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U.S. Supreme Court to take on gay and transgender rights in the workplace

Oct 08, 2019 - 3:34 PM

Ria Tabacco Mar of the American Civil Liberties Union says it is up to the Supreme Court to stop the LGBTQ community from being 'relegated to second class status'

LGBTQ RIGHTS. Eddie Reynoso of San Diego, California, attaches an American flag his chair while waiting in line outside the U.S. Supreme Court building for the chance to attend Tuesday's arguments during the court's new term October 07, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

U.N. 'regrets' impact U.S. court ruling will have on asylum seekers

Sep 13, 2019 - 11:06 PM

UN refugee agency spokesman Andrej Mahecic stresses that 'any person fleeing violence or persecution must be able to access full and effective asylum procedures and international protection'

In victory for Trump, top U.S. court permits asylum restrictions

Sep 12, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The US Supreme Court's decision – temporarily in effect while lower court proceedings play out – is a victory for Trump's restrictive immigration policies

SEPARATED. Asylum seeker children from Mexico and Central America play at Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana on June 20, 2018. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Trump calls for U.S. census delay after Supreme Court defeat

Jun 28, 2019 - 8:09 AM

Held only once every 10 years, the US census is instrumental in apportioning some $675 billion in federal funding to states and cities

US CENSUS.  In this file photo taken on April 23, 2019, demonstrators rally at the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, to protest a proposal to add a citizenship question in the 2020 Census. Photo Mandel Ngan/AFP

US top court delays litmus test on abortion

Feb 02, 2019 - 11:30 AM

A clinic and two doctors offering abortions appeal to the Supreme Court to block a law that restricts access to abortion

PRO-CHOICE. The US Supreme Court delays an abortion rights test case in February 2019. File photo shows abortion rights activists outside of the US Supreme Court on June 27, 2016 in Washington, DC.  Photo by Mandel Ngan / AFP

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg out of hospital

Dec 26, 2018 - 11:36 PM

The 85-year-old judge underwent a pulmonary lobectomy at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

U.S. Supreme Court rejects state efforts to block abortion funding

Dec 11, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The US Supreme Court leaves in place lower court decisions that found that states violate federal law when they terminate Medicaid contracts for Planned Parenthood

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump hits back at U.S. Supreme Court chief justice after rare rebuke

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, who rarely makes political statements, rebukes criticism of the courts by President Donald Trump, insisting that the judiciary is 'independent'

REBUKE. In this file photo taken on January 20, 2017, US President Donald Trump takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/AFP

Trump says America owes Kavanaugh apology after Supreme Court battle

Oct 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

"On behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure," Trump says at the White House swearing-in ceremony

US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB

Kavanaugh sworn into Supreme Court after divisive fight

Oct 07, 2018 - 9:51 AM

Across the United States, protestors rally against the nominee who has been plagued by allegations of sexual misconduct. The confirmation ushers in Republican control of the top court, a major win for Trump

OPPOSED. Demonstrators take the steps of the US Supreme Court to protest against the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC, on October 6, 2018. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

U.S. Senate poised to confirm Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Oct 06, 2018 - 6:10 PM

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, Trump will have succeeded in having his two picks seated on the court – a major coup for the Republican leader less than halfway through his term

PROTEST. Activists protest against the nomination of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the U.S. Supreme Court October 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate braces for key vote on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Oct 05, 2018 - 11:16 PM

Three key Republican lawmakers still officially undecided on Brett Kavanaugh, who has faced accusations of sexual misconduct

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  US President Donald Trump challenged the accuser of Kavanaugh for the first time on September 21, 2018, demanding she provide evidence that he sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!" / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / WIN MCNAMEE

Supreme Court nominee in unusual plea as U.S. Senate nears vote

Oct 05, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Furor over Kavanaugh's nomination has overshadowed next month's midterm elections in which control of Congress by Donald Trump's Republican Party could be at stake

VOTE. US Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before testifying at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 27, 2018. File photo by Tom Williams/AFP

Former classmate says Trump court nominee lied about his drinking

Oct 02, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Chad Ludington, a North Carolina State University professor, says Brett Kavanaugh was 'belligerent and aggressive' when he drank

DEFENSE. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. File photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Senate panel backs Trump's Supreme Court pick Kavanaugh

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:20 AM

The panel splits along strict party lines with the 11 Republican members backing Kavanaugh and all 10 Democrats voting against the president's controversial nominee.

PROTEST. Activists demonstrate against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in front of the court in Washington, DC, on September 28, 2018. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Trump backs embattled court nominee after fiery hearing

Sep 28, 2018 - 12:11 PM

'I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation by Dr Ford,' says Brett Kavanaugh in his opening statement

TRUMP PICK. Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 27, 2018. Photo by Andrew Harnik/AFP

Kavanaugh accuser says she feared Supreme Court pick would rape her

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:59 PM

'I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school,' Christine Blasey Ford says

CHRISTINE FORD. Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Trump defends Supreme Court pick but says he could change mind

Sep 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Donald Trump says he is skeptical because he personally had been the target of 'false statements' in the past made by various women

BRETT KAVANAUGH. In this file photo taken on September 19, 2018, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Kavanaugh intensifies counter-offensive against sex accusations

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:04 PM

Brett Kavanaugh steps up his defense, saying 'I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not ever. I've always treated women with dignity and respect'

TRUMP CHOICE. File photo shows Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump's Supreme Court pick faces new sexual misconduct claim

Sep 24, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Brett Kavanaugh, the embattled US Supreme Court nominee of President Donald Trump, faces a second accusation of sexual misconduct

NEW ALLEGATIONS. In this file photo Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during his US Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to be an Associate Justice on the US Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Battle lines drawn for U.S. Senate showdown on Trump court nominee

Sep 24, 2018 - 7:54 AM

A university professor agrees to give her testimony publicly in the US Senate, accusing Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault

SUPPORT. In this file photo taken, an activist wears a button in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault at a high school party about 35 years ago, during a protest September 20, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:14 AM

Sexual assault survivors – women and men alike – tweet their messages of solidarity for Christine Blasey Ford using the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Supreme Court nominee accuser gets more time to decide on hearing

Sep 22, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers calls as 'arbitrary' the first deadline set by the US Senate Judiciary Committee for her to testify against nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a sexual assault allegation

SC NOMINEE. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify in U.S. Senate – reports

Sep 21, 2018 - 8:22 AM

Christine Blasey Ford's lawyers have told the Senate judiciary committee she cannot appear at its hearing scheduled for Monday, September 24, calling the date Republicans set 'arbitrary'

KAVANAUGH. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as the US President announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump Supreme Court pick accuser demands FBI probe before testifying

Sep 19, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The college professor accusing Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's US Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault wants an FBI investigation

ALL-GIRLS. The entrance to the Holton Arms School is shown on September 18, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Christine Blasey Ford, who attended the all-girls prep school, has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who attended the all-boys Georgetown Preparatory School, of assaulting her when the two were students. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Professor speaks out about 'sexual assault' by Trump Supreme Court pick

Sep 17, 2018 - 9:57 AM

A professor at Palo Alto University decides to waive her anonymity because she felt her 'civic responsibility" was "outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation'

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to succeed retiring Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Chaotic opening day hearing for Trump's Supreme Court pick

Sep 05, 2018 - 1:36 PM

'If confirmed to the Supreme Court, I will keep an open mind in every case. I will do equal right to the poor and to the rich,' says Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Battle begins over Trump's Supreme Court pick

Jul 11, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Opposition figures waste no time in assailing Brett Kavanaugh, warning his confirmation would usher in the erosion of civil liberties and long-held rights, while conservatives are quick to drum up support for the nominee

NOMINEE. Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves the room following a meeting and press availability with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA) at the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump names Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, Senate battle looms

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) Trump's decision stands to be among the most consequential of his presidency, as he seeks to shape the high court to his conservative leanings for decades to come

TRUMP PICK. US Judge Brett Kavanaugh looks on as US President Donald Trump announces him as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump gets historic chance to shift Supreme Court to right

Jun 28, 2018 - 10:12 AM

Justice Anthony Kennedy's departure at the end of July will give US President Donald Trump the opportunity to appoint his second justice to the 9-seat bench, which exerts a deep and far-reaching influence on American life.

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump claims victory on travel ban, but border crackdown on hold

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:18 AM

The US Supreme Court ruling validates the 3rd and most recent version of the ban, which applies to travelers from 5 mainly Muslim nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen – and from North Korea, about 150 million people in total

SUPREME COURT. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court rules for baker in gay wedding cake case

Jun 05, 2018 - 12:02 AM

The US high court rules that while the Colorado Civil Rights Commission determined that Masterpiece Cakeshop must serve clients regardless of sexual orientation, the panel showed 'clear and impermissible hostility toward the sincere religious beliefs' of the baker

BAKER WINS. This undated handout photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom shows baker Jack Phillips at Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. Photo by Bruce Ellefson / AFP

Transgender teen wins battle in U.S. 'toilet wars'

May 23, 2018 - 11:58 PM

Gavin Grimm, who identifies as a man but was born as a woman, is at the heart of a pitched battle for transgender rights in the US

TRANSGENDER BATHROOM. File photo shows a gender neutral sign posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino immigrant fighting deportation wins U.S. Supreme Court case

Apr 18, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch joins in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence – which is being used to deport Philippines-born James Garcia Dimaya – is too vague

SURPRISE VOTE. In this file photo taken on April 10, 2017 Neil Gorsuch speaks after he was sworn-in as an associate justice of the US Supreme Court in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. top court rules immigrants can be held indefinitely

Feb 28, 2018 - 9:22 PM

It reverses a ruling by the San Francisco 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which had set a 6-month limit for detention without a bond hearing as long as the person did not pose a flight risk or a danger to national security

IMMIGRATION. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  File photo Karen Bleier/AFP

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U.S. Supreme Court snubs Trump over 'Dreamer' immigrants

Feb 27, 2018 - 6:35 AM

The Obama-era DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – program will stay in place, even if recipients are still in legal limbo

FOR DACA. In this file photo, young immigrants and supporters walk holding signs during a rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in Los Angeles, California on September 1, 2017. Frederic J Brown/AFP

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Trump travel ban to take effect pending court appeal

Dec 05, 2017 - 6:52 AM

(UPDATED) The US Supreme Court says that the government could fully enforce a revised ban on travelers from 6 mainly Muslim countries pending appeal

ARRIVALS. In this file photo, people look over the arrivals board at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R Smith/AFP

Trump policies at stake in U.S. Supreme Court session

Oct 01, 2017 - 9:47 AM

From Trump's perspective, the most significant case would result in a validation of his decrees limiting immigration, which have faced repeated setbacks in lower courts

SUPREME COURT. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court keeps tight refugee ban in place

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:14 AM

Justices accept the administration s emergency petition to stay a ruling by the San Francisco Appeals Cour that would have allowed thousands of refugees already in the pipeline to come to the United States despite the ban

Travelers arrive at the international terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, March 6, 2017 in New York City. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Supreme Court: Grandparents, grandkids exempted from Trump travel ban

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The court accepted a Hawaii federal judge s ruling last week that the Trump administration had too narrowly defined what constitutes close family relationships in its travel ban exemptions

JFK ARRIVALS. People walk through international arrivals at terminal four at John F. Kennedy (JFK) airport, June 26, 2017 in New York City. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Donald Trump appeals weakened travel ban ruling

Jul 15, 2017 - 2:59 PM

It is unclear how quickly the Supreme Court might respond and when or if the expanded terms set by the Hawaii judge might take effect

TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

American Muslims decry Trump travel ban

Jul 01, 2017 - 9:09 AM

His statements and his rhetoric have caused a great amount of harm to the American Muslim community says Azhar Azeez president of the Islamic Society of North America

Faryal Khatri, spokeswoman for the Islamic Society of North America, introduces organizers of the ISNA annual convention, during a press conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 30, 2017. Photo by Nova Safo/AFP

U.S. high court reinstates part of Trump travel ban

Jun 26, 2017 - 11:39 PM

UPDATED The decision is a win for Donald Trump who insists the ban is necessary for national security despite criticism that it singles out Muslims in violation of the US constitution

THE TRAVEL BAN. A view of the US Supreme Court during their last public session before the summer break June 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

U.S. Supreme Court looks to travel ban ruling and a possible retirement

Jun 26, 2017 - 7:17 AM

The White House declines to comment on speculation that a pivotal US Supreme Court justice might announce his retirement

HIGH COURT. This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Neil Gorsuch sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

Apr 11, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Neil Gorsuch s swearing in retilts the bench to the right as he filled the seat left vacant by last year s death of conservative icon Antonin Scalia

NEWEST JUSTICE. US Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., administers the Constitutional Oath to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch in the Justices’ Conference Room, Supreme Court Building. Mrs. Louise Gorsuch holds the Bible. Credit: Franz Jantzen, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States