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Republicans don’t actually care about corruption. They only care about taking partisan shots. Read more»

Chief Justice John Roberts has previously said it is not necessary for the Supreme Court to adopt a formal code of ethical standards, pointing to a 2011 year-end review in which the high court concluded that, while lower courts used such a framework, the Supreme Court could not be held to the same standard.

A group of congressional Democrats asked a billionaire real estate developer Monday to get specific about big-ticket gifts he has given Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, as lawmakers investigate the jurist’s ethical conduct. Read more»

Virginia 'Ginni' Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2017.

Ethical concerns about Justice Clarence Thomas remained center stage as new reporting revealed that Leonard Leo, a conservative judicial activist and longtime top member of the conservative Federalist Society, paid Clarence's wife Ginni tens of thousands of dollars. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the swearing-in of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Billionaire real estate magnate Harlan Crow paid the tuition at a private boarding school for the teenage grandnephew of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas - payments Thomas did not report on his annual financial disclosures. Read more»

A panel of witnesses called before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing about Supreme Court ethics on May 2, 2023.

Partisan tensions flared during a Senate hearing as Democrats pushed for ethics reform at the U.S. Supreme Court, while Republicans contend that the latest ballyhoo about ethics is rooted in opposition to the court's recent conservative rulings. Read more»

Thomas claims he aimed to follow disclosure guidelines throughout his tenure. He said he had consulted his fellow justices concerning his connections to Crow and was told he did not have to report the luxury trips.

Chief Justice John Roberts declined to testify before Congress over ethical concerns relating to Supreme Court justices in the wake of reporting on potential violations of disclosure requirements by Justice Clarence Thomas. Read more»

Medication abortion stands as one of the last options for people seeking reproductive health care in areas where new restrictions have followed the Supreme Court’s decision to end the federal right to abortions.

The Supreme Court on Friday stopped new restrictions on mifepristone from going into effect and limiting access to the procedure nationwide, a pause on lower court rulings restricting the use of the popular abortion pill that will stay in place while the appeal proceeds. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the swearing-in of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

Justice Clarence Thomas spent the last decade ignoring his duty to disclose that he made a six-figure property sale to Republican megadonor Harlan Crow, according to new reporting Thursday that compounds calls for the conservative justice to face an ethics inquiry. Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the swearing-in of Sonny Perdue as the 31st Secretary of Agriculture on April 25, 2017.

For more than two decades, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas accepted lavish vacations, virtually every year - including on a private jet and a superyacht - without disclosing them, a failure that appears to violate a disclosure law passed after Watergate. Read more»

Jessica Shutiva via Navajo Nation Pride A vehicle in the 2022 Navajo Nation Pride parade.

Same-sex and interracial couples had many of their marriage rights codified Tuesday when President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan marriage equality bill during a ceremony attended by thousands outside the White House. Read more»

More than 30 states have constitutional amendments, state laws, or both that ban same-sex marriages.

The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the Supreme Court were to overturn those decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion. Read more»

The government is conducting a criminal investigation into Trump's handling of sensitive documents after the end of his single term.

Former President Trump asked the Supreme Court to allow review by an independent party of classified documents seized from his Florida home - an appeal that contests a unanimous ruling that kept classified documents out of reach from a special master appointed in the case. Read more»

The U.S. Senate won’t vote on legislation to secure marriage equality for millions of Americans until after the midterm elections after a drive to get at least 10 GOP senators to support the bill appears to have fallen short. Read more»

A review of documents and current efforts in some states to change laws indicates there is significant evidence that birth control — or at least some forms of it — may be at risk legally.

While no state has so far banned forms of contraception, the threat appears very real, and talking points by Republicans who oppose abortion — saying there’s “no way, shape, or form” that access to contraception is at risk — is not accurate. Read more»

The bill would allow the attorney general, an individual or a health care provider to file a civil lawsuit against any government or person who violates the law.

The U.S. House voted mostly along party lines Thursday to send the Senate legislation that would guarantee people the right to use contraception without government interference - with all four GOP members of Arizona’s delegation voting against the bill. Read more»

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