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Transgender-in-military fight moves up in the courts

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Still insisting that the Pentagon will not be ready to accept transgender recruits into the military on January 1, the Trump Administration moved to a higher federal court late on Monday to seek a postponement.

Military soon open to transgender recruits

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In three weeks, transgender individuals seeking to enlist in U.S. military forces may start joining up.  The Pentagon made that announcement Monday within hours after a federal judge refused the Trump Administration’s request to put such enlistments on hold.

Supreme Court turns aside major gay rights plea

December 11, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Monday acted – probably because of procedural reasons – to leave undecided at least for now the spreading controversy over whether federal civil rights laws give protection to workers and students who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

Justices side with Trump team on DACA dispute

December 9, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Siding with the Trump Administration and splitting 5-to-4, the Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a federal trial judge from requiring government lawyers to hand over all documents bearing on the decision to end the “DACA” program for younger undocumented immigrants — formally the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Supreme Court takes on another partisan gerrymander case

December 9, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon expanded its review of challenges to the decades-old practice of drawing election boundaries to benefit the candidates of the party in power, by taking on a claim by seven Maryland voters.

Trump team joins fight against union fees

December 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a move that could tip the balance in the Supreme Court against labor unions representing public employees, the Trump Administration has added the federal government’s powerful voice to a long-running constitutional attack on fees charged to workers who do not belong to those unions.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s new constitutional dilemma

December 5, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Over the years, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has become the Supreme Court’s most energetic defender of gay rights, one of its true devotees to free speech,   and a sympathetic defender of religious believers.  Now, a lengthy hearing before the Justices on Tuesday showed, he has to find a way to reconcile all three.

Justices allow full enforcement of immigration curbs — for now

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

For at least the next several weeks, the Trump Administration may enforce in full all of its tough new restrictions on entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from six nations with Muslim population majorities, after getting temporary permission from the Supreme Court on Monday afternoon.

Justices told of Trump anti-Muslim tweeting

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A civil rights group told the Supreme Court on Monday about President Trump’s online relay of anti-Muslim videos circulated by a British organization, arguing that the “retweeting” supports claims about new immigration restrictions on foreign nationals from Muslim-majority nations.

Supreme Court doesn’t clarify married same-sex couples’ rights

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Amid a sharp dispute about its power to rule on a new case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to clarify when those couples have a right to government-provided benefits.

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