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Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, meets with Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Associated Press

October 26, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's choice t...

Trump taps Chicago-based Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Nika Schoonover, Politics Editor

September 28, 2020

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he is nominating Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.  Barrett, 48, graduated with honors from Rhodes College, a Presbyterian-affiliated school in Tennessee. She continued on to Notre Dame Law School in Indi...

Trump seeks Supreme Court approval to speed deportations

In this Oct. 10, 2017, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington, at sunset. The Supreme Court is hearing arguments March 2, 2020, to decide whether Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam can be deported without getting to make his asylum case to a federal judge.

Associated Press

March 1, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man slipped into the U.S from Tijuana, Mexico, and made it just 25 yards from the border before he was arrested. A seven-month journey from Sri Lanka was over for Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam. Now he would be able to tell an American official why he had fled the place he had ...

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the case of President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington.

Mark Sherman, Associated Press

November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation. That outcome would "destroy lives,"...

Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants

Michelle Lainez, 17, originally from El Salvador but now living in Gaithersburg, Md., speaks during a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The Supreme Court on Tuesday takes up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield nearly 700,000 immigrants from deportation, in a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign.

Associated Press

November 10, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration's plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation. It's a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign. All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when...

Abortion, immigrants, LGBT rights top Supreme Court’s new term

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. Abortion rights, and protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts’ attempts to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics.

Mark Sherman, Associated Press

October 5, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion rights as well as protections for young immigrants and LGBT people top an election-year agenda for the Supreme Court. Its conservative majority will have ample opportunity to flex its muscle, testing Chief Justice John Roberts' attempts to keep the court clear of Washington...

GOP stands by Kavanaugh, rips NY Times

In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington.

Associated Press

September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate committee that hosted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings is ripping The New York Times for publishing "unsubstantiated" allegations. Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday said the paper's publication of a new, uninvestigated...

You be the judge: You don’t know who they are, you don’t know what they do, but you hire them

Benjamin Conboy, Editor-in-Chief

November 5, 2018

The focus in midterm elections is often on national trends, and congressional and state races. But way down the ballot are elect- ed officials who have a surprising amount of power, but who few voters actually vote for. If you are pulling a ballot in Lincoln Park, for example, there are 59 judges...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg shares life experiences with Chicago

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg listens as she participates in a conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at Roosevelt University Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Carina Smith

September 18, 2017

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University to speak at the college’s Second Annual American Dream Reconsidered Conference Monday, Sept. 11. Ginsburg was asked to kick off the conference by talking about her life and the different social justi...

The fifth anniversary of Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision

The Constitutional limits of campaign finance laws involving contributions to candidates and political parties were defined by the 2010 Citizens United decision. (Olivier Douliery | Tribune News Service)

Nicholas Oviatt

January 25, 2015

This month marks five years since the Supreme Court’s controversial decision regarding Citizens United. The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. Read More »...

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