US Supreme Court asked to rule on Kobach's signature Kansas voter registration law
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on a state law championed by former secretary of state Kris Kobach — struck down by lower courts — that requires residents to prove their citizenship when registering to vote.The request, announced Tuesday morning by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, sets up a potentially historic showdown over voting rights if the court takes the case, with the justices possibly deciding how far states can go in imposing requirements on would-be voters.The case could hang over an election season in which the pandemic has elevated concerns over...
The Kansas City Star
Editorial: Live audio from the Supreme Court? Now, let's have video
The U.S. Supreme Court has been making history lately, and not by the usual method of issuing decisions in important constitutional cases. The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the justices to break with tradition in some big ways.The first was to hear oral arguments remotely, so that they and the contending lawyers don’t have to travel to the courtroom in Washington, D.C. Like many other people who once worked in offices, the justices have been doing their jobs from home. They apparently concluded this option would work fine not just for reading briefs and doing research but also for grilling...
With anxiety and dread, Dreamers await Supreme Court ruling
AUSTIN, Texas — With their fate in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court, thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children await word of a ruling that they fear could lead to the loss of jobs and benefits, even deportations.Known as Dreamers, the immigrants have legal protection to work and study in this country — for now.But President Donald Trump has moved to end the program known as DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — arguing that it was illegally created in 2012 by an executive order from then-President Barack Obama.As the Supreme Court weighs several ch...
Aimee Stephens, trans woman at center of discrimination case, dies just days before justices' opinion
Aimee Stephens, one of the plaintiffs at the center of a monumental Supreme Court decision that will determine if employees can be discriminated against for being LGBTQ, has died at 59.She died at home with her wife, Donna Stephens, at her side.Stephens became a pivotal name in the fight for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. when her personal fight became an “inspiration to millions of people around the world,” according to the American Civil Liberties Union.The former funeral director was fired from her job in Detroit in 2013 after telling her employer she was transgender.According to court document...
New York Daily News
US Supreme Court overturns 'Bridgegate' convictions of former Chris Christie allies
PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the convictions of two one-time allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, ruling in a unanimous decision that they did not violate federal fraud laws in the political scandal known as “Bridgegate.”Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, Christie’s top executive appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, were convicted in 2016. Each faced prison time, and Baroni ended up serving about three months at the Loretto Federal Correctional Institution in Pennsylvania.Their convictio...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg out of hospital after gallstone treatment
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from a Baltimore hospital Wednesday after being treated for a gall bladder condition.“She is doing well and glad to be home,” the Supreme Court’s public information office said in a statement.Ginsburg, 87, was in the hospital to be treated for a gallstone that migrated to her cystic duct, where it caused an infection.She will return to Johns Hopkins Hospital in the coming weeks to have the gallstone removed without surgery, the statement said.Ginsburg’s hospital stay didn’t appear to slow her work schedule.Hours before she left the hospita...
New York Daily News
Birth control war returns to a divided US Supreme Court
For the third time in six years, a divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether employers with religious or moral objections to contraception can be compelled under the 2010 Affordable Care Act to provide no-cost access to birth control to their workers.And also for the third time, the case at issue arose out of Pennsylvania.But a lot has changed in the years since the high court delivered its first ruling in a case involving a Lancaster County cabinet maker that fought alongside crafting chain Hobby Lobby in 2014.The White House, under a different administration, has switched ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Gall bladder condition puts Justice Ginsburg in hospital; will still participate in Wednesday teleconference
A benign gall bladder condition will force Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hear oral arguments from her hospital bed on Wednesday, the Supreme Court announced.Ginsburg underwent “nonsurgical” treatment for the condition at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore on Tuesday, the Supreme Court’s public information office said in a statement.Tests showed that Ginsburg was suffering from a gall stone that migrated to her cystic duct, blocking it and causing an infection, said the court’s spokespeople.“The Justice is resting comfortably and plans to participate in the oral argument teleconfer...
New York Daily News
Editorial: A big win for Obamacare, but Supreme Court could still pull the plug
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t decide the Affordable Care Act’s fate until next year. Last week, however, the court ruled that a Republican attempt to hobble the law was not just misguided, it was illegal.In their 8-1 ruling, the justices ordered the government to pay health insurers $12 billion they had been promised from a program that lasted from 2014 to 2016, the first three years after the law took effect. That’s when insurers were taking on many new policyholders through the Affordable Care Act exchange.Companies weren’t sure how to price premiums for these new enrollees, many of whom had ...
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Trump gets more time to appeal lawsuit over sealed Mueller notesWASHINGTON — A federal appeals court gave the Trump administration 10 more days to seek U.S. Supreme Court intervention to block House Democrats from gaining access to confidential materials from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.If the high court doesn’t agree to hear the administration’s challenge by May 11, the Justice Department must follow through on an earlier ruling and hand over grand jury records to the House, according to a notice posted Friday by the U.S. appeals court in Washington. The deadline is a day b...
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