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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 Justice William Brennan is born

April 25, 2018 By NCC Staff

On April 25, 1906, future Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan was born in New Jersey. During his nearly 34 years at the Court, Brennan wrote the second-most opinions in the Court’s history, including several landmark majority writings.

President Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court’s options

April 24, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Not since President Harry Truman 66 years ago was denied the power to seize control of an industry vital to waging war has the Supreme Court faced a constitutional test of the Chief Executive’s authority as crucial as the one it takes up on Wednesday.  

Court’s last week of arguments features travel ban, voting cases

April 23, 2018 By NCC Staff

The last scheduled week of arguments in the Supreme Court’s current term features the high-profile Trump travel-ban case and yet another case about discrimination against voters.

What Would William Howard Taft Do?

April 20, 2018 By Jeffrey Rosen

In conjunction with his new book on William Howard Taft, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen examines how the late President and Chief Justice would approach some of today’s biggest legal and political problems.

Happy 98th birthday, Justice John Paul Stevens

April 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is celebrating a big milestone today, as the Chicago native turns 98 years old.

Passing the buck on Internet shopping taxes?

April 17, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Sometimes, the Supreme Court’s ultimate power to define what the Constitution means seems just too daunting for the Justices.  That was the sentiment that swept across the bench Tuesday, as the Court confronted – after years of refusing to do so – the question of whether to allow states broad new freedom to tax shopping that consumers do via the Internet. 

U.S. v. Microsoft case comes to a quiet end

April 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ended a potentially major data privacy case after both sides agreed that a new law from Congress made their argument moot.

Now, a two-front legal war over teen abortions

April 12, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

The Supreme Court and a federal appeals court are now moving simultaneously to sort out a major constitutional controversy over a right to abortion for undocumented teenaged girls being held in federal immigration centers and who are now or will become pregnant.

Supreme Court Scorecard: The Spring 2018 Edition

April 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

Arguments for the current Supreme Court term are wrapping up in April as opinions in major decisions are due. Here is an update on 12 significant decisions that will be handed down from the Court into late June.

Could big Supreme Court case be tossed in near future?

April 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

One of the most-significant cases of the Supreme Court’s current term is on shaky ground after a new law may have settled the controversy before a judicial ruling could be issued.

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