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Judge blocks cutoff of federal funds to “sanctuary cities”

April 25, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Declaring that President Trump probably acted unconstitutionally in attempting to cut off federal funds to city and county governments that do not help enforce federal immigration law, a judge in San Francisco on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the policy anywhere in the nation.

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Supreme Court eager to decide major religion case

April 19, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sent a very strong hint that it is eager, maybe even passionately so, to decide one of history’s most important cases on dealings between religion and government.

Active — and comfortable — first day for Gorsuch

April 18, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A very good test for a rookie on the Supreme Court is how well a new Justice can handle a deeply complex case that only a professor of legal arcana could love.

Will major church-state case come to nothing?

April 14, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Our Supreme Court correspondent, Lyle Denniston, explains how one of the biggest cases of the current term may not be heard next week after a surprise development in Missouri.

New threat rising to Voting Rights Act

April 13, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

About four years after the Supreme Court took away the government’s strongest authority to protect minority voters’ rights, a backup power under the federal Voting Rights Act – weaker and harder to use – is now being threatened, just as federal courts have begun applying it.

Full Ninth Circuit urged to rule on Trump immigration order

April 13, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The state of Hawaii and the Trump Administration have urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to bypass the usual step of a three-judge panel and assemble the full court to review President Trump’s revised immigration restrictions.

Transgender case going over to the Fall

April 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Both sides in the high-profile case testing the rights of transgender students joined on Wednesday in proposing a schedule that would stretch out appeals court review until September, or later. That would delay the time when the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board might return to the Supreme Court.

Full Fourth Circuit to rule on Trump immigration order

April 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The 15-judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will review before the full bench President Trump’s 90-day suspension of entry into the U.S. of any foreign nationals from six Mideast nations.

It’s official: Gorsuch is a Justice

April 10, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

After 421 days, and after two bitter partisan clashes in the U.S. Senate, the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court has a new occupant: Justice Neal M. Gorsuch, who will be 50 years old in August. 

A new delay in high-profile case on transgender rights

April 8, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A 17-year-old transgender youth in Virginia will go to his high school graduation in June without knowing whether he will win his high-profile lawsuit seeking legal equality at school. In the meantime, however, he has won high praise from two federal judges for his personal crusade.

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