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Supreme Court

Surpreme Court freezes President Obama’s global warming plan

The Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked a key part of President Barack Obama's ambitious proposal to limit carbon emissions and reduce global warming while the plan is challenged.The court granted a stay request from more than two dozen states, plus utilities and coal...

Date: 02/10/2016 | Nation & World

High court puts Obama climate change plan on hold

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

Date: 02/09/2016 | Nation & World

High court to rule on Obama use of executive authority

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has often dealt big blows to presidents in their second term.Harry Truman was rebuked for claiming the power to seize strike-bound steel mills during the Korean War. Richard Nixon resigned shortly after the court ruled unanimously he must...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Nation & World

Ruling out senility on the Supreme Court

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half-dozen mentally decrepit justices would join "the roster of jurists who...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary

Kip Kinkel’s attorney to use Supreme Court ruling in appeal

PORTLAND, Ore. — An attorney for Thurston High School shooter Kipland P. Kinkel will augment an appeal of his nearly 112-year prison sentence by using a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on juvenile life in prison sentences.The Supreme Court Monday extended its ban on...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Supreme Court sets election-year clash on Obama immigration order

By Mark ShermanAssociated PressWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to an election-year review of President Barack Obama’s executive order to allow up to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to “come out of the shadows” and work legally in the United States.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Nation & World

Court set to dimish role of unions as a counterbalance in politics

Just in time for the 2016 election, the Roberts Court has found yet another way to stack the deck in favor of the rich.By all appearances at Monday's argument, the five Republican-appointed justices are ready to upend a 40-year precedent guiding labor relations in favor of a...

Date: 01/13/2016 | Opinion Columnists

High court considers challenge to drunken-driving tests

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether states can criminalize a driver’s refusal to take an alcohol test even if police have not obtained a search warrant.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

Scalia draws rebukes for comments about black students

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, famous for his blustery rhetoric from the bench and beyond, finds himself in controversy again after suggesting that some black students might belong at “slower-track” universities.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

Supreme Court case draws Tulalip’s attention

TULALIP — Officials at the Tulalip Tribes will have their eyes on Washington, D.C., Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a case that has significant ramifications for sovereignty for every Native American tribe in the United States.

Date: 12/04/2015 | Local News

How to follow the money

Viewpoints: Democrat, Republican offer campaign finance fix

Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary

Supreme Court to review abortion-restriction laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman's constitutional rights.It will be one of the court's most...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Panhandling laws face challenge after church signs ruling

DENVER — Cities trying to limit panhandling in downtowns and tourist areas are facing a new legal hurdle because of a recent Supreme Court ruling that seemingly has nothing to do with asking for money.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Abortion, race, birth control top high court agenda

WASHINGTON — Abortion, birth control and race are among the most divisive issues the Supreme Court will confront over the next nine months, amid a presidential election campaign in which some candidates are talking pointedly about the justices and the prospect of replacing some of...

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World

No option to reject one’s duty

"I would prefer not to."Kim Davis, echoing Herman Melville's, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," is the

Date: 09/03/2015 | Editorials

Virginia may recall Confederate license plates

DANVILLE, Va. — A federal judge ruled Friday that Virginia can stop issuing specialty license plates that show the Confederate flag, following a recent Supreme Court decision that said such a ban does not violate the First Amendment.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Planned Parenthood videos show what abortion does to our values

"Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you." — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013Planned Parenthood's reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body...

Date: 07/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Will polygamy be next in marriage debate?

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month in favor of same-sex marriage has renewed debate over polygamy and whether marriage should be restricted to relationships between two people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

Justices' dissents wrong on marriage, Constitution

Whatever else they may be, in their marriage-equality dissents the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court are neither impartial nor innocent callers of balls and strikes, as Chief Justice Roberts famously feigned at his confirmation hearing. It doesn't take much understanding of the...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

With marriage and liberty for all

Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Supreme Court’s EPA ruling can’t stop coal’s long slide

It took 41 years from the time it was enacted by Congress for the Clean Air Act to limit the amount of mercury and other poisonous substances that coal-fired power plants are allowed spew into the air. A ruling Monday from the Supreme Court, which struck those limits on something very...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary

Upholding the law a duty, not an option

Last Friday's Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges raised some new legal questions, but it answered one resoundingly: States must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Strange, then, that some are still trying to keep courthouse doors closed to gay and lesbian couples:...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Commentary

81 things that Mike Huckabee has denounced

Former Arkansas governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has denounced the following:1. Dancing, in general. "Christian teens stay away." (1973)2. Twerking, by Miley Cyrus. "Shameless and tasteless display of...quite ordinary private...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Nation & World

Emotions mixed after gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — This city changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Liias says Supreme Court decision makes promise of America real

After the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Democratic 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias said that the decision enhances the promise of America for gay and lesbian families.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics

High court upholds effort to curb partisan redistricting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an independent commission and rejected a constitutional challenge from Republican lawmakers.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Justices rule against Obama bid to limit power plant emissions

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday ruled against federal regulators’ attempt to limit power plant emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal injection executions Monday, as two dissenting justices said for the first time that they think it’s “highly likely” that the death penalty itself is unconstitutional.

Date: 06/29/2015 | Nation & World

Celebrate right for all to wed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended, in one sense, same-sex marriage.Now, in every state in the union, we can use just one word: marriage, without need of any qualifier.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Editorials

Wasn’t court’s place to correct Obamacare

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Barack Obama's bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King v. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written...

Date: 06/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

WASHINGTON — Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide Friday as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement, setting off a jubilant cascade of long-delayed weddings in states where they had been forbidden.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Nation & World

Washingtonians react

The same-sex marriage ruling resonates here

Date: 06/26/2015 | Local News

Reaction near and far to the Supreme Court marriage decision

Here are excerpts from the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Friday that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states, and reaction ny national and state leaders.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Nation & World

Seattle mayor, Gov. Jay Inslee hail gay marriage ruling

SEATTLE — When he was a young gay man, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the idea that he could someday get married seemed a far-fetched notion.

Date: 06/26/2015 | Northwest

The marriage decision: related developments

WASHINGTON — Developments related to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage:Around the nation

Date: 06/26/2015 | Nation & World

Supreme Court upholds Texas’ refusal to issue Confederate license plate

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Texas’ refusal to issue a license plate bearing the Confederate battle flag, rejecting a free-speech challenge.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Nation & World

Majority wants Congress to ensure Obamacare subsidies, poll finds

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans want Congress to ensure that residents in every state can receive insurance subsidies through the Affordable Care Act, according to a new national poll conducted as the Supreme Court prepares to decide a legal challenge that could strip away the subsidies...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Nation & World

Congress won’t be there for Obamacare

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare —...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A right denied in 1 state is injustice

All loving couples deserve equal rights under the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has an important opportunity to help make that a reality.Two years ago, the Supreme Court took a step toward marriage equality when it declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

GOP ought to hope four words don’t kill Obamacare

How many politicians, aides, lobbyists, lawyers, insurance moguls, professional groups and interns — both the political and medical kind — agonized over the details in the Affordable Care Act? The number is big.But despite thousands of hands in the kitchen, the...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Ben Carson: U.S. should rethink Supreme Court review of laws

WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says the United States should rethink the notion that a president must enforce laws the Supreme Court declares constitutional.

Date: 05/10/2015 | Nation & World

Judging by anti-gay venom, the battle’s won

By Dana MilbankThe biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion

Court to consider lawsuits over personal data

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will decide whether websites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don’t cause any actual harm.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Tuesday’s the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America’s gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World

Six in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — A record-high 6 in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage and a similar share say individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.The national debate on same-sex...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World

Speculation’s all that’s left for same-sex marriage foes

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP drops battle to end Obamacare

WASHINGTON — After five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over.Republican congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Barack Obama remains in office and unwilling to...

Date: 04/18/2015 | Nation & World

Q&A: When can police use lethal force?

WASHINGTON — The law gives police officers latitude to use deadly force when they feel physically endangered, but there’s far less legal flexibility when it comes to opening fire at fleeing individuals. Here’s a look at legal issues raised by Saturday’s police shooting in South Carolina in which...

Date: 04/09/2015 | Nation & World

Huckabee calls for Supreme Court term limits

Prospective presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called Saturday for the imposition of term limits on U.S. Supreme Court justices, saying that the nation’s founders never intended to create lifetime, irrevocable posts.

Date: 03/29/2015 | Nation & World

Washington, Colorado defend pot law

The top law enforcement officials in Washington and Colorado are urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a lawsuit from states that seek to strike down Colorado laws that legalize recreational marijuana use.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Nation & World

Supreme Court to hear battle over Confederate licenses plates

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices often feel that their colleagues have stumbled to the right outcome in a case, even though they took the wrong path to get there. When that happens, a justice will write a concurring opinion, pointing out what he or she thinks is the correct legal...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

Survey finds low confidence in government

WASHINGTON — Americans’ confidence in all three branches of government is at or near record lows, according to a major survey that has measured attitudes on the subject for 40 years.

Date: 03/12/2015 | Nation & World

GOP better pray court rules for Obamacare

Obamacare supporters are praying that the Supreme Court won't chop down a main pillar of the Affordable Care Act — but not so fervently, one suspects, as the politicians who've been demanding the law's demise. That's because come the next election, Republicans will have to face...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Latest challenge to Obamacare withers in court

The Supreme Court, it would seem, did not want you to see what it was up to on Wednesday.The robed nine were hearing oral arguments in King v. Burwell, a legal effort by conservatives to dismantle Obamacare and probably the most politically charged case to appear before the...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Nation & World

High court takes up major fight over Obamacare subsidies

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court convened Wednesday to hear arguments in a major test of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that threatens insurance coverage for millions of people.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Nation & World

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