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Supreme Court To Weigh Democrats’ Last-Ditch Bid To Resolve Obamacare Challenge By Summer

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The Supreme Court will discuss a challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate in private conference on Feb. 21.  Democrats who are defending Obamacare in court want the justices to hear the case immediately so it can be resolved by June. The Trump administration says the high court’s involvement at this stage would be premature.  The Supreme Court ...

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Supreme Court Allows Trump To Enforce Rule Barring Green Cards For Migrants Using Social Services

The Supreme Court Monday allowed the Trump administration to enforce a new rule that will deny green cards to foreign nationals who use taxpayer-funded social services, lifting lower court injunctions that blocked the change. The 5-4 vote followed familiar ideological lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in dissent. The Immigration and Nationality Act ...

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Supreme Court To Decide On ‘Faithless Elector’ Bans, Obamacare Contraception Mandate

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The Supreme Court took up two high profile disputes Friday as it rounds out its docket for the 2019-2020 term, agreeing to decide on the Trump administration’s bid to enforce exemptions from the Obamacare contraception mandate for religious dissenters, and whether state laws punishing “faithless” presidential electors are unconstitutional. The latter case will be decided just months before the 2020 ...

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Supreme Court Turns To Internet Meme For Help In Age Bias Case

Though few institutions in public life are as removed from internet meme culture as the U.S. Supreme Court, a cutting rejoinder popular in social media made an appearance during a Wednesday case about an age discrimination statute. Chief Justice John Roberts wondered if the phrase “OK, boomer,” popular among young people as a dig at Baby Boomers, might be enough ...

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Supreme Court Justices Appear Skeptical Of ‘Bridgegate’ Corruption Convictions

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Members of the Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday that onetime aides to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie committed a federal crime when they reallocated traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge to punish a political rival. Though the outcome was far from certain, a number of justices seemed to think that prosecutors abused federal anti-corruption statutes to obtain indictments ...

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal Of Michelle Carter, Convicted For Encouraging Boyfriend’s Suicide

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The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of Michelle Carter, the Massachusetts woman convicted of manslaughter in connection with her boyfriend’s 2014 suicide. A state court said that Carter engaged in a “systematic campaign of coercion” that culminated in Conrad Roy’s suicide. Carter counters that the contested speech is protected by the First Amendment. Carter’s conviction set off ...

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Trump Administration Tells Supreme Court Not To Fast-Track Obamacare Challenge

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The Trump administration told the Supreme Court there is no reason to fast-track its consideration of two petitions seeking review of a lower court decision that struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. A coalition of blue states and congressional Democrats asked the high court to decide whether to hear their appeal as soon as possible. The Department of ...

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Supreme Court Orders Fast Response In Obamacare Challenge

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The Supreme Court ordered the Trump administration and a coalition of red states to respond by Friday to a petition asking the justices to immediately take up a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Setting the case on an expedited timeline ensures the justices can hear the case during the current term if they so choose. A coalition of ...

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First Amendment Challenge To Mandatory Membership, Bar Fees Reaches Supreme Court

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Approximately 30 states require lawyers to join a bar association and pay membership fees in order to practice law. Two lawyers are challenging that regime on First Amendment grounds. The plaintiffs say the Supreme Court’s 2018 decision barring mandatory “agency fee” payments to public sector unions forecloses the integrated bar regime.  The dispute is one of several testing the reach ...

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge To Kentucky Abortion Law

The Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday against a Kentucky abortion law that requires doctors to show mothers ultrasounds of their unborn child. The court rejected the case and did not comment or note dissent after the 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law. The ruling had been put on hold until the Supreme Court reviewed the case. ...

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President Trump Challenges House Subpoena For His Financial Records In The Supreme Court

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President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court Thursday to take up a second case involving a subpoena for his accounting records. The petition is the latest development in a multi-front dispute over presidential immunity, separation of powers, and Trump’s financial information now playing out before the justices. The first case involves a subpoena from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, who ...

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Supreme Court Temporarily Halts Release Of President Trump’s Financial Records

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The Supreme Court put a lower court decision granting House Democrats access to President Donald Trump’s personal and professional financial records on hold Monday night. In effect, Monday’s stay means House Democrats cannot examine Trump’s finances before year’s end, and conceivably much longer. Neither the vote count nor the reasoning was disclosed, as is typical of orders of this nature. ...

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Chief Justice Roberts Halts Subpoena For President Trump’s Financial Records — For Now

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Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily blocked a lower court ruling requiring President Donald Trump’s accounting firm to turn over eight years worth of Trump accounting records to the House Oversight Committee in a short Monday order. The decision, called an administrative stay, means House Democrats will not have access to Trump’s financial information until the Supreme Court decides how it ...

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