Supreme Court allows Biden administration to continue using social cost of carbon, for now

CNN — The Supreme Court will allow the Biden administration to continue to use a metric that estimates the real-world cost of the climate crisis while legal challenges play out. The court’s order is a loss for Republican-led states that argued in part that the estimates were “speculative.” The justices issued a one-line order and … Read more

Oklahoma governor signs the nation’s strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution, similar to a Texas law that was passed last … Read more

Search for Supreme Court leaker falls to former Army colonel

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Gail Curley began her job as Marshal of the US Supreme Court less than a year ago, she would have expected to work mostly behind the scenes: overseeing the court’s police force and the operations of the marble-columned building where the justices work. Her most public role was supposed to be … Read more

Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governors signs it in the latest example of the GOP’s national push to restrict access to what has been a constitutional right for nearly a … Read more

Supreme Court rules for Sen. Cruz in campaign finance case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Monday sided with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in his challenge to a provision of federal campaign finance law, in a ruling that a dissenting justice said runs the risk of causing “further disrepute” to American politics. The justices, in a 6-3 decision that divided … Read more

Ted Cruz wins Supreme Court case challenging campaign reimbursement restriction

Texas Senator Ted Cruz campaigns with Pennylvania Senate hopeful Dave McCormick, here he intends to hold a peanut while making a joke about wearing masks to protect against Covid-19. Aimee Dilger | Lightrocket | Getty Images The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in his challenge of a campaign … Read more

Supreme Court sides with Ted Cruz, striking down cap on use of campaign funds to repay personal loans campaign

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Washington CNN — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in a case involving the use of campaign funds to repay personal campaign loans, dealing the latest blow to campaign finance regulations. The court said that a federal cap on candidates using political … Read more

Primaries spotlight coming battles over state supreme courts

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The headliners for North Carolina’s primary on Tuesday include Republicans challenging for an open US Senate seat and candidates hoping to give the GOP a shot at veto-proof majorities in the Legislature. Getting less billing, but with equal long-term political importance, is a contest that will shape the fall matchups for … Read more

Show of support for abortion rights expected at US rallies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Demonstrators facing down a Supreme Court decision that could overturn the constitutional right to abortion are aiming to use rallies from coast to coast Saturday to express their outrage and to mobilize for the fight ahead. More than 380 events were set from Maine to Hawaii, with the largest gatherings expected in … Read more

Clarence Thomas says abortion leak has changed Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade. The conservative Thomas, who joined the court in … Read more