Nina Totenberg

NPR legal correspondent

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Justice Breyer announced his retirement, and Biden spoke about who he'll nominate

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement Thursday. President Biden says he hasn't decided who will fill the vacancy, but says he will keep his promise to name a Black woman to the bench.

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A look at Justice Stephen Breyer's time on the Supreme Court — and what comes next

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has announced his retirement after 40 years as a judge, 27 of them on the nation's high court. President Biden will have the opportunity to name his first justice.

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Justice Stephen Breyer, an influential liberal on the Supreme Court, to retire

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Behind the scenes, Breyer, 83, pushed and prodded his fellow justices for consensus. His decision gives President Biden his first opportunity to name a new justice to the court.

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The Supreme Court adds affirmative action to its potential hit list

Monday, January 24, 2022

With the court already having heard arguments this term on abortion and guns, this case marks yet another politically charged issue that threatens to uproot decades of legal doctrine.

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The Supreme Court for a third time allows Texas to bar abortions after 6 weeks

Thursday, January 20, 2022

The court denied a request from abortion providers in the state to return the case to a judge who blocked Texas's six-week ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

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Supreme Court hears arguments on campaign finance law, issues statement on NPR report

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Three Supreme Court justices issued statements Wednesday addressing an NPR story about relations among the justices.

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Supreme Court heard Cruz case about using post-election contributions to repay loans

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's bid to undo a provision limiting the amount of money candidates can be reimbursed for personal loans to their own campaigns.

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Divisions at the U.S. Supreme Court are playing out in differences among the justices

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't been this divided in decades. Disagreements over masking, social issues and the Constitution itself are playing out among the justices themselves.

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Gorsuch didn't mask despite Sotomayor's COVID worries, leading her to telework

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Anybody who regularly watches Supreme Court arguments is used to seeing testy moments. But you don't have to be a keen observer these days to see that something out of the ordinary is happening.

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Supreme Court blocks Biden's vaccine-or-test mandate for large private companies

Thursday, January 13, 2022

But the court upheld a separate mandate for almost all employees at hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers that receive federal funds.

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Supreme Court's conservatives cast cloud over vaccine-or-test mandate for businesses

Friday, January 07, 2022

Justices seemed more open to the vaccine mandate for almost all workers at hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical providers receiving federal Medicare and Medicaid funds.

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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments challenging vaccine mandates

Friday, January 07, 2022

The two cases are in a preliminary posture, but how the court rules will very likely signal how these issues are ultimately resolved.

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Supreme Court again leaves state vaccine mandate in place for health care workers

Monday, December 13, 2021

This case from New York was the second time the court has refused to block such a state vaccine mandate for health care workers.

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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law as legal fights move ahead

Friday, December 10, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court allowed abortion providers to challenge Texas' restrictive abortion law. NPR's Noel King speaks with Florida State law professor Mary Ziegler about the implications.

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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas abortion law as legal fights move forward

Friday, December 10, 2021

The justices allowed the abortion providers' challenges to go ahead against Texas' licensing officials – but not against anyone else. The court also blocked the Justice Department's challenge.

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Supreme Court signals further erosion of separation of church and state in schools

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The handwriting on the wall came during a nearly two-hour argument involving a challenge brought by two Maine families to the state's unusual way of providing public education.

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Supreme Court hears Maine case about state funds being used for religious education

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that could expand state aid to religious schools. On one side is the school choice movement, and on the other is Maine, defending its public education.

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Supreme Court weighs mandating public funds for religious schools in Maine

Wednesday, December 08, 2021

At issue in the case is whether the state, which pays for some students to attend nonsectarian private schools, should also pay tuition for students to attend religious schools.

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Biden's Supreme Court commission steers clear of controversial issues in draft report

Monday, December 06, 2021

The panel, which will vote on the report Tuesday, steers clear of taking a position on many of the most controversial suggestions for changing the court.

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The U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to end the right to an abortion

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion in the United States is now very much in doubt after Wednesday's historic arguments before the Supreme Court.

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