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CBS News

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Book excerpt: "Dinners with Ruth" by Nina Totenberg

The NPR legal affairs correspondent writes of the power of friendship, including the very special ties she formed with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. → Read More

Book excerpt: "Like a Rolling Stone" by Jann Wenner

In his new memoir the founder of Rolling Stone writes of the magazine's emergence as a celebration of the power and artistry of rock music – and also about a more personal celebration, when he is inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. → Read More

NPR

The Supreme Court is the most conservative in 90 years

In an astounding 62% of the decisions, conservatives prevailed, and more importantly, often prevailed in dramatic ways, according to new data. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court to take on controversial election-law case

At issue is a legal theory that would give state legislatures unfettered authority to set the rules for federal elections, free of supervision by the state courts and state constitutions. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court sides with the Biden administration in 'Remain in Mexico' case

On a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Biden administration a victory, allowing it to rescind the Trump-era Remain in Mexico policy. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court restricts the EPA's authority to mandate carbon emissions reductions

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to mandate carbon emissions from existing power plants. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court backs a high school coach's right to pray on the 50-yard line

The 6-to-3 decision is the latest example of the court's conservative supermajority requiring more accommodation for religion in public schools and less separation between church and state. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, ending right to abortion upheld for decades

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned the constitutional right to an abortion, reversing Roe v. Wade, the court's five-decade-old decision that guaranteed a woman's right to obtain an abortion. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court strikes down N.Y. law that restricts concealed carrying of guns

The opinion, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, invalidates New York's requirement for people to show "proper cause" to get public carry gun licenses. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court rules Maine's tuition assistance program must cover religious schools

The 6-3 opinion, which was along ideological lines, invalidates provisions in 37 state constitutions that ban the direct or indirect use of taxpayer money in religious schools. → Read More

NPR

After the leak, the Supreme Court seethes with resentment and fear behind the scenes

The court is riven with distrust among the law clerks, staff and, most of all, the justices themselves. → Read More

After the leak, the Supreme Court seethes with resentment and fear behind the scenes

The court is riven with distrust among the law clerks, staff and, most of all, the justices themselves. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court blocks Texas social media law from taking effect

In a 5-to-4 vote, the court granted a request from Big Tech industry trade groups, which argued the law would unleash a flood of racist, hateful and other extremist content on social media platforms. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court weighs Biden Admin's cancellation of 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Trump-era policy required asylum seekers to wait for their immigration hearing in Mexico. The Biden administration suspended the program, but was blocked by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. → Read More

NPR

Will the Supreme Court be as deferential to Biden on immigration as it was to Trump?

The court is weighing whether the Biden administration must continue to enforce the Trump-era "Remain in Mexico" program, which keeps some asylum-seekers in Mexico while they await a U.S. hearing. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court seems sympathetic to a coach who claims the right to pray

The court's liberal wing has no desire to overturn the court's precedents, but its conservatives want to focus on accommodating religion in public schools and other public institutions. → Read More

NPR

The Supreme Court ponders the right to pray on the 50-yard line

The case comes to the court in the midst of a sea change in the law relating to the relationship between government and religion. → Read More

NPR

High Court upholds excluding Puerto Ricans from aid for disabled and blind

The 8-to-1 decision rested on prior decisions, but Justice Gorsuch, in a furious concurrence, called for reversing those precedents, which he said were based on "racial stereotypes." → Read More

NPR

Legal ethics experts agree: Justice Thomas must recuse in insurrection cases

Legal ethics experts had previously said while Ginni Thomas is an outspoken conservative activist, her husband is able to act as an independent judge of matters that come before the court. → Read More

NPR

Supreme Court gives partial OK to Navy for vaccine mandate

The vote was 6-to-3 to partially overturn a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which had blocked a Department of Defense vaccine mandate for military personnel. → Read More