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Justice Sotomayor accuses SCOTUS conservative majority of pro-Trump bias

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 4:00pm 2/22/2020 at 4:00pm

The lower federal courts repeatedly have had their orders and injunctions against Trump administration programs halted by the Supreme Court. In the travel cases, multiple stays were issued and when the case finally reached the Supreme Court on the merits, Trump won.

This is not a matter of pro-Trump bias, but of...

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Somber MSNBC Panel Hits Panic Button Over the McConnell-Trump Judicial Confirmation Record

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 10:00am 12/22/2019 at 10:00am
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There was a lot of phony media reporting this week about how Democrats were supposedly treating their impeachment of President Trump as a “somber” moment in American history.

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Will SCOTUS moot its big 2nd Amendment case? An analysis of oral arguments

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 7:00pm 12/14/2019 at 7:00pm
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Many Second Amendment supporters were excited this month for the Supreme Court to hear New York Rifle & Pistol Ass’n v. City of New York, the first major Second Amendment case since 2010.

But now, with oral argument behind us, it looks likely, although not certain, the case will be...

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In Rebuke of Lower Court, SCOTUS Allows Trump Administration to Enforce Asylum Rule

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 7:14pm 9/11/2019 at 7:14pm
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President Trump’s administration won a significant victory at the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The NYT’s Adam Liptak reports:

The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Trump administration to bar many Central American migrants from seeking...

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BREAKING: Supreme Court rules in favor of wall funding

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:07pm 7/26/2019 at 7:07pm
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The Trump administration may immediately repurpose about $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds for the construction of a border wall, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon.

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Supreme Court: No census citizenship question for now, need clarified agency explanation

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 11:01am 6/27/2019 at 11:01am
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In a complicated ruling, the Supreme Court substantially upheld the inclusion of a census question regarding citizenship, but procedurally held that more inquiry was needed into C0mmerce Dept. reasoning in seeking to add the question.

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SCOTUS: 1925 Bladensburg ‘Peace Cross’ can stay on public land

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 10:45am 6/20/2019 at 10:45am
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The U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and has ruled that the 1925 ‘Peace Cross’ Memorial erected to remember World War I dead can stay on public land. The Opinion is here.

Here is an explainer about the case from The Federalist Society:

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ConCensus: Supreme Court looks likely to uphold Census citizenship question

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:10pm 4/23/2019 at 9:10pm
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The Supreme Court heard oral argument on the issue of whether the Commerce Department can add a citizenship question to the Census.  Various District Courts ruled against the Trump administration, and the administration sought the unusual remedy of direct review by the Supreme Court.

We previously covered the issues in our post...

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Supreme Court allows transgender military ban to go into effect

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 10:19am 1/22/2019 at 10:19am
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The Supreme Court issued Orders in two cases involving the Trump administration decision not to permit transgender persons to serve in the military.

The Orders stayed District Court preliminary injunctions that had prevented the ban from going into effect. The votes split along ideological lines, with the four liberal Justices voting to...

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Supreme Court takes up new partisan gerrymandering challenge

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 2:00pm 1/6/2019 at 2:00pm
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The Supreme Court announced Friday that it would, once again, consider whether partisan gerrymandering can be so extreme that it violates the Constitution.

The move comes after a term in which the justices had looked poised to impose some limits on partisan influence in redistricting, but ultimately seemed unable to agree on a workable...

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SCOTUS upholds power of states to force internet retailers to collect sales tax

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:27am 6/21/2018 at 10:27am

The Supreme Court in a 5-4 ruling that did not split on traditional ideological lines, upheld South Dakota’s ability to require that out-of-state internet sellers collect state sales tax on goods sold into South Dakota. The case involved the internet retailer Wayfair and South Dakota.

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SCOTUS: Minnesota can’t tread on voters’ t-shirts through “political” apparel ban at polling places

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/14/2018 at 9:00pm
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The Supreme Court, in the case of Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, ruled that a Minnesota law that banned “political badge, political button, or other political insignia” at polling places on Election Day was unconstitutional.

The case was brought by voters who, among other things, wanted to wear a Tea Party Patriots...

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Conservative majority scorches Sotomayor’s “scorching” dissent in Ohio voting rolls case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 11, 2018 at 9:00pm 6/11/2018 at 9:00pm

Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute presented a fairly boring legal issue of statutory construction.

The legal issue was whether the process used by Ohio to clean up its voter rolls complied with federal statutes.

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Supreme Court Ruled in Favor of Colorado Baker Who Refused to Bake Wedding Cake for Gay Couple

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 4, 2018 at 10:51am 6/4/2018 at 10:51am
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The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. From USA Today:

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One year ago – Neil Gorsuch sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 11:00am 4/10/2018 at 11:00am
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Has it really been a year?

Yes, on April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Remember, Gorsuch only was nominated for the Scalia seat because Merrick Garland, Obama’s nominee, was not given a Senate hearing much less vote (it’s highly unlikely he would...

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Supreme Court reverses 9th Circuit, rules for officer in police excessive use of force case

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3:00pm 4/2/2018 at 3:00pm

The Supreme Court just handed down a police use-of-force decision, Kisela v. Hughes (

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Supreme Court halts North Carolina court-ordered redrawing of congressional districts

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 6:59pm 1/18/2018 at 6:59pm

We covered the other day how North Carolina was ordered to redo it’s congressional maps, Court Tells North Carolina to Redraw Congressional Lines by Next Week.

The Supreme Court just issued a Stay of that order.

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