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Supreme Court asked to void Louisiana abortion clinic law

Apr. 17, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Louisiana abortion clinic is asking the Supreme Court to strike down regulations that could leave the state with just one clinic. A divided high court had previously agreed to block the law pending a full review of the case. An appeal being filed with the court Wednesday says the...

In 'FUCT' fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

Apr. 15, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — None of the Supreme Court's justices wanted to say the four-letter word. The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand "FUCT." But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the...

States pushing near-bans on abortion, targeting Roe v. Wade

Apr. 10, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

Emboldened by the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court, anti-abortion lawmakers and activists in numerous states are pushing near-total bans on the procedure in a deliberate frontal attack on Roe v. Wade. Mississippi and Kentucky have passed laws that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is...

Supreme Court won't stop enforcement of bump stock ban

Mar. 28, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday declined to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The ban took effect Tuesday. Gun rights groups asked the court Monday to keep the government from enforcing...

High court seems split over curbing federal agencies' power

Mar. 27, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed split Wednesday in a case where the justices are being asked to curb the power of federal agencies. The case before the justices is one in which the newly more conservative court could signal its willingness to reverse prior cases. The issue for the justices...

Dems cry foul as Trump calls for striking down 'Obamacare'

Mar. 26, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told a federal appeals court it wants the entire Affordable Care Act struck down, an outcome that could leave millions uninsured and re-ignite a winning political issue for Democrats. The administration, in a terse filing Monday with the court in New Orleans,...

High court questions courts' role in partisan redistricting

Mar. 26, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded wary Tuesday of allowing federal judges to determine when electoral maps are too partisan, despite strong evidence that the political parties drew districts to guarantee congressional election outcomes. The decisions in two cases the...

Supreme Court so far won't stop bump stock ban

Mar. 26, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is so far declining to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns. The ban took effect Tuesday. The administration is in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights...

A more skeptical high court to hear redistricting challenge

Mar. 25, 2019 8:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last year, proponents of limiting partisan politics in the creation of electoral districts needed to win over Justice Anthony Kennedy. They couldn't. The issue is back before the Supreme Court again, with arguments on Tuesday, and it might be harder than ever to convince the justices to...

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

Mar. 21, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it could have been for Republicans. That's because they may...