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Supreme Court limits ability to designate endangered species habitat

The Supreme Court made it harder Tuesday for the government to designate critical habitat for endangered species, in a ruling that logging giant Weyerhaeuser and business and property rights groups said corrects bureaucratic overreach.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Kavanaugh's confirmation was secured back when Dems couldn't be bothered

The time to stop Kavanaugh was never 2018. It was 2016. It was 2014. It was 2012. Those elections created the GOP Senate majority. Persistence trumps resistance, and just showing up is half the battle.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

High Court nominee Kavanaugh will likely doom independent redistricting in Az

Justice Anthony Kennedy was the lone swing vote who saved democracy from the partisan lust of the Arizona Legislature. Trump's nominee Kavanaugh fits nicely in the Originalist Bloc that will swing the power to control elections back to Phoenix. ... Read more»1

Supreme Court voids law allowing deportation in ‘crimes of violence’

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a federal law allowing deportation of immigrants who commit “crimes of violence” was unconstitutionally vague, a decision hailed by Arizona immigration lawyers as a “promising step forward.”... Read more»

Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

It’s a fact: Supreme Court errors aren't hard to find

A review adds fuel to a longstanding worry about the nation’s highest court: The justices can botch the truth, sometimes in cases of great import.... Read more»

Conservative justices skeptical in cross-border shooting case

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.... Read more»

'Towering legal figure' - Supreme Court's Scalia found dead in Texas

Antonin Scalia, an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was found dead of "apparent natural causes" at a resort in West Texas on Saturday. President Obama, who said he'll nominate a successor, said Scalia was among the "most consequential judges and thinkers to serve" on the court.... Read more»

High Court puts Texas abortion law on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with Texas abortion providers and temporarily put on hold a ruling that would have closed about half of the state’s abortion facilities.... Read more»

Az advocates vow continuing fight as Supreme Court OKs gay marriage

As the Supreme Court ruled states cannot deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, activists in Arizona were sharply split. "Big picture, this isn’t the final word on marriage," said a spokesman for the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy, while a member of the College Democrats said "the fight for equality doesn’t end here at all, this isn’t the moment we get complacent."... Read more»1

Supreme Court justices earn quarter million on the side

Nearly all Supreme Court justices reported earning thousands for teaching and book royalties beyond their federal salaries.... Read more»

McCutcheon ruling leaves room for legislative action

Court suggests regulatory moves in campaign finance decision that could mitigate potential corruption, but gridlock makes intervention unlikely. ... Read more»

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an opinion that is likely to further increase the flow of big money into politics. In a 5-4 decision, the high court’s conservative-leaning justices struck down aggregate contribution limits to candidates and parties but kept base limits intact.... Read more»

Prop. 8 ruling paves way for same-sex marriage in California

The Supreme Court decided Wednesday that supporters of California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, lacked standing to appeal a lower court's decision. By default, the decision allows Californian same-sex couples to get married again. However, it does not make a decision on gay marriage as a whole.... Read more»

Supreme Court ruling frees Az from advance federal OK of voting laws

Arizona will no longer have to get prior federal government approval for state voting changes, after the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key component of the Voting Rights Act. A sharply divided court said the part of the law that required nine states, including Arizona, to get advance permission for voting changes had outlived its need and that it unconstitutionally singled out some states for harsher treatment than others.... Read more»1

Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, ruling it unconstitutional. The ruling does not legalize gay marriage in America. What it does do is afford same-sex couples who are legally married the same treatment as married heterosexual couples.... Read more»1

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