US SUPREME COURT
Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Stephen Breyer want to convince you that the Supreme Court isn't political, but experts say 'it's naive to think people will' believe them
"If the justices have to defend themselves from being partisan, that's already a problem in and of itself," one expert told Insider.news.yahoo.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis is trying to reverse the CDC's cruise restrictions in the state, saying it's hurting Florida's economy, as Delta variant rages across the US
Since cruises set sail again last month amid reopening efforts, multiple cruises have reported cases of COVID-19 aboard the boat.news.yahoo.com
The potential effects of the Supreme Court's abortion case are 'really disturbing,' especially for low-income women and women of color, a lawyer on the case says
The case concerns a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Lower courts so far blocked the law from taking effect.news.yahoo.com
Supreme Court appears willing to leave Obamacare in place
The individual mandate provision, as enacted in 2010, requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The Affordable Care Act seems likely to withstand its third challenge at the Supreme Court. Health-care activists said that if the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million people could lose their insurance. Circuit Court of Appeals court, and agreed that the individual mandate was unlawful. The appeals court, though, did not say whether the rest of the Affordable Care Act would also have to be struck down.cnbc.com
Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in, swinging Supreme Court further to the right
Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds her hand on the Bible as she is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020. Tom Brenner | ReutersAmy Coney Barrett took her constitutional oath as a Supreme Court justice in a nighttime ceremony outside the White House on Monday, swinging the nation's highest court to a conservative 6-3 majority. U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he poses with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett on a White House balcony after she was sworn in to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020. The battle over Barrett's nomination was sparked last month after the death of Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court for 27 years. U.S. President Donald Trump applauds U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett after she took her oath of office and was sworn in to serve on the court on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020.cnbc.com
Democrats seek to turn Supreme Court fight into referendum on Obamacare
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. OLIVIER DOULIERY | AFP | Getty ImagesPresidential contender Joe Biden and his Democratic allies are seeking to turn President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court into a referendum on the future of American health care. Trump nominated the Indiana-based federal appeals court judge to the high court on Saturday night, praising her credentials and noting that future cases would decide the "survival of our Second Amendment, our religious liberty, our public safety." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during an event with House and Senate Democrats on protecting the Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Anna Moneymaker | Bloomberg | Getty Images"By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans' healthcare in the crosshairs," Schumer said.cnbc.com
Amy Coney Barrett pays homage to conservative mentor Antonin Scalia — 'His judicial philosophy is mine too'
Barrett paid homage to Scalia, praising the late justice as her mentor. Scalia led the conservative wing of the high court before his death in 2016 and was a frequent target of liberal ire. A former Notre Dame law professor, Barrett drew clear comparisons between her approach to the law and Scalia's, saying "his judicial philosophy is mine too." Barrett also praised the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose vacant seat she will fill if confirmed by the Senate. Barrett is a conservative 48-year-old federal appeals court judge widely favored by social conservatives and the religious right.cnbc.com
Texas Democrats ask US Supreme Court to weigh in on vote-by-mail expansion
(CNN) Texas Democrats said Tuesday that they are asking the Supreme Court to weigh in on their push to expand vote-by-mail in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. The petition from Democrats asks that the Supreme Court lift a previous appeals court stay that in early June blocked access to vote-by-mail to voters afraid of being exposed to the coronavirus pandemic. A week later, the Texas Supreme Court ruled against expanded vote-by-mail access in a separate but similar state case. "This is clearly a ploy by the Texas Democratic Party to further confuse Texas voters. Lets make no mistake about why were back at the Supreme Court again.
US Supreme Court halts Texas execution over clergy question
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked Ruben Gutierrezs execution about an hour before he could have been executed. The Texas prison system last year banned clergy from the death chamber following a Supreme Court ruling that halted the execution of another inmate, Patrick Murphy, who had requested a Buddhist adviser be allowed in the chamber. Six executions scheduled in Texas for earlier this year were postponed by an appeals court or judges because of the outbreak. Gutierrezs attorneys had also sought a coronavirus-related delay but were turned down Friday by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops has filed a brief with the high court in support of Gutierrez.
Supreme Court rejects Justice Department bid to halt order aimed at slowing spread of coronavirus at Ohio prison
The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020, during the first day of oral arguments held by telephone, a first in the Court's history, as a result of COVID-19, known as coronavirus. The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined a Justice Department request to halt a lower court order requiring new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus at an Ohio prison where nine inmates have died from Covid-19. The top court announced its decision in an unsigned order that cited procedural matters. The Justice Department, representing the Bureau of Prisons, asked the Supreme Court to halt the original order. The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the Justice Department's request before the court.cnbc.com
Supreme Court blocks House from getting Mueller grand jury materials, a temporary win for Trump
The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020. The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked House Democrats from obtaining grand jury materials gathered during former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The Judiciary Committee has already won two lower court cases as part of its efforts to obtain the grand jury materials. Grand jury materials are normally kept secret, but can be made public through the courts in connection with judicial proceedings. If the court denies the appeal request, the stay will be lifted and the lower court ruling will effect.cnbc.com
A listener's guide to the historic Supreme Court arguments over whether Trump can keep his tax records secret
The cases, over whether Trump can keep his tax records secret, mimic battles waged and lost by Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. What will the Supreme Court do? But that does not mean the Supreme Court will do so. The nine-member Supreme Court has five justices who were appointed by Republicans and four who were appointed by Democrats. While the justices often present their work as above the fray, the Supreme Court is a political institution.cnbc.com
Listen live: Supreme Court hears arguments over whether companies can limit contraceptive coverage
It has come to the Supreme Court twice before once, in 2016, during an election year though never quite like this time. The two previous cases that came to the Supreme Court over the coverage mandate concerned whether Obama administration requirements imposed too harsh a burden on employers with religious objections to providing or facilitating contraceptive coverage. In those cases, female employees whose benefits were at stake still retained coverage, via third parties, after their employers gained exemptions. "This is a very different kind of religious exemption because it does not provide alternative coverage for female employees or female dependents of male employees," Tebbe said. Possibly more than 100,000 women stand to lose their contraceptive coverage, he said.cnbc.com
U.S. Supreme Court justices debate whether to dismiss major gun case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Courts consideration of a major gun rights case could end in a misfire, with the justices on Monday debating whether to dismiss a challenge backed by the powerful National Rifle Association to a New York City handgun ordinance. A group among hundreds of supporters of gun control laws rally in front of the US Supreme Court as the justices hear the first major gun rights case since 2010, in Washington, U.S. December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew ChungHundreds of gun control supporters demonstrated outside the courthouse, calling gun violence a public health crisis. Gun control is a contentious issue in the United States, which has experienced a series of mass shootings. Republican opposition in Congress has been instrumental in thwarting passage of new federal gun control laws.feeds.reuters.com
Court puts Texas execution on hold over religious dispute
The execution is on hold for the second time in nearly eight months because of an ongoing court battle over his religious liberty rights. HUNTSVILLE, Texas - An appeals court has upheld an order to delay the execution of Texas death row inmate Patrick Henry Murphy, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection Wednesday. The execution is on hold for the second time in nearly eight months because of an ongoing court battle over his religious liberty rights. Murphy claims the state gives inmates who are Christian or Muslim greater access to spiritual advisers. The federal appeals court's Tuesday decision upholds a November 7 order granting a stay of execution and it puts Murphy's scheduled execution on hold unless the state appeals the decision.
Did woman who allegedly told boyfriend to kill himself commit a crime?
But prosecutors are "cautiously optimistic" that she will come back to the US to face the charge against her. Central to the prosecution's case is that Urtula was suicidal and depressed, and therefore in a vulnerable state. These issues were raised in a similar case involving another young woman, Michelle Carter, who encouraged her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, to take his own life. This critical fact might lead a casual observer to conclude that You's case would, therefore, be even more egregious, making her prosecution more viable. The principal legal question in You's case will be whether she was the cause of Urtula's peril and therefore legally responsible to provide aid.
Supreme Court clashes over meaning of 'sex' in LGBT discrimination cases
Demonstrators in favor of LGBT rights rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 8, 2019, as the Court holds oral arguments in three cases dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesThe justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of "sex" in heated oral arguments on Tuesday for a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers. Read more: LGBT workers head to Supreme Court for blockbuster discrimination cases: 'I'll be that person to stand up' Several of the court's conservatives argued that expanding Title 7 to include discrimination against LGBT workers would be better handled by Congress. "That's precisely why when Congress wants to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, it doesn't define sex as including sexual orientation. But he expressed reservations about other elements of the case, warning of "massive social upheaval" should the Supreme Court rule for Cole's client.cnbc.com
Planned Parenthood opens massive Illinois clinic
Planned Parenthood's Anita Murphy works in the new Illinois facility ahead of its mid-October opening. (CNN) - As Missouri teeters on the brink of becoming the first state with no abortion clinics, a new Planned Parenthood center just across the Illinois border could help take patients who can't get abortions back home. Planned Parenthood said it is opening a new 18,000-square-foot health center in Fairview Heights, Illinois -- just 15 miles from Missouri. "We are thrilled to be able to better serve our patients through this new center, both in Southern Illinois and around the region," said Yamelsie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. It could see an influx of patients from Missouri, which this year passed a law that bans most abortions after eight weeks.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I'm alive and 'on my way to being very well'
(CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she's on her way "to being very well" after receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer. Speaking at the 2019 Library of Congress National Book Festival, Ginsburg told a crowd gathered in Washington, DC, on Saturday, "As this audience can see I am alive. Ginsburg told the crowd Saturday that she'll be ready for the start of the next Supreme Court session, saying, "We have more than a month yet to go. Asked by NPR's Nina Totenberg how she keeps on "truckin," Ginsburg credited her job on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg has said that she'll continue to serve on the Supreme Court as long as she's able to do the job.