Latest Supreme Court of the United States News

Maine officials join push to protect Voting Rights Act

Jan. 21, 2021 1:42 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's attorney general and secretary of state are joining efforts to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a section of the Voting Rights Act that protects racial minorities. Attorney General Aaron M. Frey and Secretary of State Shenna Bellows have joined several of their...

The Latest: Fireworks light up sky to celebrate inauguration

Jan. 20, 2021 10:18 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Joe Biden's presidential inauguration (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Fireworks lit up the sky behind the Washington Monument to mark the end of Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden. Biden and first lady Jill Biden watched the end of the day’s events from a balcony...

Kamala Harris is sworn in as vice president by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as her husband Doug Emhoff holds the Bible during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Vice President Harris: A new chapter opens in US politics

Jan. 20, 2021 10:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris broke the barrier that has kept men at the top ranks of American power for more than two centuries when she took the oath Wednesday to hold the nation's second-highest office. Hours after she was sworn in as the first female U.S. vice president — and...

President-elect Joe Biden tears up as he speaks at the Major Joseph R.

Biden's first act: Orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

Jan. 20, 2021 7:39 AM EST

In his first official acts as president, Joe Biden is signing executives orders on a broad range of issues, from the coronavirus pandemic to climate change and immigration, to fulfill campaign promises. Highlights of actions Biden is taking Wednesday: THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MASK REQUIREMENT: Biden is requiring...

President-elect Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden charts new US direction, promises many Trump reversals

Jan. 20, 2021 12:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stop. Stabilize. Then move — but in a vastly different direction. President-elect Joe Biden is pledging a new path for the nation after Donald Trump’s four years in office. That starts with confronting a pandemic that has killed 400,000 Americans and extends to sweeping...

Anti-scaling fencing has been placed in front of the Supreme Court, which stands across the street from the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alan Fram)

Supreme Court takes on early stage of global warming case

Jan. 19, 2021 2:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed cautious about siding with oil and gas companies in a case involving global warming. The case the court was hearing is not about whether the companies can be held responsible for harms resulting from global warming. Instead, it’s an important...

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2013, file photo Chief Justice John Roberts, right, reads the oath of office to President Barack Obama at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Roberts to swear in yet another president who opposed him

Jan. 19, 2021 12:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Someday, perhaps, John Roberts will swear in a new president who doesn’t wish someone else was chief justice of the United States. Wednesday won’t be that day. When Roberts leads President-elect Joe Biden in the oath of office, security will be unusually tight following the...

Abortion rights protestor Jay Lynn, left, argues with anti-abortion advocate Joseph Scheidler as he carries a sign along Michigan Ave. in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 23, 1996. Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 the organization announced. He was 93. (AP Photo/John Gaps III, file)

Prominent anti-abortion activist Joe Scheidler dies at 93

Jan. 18, 2021 6:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Scheidler, the founder of the Pro-Life Action League and prominent figure in the anti-abortion movement, died Monday, the organization announced. He was 93. Scheidler died of pneumonia at his Chicago home, according to Thomas Ciesielka, a spokesman for the group. His oldest son, Eric...

In this photo from Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, Rachel Sweet, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood Great Plains, watches a legislative committee hearing on a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution in a hallway just outside the meeting room at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The proposed amendment would overturn a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

COVID-19 fuels quick push for Kansas anti-abortion measure

Jan. 18, 2021 12:14 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents are moving with unusual speed to put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot, fearing a COVID-19 outbreak could thwart them if they delay action even for a few weeks. The proposed amendment would overturn a Kansas Supreme Court...

This Jan. 17, 2021 photo shows the independent Thaddeus Stevens School in Lyndon, Vt. Four families, including one whose children attend the school, are suing Vermont over a voucher program that allows students in communities that don't have schools or are not part of supervisory unions to attend schools of their choice, including approved private institutions, with the towns paying the tuition. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

School choice lawsuit surge pushes possible high court fight

Jan. 18, 2021 9:35 AM EST

Vermont is facing at least its second lawsuit in four months over a voucher program that allows students in communities that don't have schools or are not part of supervisory unions to attend schools of their choice, including approved private institutions. The Vermont system in which certain towns pay tuition...