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Judge issues new ruling against military transgender ban

November 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Criticizing President Trump for making a major policy shift by a tweet, a federal trial judge in Maryland became the second one in recent weeks to block the government’s planned ban on transgender people from the nation’s military services.

Trump Administration back at Supreme Court in immigration fight

November 21, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration returned to the Supreme Court on Monday night in the latest round in the long-running court fight over barring the entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals from nations with Muslim population majorities.

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DACA dispute won’t go to Justices — yet

November 21, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration put off on Monday a move to draw the Supreme Court into the ongoing legal controversy over potential deportation of nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrant young people who have lived most of their lives in the U.S.

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.

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