Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

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Supreme Court Will Return to Its Courtroom Next Month

The public will not be allowed in, but the court will continue to provide live audio of arguments.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #washington-dc

The Texas Abortion Supreme Court Ruling Was Long in the Making

The groundwork was laid long ago for the Texas anti-abortion law that the Supreme Court allowed to go into effect.

#abortion, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states

How the Supreme Court Could Slowly Sabotage Roe v. Wade

Justices fearing a backlash might not be ready to overturn the ruling. But Texas offers a way to restrict abortion further.

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As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind

The House’s voting rights legislation named for the civil rights leader John Lewis seeks to counter the Supreme Court’s longstanding bid to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

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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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‘Hot Pursuit’ Doesn’t Always Justify Entry, Supreme Court Rules

The mere flight of a person suspected of a minor crime, without more, does not allow police officers to enter homes without warrants, the court said.

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The Really Big Fight on Voting Rights Is Just Around the Corner

The John Lewis Act would reaffirm Congress’s central role in protecting the right to vote against racially discriminatory changes.

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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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Supreme Court to Hear Gun Control Case

The justices, who have not issued a major Second Amendment ruling since 2010, will hear a challenge to a New York gun control law.

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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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By 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Lifts Restrictions on Prayer Meetings in Homes

The court shifted direction in cases on Covid-related limits on religious services after Justice Amy Coney Barrett replaced Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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An Extraordinary Winning Streak for Religion at the Supreme Court

More broadly, one new study found, “the politicization of religious freedom has infiltrated every level of the federal judiciary.”

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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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Supreme Court Wary of Law Letting Union Organizers Onto Private Property

The justices considered a California regulation that allowed labor representatives to meet with farm workers at their worksites for up to three hours a day for as many as 120 days a year.

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Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

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Supreme Court Backs Georgia Gwinnett College Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit

The 8-to-1 ruling said courts may hear suits seeking only nominal damages. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., dissenting, said the majority had turned judges into advice columnists.

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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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Will the Supreme Court Gut the Voting Rights Act?

The court is being asked how hard it should be for states to pass what might be voter-suppression laws.

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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 Partly Backs Religious Challenge to California Virus Restrictions

The ruling followed a similar one in a case from New York and provided more evidence of a change in the court’s direction after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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The Supreme Court After Trump

Now that his presidency has disintegrated into mayhem, how are the conservative justices processing his tenure?

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Chief Justice Praises the Courts’ Responses to the Pandemic

In a year that included an impeachment trial, the death of a colleague and the arrival of a new one, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s year-end report focused on the health crisis.

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Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Choice

Will she join the Supreme Court’s grievance conservatives?

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The Supreme Court Was Right to Block Cuomo’s Religious Restrictions

The balance between Covid-19 precautions and civil liberties doesn’t need to be a partisan issue.

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Midnight Ruling Exposes Rifts at a Supreme Court Transformed by Trump

The justices issued six opinions, several of them unusually bitter, in upholding challenges from churches and synagogues to state pandemic restrictions on religious services.

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Trump’s Mean Policies

A succession of Trump policies reflected the administration’s spite and heartlessness.

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Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Fate of Affordable Care Act

A transformed court, with a six-justice conservative majority, will take a new look at the sprawling health care law.

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The Affordable Care Act Faces Another Supreme Court Test

Though the court’s conservative majority has been bolstered by three Trump appointees, the law’s challengers will face headwinds.

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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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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

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Supreme Court to Let PA, NC Accept Absentee Ballots After Election Day

The pair of decisions were welcomed by Democrats. Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who was expected to cast a deciding vote, did not participate in either decision.

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Supreme Court Won’t Speed a Do-Over on Pennsylvania’s Ballot Deadlines

The court deadlocked last week in the same case, but Justice Amy Coney Barrett did not participate in the second request for review.

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

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What Does Amy Coney Barrett Mean for the Supreme Court?

We know who her allies are, and we know how to read what she’s written or signed.

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Deadlocked Supreme Court Allows Extra Time for Some Pennsylvania Ballots

A 4-to-4 tie let stand a ruling from Pennsylvania’s highest court that had extended the deadline for counting some mailed ballots by three days, citing the pandemic and postal delays.

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Federal Appeals Courts Emerge as Crucial for Trump in Voting Cases

Federal district courts have tended to rule for Democrats in litigation over how to run the election, but appeals courts, well stocked with the president’s nominees, are blocking them.

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New Supreme Court Term Could End Roberts’s Dominant Role

The possible addition of Judge Amy Coney Barrett could create “the Trump court,” pushing it rightward. Cases on the Affordable Care Act and religious objections to gay rights could offer early clues.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Meet Donald Trump

Over the past five days, we learned a lot about the president and his powers.

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Ginsburg Remembered as Champion of Justice as Struggle Continues Over Her Successor

Long lines of mourners waited outside the Supreme Court to pay their respects, but President Trump again made clear he would not honor her dying wish that filling her seat wait until the next president was chosen.

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An Open Supreme Court Seat Puts Obamacare on the Ballot

A Supreme Court case could eliminate the Affordable Care Act, and the president should be judged for recklessly supporting it.

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How the Religious Right Has Transformed the Supreme Court

The Roberts court has used the First Amendment to advance conservative Christian values.

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Ginsburg Expected to Lie in Repose at the Supreme Court

Plans for a commemoration and services have yet to be made final, but large crowds are expected to pay their respects for a justice who became a feminist icon and liberal hero.

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‘Without Delay,’ Trump Presses for New Supreme Court Justice

The president is likely to nominate a successor this coming week to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, but Senate Republicans are weighing whether they have the votes to confirm his choice before the Nov. 3 election.

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Trump Presses for New Justice ‘Without Delay’ as Election-Season Battle Looms

The president is likely to nominate a successor this coming week to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday, but Senate Republicans are weighing whether they have the votes to confirm his choice before the Nov. 3 election.

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Justice Ginsburg’s Judicial Legacy of Striking Dissents

She was part of the Supreme Court’s 4-member liberal wing throughout her 27-year tenure and led it in her last decade.

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