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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.

On this day, Supreme Court upholds baseball’s antitrust exemption

November 9, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On November 9, 1953, the United States Supreme Court upheld a prior, controversial decision that allowed major league baseball to operate outside of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Government asks Supreme Court to shut down DACA

November 6, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has asked the Supreme Court to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (or DACA) program and to do so in the Court’s current term.

Justices rebuff Administration in two key cases

November 2, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court late Friday afternoon sent the Trump Administration two quite clear signals that the government has been depending too much on the Supreme Court to thwart challenges to the government’s policies in the lower federal courts.

Administration seeks delay of trial over census

October 30, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Arguing that one of President Trump’s Cabinet secretaries should not have to answer lawyers’ questions about citizenship in the 2020 census, the Administration urged the Supreme Court on Monday to delay a trial on that issue, now set to start next Monday.

Supreme Court ends Pennsylvania election map debate

October 29, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Without comment, the Supreme Court on Monday denied an appeal from Pennsylvania Republicans about a new election map for congressional races mandated by the state’s Supreme Court.

Administration opposes transgender civil rights shield

October 25, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Trump Administration has switched its own legal position on applying civil rights law to protect transgender people, in a filing Wednesday at the Supreme Court.

Retired Justice O’Connor withdrawing from public life

October 23, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

With praise from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., as a “towering figure in the history of the United States and indeed the world,” retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor disclosed on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with dementia and that it is forcing her to withdraw from public activities.

On This Day: Senate rejects Robert Bork for the Supreme Court

October 23, 2018 By NCC Staff

On October 23, 1987, the United States Senate held one of the most-controversial votes on a Supreme Court nominee in its history, when it rejected Robert Bork’s appointment.

Justice Byron White: A retrospective

October 16, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

On October 16, 1962, Justice Byron R. White joined the Supreme Court as one of two appointments made by President John F. Kennedy. In 2012, Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston wrote a retrospective about White's Supreme Court career, which we have reprinted here.

Supreme Court takes public access TV case with bigger implications

October 15, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will settle a dispute over a video that aired on a New York City public access television channel that could have ramifications for social media and public radio stations.

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