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Supreme Court of the United States: Highest court in the United States
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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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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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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Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to shield financial records [Video]Supreme Court takes up Trump bid to shield financial records

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear President Donald Trump's appeals in three separate cases to prevent his financial records, including tax returns, being handed over to Democratic-led..

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'Narrow, fast impeachments have failed': law expert [Video]'Narrow, fast impeachments have failed': law expert

Jonathan Turley, a professor of public interest law at the George Washington University Law School, chosen by Republicans as a witness, on Wednesday during the House Judiciary Committee's Trump..

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Court rules Deutsche Bank must hand over Trump's financial records [Video]Court rules Deutsche Bank must hand over Trump's financial records

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday handed President Donald Trump another defeat in his bid to keep his financial records secret, directing Deutsche Bank AG and Capital One Financial Corp to comply with..

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SCOTUS extends block on Trump financial records [Video]SCOTUS extends block on Trump financial records

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave President Donald Trump a boost by extending its hold on a lower court ruling that required his longtime accounting firm to hand over his financial records to a..

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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.
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U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Sudan bid to limit damages over embassy bombings

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Sudan's bid to avoid paying $3.8 billion in damages to family members of people killed or injured in al Qaeda's 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in..
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Supreme Court won't hear challenge to topless bathing ban

Three women claimed the ban violated the 14th Amendment's equal protection clause because it applies to women but not men.
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Supreme Court lets conviction stand of young woman who encouraged friend's suicide

The justices won't hear a young Massachusetts woman's appeal of her manslaughter conviction for urging a male friend to complete his suicide attempt.
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects woman's 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 in 2014 with numerous text messages and phone calls..
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U.S. Supreme Court tosses ruling that revived suit against Iran central bank

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling that revived a $1.68 billion lawsuit against Iran's central bank by families of troops killed in the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine..
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to 'Free the Nipple' in topless women case

The Supreme Court on Monday decided not to "Free the Nipple," refusing to hear an appeal by three women fined by a city in New Hampshire for exposing their breasts in public who argued that banning..
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Bernie Sanders Says He’d Consider Releasing List of Supreme Court Picks

In an interview with the editorial board of The New York Times, the senator touched on a broad range of subjects, including China, gun control and wishing people happy birthday.
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Guinea-Bissau Supreme Court rejects challenge to presidential election result

Guinea-Bissau's Supreme Court on Sunday rejected a challenge against Umaro Cissoko Embalo's victory in last month's election run-off by the defeated candidate, who complained of fraud.
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Supreme Court ruling on sales tax creates headaches – and expenses – for some small-business owners

"It has become an enormous challenge trying to comply with the different state requirements," a small-business owner in Arizona said.
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Democrats ask U.S. Supreme Court to save Obamacare

The Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives and 20 Democratic-led states asked the Supreme Court on Friday to declare that the landmark Obamacare healthcare law does not violate the U.S...
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Losing Guinea-Bissau presidential candidate contests results in court

The losing candidate in Guinea-Bissau's presidential election filed a Supreme Court challenge on Friday to former prime minister and ex-army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo's victory in a run-off, a court..
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Spotlight will be on U.S. chief justice in Trump trial and in major cases

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is poised to serve a highly visible though largely ceremonial role in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump due next month. But it is in his day job on..
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Affordable Care Act may be headed back to Supreme Court

The issue is whether the law can survive after a judge struck down the individual mandate, which required people to buy insurance.
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Supreme Court to Rule on Exception to Work Bias Laws for Religious Schools

The justices will attempt to balance two competing interests: avoiding interference in the affairs of religious groups and protecting their employees from discrimination.
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U.S. Supreme Court takes up bid by Catholic schools to avoid worker lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide the extent to which religious organizations are immune from lawsuits filed by employees in two cases involving teachers at Catholic schools in..
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U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place ruling barring prosecution of homeless

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear Boise's defense of its policy of sometimes prosecuting homeless people for sleeping in public after a lower court found ordinances in Idaho's capital..
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Supreme Court refuses to consider cities' efforts to prosecute the homeless for sleeping outside

Can the homeless can be prosecuted using laws designed to regulate public camping and sleeping, or does that violate the Constitution?
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UK court to decide if negligent hospital must pay for surrogate pregnancies in U.S.

The case of a woman who wants the London hospital responsible for her infertility to pay for four surrogate pregnancies in the United States reached Britain's Supreme Court on Monday.
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Supreme Court to decide Native American land dispute in Oklahoma

Ten states, from Maine to Texas to Montana, have warned that the boundaries of Native American lands have jurisdictional consequences there as well.
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Supreme Court to Rule on Whether Much of Oklahoma Is an Indian Reservation

The court was poised to decide the question in its last term but appeared to have deadlocked.
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Supreme Court agrees to review Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns, financial records secret

The court represents Trump's last hope to protect the documents from being released by banks and accounting firms on the eve of the 2020 election.
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Supreme Court to Rule on Release of Trump’s Financial Records

The court’s ruling, expected by June, could release information the president has tried to protect. Or the justices could rule that his financial affairs are not legitimate subjects of inquiry so..
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Today in History for December 12th

A divided U.S. Supreme Court halts the presidential recount in Florida, effectively making Republican George W. Bush the winner. (Dec. 12)  
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Supreme Court divided on Arizona murderer's effort to reverse death sentence

Depending on how the court rules – most likely next spring – the decision may affect death sentences in 15 other states.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices lean toward insurers on $12 billion Obamacare claims

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic to claims made by health insurers seeking $12 billion from the federal government under a program set up by the Obamacare law aimed at..
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Supreme Court leaves Kentucky abortion ultrasound law in place, draws fiery criticism from ACLU

The Kentucky law requires doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions.
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Supreme Court Lets Kentucky Abortion Ultrasound Law Take Effect

The law requires doctors to show and describe ultrasounds to women seeking abortions. Challengers said it violated the First Amendment.
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U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender..
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U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion restriction

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky restriction requiring doctors to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking an abortion, turning away a challenge arguing that the..
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