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Partisan gerrymandering on fast track to Supreme Court

September 13, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will get another chance in its next term to decide the long-unresolved question of whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution.  In a new order in a North Carolina case, a lower federal court on Wednesday put that case on a fast track to reach the Justices even as their new term opens in early October.

DACA survives – for now – a new court challenge

September 1, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that Texas and other states waited too long to challenge a program to spare hundreds of thousands of young, undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Texas federal judge on Friday added a new layer of judicial protection for the policy that has been in effect for more than six years but has been under challenge by the Trump Administration for almost a year.

The teenage voter and the Constitution

August 29, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A part of the Constitution – the only part that deals with discrimination based on age – has existed for 47 years, but has mostly been ignored.  It is suddenly getting a revival now, as newly energized teenagers with a stronger sense of civic involvement seek easier access to polling places. 

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Big test case coming on digital copyright

August 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

An important case due to reach the Supreme Court soon seeks to test the legality of collecting a massive database of recorded TV and radio programming and selling access to it to news outlets, scholars and other researches, government agencies, and the police. 

Supreme Court refuses, for now, to block kids’ climate case

July 31, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

With no noted dissent, the Supreme Court on Monday turned down — for now — the Trump Administration’s request to delay or block a group of teenagers’ sweeping lawsuit that seeks to force the federal government to protect the climate they will live in as they grow up. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy in retirement: A different life

July 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Tuesday, by his choice, is the last day of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s 30-year career on the Supreme Court.  If retirement means having time to relish the successes of a working life, Kennedy will have much to remember.

Justice Kennedy’s last task: something familiar

July 23, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Lyle Denniston looks at a case about environmental rights filed by teenagers that could lead to one of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s last significant acts on the Court before his retirement next week.

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.

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