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U.S. Supreme Court

The Tex-Mex Abortion Border

By Vaidehi Mehta, Esq.

At the same time that the United States seems to have dialed reproductive rights back a notch, Mexico may be progressing in the opposite direction. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court made a preliminary ruling in Whole Woman's Health v. Jackson, a case relating to the most restrictive abortion law to date enacted in Texas.

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SCOTUS Ends CDC Eviction Moratorium Through 'Shadow Docket'

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

As expected, the Supreme Court has lifted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent eviction moratorium, holding that the CDC does not have the authority to prevent evictions under federal law. The decision is another example of the increasing use of the Supreme Court's "shadow docket," the heavily scrutinized practice by the Justices of issuing unsigned decisions on emergency motions without a full briefing or argument.

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SCOTUS Nomination and Confirmation Process Explained

By Ashley Ravid

Many people know that the three branches of the United States government were created with the idea of checks and balances in mind. The Supreme Court, part of the judicial branch, evaluates the constitutionality of the laws created by the legislative branch and actions taken by the executive branch. Although it possesses great power, the Supreme Court is unusual in that its members are not selected by any kind of public vote.

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SCOTUS Again Rejects Obamacare Challenge

By Richard Dahl

Obamacare lives on. The Affordable Care Act survived another major U.S. Supreme Court challenge on June 17, as justices rejected the latest Republican effort to kill the law by a 7-2 vote. The action marked the third time the court has turned back Republican attempts to repeal it. The court upheld Obamacare 5-4 in 2012 and 6-3 in 2015.

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SCOTUS Hands Religious Conservatives a Win, Though Narrow

By Richard Dahl

In a case that pitted religious freedom versus anti-discrimination laws, the U.S. Supreme Court came down unanimously, but narrowly, on the side of religious freedom June 17. The court ruled that the city of Philadelphia cannot exclude a Catholic organization from its foster-care program because the program won't accept same-sex couples. The agency, Catholic Social Services (CSS), argued that its religious views kept it from screening same-sex couples as foster parents.

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Supreme Court: Government Can Block Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status

By Laura Temme, Esq.

The Supreme Court recently weighed in on an issue that has split federal courts for years: Whether a person who enters the United States illegally but obtains temporary protected status can apply for a green card. The unanimous ruling holds that under current immigration law, those who enter the country illegally were not "admitted" as required for permanent residency. Federal Courts Split Roughly 400,000 people currently live in the United States with temporary protected status.

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