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Judge blocks cutoff of federal funds to “sanctuary cities”

April 25, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Declaring that President Trump probably acted unconstitutionally in attempting to cut off federal funds to city and county governments that do not help enforce federal immigration law, a judge in San Francisco on Tuesday blocked enforcement of the policy anywhere in the nation.

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A landmark gerrymandering case heading toward the Court’s next term

April 25, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The Supreme Court will likely end hearing arguments for its current term in late April, but some court followers are looking ahead to the big cases that could be in front of the nine Justices starting in October.

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Government shutdown 101: Why they happen and what is closed

April 24, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Later this week, Congress will face a budget-funding deadline that could lead to a partial government shutdown starting on Saturday. So what happens if politicians can’t reach a deal?

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Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

James Buchanan: How he currently trends as the worst President ever

April 23, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s James Buchanan’s birthday, so it’s time to revisit a recently debated topic: why many historians consider Abraham Lincoln’s predecessor to be the worst President in U.S. history.

Video: How Neil Gorsuch could change the Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Joan Biskupic of Reuters News, Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute and Brianne Gorod of the Constitutional Accountability Center discuss the judge's record and his potential to shape the Court — and constitutional law — for decades to come.

Podcast: Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

April 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

Marci Hamilton of the University of Pennsylvania and Hannah Smith of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty discuss the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer.

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.

Five myths about the start of the Revolutionary War

April 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

The American Revolutionary War started on April 19, 1775 at the towns of Lexington and Concord. But how accurate are some of the key facts that have been handed down to us through the generations?

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.

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