John Roberts

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‘Wishful thinking’: Chief justice no savior for liberals at Trump trial

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Some Democratic senators, liberal activists and commentators had wanted Chief Justice John Roberts to play an active rather than a largely ceremonial role in the historic proceedings, perhaps even summoning witnesses despite opposition from Trump’s fellow Republicans who control the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown walking in the hallways of the Capitol building and wearing a dark suit.

Watch live: Trump impeachment trial nears end of initial phase in Senate

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US President Donald Trump is shown pointing with his right hand and wearing a dark jacket and red tie.

Watch live: Senate to begin questions for legal teams in Trump impeachment trial

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Impeachment trial in the Senate: How Trump was acquitted

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Mitch McConnell

Impeachment comes to the Senate — 5 questions answered

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Voters cast their ballots in US midterm elections in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 4, 2014.

Think our voting system is colorblind? Think again


Minority voters once faced poll taxes, tests and other blatant methods of keeping them away from the polls. But while those methods are gone, political science says voter discrimination is now simply more subtle — and possibly more widespread.

While Israel claims Jerusalem as its capital, few countries officially recognize the city's status because of sensitive disputes over who controls it.

A boy’s passport and justices with minimal foreign policy expertise could decide American policy on Jerusalem

Global Politics

The US government has always tried to maintain strict neutrality when it comes to the question of who controls Jerusalem. But a 12-year-old boy and his family are suing to have “Jerusalem, Israel” listed as his birthplace on his passport, sending the case to a Supreme Court with no foreign policy experience.

Ginsburg draws connection between immigration reform, fair pay for women

Global Politics

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been involved in some of the court’s most important decisions. In a one-on-one interview, Ginsburg explained that she views the Second Amendment as outdated, and drew connections between fair pay for women and immigration reform.

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down key provision of Voting Rights Act

Global Politics

The provision of the Voting Rights Act that states which jurisdictions must get federal permission for changes to their voting standards was struck down on Tuesday by a divided Supreme Court. The overall law remains in tact, but will require Congressional action for pre-clearance to happen.

Republicans try to use tax label to turn public opinion against Affordable Care Act

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In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling, largely upholding President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill, Republicans are trying a different strategy. They’re trying to get voters fired up and retake the Senate in November, so they can repeal the measure in Congress.