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Transgender-in-military fight moves up in the courts

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Still insisting that the Pentagon will not be ready to accept transgender recruits into the military on January 1, the Trump Administration moved to a higher federal court late on Monday to seek a postponement.

On this day, Bush v. Gore settles 2000 presidential race

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court ended a Florida vote recount in the presidential election contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.  The Court’s decision remains debated today.

Military soon open to transgender recruits

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In three weeks, transgender individuals seeking to enlist in U.S. military forces may start joining up.  The Pentagon made that announcement Monday within hours after a federal judge refused the Trump Administration’s request to put such enlistments on hold.

Remembering the day Pennsylvania ratified the Constitution

December 12, 2017 By NCC Staff

December 12 is a big anniversary for those of us in Pennsylvania: It’s the day the James Wilson led an emotional effort to approve the proposed U.S. constitution in the Keystone state, in a big step toward the eventual ratification of our Founding document.

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.

A review of the season’s lawsuits about holiday displays

December 11, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

For millions of Americans, December brings celebrations of religious and secular holidays. But the uniqueness of the season also brings lawsuits that center on First Amendment principles – and how people display their feelings.

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.

When Congress last used its powers to declare war

December 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks an important anniversary in American history: the congressional declaration of war on Japan on December 8, 1941. But since then, Congress has rarely used its constitutional power formally issue a war declaration.

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.

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