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Separation of Powers

The presidential veto power explained

March 12, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump has threatened to veto any measure passed by Congress that blocks his national emergency declaration to build a border wall. What exactly is the veto power, what are its limits and is Trump unusual for his lack of vetoes in the past two years?

Constitutional fight over Trump border wall begins

February 19, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

A group of 16 states asked a federal court in California on Monday night to block the federal government from building a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico unless Congress explicitly approves money to pay for it.

Justices plan quick ruling on census dispute

February 15, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Convinced that it must act quickly to settle the issue, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide the legality of adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. 

May Supreme Court census argument would be unusual but not unprecedented

February 12, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

After filings at the Supreme Court on Monday in the census question case, it seems possible the Justices could hear arguments at a late date in the current term if the case is accepted again. But would those arguments happen in May?

Government can enforce transgender-in-military limits

January 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Giving the Trump Administration its second major victory in recent months for a highly controversial public policy, a deeply divided Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for enforcement of a far-reaching restriction on military service by transgender people. 

Can the House delay the State of the Union address?

January 16, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi urged President Donald Trump to delay his scheduled State of the Union speech to Congress on January 29 due to security concerns related to the partial government shutdown.

The Youngstown decision and a possible border wall declaration

January 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

With statements from President Trump that a national emergency declaration could be an option to build a border wall, one of the Supreme Court's landmark decisions, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer, is getting a lot of attention.

The debate over emergency powers and the border wall

January 8, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

President Donald Trump’s statement that he is considering using emergency presidential powers to build a border wall has reignited an old scholarly debate.

House-Trump constitutional fight over Obamacare looms

January 4, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The House of Representatives – now under Democratic control – has moved to enter a federal court case to provide a robust defense of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) in a direct confrontation with President Donald Trump.

Is Supreme Court weighing Mueller’s powers?

December 22, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

A case shrouded in secrecy reached the Supreme Court on Saturday afternoon amid hints that it puts Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation before the Justices for the first time and as a test of the prosecutor’s power to probe overseas activity.

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