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Justices to rule on abortion foes’ rights

November 13, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Taking on a deeply controversial question about the rights of abortion foes when they set up counseling and treatment centers for pregnant women, the Supreme Court agreed on Monday to review the constitutionality of a two-year-old California law setting rules on what those facilities tell patients.

That other big partisan gerrymander fight

November 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court Justices are working their way through potential drafts for a ruling on a major Wisconsin case testing the constitutionality of partisan gerrymanders, but there is another big controversy over that question now moving along quite rapidly in lower courts. 

Government challenges teen abortions ruling

November 3, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to restore officials’ power to block any abortion for pregnant teenagers now in government custody after entering the U.S. illegally. It attempted to use that power last month to try to persuade an undocumented 17-year-old not to end her pregnancy, but that failed.

Marine general seeks release, tests conviction

November 2, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A Marine Corps general, being held prisoner in his own apartment at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay after being convicted of contempt of a military court, asked a civilian federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to order his immediate release.

Guantanamo case turmoil deepens; general in contempt

November 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The war crimes tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay, often troubled throughout its years in operation, became embroiled Wednesday in a high-stakes confrontation between a colonel and a general, with the general getting punished for contempt of the colonel’s court.

Judge blocks ban on transgender in military

October 30, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Ruling that transgender people probably have a constitutional right to be treated equally by the government, a federal judge in the nation’s capital temporarily blocked the Trump Administration on Monday from barring them from serving in the military.

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Judge refuses to revive ACA subsidies — for now

October 26, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Tentatively accepting the Trump Administration’s view that Congress has not put up any money to cover federal subsidies for health insurance companies, a federal judge in California on Wednesday refused – at least for now – to order a resumption of those payments.

House leaders duel in court over ACA subsidies

October 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In dueling documents filed in a federal court in San Francisco, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives took opposing positions on future financing of subsidies that have been a key part of the seven-year-old federal health insurance program.

Trump team again disputes “Muslim ban” claim

October 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Beginning its defense in a federal appeals court of the third version of President Trump’s attempt to block entry of foreign nationals from six Mideast nations, the Administration argued that the new restrictions have nothing to do with religion and are focused only on national security fears.

Might insurers get ACA subsidies anyway?

October 20, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge in San Francisco suggested on Thursday that insurance companies who face an imminent cutoff by the Trump Administration of subsidies for providing health coverage for lower-income people may have a legal right to get those payments anyway.

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