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Rediscovering the ancient “bill of attainder”

May 24, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Federal and state judges these days are finding a new assignment: reading up on what the Supreme Court once called “the infamous history of bills of attainder.” A federal judge in Sherman, Texas, is going to be doing that soon, and there is a real prospect that a judge in New York State will also be doing so shortly.

Court pace quickens on Trump records disputes

May 23, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The pace of court review of President Trump’s resistance to handing over his financial records to Congress quickened on Wednesday, as a second federal judge refused to protect those documents from disclosure and lawyers in a separate case moved to put that one on a fast appeal track.

Sweeping power to investigate Trump’s finances upheld

May 21, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Ruling that Congress has wide-ranging power to investigate President Donald J. Trump’s finances even without opening an impeachment probe, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered a private accounting firm to disclose eight years of his private business records to a Capitol Hill committee.

Swift ruling likely in first round of Trump financial records subpoena fight

May 10, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston explains why the fight between House Democrats and the Trump administration over the President’s business records could move quickly through the legal system.

A bold new plea on religious rights

April 25, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

At a private conference on Friday, the Supreme Court is scheduled for the seventh time since February to ponder the latest request to cast aside a controversial church-state ruling.

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Major rulings on gay and transgender rights coming

April 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to settle the meaning of a 1964 civil rights law that bans discrimination in the workplace based on sex – and, specifically, whether that law protects workers who are gay or lesbian, and those who are transgender.

The Constitution and the Supreme Court census case

April 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitutional questions, some subtle and some obvious, some familiar and some unusual, very likely will shape how the Supreme Court on Tuesday looks at the high-stakes fight over the 2020 census, and could also be a major factor when the Justices ultimately decide.

The changing narrative on the death penalty

April 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Contributor Lyle Denniston looks at how the core meaning of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on “cruel and unusual punishment” could be changing.

The fate of partisan gerrymandering – now and later

March 25, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The campaign to end partisan gerrymandering of seats in Congress and state legislatures, an effort that began a half-century ago, could, at last, be on the edge of triumph or defeat this week in the Supreme Court.

Has the time come to shut down the Electoral College?

March 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston looks at the current debate over the Electoral College and why history, as well as contemporary politics, may be stacked against its elimination.

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