National Politics Jessica Gresko | AP Seema Sked, 39, of Richmond, Virginia, demonstrates outside the Supreme Court ahead of arguments over President Donald Trump's travel ban on Wednesday in Washington. Robert Barnes, Ann E. Marimow and Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post • April 26, 2018 7:39 am WASHINGTON — The conservative majority on the Supreme Court seemed to agree Wednesday that President Donald Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country. Lower courts have struck down each of the three iterations of the president’s travel-ban proclamation, the first of which was issued just a week after he took office in January 2017. But the conservative-leaning Supreme Court may be Trump’s best hope, and it gave the administration a boost by allowing the ban to go into effect in December while considering the challenges to it. Solicitor General Noel Francisco told … [Read more...] about Supreme Court’s conservative justices appear to back Trump’s authority for travel ban
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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court’s final oral argument of the term will be one of its most important and potentially far-reaching, an examination of the president’s authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry. But, similar to a debate that has consumed Washington, D.C., for the past 15 months, a major issue for the court is separating “the president” from “this president.” The justices on Wednesday will consider President Donald Trump’s third iteration of a travel ban that bars most nationals from a small group of mostly Muslim nations. It is the first time the court has considered the merits of a policy that has consumed the administration since its start, and raises deep questions about the judiciary’s role in national security issues usually left to the political branches. The first version of the ban was issued just a week after Trump took office, and lower courts have found that it and each … [Read more...] about In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers “the president” vs. “this president”
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A 20-year battle over salmon-blocking road culverts lands in the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, in a historic showdown pitting the Washington state attorney general against the U.S. government and Washington tribes defending their treaty right to fish. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson — widely regarded as a liberal champion for his crusading lawsuits for immigration rights and other causes — will oppose the tribes in oral argument before the court. At issue is whether the state must replace road culverts that block salmon passage. Tribes insist, and courts have affirmed, that the tribes’ treaty right to fish also means the state must not destroy the habitat that healthy fish runs need. More than 20 tribes in Western Washington have a treaty right to fish in their traditional places, including off reservation, secured in treaties signed beginning in 1854 with territorial Gov. Isaac Stevens. The right was reserved in those treaties in return for the tribes … [Read more...] about Supreme Court showdown: Washington’s attorney general vs. tribes over salmon habitat
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that the process to fill up the vacancy of an eminent jurist in the selection committee for appointing Lokpal was going on. Attorney General K K Venugopal told a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi that recommendation for induction of an eminent jurist in the panel has been made and the process was underway. The bench said that it doesn't consider necessary to pass any order at this stage but said it expects that the process of appointment of Lokpal will be made at the earliest. The bench has listed the matter for further hearing on May 15. Senior advocate P P Rao was earlier appointed as an eminent jurist in the committee but the post became vacant after he passed away last year. The bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by NGO Common Cause, which has raised the issue of non-appointment of Lokpal despite the apex court's verdict of April 27 last year. The apex court, in its last year's verdict, said there was no justification to keep the … [Read more...] about Process to appoint eminent jurist to select Lokpal underway: Centre tells Supreme Court