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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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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Case on Police Violence Reveals Fault Lines at Supreme Court

In a sharp exchange, dissenting conservatives suggested that Chief Justice Roberts warped the law in response to public sentiment.

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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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Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

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Thank You, Justice Gorsuch

Liberals will one day cite and celebrate this defense of religious liberty.

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Trump’s Supreme Court Pick May Need to Denounce Roe. Good.

Judicial nominees should be honest about their stance on abortion.

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Trump’s Leading Candidates to Fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Vacancy

President Trump has vowed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.” Here is who might fill the seat.

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Who is on President Trump’s List of Supreme Court Nominees?

President Trump has vowed to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “without delay.” Here is who might fill the seat.

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Why Trump’s Supreme Court Fantasy List Is Bad for Real Life

Listing potential justices may distort how we see the judiciary and how it behaves. Joe Biden should stick to “no names.”

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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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After a Trail of Tears, Justice for ‘Indian Country’

From my elders, I learned that justice is sometimes seven generations away or more — and inevitable.

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How a Conservative Supreme Court and Trump’s Appointees Declared Their Independence

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of President Trump’s claims of immunity was a reminder that institutional prerogatives still matter in Washington, even in a time of extreme partisanship.

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A Conservative Court and Trump’s Own Appointees Declare Their Independence

The Supreme Court’s dismissal of President Trump’s claims of immunity was a reminder that institutional prerogatives still matter in Washington, even in a time of extreme partisanship.

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Conservatives, Don’t Give Up on Your Principles or the Supreme Court

Some are turning away from a founding idea, originalism.

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On Religion, the Supreme Court Protects the Right to Be Different

Recent decisions are about safeguarding pluralism, not taking sides in the culture wars.

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Place Your Bets on Biden’s V.P.

Plus, a Supreme Court mystery.

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The Tempting of Neil Gorsuch

Another conservative justice’s arc bends toward juristocracy.

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Roberts to Trump: Don’t Take the Supreme Court for Granted

A week of decisions contained hidden and not-so-hidden messages from the court.

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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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Surprise! Justice on L.G.B.T. Rights From a Trump Judge

So much for “But Gorsuch.”

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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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A Half-Century On, an Unexpected Milestone for L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

The Supreme Court’s surprising 6-to-3 ruling in favor of gay and transgender rights was perhaps the strongest evidence yet of how fundamentally and unpredictably American views have changed.

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Gorsuch, Conservative Favorite Appointed by Trump, Leads Way on Landmark Decision

One conservative group said the justice had betrayed the legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat on the court he has held since 2017.

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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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Trump Judges or Federalist Society Judges? Try Both

The group says it doesn’t endorse nominees for public office. Say what?

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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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The Supreme Court, the Electoral College and the Real Vote Suppression Threat

The Supreme Court weighs whether Electoral College electors can vote their preference for president rather than the choice of their 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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A Conservative Agenda Unleashed on the Federal Courts

President Trump’s imprint on the nation’s appeals courts has been swift and historic. He has named judges with records on a range of issues important to Republicans — and to his re-election.

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