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

The general question in cases in California, Nevada and New York is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett Hears Her First Supreme Court Argument

But she did not take part in a pair of unsigned decisions in favor of a Black Lives Matter activist and a prisoner held in abusive conditions.

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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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An Editor’s Note on the Trump Tax Investigation

The New York Times has examined decades of President Trump’s financial records, assembling the most comprehensive picture yet of his business dealings.

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A College’s ‘Free Speech Areas’ Face Supreme Court Review

The justices will consider whether a student’s First Amendment lawsuit may proceed after a college in Georgia abandoned its restrictions.

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Homeland Security Shuts Down ‘Intelligence’ Reports on Journalists

The acting secretary of homeland security said that he would investigate his department’s dissemination of the tweets of journalists who uncovered agency documents.

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Split 5 to 4, Supreme Court Rejects Nevada Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Restrictions

The church said it was subject to more severe limits than casinos and restaurants.

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Government Denies Cohen Was Imprisoned to Stop Trump Book

The denial came in response to a lawsuit filed by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, that said he was being punished for speaking out.

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Colleges Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racist Social Media Posts Emerge

Amid a national accounting over racism after George Floyd’s death, at least a dozen schools have revoked admissions offers to incoming students.

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Judge Weighs Administration Request to Order Bolton to Try to Pull Back Book

A lawyer for President Trump’s former national security adviser called the request “theater,” portraying it as legally and practically impossible.

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The Constitutional Separation of Church and State Faces Demise

The government is allowing federal pandemic aid to pay for clergy salaries, something that once would have been unthinkable.

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A.C.L.U. Sues Minneapolis, Claiming Police Tactics Violated Freedom of Press

The organization filed the suit on behalf of a reporter who said he was hit in the face with a projectile shot by police as he was covering a protest.

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Trump’s Twitter Executive Order Is Unconstitutional Harassment

His executive order aimed at social media companies should be ignored.

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Supreme Court, in 5-4 Decision, Rejects Church’s Challenge to Shutdown Order

A California church argued that restrictions on public gatherings treated houses of worship worse than many businesses.

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What is Section 230? Legal Shield for Websites is the Targeted by Trump

Section 230, from a 1996 federal law, was meant to protect young internet companies from liability. Lawmakers have threatened to change it.

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The Coronavirus Protests Are Protected by the Constitution

Although some states have tried to ban them, anti-lockdown demonstrations are protected by the First Amendment.

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Censorship of Writings by Ex-Officials

The plaintiffs will appeal. They argued that a system that requires review before publication is unconstitutionally “dysfunctional.”

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