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Why do politicians and judges get paid during a government shutdown?

January 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

One of the biggest questions during a federal government shutdown is, “who gets paid?” Due to the Constitution, the people directly in charge of the government would still keep getting pay checks while most other government workers won’t.

Government asks Justices to settle DACA quickly

January 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

With time running out for the Supreme Court to take on new cases in the current term, the Trump Administration asked Thursday evening that one more case be taken up swiftly: the controversy over the planned shutdown of the “DACA” program.

Supreme Court blocks North Carolina partisan gerrymander ruling

January 19, 2018 By Lyle Denniston

Over two Justices’ dissents, the Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked a lower court order that would have required North Carolina’s legislature to quickly adopt new election maps for the state’s 13 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, to replace maps that strongly favored Republican candidates.

Supreme Court mulls taking frog-protection case

January 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On Friday morning, the Supreme Court will consider in private conference the case of unwanted government protection for prodigal endangered frogs from Mississippi that could return to Louisiana.

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