Tag: Supreme Court (US)

Supreme Court to Rule on Trump’s Power to Fire Head of Consumer Bureau

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it would hear a challenge to the leadership structure of the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, agreeing to decide whether the president is free to fire its director without cause. The bureau, the brainchild of Elizabeth Warren, then a law professor at Harvard and now a senator […]

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Supreme Court Hears Case of Lee Malvo, Sniper Who Terrorized D.C.

WASHINGTON — Almost two decades after two men terrorized the Washington region in the fall of 2002 in a series of deadly sniper attacks, the Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether one of them, Lee Malvo, may challenge his sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Malvo was 17 when he […]

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Supreme Court Case Could Have Huge Effect on Puerto Rican Debt Crisis

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed prepared on Tuesday to reject a constitutional challenge to the federal response to the worst debt crisis in Puerto Rican history, one that threatened basic services like schools and hospitals, some $50 billion in public pension obligations and more than $70 billion in debts to bondholders. The crisis got […]

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‘Faithless Electors’ Could Tip the 2020 Election. Will the Supreme Court Stop Them?

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 19, 2016, a little more than a month after the presidential election, members of the Electoral College gathered around the nation to cast their votes. Ten of them went rogue. A swing by that number of electors would have been enough to change the outcomes in five of the previous 58 […]

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What if the Supreme Court Had an L.G.B.T. Justice?

Near the end of this year’s hit Broadway show “What the Constitution Means to Me,” the audience hears a scratchy old recording of an oral argument at the Supreme Court. The year is 1965, and the justices are debating the topic of married women’s right to birth control. Or that’s the idea, anyway; for what feels […]

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Should the House Just Start Jailing Trump Officials?

ImageCreditIllustration by Nicholas Konrad; photographs by T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times, Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times This article is part of the Debatable newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it Tuesdays and Thursdays. What just happened: The White House declared war on the House impeachment inquiry on Tuesday in an eight-page […]

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The ‘Dead Chicken Strategy’: A Republican Roadmap for Surviving Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The White House response to the impeachment inquiry has been to dismiss the allegations, deflect the facts and discredit the Democrats. It’s the same approach that Republicans used in 2018 to push through the Supreme Court […]

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The House Can Play Hardball, Too. It Can Arrest Giuliani.

In his letter to House leadership, the White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, drew a line in the sand: The administration will not “participate in” the impeachment proceedings in any way. The odd language of “participate in” — presidential impeachment is not meant to be a collaboration between Congress and the president — obscures the central […]

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A Supreme Court Abortion Case That Tests the Court Itself

Under the rules that normally govern the American judicial system, the Louisiana abortion law at the center of a case the Supreme Court added to its docket last week is flagrantly unconstitutional. My goal in this column is to make visible not only the stakes in the case but also Louisiana’s strategy for saving its […]

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Is the Threat of Impeachment Emboldening Trump?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the threat of impeachment making President Trump more erratic — and more dangerous? With Michelle Goldberg out on assignment, fellow Op-Ed columnist Jamelle Bouie returns to “The Argument” to discuss Trump’s decision to […]

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Will Puerto Rico Still Be Allowed to Govern Itself?

In 1947, Congress passed and President Harry Truman signed a law giving the people of Puerto Rico the right to elect their own governor. Until then, all territories of the United States, including Puerto Rico, had been governed by men appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Most governors had been known more […]

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This Is a Constitutional Crisis. What Happens Next?

For the first time since President Richard Nixon refused to turn over the White House tapes, the United States is facing a genuine constitutional crisis. To be sure, Donald Trump had already created a crisis in the presidency by abusing the power of his office to pressure foreign governments to investigate his political rival Joe […]

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Will the Supreme Court Hand Trump Even More Power?

The Supreme Court’s 2019-20 term started on Monday, but one of the biggest cases, on expanding presidential power, isn’t on the docket — yet. It will probably be soon, though, because President Trump’s Justice Department and other plaintiffs took remarkable steps in September to get the Supreme Court to take cases presenting the issue squarely […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Cases on Bias Against L.G.B.T. Workers

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday on whether a landmark civil rights law protects gay and transgender people from workplace discrimination. The court has not heard a gay rights case since the retirement last year of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinions in all four of the court’s […]

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Ruling on Trump’s Tax Returns: 5 Takeaways

On Monday, a federal judge issued a ruling that effectively ordered President Trump’s accountants to turn over eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns to the Manhattan district attorney. Mr. Trump’s lawyers immediately appealed the decision, and an appeals court temporarily blocked the ruling. So for now, the president can keep his financial […]

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Don’t Be Fooled. Chief Justice John Roberts Is as Partisan as They Come.

The Supreme Court’s new term that begins on Monday could prove momentous, with cases involving gun control, abortion, L.G.B.T. rights and immigration. The term is likely to signal how far the court’s conservative majority will go to block the agenda of the next Democratic president and Congress. With the court on the precipice of a […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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Watch Out, America — The Supreme Court Is Back in Session

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases in its first complete term since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, gave the court a newly emboldened right-wing majority. The current five-member bloc has already started overturning decades-old precedents and remaking the law in ways that align remarkably […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Case From Louisiana

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear its first abortion case since President Trump’s appointments of two justices. The court’s ruling, expected in June as the 2020 presidential campaign enters its final stretch, could reshape the constitutional principles governing abortion rights. The case concerns a Louisiana law that its opponents say would […]

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When #MeToo Went on Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The investigation of Harvey Weinstein that helped give rise to the #MeToo movement had seemed, for a moment, to unite the country in redefining the rules around sex and power. But as a backlash emerged, the […]

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