1. How Banning Abortion in the Early Weeks of Pregnancy Suddenly Became Mainstream U.S., Yesterday

    Bans on abortion early in pregnancy used to be rare. But in the past three months, so-called heartbeat bills have passed in four states, and more are in progress in 11 others.

  2. The Supreme Court Hands the S.E.C. a Rare Win Business, April 16

    The regulator’s record in the Supreme Court the past few years has not been strong. But the justices handed it a significant victory late last month.

  3. A Vulgar Term Goes Unmentioned as It Gets Its Day in Court U.S., April 15

    The Supreme Court seemed torn about whether the government may refuse to register a trademark for a word evoking a profanity.

  4. The Supreme Court Will Soon Consider Whether the Census Will Include a Citizenship Question U.S., April 15

    “The Titanic was launched with less hubris and more preparation,” a law professor wrote of plans to ask every household about citizenship.

  5. Ohio’s Fetal Heartbeat Abortion Ban Is Latest Front in Fight Over Roe v. Wade U.S., April 12

    Anti-abortion activists have passed similar measures in several states with the hope that a legal fight could upend Supreme Court precedent.

  6. Over 3 A.M. Dissent, Supreme Court Says Alabama Execution May Proceed U.S., April 12

    The 5-to-4 ruling, issued in the middle of the night, provided a rare glimpse of the inner workings of a court bitterly divided on the death penalty.

  7. Keep the Federal Reserve I Love Alive Business, April 11

    The economist N. Gregory Mankiw says he loves the central bank but fears for its future as one of America’s great institutions.

  8. New York City Is Requiring Vaccinations Against Measles. Can Officials Do That? Health, April 9

    Mandatory vaccination is rare, but it has been done — and upheld by the courts. While judges have allowed health officials to fine citizens for refusing, forced vaccinations are highly unusual.

  9. A Police Officer Shot a Woman in Pajamas. Here’s Why It May Be Hard to Convict Him. U.S., April 9

    Prosecutors may not find it easy to convince a jury that a former Minneapolis officer committed a crime when he fatally shot an Australian woman while on duty. Here’s why.

  10. With ‘Unplanned,’ Abortion Opponents Turn Toward Hollywood Movies, April 8

    The makers of the divisive anti-abortion movie — a word-of-mouth hit that a physician called misleading — say they’ve been shunned by mainstream media.

  11. Democrats Rethink the Death Penalty, and Its Politics U.S., April 7

    Following California’s moratorium on executions, Democrats running for president embraced abolition, signaling a generational shift for the party.

  12. A Red Warning Sign Opinion, April 5

    A Wisconsin election brings double disappointment for Democrats.

  13. A Troubling Gun Case in New York Opinion, April 3

    An academic is worried that a strict gun law in New York City is being challenged in the Supreme Court.

  14. Rancor and Raw Emotion Surface in Supreme Court Death Penalty Ruling U.S., April 1

    In a 5-to-4 decision, the justices ruled against an inmate with a rare medical condition and debated the ground rules for capital punishment.

  15. A Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He’s Gay. Now, the Supreme Court Could Hear His Appeal. U.S., April 1

    One juror in the 1993 case suggested that sentencing Charles Rhines to life in prison surrounded by other men would “be sending him where he wants to go.”

  16. A Timeline of Key Supreme Court Cases on Affirmative Action U.S., March 30

    The Supreme Court has weighed in on affirmative action several times. Here are some key cases through the decades.

  17. The Abortion Divide Gets Deeper Opinion, March 29

    With Roe threatened, red and blue states are pulling even further apart.

  18. Supreme Court Stays Execution of Buddhist Inmate U.S., March 28

    Prison officials in Texas had rejected the inmate’s request that his spiritual adviser be present in the execution chamber, a decision his lawyers said violated the Constitution.

  19. Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks U.S., March 28

    Challengers said the Trump administration exceeded its authority in banning the devices, which the Justice Department has said helps transform semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic machine guns.

  20. The Flood of Court Cases That Threaten Abortion Opinion, March 28

    Republican presidents sought judges who could be counted on to oppose abortion. The voices of those judges come through clearly in cases now making their way to the Supreme Court.

  21. ‘Extreme Partisan Gerrymandering Is a Real Problem,’ Says Kavanaugh. He’s Right. Opinion, March 27

    The Supreme Court could make history by erecting a constitutional barrier to electoral maps that put party over country.

  22. Frustrated Democrats Intensify Demand for Big Institutional Changes U.S., March 27

    Liberal activists are calling for ending the Senate filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court, but others in the Democratic Party are urging caution.

  23. Limiting Agency Power, a Goal of the Right, Gets Supreme Court Test U.S., March 27

    Justice Stephen G. Breyer said, half-joking, that he feared “the greatest judicial power grab since Marbury v. Madison” as the justices took on an issue they saw as momentous.

  24. John Roberts, Legislator Opinion, March 27

    A new book tells of political horse-trading at the Supreme Court.

  25. Why Trump’s New Push to Kill Obamacare Is So Alarming Opinion, March 27

    It’s not just the potential damage to the health care system and the people who depend on it. It’s also the threat, in the administration’s legal position, to the rule of law.

  26. What Is Gerrymandering? What if the Supreme Court Bans It? U.S., March 26

    The Supreme Court is hearing arguments about a fancifully named political practice that majority parties have long used to lock in their dominance. Here is what it is all about.

  27. Supreme Court Rules Against Sailors Injured in Cole Attack U.S., March 26

    In an 8-to-1 decision, the court said the sailors had not properly served the government of Sudan with legal papers seeking to hold it accountable.

  28. Supreme Court Set to Again Weigh Voting Maps Warped by Politics U.S., March 26

    The justices will consider on Tuesday whether extreme partisan gerrymandering crosses a constitutional line, an issue they left undecided last term.

  29. Justices Display Divisions in New Cases on Voting Maps Warped by Politics U.S., March 26

    Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who may hold the decisive vote, expressed uneasiness about gerrymandering but also wondered if Supreme Court intervention was necessary.

  30. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Company’s Appeal in Mueller Subpoena Case U.S., March 25

    The mysterious case concerned an unnamed corporation owned by a foreign government identified in court papers as Country A.

  31. Will the Supreme Court End Gerrymandering? Arguments Begin This Week U.S., March 25

    Justices will be reviewing the case of North Carolina, where Republicans drew a map to maximize their power in the House. Plaintiffs challenging the map say it’s unconstitutional.

  32. Racism in Jury Selection Is Real. Can the Supreme Court Put an End to It? Opinion, March 21

    The ordeal of death-row inmate Curtis Flowers will yet again test the court’s commitment to equal justice under law.

  33. What Happens When Lawmakers Run Out of Abortion Restrictions to Pass Opinion, March 20

    Many states are suddenly considering heartbeat bills, which would make it virtually impossible to get an abortion. That’s no accident.

  34. Clarence Thomas Breaks a Three-Year Silence at Supreme Court U.S., March 20

    Justice Thomas asked questions in the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for murder. The court will decide whether jury selection was marred by racial discrimination.