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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 turns aside major gay rights plea

December 11, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court on Monday acted – probably because of procedural reasons – to leave undecided at least for now the spreading controversy over whether federal civil rights laws give protection to workers and students who are gay, lesbian or transgender.

Justices side with Trump team on DACA dispute

December 9, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Siding with the Trump Administration and splitting 5-to-4, the Supreme Court on Friday temporarily blocked a federal trial judge from requiring government lawyers to hand over all documents bearing on the decision to end the “DACA” program for younger undocumented immigrants — formally the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Supreme Court takes on another partisan gerrymander case

December 9, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a surprise move, the Supreme Court on Friday afternoon expanded its review of challenges to the decades-old practice of drawing election boundaries to benefit the candidates of the party in power, by taking on a claim by seven Maryland voters.

Trump team joins fight against union fees

December 7, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In a move that could tip the balance in the Supreme Court against labor unions representing public employees, the Trump Administration has added the federal government’s powerful voice to a long-running constitutional attack on fees charged to workers who do not belong to those unions.

Sports gambling gets its day at the Supreme Court 

December 7, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

One of the bigger cases of the current Supreme Court term pits federal control over legalized sports betting versus state’s rights. And there are signs after Monday’s arguments at the Court a change could be coming to the gambling world.

Pearl Harbor’s role in a historic Supreme Court decision

December 7, 2017 By NCC Staff

One of the most controversial decisions in Supreme Court history was caused by aftershocks of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and it’s still being debated today.

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s new constitutional dilemma

December 5, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Over the years, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has become the Supreme Court’s most energetic defender of gay rights, one of its true devotees to free speech,   and a sympathetic defender of religious believers.  Now, a lengthy hearing before the Justices on Tuesday showed, he has to find a way to reconcile all three.

Justices told of Trump anti-Muslim tweeting

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A civil rights group told the Supreme Court on Monday about President Trump’s online relay of anti-Muslim videos circulated by a British organization, arguing that the “retweeting” supports claims about new immigration restrictions on foreign nationals from Muslim-majority nations.

Supreme Court doesn’t clarify married same-sex couples’ rights

December 4, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Amid a sharp dispute about its power to rule on a new case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court refused on Monday to clarify when those couples have a right to government-provided benefits.

Federalism fight leads off big Supreme Court week

December 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

A dispute over power sharing between the federal government and state government leads off a big week of Supreme Court cases on Monday. And it involves college football and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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