Scott Jenkins, sheriff of Culpeper County, Va., is one of a large number of so-called ‘constitutional sheriffs’ in the U.S.
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A significant number of county sheriffs across the US have a particular – and false – view of their role in defending Americans’ constitutional rights.
More jaw-jaw needed to end the GOP speaker war, Mr. McCarthy?
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What happens if GOP holdouts continue to hold out on the speaker position? And what if they don’t?
Looming large over proceedings.
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A House panel made four criminal referrals in relation to Donald Trump’s alleged role in the attack on the Capitol. Convictions might make him an unpalatable candidate but wouldn’t bar him from running.
Former US President Donald Trump speaks in Palm Beach, Florida, on Nov.15, 2022.
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The former president made little mention of his personal legal battles as he announced his bid to retake the White House.
Are some shirts too distracting for school?
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The Supreme Court has yet to rule on whether school dress codes are protected under the law.
The U.S. Supreme Court in its official portrait on Oct. 7, 2022.
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The US Supreme Court is poised to determine the fate of the use of race in college admissions. Supporters of affirmative action, like the military, fear the worst.
Terry Hubbard, a former felon, voted in the 2020 presidential election and was arrested two years later in Florida on voter fraud charges.
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In the Shelby v. Holder decision, a key section of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act was eliminated, thus enabling states with histories of racial discrimination to enact new voting laws.
Policemen keep a mob back as James Meredith, a Black student trying to enroll at the University of Mississippi, is driven away after being refused admittance to the all-white university in Oxford on Sept. 25, 1962.
What’s at stake when Americans lose faith in the legitimacy of the Supreme Court?
Republican supporters pray before a Donald Trump “Save America” rally on September 23, 2022, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Republicans and democrats alike have accused each other of threatening the foundations of democracy. How legitimate are these fears?
This illustration shows the lack of civility in American politics.
Political debate has always been filled with heated words and deeply held emotions. But the level of civility in political discourse has reached a new low.
A 1913 postcard shows the U.S. House of Representatives in the year its membership was fixed by law at 435.
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Since 1913, the number of seats in the House has remained constant even though the nation’s population has more than tripled.
Pig farming may evoke images like this, but the reality for most commercial pork production is very different.
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Pork producers are challenging a California law that animal welfare advocates call the most important measure for farm animal protection in decades.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas at the White House on Oct. 26, 2020.
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Black conservative Clarence Thomas’ improbable rise as a powerful US Supreme Court justice today was unimaginable during his controversial confirmation hearings in 1991.
The Supreme Court is set to start its latest term on Oct. 3, 2022.
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Affirmative action, discrimination against LGBTQ people and election laws are some of the hot-button issues that the Supreme Court will tackle this fall.
The U.S. Supreme Court Building is shown in September 2022.
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Major Supreme Court decisions and reversals last term are leaving some people, including this scholar on constitutional politics, wondering – what’s going on with the court?
Couy Griffin, a former county commissioner in Otero County, N.M., rides a horse in New York City in May 2020.
Other countries disqualify political officials and prevent them from holding office more often than the US does. There are benefits and potential risks to using this kind of legal tactic.
Same-sex wedding cakes wound up at the Supreme Court – now, it’s wedding websites’ turn.
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303 Creative v. Elenis gives SCOTUS another chance to set precedent about what happens when First Amendment freedoms come at a cost to civil rights.
The execution chamber inside Oklahoma State Penitentiary.
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In 1972, justices handed down a decision that attacked discriminatory and capricious death sentences. But it left the door ajar for states to continue the practice.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife, conservative activist Virginia Thomas, in October 2021.
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Lower federal court judges follow a formal code of ethics, but this does not apply to Supreme Court justices, leaving potential conflicts of interest unchecked.
All adult citizens who have not been convicted of a crime have the right to vote in federal and state elections.
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A doctrine embraced by some conservatives could be adopted by the US Supreme Court. And if the court does, Americans’ political power will be dramatically limited.