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Trump team asks Justices to scuttle immigration cases

August 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration, insisting that the presidential order limiting entry to the U.S. of foreign nationals from Mideast nations “is not a so-called ‘Muslim ban,’” has urged the Supreme Court to throw out without a decision two major cases pursued by challengers to the restrictions.

Trump immigration fight back to Supreme Court again?

August 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration’s legal team indicated on Wednesday that it will take the heated controversy over immigration back to the Supreme Court if government power to exclude foreign nationals is not restored shortly by a federal appeals court.

Trump Administration accused of defying Supreme Court

August 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Challengers to President Trump’s restrictions on immigrants from Mideast nations and limits on refugee arrivals accused the Administration on Thursday of continuing to defy the Supreme Court by insisting on more power to exclude foreign nationals than the Justices have given it.

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Appeals court seeks new look at transgender case

August 2, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Noting that the Virginia transgender youth, Gavin Grimm, has graduated from high school, a federal appeals court on Wednesday sent his case back to a trial judge to decide if the controversy has come to an end because of the changed situation.  The school board involved in the case says the dispute is over, but Gavin insists it is not.

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Appeals court allows defense of health care subsidies

August 2, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal appeals court on Tuesday night gave 17 states and the local Washington, D.C., government a right to join in a major constitutional lawsuit, to defend subsidies that reduce the cost of health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Trump team tries again to limit family immigrants

July 28, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Arguing that the Supreme Court did not really mean to allow more foreign nationals who have relatives in the U.S. to enter the country under President Trump’s executive order on immigration, the Trump Administration asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to reinstate the limits that government officials wanted.

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Trump team: Federal law does not protect gay rights in workplace

July 27, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Taking its first official stand on the issue, the Trump Administration argued in a federal court Wednesday that a 1964 civil rights law does not protect gays, lesbians and transgender people from discrimination in the workplace.  By implication, the position also suggests that the government will not support equal rights under a 1972 law on equality in education programs for LGBT people.

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Strict D.C. law against gun-carrying struck down

July 25, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a ruling that significantly broadens the right to carry a gun outside one’s own home, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a city or state may not constitutionally limit that right to individuals who have some specific need to protect themselves. 

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Supreme Court allows more family kin to enter U.S.under immigration ban

July 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Trump Administration to allow grandparents and other family members of foreign nationals from Mideast countries to enter the U.S., but told a lower court to review how many refugees can be excluded.  

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Hawaii: Lower courts can handle immigration dispute

July 18, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Lawyers for the state of Hawaii and other challengers to President Trump’s executive order argued to the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the current phase of that dispute should play out first in a lower appeals court. 

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