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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest court in the federal judiciary of the United States. It has ultimate appellate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases that involve a point of federal law, and original jurisdiction over a narrow range of cases, specifically "all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party". The Court holds the power of judicial review, the ability to invalidate a statute for violating a provision of the U.S. Constitution. It is also able to strike down presidential directives for violating either the Constitution or statutory law. However, it may act only within the context of a case in an area of law over which it has jurisdiction. The Court may decide cases having political overtones, but it has ruled that it does not have power to decide non-justiciable political questions.

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President Trump's immigration crackdown inundates Supreme Court

In the past year, the justices have let the administration deter poor immigrants, deny asylum seekers and use military funds to build a border wall.
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U.S. Supreme Court dismisses 'D.C. Sniper' Malvo case after change in law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday formally dismissed a case in which Lee Boyd Malvo, who was 17 when he took part in the deadly 2002 "D.C. Sniper" shooting spree in the Washington area, was..
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Top U.S. court blocks cross-border shooting suit [Video]Top U.S. court blocks cross-border shooting suit

The mother of a 15-year-old Mexican boy who was fatally shot said she felt "powerless" after the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (February 25) barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent who was..

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Trump calls on two liberal justices to recuse themselves [Video]Trump calls on two liberal justices to recuse themselves

President Donald Trump turned his ire on the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, calling on two of the liberal justices to recuse themselves from any cases involving him or his administration. Jonah Green..

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Oystermen struggle to survive amid Florida, Georgia water battle [Video]Oystermen struggle to survive amid Florida, Georgia water battle

The future of oystermen in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay may be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, which is expected to rule later this year on a seven-year-long legal battle between Florida and..

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India citizenship law: Supreme Court prepares to hear appeals [Video]India citizenship law: Supreme Court prepares to hear appeals

Supreme Court judges get ready to hear the first complaints against controversial new law.

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U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in teen texting suicide case [Video]U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal in teen texting suicide case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place the manslaughter conviction of a Massachusetts woman for goading her boyfriend into committing suicide. Freddie Joyner has more.

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U.S. Supreme Court allows retirement plan lawsuit against Intel

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to back stricter deadlines for workers to sue retirement plans over alleged mismanagement, ruling Intel Corp cannot avoid a suit accusing it of unlawfully..
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Mexico worried U.S. ruling sets precedent in cross-border shooting of teen

The Mexican government on Tuesday said it was worried a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of a Mexican boy shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the other side of the border would set..
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Supreme Court Weighs Whether Encouraging Unlawful Immigration Is a Crime

The justices seemed troubled by the possibility that a 1986 law applied to all sorts of speech and therefore ran afoul of the First Amendment.
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U.S. Supreme Court bars lawsuit over cross-border shooting of Mexican teen

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday barred a lawsuit against a Border Patrol agent for fatally shooting a 15-year-old Mexican boy on Mexican soil from across the border in Texas, refusing to open the..
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U.S. Supreme Court skeptical of law against encouraging illegal immigration

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled skepticism toward a federal law that made it a felony to encourage illegal immigrants to come or stay in the United States as they heard a bid by..
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Supreme Court denies new sentencing hearing for Arizona murderer

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote the 5-4 opinion and was joined by the court's four other conservatives. The four liberal justices dissented.
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Supreme Court denies Mexican family's damages claim for cross-border shooting

The case had been watched closely because of President Donald Trump's efforts to build a border wall and to reduce both legal and illegal immigration.
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Appeal of Lee Malvo, the Sniper Who Terrorized D.C., May Be Dismissed

Virginia prosecutors and lawyers for Mr. Malvo asked the Supreme Court to drop his appeal in light of a new state law giving juvenile offenders the right to seek parole.
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U.S. Supreme Court open to more damages against Sudan over embassy bombings

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared open to reinstating $4.3 billion in punitive damages against Sudan in lawsuits accusing it of complicity in the 1998 al Qaeda bombings of two U.S. embassies in..
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U.S. Supreme Court turns away religious bias claim against Walgreens

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to Walgreens, turning away an appeal by a fired former Florida employee of the pharmacy chain who asked not to work on Saturdays for religious reasons..
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U.S. Supreme Court to hear religious fight over same-sex foster care

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major religious rights dispute involving the city of Philadelphia's refusal to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex..
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects Apple appeal in patent fight with VirnetX

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Apple Inc's bid to avoid paying about $440 million in damages for using patent licensing firm VirnetX Inc's internet security technology without..
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In Case on Wealth Test for Green Cards, a Scathing Sotomayor Dissent

The vote was 5 to 4, with the Supreme Court’s conservatives in the majority.
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Ukraine constitutional court says scrapping old Supreme Court was unconstitutional

Ukrainian lawmakers exceeded their authority when they voted to scrap the country's old Supreme Court in 2016 as part of sweeping judicial reform, the country's constitutional court ruled on Wednesday.
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A nervous wait at Louisiana abortion clinic at center of U.S. Supreme Court fight

A 27-year-old woman from southern Arkansas waited nervously at the Hope Medical Group for Women after traveling two hours for a medical procedure that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain in..
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Conservatives, liberals mull next Supreme Court battle with memories of 2016

Justice Antonin Scalia's death in 2016 led to a partisan war and a year-long vacancy. If a seat falls open this year, both sides are ready for battle.
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Mexican president intends to send judicial reform proposal to Congress

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday he will send Congress a proposal crafted by the Supreme Court that aims to strengthen the judiciary to combat corruption and abuse of..
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Justice Thomas urges courage to uphold rule of law

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said judges must resist the temptation to bend their rulings to racial, religious or partisan preferences. Thomas gave the keynote speech Tuesday at the..
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Democrats Embrace an Abortion ‘Litmus Test’ for Supreme Court

Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and other presidential candidates said at Friday’s debate that if elected, they would put forward only nominees who supported Roe v. Wade.
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Chief Justice John Roberts emerges unscathed from Trump's Senate impeachment trial

Chief justice John Roberts returns to the Supreme Court facing cases on abortion, immigration, gay rights, gun rights and Donald Trump's tax records.
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Today in History for February 5th

Highlights of this day in history: FDR plans to 'pack' the Supreme Court; Byron de la Beckwith convicted of killing civil rights leader Medgar Evers; The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premieres;..
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Former Coast Guard Lieutenant Is Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison on Gun and Drug Charges

Christopher Paul Hasson plotted to kill journalists, Democratic politicians, professors, Supreme Court justices and those he described as “leftists in general,” federal prosecutors have said.
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Impeachment Briefing: John Roberts’s Role

A conversation with The Times’s Supreme Court correspondent about how the chief justice fits into the impeachment trial.
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This is how you will appeal to Facebook's 'Supreme Court' when your post is taken down

Facebook outlined how users will be able to contest decisions to remove posts on Facebook and Instagram by appealing to a 'Supreme Court' or oversight board.
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U.S. Supreme Court lets hardline Trump immigration policy take effect

The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency..
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Supreme Court allows Trump policy against immigrants receiving public aid to go into effect

Under the rule, non-citizens receiving or likely to need non-cash benefits such as housing and food aid can be denied residency or green cards.
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U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump's 'public charge' immigration curb

The U.S. Supreme Court gave the go-ahead on Monday for one of President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, allowing his administration to implement a rule denying legal permanent residency..
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Roberts pivotal as U.S. Supreme Court tackles public aid to religious schools

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided on Wednesday in a major legal battle over taxpayer funds going to religious schools, with Chief Justice John Roberts emerging as the potential pivotal vote in a..
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U.S. Supreme Court divided over public funds for religious schools

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared divided over a Montana tax credit program that could benefit private religious schools in a case that could open the door to more public funding for..
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts tells both sides in impeachment trial to 'remember where they are'

"Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are," Roberts told the panels. He told them to "use language conducive to civil discourse."
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U.S. Supreme Court examines religious school funding in major rights case

U.S. Supreme Court justices are poised to tackle a major religious rights case on Wednesday over whether states can bar public funding of religious institutions in a dispute over a Montana tax credit..
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Coal states ask Supreme Court to overturn Washington coal terminal ban

Wyoming and Montana, two coal-producing western states, on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate Washington state's decision to block on environmental grounds a coal export terminal..
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Supreme Court refuses for now to hear appeal of decision threatening Affordable Care Act

A federal appeals court ruled last month that the government cannot force most consumers to buy health insurance because a tax penalty was eliminated.
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U.S. Supreme Court lets Flint, Michigan residents sue over water contamination

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let residents of Flint, Michigan pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the city and government officials that accused them of knowingly allowing the city's water..
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U.S. Supreme Court declines to fast-track Obamacare appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a bid by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and 20 Democratic-led states to fast-track consideration of their appeal seeking a definitive..
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Supreme Court battle over school choice may boost religious freedom

Kendra Espinoza gets her latest day in court Wednesday as she fights the decision to discontinue a program that helped fund tuition scholarships.
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Supreme Court religious rights case has big implications for U.S. schools

Despite wondering every autumn whether she can afford it, Kendra Espinoza has worked hard to keep her two daughters in a small private Christian school in Kalispell, Montana, costing about $15,000..
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Obama was right, Alito was wrong: Citizens United has corrupted American politics

The Supreme Court's naive view of our electoral process has allowed money to dictate national policy on everything from climate to guns to drug costs.
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Supreme Court will tackle dispute over birth control, religious liberty

The court's willingness to hear a dispute it has heard twice before bodes well for groups opposed to providing insurance coverage for contraceptives.
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Supreme Court to hear Trump appeal in Obamacare contraception fight

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday took up an appeal by President Donald Trump's administration seeking to enforce new federal rules allowing employers to obtain religious exemptions from an Obamacare..
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Supreme Court will hear case that could decide future presidential elections

Must the 538 members of the Electoral College vote for their states' winning candidates, or can they exercise independent judgment?
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Supreme Court to Hear Timely Case on Electoral College Voters

A handful of rogue electoral votes, if allowed, could to tip the next presidential election.
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U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute

As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex U.S. presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break..
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Chris Christie sits in as Supreme Court considers whether Bridgegate was actually a crime

"I'm glad he's paying attention," Bridget Anne Kelly said of Christie's decision to come to Washington.
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EU executive asks EU top court to suspend work of Poland's supreme court disciplinary chamber

The European Commission decided on Tuesday to ask the EU's top court to suspend the functioning of the disciplinary chamber of Poland's Supreme Court.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices skeptical about New Jersey 'Bridgegate' convictions

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical about the criminal prosecution of two associates of former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie who are appealing their convictions in the..
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U.S. Supreme Court tosses lower court ruling that allowed IBM retirement fund suit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a lower court ruling that allowed a lawsuit to proceed against managers of a retirement fund for IBM Corp employees centering on allegations that officials..
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Trump’s Impeachment Trial a Perilous Duty for Chief Justice

Chief Justice John Roberts’s role at an impeachment trial may be mostly ceremonial, but signs of partisanship could damage the Supreme Court.
NYTimes.com - Published

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