Constitution Daily

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Justices may solve major state Internet tax problem

January 12, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court will now reconsider a half-century-old constitutional bar to state taxes on out-of-state retailers - a group that now included Internet merchants.

Justices speed up Trump immigration appeal

January 8, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Moving with unusual speed, the Supreme Court indicated on Monday that it will take its first look just 11 days from now at the Trump Administration’s new appeal seeking to defend the President’s third immigration order. 

Justices asked to uphold third Trump immigration order

January 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Returning to the Supreme Court with a new appeal on immigration, the Trump Administration on Friday asked the Justices for unchecked power to bar entry to the United States of foreign nationals of six countries with Muslim-majority populations.

Transgender people allowed to join military

December 30, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Forgoing, for now, a request to the Supreme Court to bar transgender individuals from enlisting in the military, the Trump Administration announced on Friday night that it would open the ranks to them beginning on Monday.

Trump’s latest immigration curb fails in court

December 23, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

President Trump’s power was at its weakest point, constitutionally, when he imposed the latest version of a ban on immigration from Muslim-majority nations, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. 

First Emoluments Clause test fails in court

December 22, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A federal judge, the first in history to rule on the meaning of the Constitution’s ban on gifts and other compensation for the President (other than salary), used that interpretation on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit against President Trump and his businesses.

Justices move ahead on dispute over teen abortions

December 21, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court plans to take up at its first private conference in the new year the intense, ongoing fight over an unsettled constitutional question – do undocumented immigrant teenagers who are pregnant have a right to an abortion? That question remains open even though three of those young women have had abortions or are now free to have the procedure.

Supreme Court blocks, for now, probe of DACA-ending files in rare ruling

December 21, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a rare and perhaps unprecedented ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday took control of a federal trial court’s management of the flow of documents in the pre-trial stage of a pending case about the “DACA” program.

New fight over abortions for detained teenagers

December 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration, in simultaneous filings on Monday, asked both the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court to block an undocumented immigrant teenager, now being held in a federal detention center, from having an abortion.

Judge blocks new rules against birth control access

December 16, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Finding that the Trump Administration had no legal authority to create sweeping exemptions to the birth-control mandate under the Affordable Care Act, and ruling that the new rules potentially could cause “enormous and irreversible harm” to women, a federal trial judge on Friday temporarily barred the enforcement of the rules anywhere in the country.

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