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  • Garland gives commencement address at old high school

    Sun, 29 May 2016 22:14:02 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland delivered the commencement speech Sunday at the Chicago-area high school where he graduated as valedictorian 46 years ago, though he didn't address the partisan divide over his nomination.

  • Congress' grade so far? Incomplete at best

    Sat, 28 May 2016 06:54:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing toward its summer break, but like a procrastinating college kid it has tons of work to catch up on to avoid a report card laden with grades of incomplete or even worse.

  • Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court

    Thu, 26 May 2016 22:05:59 GMT

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn't good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion.

  • Chief Justice John Roberts speaks on diversity, consensus

    Wed, 25 May 2016 20:32:46 GMT

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Wednesday that building a consensus among the justices is important, although he admits he can't do it on his own.

  • Oklahoma governor vetoes bill criminalizing abortion

    Fri, 20 May 2016 21:56:21 GMT

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed legislation to make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state.

  • High court rules against NY man denied re-entry to US

    Thu, 19 May 2016 15:03:16 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is making it easier for the government to deport or otherwise remove people who are not U.S. citizens if they are convicted of seemingly minor state crimes.

  • Justices say no constitutional right to speedy sentencing

    Thu, 19 May 2016 14:14:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that a delay in imposing a prison sentence does not violate the Constitution's right to a speedy trial.

  • Trump's Supreme Court list underscores election's importance

    Thu, 19 May 2016 12:00:19 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court nominees is a splashy reminder that the 2016 presidential election could determine the direction of the high court for years to come.

  • A look at Trump's Supreme Court picks

    Thu, 19 May 2016 07:20:51 GMT

    Donald Trump's campaign says its list of 11 potential nominees to the Supreme Court is "first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership."

  • The Latest: Clinton campaign slams Trump Supreme Court list

    Thu, 19 May 2016 03:35:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

  • The Latest: Larsen surprised by inclusion on Trump list

    Wed, 18 May 2016 22:47:58 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

  • The Latest: Larsen stood vigil by Scalia's casket

    Wed, 18 May 2016 21:11:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

  • The Latest: Sykes sentenced abortion protesters to jail

    Wed, 18 May 2016 21:00:29 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

  • The Latest: Trump's court list: 8 men, 3 women, all white

    Wed, 18 May 2016 20:21:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's list of potential Supreme Court justices (all times local):

  • Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks

    Wed, 18 May 2016 18:37:12 GMT

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia if he's elected to the White House.

  • Trump unveils list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices

    Wed, 18 May 2016 18:09:57 GMT

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 11 potential Supreme Court justices he plans to vet to fill the seat of late Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Religion news in brief

    Wed, 18 May 2016 16:45:59 GMT

    Speaker defends nuns over birth control mandate

  • State council steps aside; law school to be named for Scalia

    Tue, 17 May 2016 19:03:09 GMT

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — George Mason University is free to rename its law school for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia after a state council decided Tuesday it had no oversight role in the matter.

  • Supreme Court, down by one, finds it can be hard to decide

    Tue, 17 May 2016 11:05:47 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The eight Supreme Court justices say they'll take care of business until a new ninth justice joins them. Their actions say otherwise.

  • Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

    Tue, 17 May 2016 00:59:39 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama's plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case's path to the Supreme Court.

  • Senate confirms Obama judicial nominee for Maryland

    Mon, 16 May 2016 22:44:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday narrowly confirmed one of President Barack Obama's nominees to be a federal judge in Maryland, overcoming opposition from some conservatives who felt nominee Paula Xinis was too tough on law enforcement in her career as a lawyer and assistant federal public defender.