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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Splitting 5 to 4, Supreme Court Backs Religious Challenge to Cuomo’s Virus Shutdown Order

In earlier rulings related to coronavirus restrictions in California and Nevada, the court had taken the opposite approach. But its membership has changed since then.

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Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results

There is nothing funny about the Republican Party’s multipronged attack on voting rights.

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Trump’s Mean Policies

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

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How Progressive States Can Respond to Conservative Courts

We need to prepare now to protect the values and institutions that matter most.

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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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Trump or No Trump, Religious Authoritarianism Is Here to Stay

Their unlikely ally may have lost the White House, but Christian nationalists still plan to win the war.

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Trump, the Absolute Worst Loser

He has spent his life gaming the system, so it’s no surprise that he can’t accept defeat.

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Trump Loses String of Election Results Lawsuits

The president’s efforts to use the courts to delay or block President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory were turned aside in cases in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Arizona.

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2020 Shows That the Electoral College Is Stupid and Immoral

It doesn’t just distort presidential elections. It infects the entire political process.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules That Harvard Does Not Discriminate in Admissions

The case, filed by Asian-American plaintiffs, could now go to the Supreme Court, which has been the goal of groups seeking to end affirmative action.

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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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Obamacare Is Back in Court. The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher.

This time, the issue is democracy, and the Supreme Court’s duty to leave political decisions to the elected branches of government.

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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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Trump’s Election Fraud Claims Make No Headway on Legal Cases

The president appeared to have little path through the courts to shift the outcome of the election, leaving him reliant on long shots like recounts or pressure on state legislatures.

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With No Evidence of Fraud, Trump Fails to Make Headway on Legal Cases

The president appeared to have little path through the courts to shift the outcome of the election, leaving him reliant on long shots like recounts or pressure on state legislatures.

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In the Messiest Contested Election, One Man Saved the System From Itself

Samuel Randall went against his own party’s wishes to keep the U.S. political system from falling apart.

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Trump Can Try, but the Courts Won’t Decide the Election

Judges, like most Americans, will surely see that the winner should be chosen by no one other than voters.

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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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With His Path to Re-election Narrowing, Trump Turns to the Courts

The president pursued lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia, and his campaign said it would demand a recount in Wisconsin.

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A Way for the Supreme Court to Protect Religious Minorities

The justices have an opportunity to overturn a precedent that has hurt Americans’ First Amendment rights.

#constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #philadelphia-pa, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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The Supreme Court, Trump, Biden and the Election Explained

It is not at all clear that an election dispute will reach the justices.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Supreme Court Considers How to Decide if Teenagers Should Serve Life Without Parole

The justices considered precedents that said only “permanently incorrigible” juvenile offenders ought be sentenced to die in prison.

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As Voting Ends, Battle Intensifies Over Which Ballots Will Count

President Trump and his allies say they intend an aggressive challenge to how the votes are counted in key states, and Democrats are mobilizing to meet it.

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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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Has the Court Learned Nothing From Bush v. Gore?

Apparently not.

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Woman Who Mailed Threat to Susan Collins Gets 30 Months in Prison

Suzanne Muscara, 38, sent a threatening letter to the senator’s home in 2018 after becoming upset with her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice, the authorities said.

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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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Kavanaugh Fixes Error in Election Opinion After Vermont Complaint

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh made a correction to a concurring opinion after Vermont officials pointed out that he mistakenly said the state had not changed its election rules.

#absentee-voting, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vermont, #wisconsin

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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.

#barrett-amy-coney, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-courts-state, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Er, Can I Ask a Few Questions About Abortion?

You know who really reduced abortion numbers in the U.S.? President Obama, with the Affordable Care Act.

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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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As Supreme Court Weighs Election Cases, a New Life for Bush v. Gore

After two decades of legal obscurity, the ruling that handed the 2000 election to George W. Bush is getting fresh attention.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #presidential-election-of-2000, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us

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The Supreme Court’s Attack on Alabama Voters With Disabilities

The Supreme Court’s ruling to restrict access to voting last week is a reminder of the importance of disability rights laws for protecting the civil rights of all Americans.

#alabama, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #disabilities, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us

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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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How Mitch McConnell Delivered Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Rapid Confirmation

Ignoring cries of blatant hypocrisy, the Senate leader pushed through pre-election approval, capping off his reshaping of the judiciary.

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Supreme Court Decision Has Wisconsin Democrats Hunting Down Every Last Vote

As the Biden campaign fights to win the battleground state, a court decision has spurred an all-out effort to track down every last vote.

#absentee-voting, #decisions-and-verdicts, #democratic-party, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

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Vote by Mail Deadline: Time to Vote is Running Out as Election Nears

Persistent delays and limited data have increased concerns that the Postal Service may be unable to reliably get ballots still outstanding delivered by Election Day.

#absentee-voting, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Amy Coney Barrett May Change the Court

Readers worry that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly partisan rather than an independent body.

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Trump Mimics Coronavirus ‘Superspreader’ Event in Barrett Swearing In

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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Lessons From the 2000 Election

The Biden and Trump campaigns are quietly preparing for a contested election. What have Democrats and Republicans learned from the last time that happened?

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‘Fat and Happy’ With a Conservative Court, Are Republicans Losing a Winning Issue?

President Trump and his party pushed Justice Barrett’s confirmation through in record time. But they could find that satisfied voters, who no longer fear the specter of a liberal court, are also complacent.

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Amy Coney Barrett is Confirmed by Senate, Reshaping the Supreme Court

The vote capped a brazen feat for Republicans, who pushed through a Supreme Court nominee in little more than five weeks with the election looming.

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In Swearing In Barrett, Trump Defiantly Mimics ‘Superspreader’ Rose Garden Ceremony

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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Supreme Court Won’t Extend Wisconsin’s Deadline for Mailed Ballots

In April, the court had assumed an extension was permissible, though it insisted that ballots be mailed and postmarked before Election Day.

#absentee-voting, #decisions-and-verdicts, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #wisconsin

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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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Missing From Supreme Court’s Election Cases: Reasons for Its Rulings

In a series of terse, unsigned orders, the court has been deciding many election disputes on its “shadow docket” without a murmur of explanation.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #elections, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Over Democratic Fury, Republicans Push Barrett to Brink of Confirmation

A near party-line vote on Sunday to cut off debate over Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination set up a final confirmation vote on Monday.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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We Were Clerks at the Supreme Court. Its Legitimacy Is Now in Question.

Brazen politics in Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process threatens the court’s standing with the public.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #garland-merrick-b, #kennedy-anthony-m, #obama-barack, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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