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Mitch McConnell infamously blocked former President Barack Obama from naming a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia after the conservative stalwart died nine months before the 2016 election. Four years later, upon the death of the liberal icon Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just over a month out from the 2020 election, McConnell sped through the confirmation of Barrett.

A commission set up by President Joe Biden to study how the U.S. Supreme Court can be improved voted unanimously Tuesday to submit the extensive research it has conducted, but the few recommendations contained in the report leave little indication on next steps. Read more»

Native Americans are keeping close watch as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to keep, or toss, the Affordable Care Act. The law included permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, and Native leaders worry it could be wiped out.

Native American leaders are keeping close watch on the Supreme Court battle over whether to repeal all or parts of the Affordable Care Act, a move many say could devastate health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read more»

President Donald Trump announcing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court in a Sept. 26 Rose Garden ceremony, where several of the hundreds of attendees are believed to have contracted COVID-19. Barrett, whose confirmation was rushed through the Senate, was sworn in Monday at a White House event that Trump said would be smaller than the nomination announcement.

Arizona senators split along party lines after rushed vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday. Read more»

Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally, left, was full of praise for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in a meeting Wednesday in the Capitol, calling Barrett a 'gift to America.' A Senate committee is scheduled to vote on Barrett's nomination Thursday and the full Senate could confirm her next week, just six weeks after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally left little doubt how she plans to vote on Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, calling Barrett “a gift to America” during a brief meeting Wednesday. Read more»

Martha McSally joined several other vulnerable Republican senators in voting with Democrats to bar the Department of Justice from supporting a lawsuit the Supreme Court will take up in November that aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read more»

File photo.

Almost every Senate Democrat, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, has come out against President Donald Trump’s plan to rush through a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying the nomination should wait until after the election. Read more»

Some mourners wore clothes honoring Ginsburg while others brought signs, flowers and memories of her impact on their lives.

Long lines formed outside the Supreme Court on Wednesday as admirers came to pay their final respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a liberal icon whom one mourner called a “lion of equality.” Read more»

Tributes and mementos piled up at the Supreme Court this weekend to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, known to admirers as “RGB.” Among hundred of opinions since 1993 were several directly affecting Arizona.

Any case before the Supreme Court has national impact, but a fraction of cases the court decided during Ginsburg’s tenure directly affected Arizona. Read more»

Mark Kelly opposes adding new seats to the U.S. Supreme Court, a proposal that some Democrats are floating if Senate Republicans confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Read more»

Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death leaves a hole in the Supreme Court and a whole lotta trouble for Martha McSally. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a detail from the painting 'The Four Justices,' by Nelson Shanks, which depicts the first four women who have served as justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has left the bench. Martha McSally's life just got harder. Mark Kelly's tail is wagging. You don't attempt to push through a Supreme Court justice days before an election, unless you think you're going to lose. Read more» 2

The motto 'Equal Justice Under Law' is carved into the pediment above the main west entrance to the Supreme Court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a Trump administration effort to exempt employers with religious or moral concerns from complying with a “birth control mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama-era law that requires employer-provided insurance plans to cover contraceptives. Read more» 1

The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear a challenge by environmentalists over rule waivers issued by the Trump administration to speed up the construction of the wall along the border with Mexico. Read more»

The Supreme Court on Monday held it does not violate the Fourth Amendment for a police officer to pull over a car because it is registered to a person with a revoked license, so long as the officer does not have reason to believe someone other than the owner is driving the car. Read more»

Jim McGuinn & the Cosmic Cowboys performing in Tucson at Sky Bar.

Jim McGuinn and the Cosmic Cowboys add a dose of alt-country swagger to the psychedelic country-rock canon; Jillian Bessett pays tribute to a Supreme; the Wanda Junes gear up for a new release and more. Plus, weekly listings in your TucsonSentinel.com local music roundup. Read more»

Attorney Cristobal Galindo at the Supreme Court with the parents of Sergio Hernandez, a Mexican 15-year-old who was on the Mexican side of the border when he was shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent standing in the U.S. The family is fighting for the right to sue the agent after a Border Patrol investigation claimed the shooting was justified.

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the family of a Mexican boy, shot and killed in 2010 by a Border Patrol agent in Texas, does not have the right to file suit in U.S. courts. The decision likely dooms a similar lawsuit filed in Arizona by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was shot and killed that same year in Nogales, Sonora. Read more»

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