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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.

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.

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.

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. 

What will Gorsuch face as a new Justice?

April 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Becoming the ninth Supreme Court Justice, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch will have little time to get comfortable in the surroundings before he could be casting significant – and perhaps even decisive –votes. He joins a court of eight members, who have sometimes struggled to find enough common ground to avoid splitting evenly, a result that settles nothing.

Will a changed Senate change the Supreme Court?

April 6, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a flurry of parliamentary votes over a span of two hours on Thursday, the U.S. Senate completed its transformation into a markedly different body. It is far from clear, however, whether or how the end of filibusters over judicial nominees might change the Supreme Court itself.

Senate kills Supreme Court filibuster in historic moment

April 6, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

A Republican Senate majority killed the chamber’s historic filibuster rule for Supreme Court nominations in a contentious Thursday vote. Earlier, several Democrats joined the Republicans in a failed attempt to invoke cloture and override the filibuster by conventional means.

Podcast: The history and constitutionality of the filibuster

April 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

Richard Arenberg of Brown University and Josh Chafetz of Cornell University discuss the history of the Senate filibuster and whether or not it should be eliminated.

Senate Judiciary Committee approves Gorsuch in party-line vote

April 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

As expected on Monday, a divided Senate Judiciary Committee has recommended to the full Senate that Neil Gorsuch be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

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