National Politics

Supreme Court set to take up all-or-nothing abortion fight

Both sides are telling the Supreme Court there’s no middle ground in Wednesday’s showdown over abortion. The justices can either reaffirm the constitutional right to an abortion or wipe it away altogether. The 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling is facing its most serious challenge in 30 years in front of a court with a 6-3 conservative majority that's been remade by three appointees of President Donald Trump. A ruling that overturned Roe would lead to outright bans or severe restrictions on abortion in 26 states. That assessment comes from the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization that supports abortion rights. The case being argued comes from Mississippi, where a 2018 law would ban abortions after 15 weeks. 

President Biden signs $1T infrastructure bill

President Biden signed his $1 trillion infrastructure deal into law on the White House lawn, hailing it as an example of what bipartisanship can achieve.

Cities seek to loosen rules on spending federal pandemic aid

Some cities are urging President Joe Biden's administration to loosen its rules for spending $350 billion of coronavirus relief money directed toward state and local governments. The American Rescue Plan already provides significant leeway on spending decisions. But local governments that can show revenue losses have even greater flexibility to spend the money as they see fit. Some cities say the Treasury Department's rule for calculating revenue losses masks the depth of their financial problems. They want the Treasury to allow them to exclude newly enacted tax hikes from the formula and to count losses on a fund-by-fund basis. The Treasury has not said when it will release a final version of its rule.

Biden: 'Democracy survived' Capitol riot because of police

Standing in front of the Capitol, President Joe Biden paid tribute on Saturday to fallen police officers and honored those who fought off the Jan. 6 insurrection at that very site. Biden said that because of the actions of law enforcement officers on that day, "democracy survived.” The president spoke at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to remember the 491 law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020. It was at the Capitol nine months ago that a violent mob tried to block his ascension to the presidency. Biden singled out the 150 officers who were injured and the five who died in the attack’s aftermath.  

Abortion, guns, religion top a big Supreme Court term

The future of abortion rights is in the hands of a conservative Supreme Court that's beginning a new term on Monday. And there are major cases on gun rights and religion. The court’s credibility with the public also could be on the line, especially if a divided court were to overrule the landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 that established a woman’s right to an abortion nationwide. The justices are returning to the courtroom after an 18-month absence caused by the coronavirus pandemic. And the possible retirement of 83-year-old liberal Justice Stephen Breyer looms. It’s also the first full term with the court in its current ideological alignment, with a six-justice conservative majority.