Members of the U.S. Supreme Court visit President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House in 1934.
The US Supreme Court is often less insulated from partisan politics than many Americans assume.
The three branches of U.S. government often find themselves in tension.
White House, Eric Kiser; Capitol, John Xavier; Supreme Court, Architect of the Capitol
When presidents have tried to address pressing issues through executive action, members of Congress are quick to ask the courts to step in.
Attorney general nominee Merrick Garland speaks during an event with President-elect Joe Biden.
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History shows that attorneys general who are picked by – and serve at the pleasure of – the president are not as independent as they may be expected to be.
Donald Trump supporters demonstrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on November 14, 2020.
The US Supreme Court now clearly leans towards the Conservatives, but it has not become a political tool in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Rudy Giuliani, lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks on Nov. 19 at a news conference about lawsuits related to the presidential election.
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President Trump's populist control of his party didn't extend to control in courtrooms where he challenged election results. That's where the rules of politics met the rules of law, and politics lost.
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree…do you violate the establishment clause?
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Educators walk an fine line when it comes to marking religious holidays. But in so doing, are they missing an opportunity for teachable moments on faith issues?
Protesters against the removal of President Martin Vizcarra gather in Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, on Nov. 12, 2020.
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The undermining of democracy across the Americas, especially in the U.S. and Peru, has been occurring via attempts to use laws solely for political gain.
The US Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Since his election loss, the president has been threatening to go to the Supreme Court in attempt to overturn the results. Unfortunately for him, the court may not be the perfect arbiter of his dreams.
Former President George W. Bush, left, with James A. Baker III at the 2018 funeral of George H.W. Bush.
James Baker, the high-powered lawyer chosen by George W. Bush to lead his fight over the contested 2000 election, delivered victory. A new book reveals three crucial reasons why.
An early case will test Justice Barrett’s credentials as a favorite of religious conservatives.
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The case Fulton v. Philadelphia is about foster care. But questions over a decades-old Supreme Court ruling may have wider implications.
Mitt Romney, left, and Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, in a presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa. Both men backed some of the original ideas of the ACA.
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Republicans have attacked the Affordable Care Act since it became law 10 years ago, yet Republicans were the ones who came up with the blueprint for the law. How did this twist happen?
President-elect Biden promises a new White House agenda and style.
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Scholars of race, foreign policy and the Supreme Court give their informed predictions of what to expect under a Biden administration.
Judges can intervene in elections, but the Supreme Court really prefers not to.
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The GOP is hoping the ghosts of Florida past will tilt the race in Trump's favor. But Joe Biden's apparent electoral lead in numerous key states may insulate his win from such legal challenges.
Trump is contesting the results in four key battleground states. Here is what he is claiming — and his chances of success in stopping the vote count or overturning the results.
The US is facing a crisis of democratic legitimacy.
The political and social crisis in the US has its roots in twin challenges.
Because of the contentiousness of mail-in voting, it would not be surprising if there are more lawsuits after the election. We might not know for days who is the winner.
Attendees at an event for Donald Trump on August 17, 2020.
Six months into the Covid-19 crisis, the president is boasting that the US economy is back on its feet. While the figures show that some job losses have been cut, there is little room for optimism.
A woman holds a sign as she attends the Women’s March in downtown Chicago, Oct. 17, 2020. Dozens of Women’s March rallies were planned to signal opposition to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A Trump loss on Nov. 3 would demonstrate that the grassroots organizing of American women has paid off.
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The US president has relentlessly attacked the ACA since taking office. While more costly than hoped, the law has cut the number of Americans without insurance in half, more than meeting its goals.
Number three: Donald Trump at the swearing in of Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. She is the third justice he has appointed to the court.
Republicans won the recent battle over nominations to the US Supreme Court with the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett. The loser might be the court itself.