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Supreme Court

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.

A quick look at the “final four” Supreme Court candidates

July 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

President Donald Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. Here is a brief look at the four candidates getting the most attention in the media today.

Why does the Supreme Court have nine Justices?

July 6, 2018 By NCC Staff

Next Monday night, President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy as the Supreme Court’s ninth Justice. So why are there nine seats on the Court, and who set that precedent?

A look back at Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s court legacy

July 1, 2018 By Abigail Perkiss

It was 13 years ago today that Sandra Day O’Connor announced her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court.

William Howard Taft’s truly historic ‘double-double’

June 30, 2018 By NCC Staff

On June 30, 1921, President Warren Harding announced that former President William Howard Taft would become the new Chief Justice of the United States. To this day, Taft remains as the only person to hold the top position in the executive and judicial branches.

Is Roe v. Wade at risk now?

June 28, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

After Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court, the politicians, the pundits and news reporters quickly settled on what they think will be the key issue when a predicted fight unfolds in the Senate over his successor: Roe v. Wade.

Justice Kennedy’s legacy in the gay rights decisions

June 27, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Anthony Kennedy’s career on the Supreme Court bench was marked by several important decisions as the court’s swing vote. But none were as high profile as Kennedy’s decisions in four major gay-rights cases.

Justice Kennedy retires; major change coming to Supreme Court

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Ending an era, and almost certainly guaranteeing strong conservative control of the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, 81, retired on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the tribunal had finished a momentous term.

How will Justice Anthony Kennedy be replaced?

June 27, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Wednesday afternoon, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court. So what happens next in the process to choose his replacement?

How Justice Kennedy replaced Powell (and Bork) at the Court

June 27, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Thirty years ago, a unanimous Senate approved Anthony Kennedy’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The federal judge wasn’t Ronald Reagan’s first choice, but he was quickly approved.

Has the First Amendment been “weaponized”?

June 27, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court ended its latest term in mid-morning Wednesday after having set for itself and lower courts a daunting constitutional task for the future: clarifying when someone’s First Amendment rights can be used to thwart government policies or programs.

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