Constitution Daily

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The biggest tests the new Justice would face

July 9, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston takes a comprehensive look at the key cases that could be considered in a different light if a solid fifth conservative vote joins the Supreme Court.

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New threat to DACA: Trump victory on entry ban

July 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge in Texas has given the Trump Administration a chance to apply its victory last week in the Supreme Court against foreigners’ entry into the U.S. as a new reason to end the DACA program.

Is Roe v. Wade at risk now?

June 28, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

After Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court, the politicians, the pundits and news reporters quickly settled on what they think will be the key issue when a predicted fight unfolds in the Senate over his successor: Roe v. Wade.

Justice Kennedy retires; major change coming to Supreme Court

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Ending an era, and almost certainly guaranteeing strong conservative control of the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 81, retired on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the tribunal had finished a momentous term.

Has the First Amendment been “weaponized”?

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court ended its latest term in mid-morning Wednesday after having set for itself and lower courts a daunting constitutional task for the future: clarifying when someone’s First Amendment rights can be used to thwart government policies or programs.

Family separation: a constitutional fight, too

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The political and human rights controversy over the Trump Administration policy of family separation as a form of immigration control is also now moving into a quieter venue – into court, as a constitutional fight.  Two new lawsuits have just been filed, seeking court orders to promptly reunite thousands of children with their parents.

Trump wins on foreigners’ entry ban

June 26, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a sweeping endorsement of presidential power over who may enter the United States and a huge political victory for President Trump, a deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld his order barring most foreign travelers from five Mideast nations with mostly Muslim populations.

No new guidance from Supreme Court on gay marriage, gerrymanders

June 25, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Choosing – for now – to go to the sidelines on two highly controversial constitutional issues, the Supreme Court on Monday turned aside cases that could have given lower courts some new guidance on the rights of married gay couples and on the validity of partisan gerrymandering.

Supreme Court Justices broaden cellphone privacy

June 22, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Voicing computer-age worry about Americans’ privacy when they use their telephones, a sharply split Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the locations where people make or answer calls are protected by the Constitution. 

Supreme Court tells E-commerce it must collect and pay more taxes

June 21, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

In a huge constitutional favor for cash-short state governments’ treasuries and for struggling brick-and-mortar retail stores, a deeply divided Supreme Court on Thursday gave the states the power to require out-of-state sellers that peddle goods via the Internet to collect and hand over billions more in sales taxes.

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