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An 1873 Law May Be New Front in Abortion Fight
An 1873 Law May Be New
Front in Abortion Fight
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An 1873 Law May Be New Front in Abortion Fight

Comstock Act, banning the mailing of 'obscene' materials, hasn't been applied in nearly a century

(Newser) - A century and a half ago, before women had the right to vote, a federal law was enacted banning the mailing of "obscene, lewd, [or] lascivious" materials, including abortion drugs. Though never fully repealed, the 1873 Comstock Act hasn't been applied in nearly a century and some experts...

Judges Decide Election Can't Wait for Supreme Court

South Carolina will use congressional map already found to be unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal court on Thursday ruled that this year's congressional elections in South Carolina will be held under a map that it had already deemed unconstitutional and discriminatory against Black voters, with time running out ahead of voting deadlines and a lack of a decision on the case by...

Abortion-Rights Backers May Get a Win at Supreme Court

Most justices sound skeptical about challenge to abortion pill mifepristone

(Newser) - It looks like those who support abortion access will be getting good news from the Supreme Court. The justices heard arguments Tuesday in a case that could drastically curb use of the commonly used abortion pill mifepristone, and news coverage is pretty much unanimous in asserting that most justices—both...

Issue of Abortion Is Again Before the Supreme Court

Justices will hear arguments on whether to restrict access to abortion pill

(Newser) - Abortion is once again before the Supreme Court, this time in a closely watched case about a commonly used abortion pill, mifepristone. The justices will hear arguments Tuesday morning on whether it should be more difficult for women to get the drug, which was used in two-thirds of US abortions...

Stephen Breyer: Supreme Court Is Headed Down Wrong Path

Retired justice offers his take on Dobbs decision, originalism, and the court's current makeup

(Newser) - Stephen Breyer has a book coming out Tuesday, and between that and a new interview with the New York Times , the retired Supreme Court justice has a lot to say, about everything from abortion and the concept of originalism to the high court bench's current makeup.
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SCOTUS Hears Arguments in NRA Free-Speech Lawsuit

Group is suing former NY state official who allegedly tried to have it blacklisted

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices appeared receptive Monday to National Rifle Association claims that a former New York state official violated its free-speech rights by pressuring banks and insurance companies to blacklist the group after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA is suing former New York State Department of...

SCOTUS Extends Block on Texas Plan to Arrest Migrants

State law has been put on hold indefinitely

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday indefinitely extended its block on a Texas law that would give police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the US while the legal battle it sparked over immigration authority plays out. The one-page order signed by Justice Samuel Alito did not set...

Navarro Is Due in Prison After Supreme Court Passes

Former Trump aide had asked justices to let him stay free while he appealed contempt charge

(Newser) - Given the opportunity to keep Peter Navarro out of prison, at least for now, the Supreme Court on Monday declined. That means the former aide in the Trump White House remains scheduled to show up at a federal prison in Miami at 2pm Tuesday, Politico reports. Navarro's emergency motion...

Supreme Court Seems to Back Government Lobbying on Posts

Louisiana, Missouri call administration's efforts a First Amendment issue

(Newser) - While looking for when the lobbying would become coercion, the Supreme Court sounded unreceptive to arguments Monday that the government should not be able to try to persuade news or social media companies to not publish certain information. The case began with the Biden administration's efforts last year to...

SCOTUS: Yes, 'Cowboy Pastor' Can Be Banned From Office

Justices reject appeal of Couy Griffin over losing county commissioner seat over Jan. 6 insurrection

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a former New Mexico county commissioner who was kicked out of office over his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol. Former Otero County commissioner Couy Griffin, a cowboy pastor who rode to national fame by embracing...

Op-Ed: Sonia Sotomayor Should Retire Quickly
Op-Ed: Sonia Sotomayor
Should Retire Quickly
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Op-Ed: Sonia Sotomayor Should Retire Quickly

Josh Barro makes the case for Democrats in the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Early last year, Politico reported that private rumblings had begun among Democrats who want Sonia Sotomayor to retire from the Supreme Court before the fall election. Now in the Atlantic , Josh Barro argues that the rumblings should grow much louder—and public. Sotomayor will turn 70 in June, and if...

Supreme Court Rejects Bid to Allow Drag Show

West Texas A&M's president had called performances 'demoralizing misogyny'

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an emergency appeal from a student group that has been blocked from staging a drag show at a public university in Texas. The justices did not comment Friday in refusing to issue an order that would have allowed Spectrum WT—a group for LGBTQ+...

Barrett, 3 Liberals Disagreed With Part of Trump Ruling

She noted that SCOTUS hadn't been asked to address role of legislation in enforcing insurrection clause

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that Colorado can't kick Donald Trump off the ballot—but the court split 5-4 on one part of the ruling, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett siding with the court's three liberal justices. The court did not address whether Trump had violated the...

Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win to Trump on Ballot

Justices say he should not be disqualified because of efforts to overturn election results

(Newser) - Donald Trump scored a massive victory in the 2024 election on Monday—and it came from the Supreme Court, not the voting booth. The court ruled unanimously that the former president should not be disqualified from appearing on the ballot in Colorado because of his efforts to overturn the 2020...

This Could Be a Big Day for the 2024 Ballot

Supreme Court may issue its decision whether Trump should be disqualified

(Newser) - Donald Trump could learn Monday whether the Supreme Court will let him appear on this year's ballot. The justices are expected to announce their decision in at least one case Monday, with signs strongly pointing to resolution of the case from Colorado that threatens to kick Trump off some...

SCOTUS Agrees to Hear Trump Immunity Case

Court will hear arguments in late April

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to decide whether Donald Trump can be prosecuted on charges he interfered with the 2020 election and set a course for a quick resolution. The justices' order maintains a hold on preparations for a trial focused on Trump's efforts to overturn his election...

Justices Bring Orwell Into Social Media Case

Florida, Texas cases could have major effect on online debates

(Newser) - Supreme Court justices sounded hesitant Monday to dismiss First Amendment concerns about state laws that would restrict social media companies' ability to moderate users' posts. The court spent four hours hearing oral arguments about laws passed in Florida and Texas that are blocked for now, the New York Times reports....

GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling
GOP Has Itself Another
'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling
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GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling

Backlash against personhood ruling has begun; one hospital has already halted IVF treatments

(Newser) - On Monday, Alabama's Supreme Court ruled that embryos frozen via in vitro fertilization are to be considered children, in a case where IVF patients had sued after their embryos were accidentally destroyed at a fertility clinic. Critics are now warning of the "chilling effects" this ruling could have,...

SCOTUS Declines to Block School's Diversity Policy

Parents said 'race-neutral' process discriminated against Asian Americans

(Newser) - The Supreme Court, with its two most conservative justices dissenting, has decided to leave a controversial admissions policy at a Virginia magnet school in place. The court declined to review the policy at the prestigious Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, which moved to boost diversity in 2020...

John Oliver Offers to Pay Clarence Thomas $1M a Year

But only if the Supreme Court justice steps down; Oliver swears he has a legal contract

(Newser) - John Oliver's HBO show returned for a new season on Sunday, and the host closed with a doozy of an offer for Clarence Thomas: Oliver promised to pay him $1 million a year to resign from the Supreme Court, reports Deadline . Oliver pulled out a contract and promised the...

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