Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on veto of 'ambitious' and 'vague' abortion proposal: 'While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination' - The Oklahoman
Editor's note: The judges on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's list of 11 potential US Supreme Court nominees are: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado, Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, and Don Willett of Texas - AP - Shelley
Editor's note: The U.S. Supreme Court has ducked a major ruling on a challenge by religious employers to an Affordable Care Act mandate to provide female workers health insurance that covers birth control. Our earlier update stated the top court ruled in favor of the employers, but we've corrected the update to say the cases were sent back to lower courts for further proceedings. The justices ruled unanimously to send the cases back to federal appeals courts, where all but one of four courts upheld the mandate, according to USA Today. - Rebecca
The Supreme Court of the United States (sometimes colloquially known as "SCOTUS") is the highest federal court of the United States. Established pursuant to Article III of the United States Constitution in 1789, it has ultimate (and largely discretionary) appellate jurisdiction over all federal courts and over state court cases involving issues of federal law, plus original jurisdiction over a small range of cases. In the legal system of the United States, the Supreme Court is the final interpreter of federal constitutional law, although it may only act within the context of a case in which it has jurisdiction.
The Court normally consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Once appointed, justices have life tenure unless they resign, retire, or are removed after impeachment (though no justice has ever been removed). In modern discourse, the justices are often categorized as having conservative, moderate, or liberal philosophies of law and of judicial interpretation. Each justice has one vote, and while many cases are decided unanimously, the highest profile cases often expose ideological beliefs that track with those philosophical or political categories. The Court meets in the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.