US SUPREME COURT
Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Stephen Breyer want to convince you that the Supreme Court isn't political, but experts say 'it's naive to think people will' believe them
"If the justices have to defend themselves from being partisan, that's already a problem in and of itself," one expert told Insider.news.yahoo.com
Florida Gov. DeSantis is trying to reverse the CDC's cruise restrictions in the state, saying it's hurting Florida's economy, as Delta variant rages across the US
Since cruises set sail again last month amid reopening efforts, multiple cruises have reported cases of COVID-19 aboard the boat.news.yahoo.com
The potential effects of the Supreme Court's abortion case are 'really disturbing,' especially for low-income women and women of color, a lawyer on the case says
The case concerns a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Lower courts so far blocked the law from taking effect.news.yahoo.com
Michigan governor, AG, SOS seek disbarment of attorneys accused of pushing election fraud claims
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s top three elected officials are asking for the disbarment of four attorneys who they say pushed a false narrative of widespread election fraud in legal proceedings before multiple judges and courts including the nation’s highest judicial body, the US Supreme Court. The lawsuit, King v. Whitmer, went before the US Supreme Court and is being deemed frivolous by the three. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office on Thursday filed motions for sanctions in federal court against the same four lawyers, Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila, along with Texas attorney Sidney Powell. AdRead: Michigan AG officially requests sanctions against attorneys behind 2020 election lawsuitsOn Monday, Nessel joined with Gov. AdRead More: Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuits
Biden names Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General after Obama-era Supreme Court snub
Attorney General nominee Judge Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. During a live event on Jan. 7, Biden called the pro-Trump rioters’ invasion of the U.S. Capitol “an assault on the rule of law” just before formally nominating Judge Merrick Garland as Attorney General. More: Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that’s shaken USA federal appeals court judge serving since 1997, Garland is widely known for his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2016. Biden also nominated Thursday Lisa Monaco as Deputy Attorney General, Vanita Gupta as Associate Attorney General and Kristen Clarke as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. In solemn tones, Biden said the actions Trump has taken to subvert the nation’s democratic institutions throughout his presidency led directly to the mayhem in Washington.
Supreme Court appears willing to leave Obamacare in place
The individual mandate provision, as enacted in 2010, requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The Affordable Care Act seems likely to withstand its third challenge at the Supreme Court. Health-care activists said that if the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million people could lose their insurance. Circuit Court of Appeals court, and agreed that the individual mandate was unlawful. The appeals court, though, did not say whether the rest of the Affordable Care Act would also have to be struck down.cnbc.com
Metro Detroit officials preparing plans to challenge 2020 Census results
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Rep. Rashida Tlaib announced Wednesday they’re preparing to challenge the result of the 2020 Census. City and state officials argued that more time was needed to count due to the hurdles posed by COVID-19. The city of Detroit is in a lawsuit against the federal government to prove it counted Detroit properly. It is basically preemptively challenging the Census Bureau into proving Detroit was properly counted and thereby forcing congressional oversight over the Bureau. Click here to learn more about the U.S. CensusClick here to see more national and state census response data
Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice replacing liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg
WASHINGTON – The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court before Election Day, handing President Donald Trump a political victory. She was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a 52-48 vote on Monday night. Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox also released a statement regarding the Senate confirmation of Barrett. “President Trump promised Americans that he would appoint rule of law justices to the Supreme Court, who would protect and defend our constitution. Tonight’s confirmation of his nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, is a fulfillment of this promise.
Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in, swinging Supreme Court further to the right
Judge Amy Coney Barrett holds her hand on the Bible as she is sworn in as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020. Tom Brenner | ReutersAmy Coney Barrett took her constitutional oath as a Supreme Court justice in a nighttime ceremony outside the White House on Monday, swinging the nation's highest court to a conservative 6-3 majority. U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he poses with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett on a White House balcony after she was sworn in to serve as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020. The battle over Barrett's nomination was sparked last month after the death of Ginsburg, who served on the Supreme Court for 27 years. U.S. President Donald Trump applauds U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett after she took her oath of office and was sworn in to serve on the court on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 26, 2020.cnbc.com
Abrupt census deadline may cost Michigan $300 million in federal funding, Congressional seats
The deadline to complete the 2020 Census has been shifting back and forth due to the coronavirus pandemic and numerous court rulings. Each Michigan resident counted in the census accounts for $3,000 in federal funding provided to the state. However, federal funding for states are based on the entire state’s census response rate, not just the response from individual communities. States are essentially competing against one another for federal funding associated with the census. The 2020 Census is a 9-question survey designed to count the population across the country and five U.S. territories.
GOP seeks to call off Senate work, but not Barrett hearings
WASHINGTON – The coroniavirus reached further into Republican ranks on Saturday, forcing the Senate to call off lawmaking as a third GOP senator tested positive for COVID-19. “The Senate’s floor schedule will not interrupt the thorough, fair and historically supported confirmation process,” McConnell wrote Saturday. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who like McConnell is running for reelection, added that senators can attend the hearings remotely. Republicans in the Senate who had attended GOP events began announcing that they too had tested positive. The news about Covid's march into the White House didn't let up and wasn't flattering after months of complaints that Republicans weren't approaching the pandemic in a serious or organized way.
Barrett opposed ‘abortion on demand,’ raising doubts on Roe
President Donald Trump has nominated Barrett to take the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an abortion rights supporter who died last month. White House spokesperson Judd Deere said Barrett already has distinguished her personal views from her responsibility as a judge. “As Judge Barrett said on the day she was nominated, ‘A judge must apply the law as written. In July, the Supreme Court did, in fact, throw out the panel’s ruling and ordered a new look at the case. Last year, the Supreme Court reinstated the fetal remains law, but not the ban on abortions for race, sex and developmental disabilities.
Joe Biden: Vacancy about health law, not court expansion
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gives a speech on the Supreme Court at The Queen Theater, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants voters to see Republicans’ push for a speedy Supreme Court confirmation as an end-run of Congress and the 2010 health care law. “She's gonna be a great justice” who will “rule (based on) the law,” Trump said of Barrett. Justices are scheduled on Nov. 10, a week after Election Day, to hear another challenge of the 2010 health care law. “Prior to going on the bench, she publicly criticized Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion upholding the law,” Biden noted.
Joe Biden delivers remarks following Trump’s Supreme Court nomination
– Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivered remarks Sunday on the U.S. Supreme Court following President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court following the death of Justice Ginsburg, a liberal icon. Supreme Court decisions affect our everyday lives, and the Constitution was designed to give voters a voice on who makes those decisions. A judge on the federal appeals court based in Chicago, Barrett and her ideologies significantly contrast those of the late Justice Ginsburg. President Trump and former Vice President Biden are slated to debate on Tuesday night in Ohio.
Democrats seek to turn Supreme Court fight into referendum on Obamacare
Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after being nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 26, 2020. OLIVIER DOULIERY | AFP | Getty ImagesPresidential contender Joe Biden and his Democratic allies are seeking to turn President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court into a referendum on the future of American health care. Trump nominated the Indiana-based federal appeals court judge to the high court on Saturday night, praising her credentials and noting that future cases would decide the "survival of our Second Amendment, our religious liberty, our public safety." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from New York, speaks during an event with House and Senate Democrats on protecting the Affordable Care Act outside the Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Anna Moneymaker | Bloomberg | Getty Images"By nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, President Trump has once again put Americans' healthcare in the crosshairs," Schumer said.cnbc.com
Amy Coney Barrett pays homage to conservative mentor Antonin Scalia — 'His judicial philosophy is mine too'
Barrett paid homage to Scalia, praising the late justice as her mentor. Scalia led the conservative wing of the high court before his death in 2016 and was a frequent target of liberal ire. A former Notre Dame law professor, Barrett drew clear comparisons between her approach to the law and Scalia's, saying "his judicial philosophy is mine too." Barrett also praised the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose vacant seat she will fill if confirmed by the Senate. Barrett is a conservative 48-year-old federal appeals court judge widely favored by social conservatives and the religious right.cnbc.com
Supreme Court rejects Justice Department bid to halt order aimed at slowing spread of coronavirus at Ohio prison
The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020, during the first day of oral arguments held by telephone, a first in the Court's history, as a result of COVID-19, known as coronavirus. The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined a Justice Department request to halt a lower court order requiring new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus at an Ohio prison where nine inmates have died from Covid-19. The top court announced its decision in an unsigned order that cited procedural matters. The Justice Department, representing the Bureau of Prisons, asked the Supreme Court to halt the original order. The American Civil Liberties Union opposed the Justice Department's request before the court.cnbc.com
Supreme Court blocks House from getting Mueller grand jury materials, a temporary win for Trump
The US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, on May 4, 2020. The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked House Democrats from obtaining grand jury materials gathered during former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The Judiciary Committee has already won two lower court cases as part of its efforts to obtain the grand jury materials. Grand jury materials are normally kept secret, but can be made public through the courts in connection with judicial proceedings. If the court denies the appeal request, the stay will be lifted and the lower court ruling will effect.cnbc.com
A listener's guide to the historic Supreme Court arguments over whether Trump can keep his tax records secret
The cases, over whether Trump can keep his tax records secret, mimic battles waged and lost by Presidents Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon. What will the Supreme Court do? But that does not mean the Supreme Court will do so. The nine-member Supreme Court has five justices who were appointed by Republicans and four who were appointed by Democrats. While the justices often present their work as above the fray, the Supreme Court is a political institution.cnbc.com
Listen live: Supreme Court hears arguments over whether companies can limit contraceptive coverage
It has come to the Supreme Court twice before once, in 2016, during an election year though never quite like this time. The two previous cases that came to the Supreme Court over the coverage mandate concerned whether Obama administration requirements imposed too harsh a burden on employers with religious objections to providing or facilitating contraceptive coverage. In those cases, female employees whose benefits were at stake still retained coverage, via third parties, after their employers gained exemptions. "This is a very different kind of religious exemption because it does not provide alternative coverage for female employees or female dependents of male employees," Tebbe said. Possibly more than 100,000 women stand to lose their contraceptive coverage, he said.cnbc.com
U.S. Supreme Court justices debate whether to dismiss major gun case
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Courts consideration of a major gun rights case could end in a misfire, with the justices on Monday debating whether to dismiss a challenge backed by the powerful National Rifle Association to a New York City handgun ordinance. A group among hundreds of supporters of gun control laws rally in front of the US Supreme Court as the justices hear the first major gun rights case since 2010, in Washington, U.S. December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew ChungHundreds of gun control supporters demonstrated outside the courthouse, calling gun violence a public health crisis. Gun control is a contentious issue in the United States, which has experienced a series of mass shootings. Republican opposition in Congress has been instrumental in thwarting passage of new federal gun control laws.feeds.reuters.com
Supreme Court clashes over meaning of 'sex' in LGBT discrimination cases
Demonstrators in favor of LGBT rights rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, October 8, 2019, as the Court holds oral arguments in three cases dealing with workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty ImagesThe justices of the Supreme Court clashed over the meaning of "sex" in heated oral arguments on Tuesday for a blockbuster set of cases concerning the rights of LGBT workers. Read more: LGBT workers head to Supreme Court for blockbuster discrimination cases: 'I'll be that person to stand up' Several of the court's conservatives argued that expanding Title 7 to include discrimination against LGBT workers would be better handled by Congress. "That's precisely why when Congress wants to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, it doesn't define sex as including sexual orientation. But he expressed reservations about other elements of the case, warning of "massive social upheaval" should the Supreme Court rule for Cole's client.cnbc.com
Planned Parenthood opens massive Illinois clinic
Planned Parenthood's Anita Murphy works in the new Illinois facility ahead of its mid-October opening. (CNN) - As Missouri teeters on the brink of becoming the first state with no abortion clinics, a new Planned Parenthood center just across the Illinois border could help take patients who can't get abortions back home. Planned Parenthood said it is opening a new 18,000-square-foot health center in Fairview Heights, Illinois -- just 15 miles from Missouri. "We are thrilled to be able to better serve our patients through this new center, both in Southern Illinois and around the region," said Yamelsie Rodriguez, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri. It could see an influx of patients from Missouri, which this year passed a law that bans most abortions after eight weeks.