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Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Surrounded by family and his soon-to-be Supreme Court colleagues, Neil Gorsuch took the first of two oaths on Monday as he prepared to take his seat on the court and restore its conservative majority.

The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado is being sworn in after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving high court picks — over the fierce objection of Democrats.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee for more than 18 hours of questioning over two separate days, and the proceedings are not finished yet.

On Thursday, the committee hears testimony from witnesses about Gorsuch's qualifications to be a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Susan Walsh / Associated Press

President Donald Trump's pick for the Supreme Court is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. It is day three of what is expected to be three days of hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the high court seat left vacant in February 2016, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, begins his three-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

Associated Press

Thurgood Marshall’s career took him from back-alley Baltimore to Howard University law school to his fight for equality in the South, and all the way to a seat on the highest court in the land. His story now is taking the stage at Theatrical Outfit in a one-man show called “Thurgood.”

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court decision blocking his immigration plan sets the system back and "takes us further from the country we aspire to be."

Obama says America has been a refuge for the world for more than two centuries. He says it's a diverse and inclusive nation because it's a nation of immigrants.

Obama sought to use his own authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants living illegally in the country.

The high court, which tied 4-4, effectively kills Obama's plan for the duration of his presidency.

Jon Elswick, File / Associated Press

A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Nearly 2 in 3 Americans back Democrats' demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. But an Associated Press-GfK poll also suggests that GOP defiance against considering the nominee may not hurt the party much because to many people, the election-year fight is simply not a big deal.

Just 1 in 5 in the survey released Wednesday said they've been following the battle over Obama's nomination of federal judge Merrick Garland extremely or very closely.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. HOW AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT SUPREME COURT POLITICAL BATTLE

Nearly 2 in 3 back Democrats' demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on Obama's pick Merrick Garland, but it may not damage the GOP too much, an AP-GfK poll finds.

2. 'COUNT ME OUT'

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:

1. HILLARY CLINTON, DONALD TRUMP EMBOLDENED BY COMMANDING SUPER TUESDAY VICTORIES

Now the leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are setting their sights on the general election — and each other.

2. HOW THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP IS TRYING TO WIDEN ITS FOOTPRINT IN PAKISTAN

Even with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Wednesday could mark a potential turning point for the Supreme Court on the subject of abortion. At issue is whether a new Texas law imposes restrictions that unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy.

Last June, a federal appeals court upheld the law. If the Supreme Court agrees, it would mean a dramatic cutback on abortion rights across the country, and potentially a steppingstone toward the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

Republican Sen. David Perdue Tuesday reiterated his position the Senate should not consider a Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama, following the death of Antonia Scalia.

“Rather than have that go through a truncated process in the last year of a lame duck president, I think it ought to be left open and let the people speak as a referendum item in the presidential election,” Perdue said.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday remembered the late Justice Antonin Scalia as a friend and colleague of "irrepressible spirit" as the Supreme Court resumed work for the first time since Scalia's death.

"He was our man for all seasons and we will miss him beyond measure," Roberts said in brief remarks after the court's eight remaining justices took the bench.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

1. SENATE REPUBLICANS SUPPORT MCCONNELL ON SUPREME COURT OPENING

Democrats looking to reclaim the Senate majority immediately accuse them of putting politics ahead of their constitutional responsibility.

2. RUSSIA DENIES ITS WARPLANES HIT SYRIA HOSPITAL

The Russian president's spokesman says that this is another case of those who make such accusations against Moscow being unable to back up their claims.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press

The U.S. Supreme Court could take a different stance on capital punishment with the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. 

That's according to Norman Fletcher, former chief justice of Georgia’s Supreme Court and an opponent of the death penalty, who said he believes the country’s highest court will rule the practice unconstitutional in the next three to six years.

“Anyone that President Obama might nominate – and if they were cleared – certainly would be more moderate than Justice Scalia on this subject,” Fletcher said. 

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The Supreme Court is wading into its fourth dispute over President Barack Obama's 5-year-old health care overhaul.

The newest "Obamacare" case involves objections by faith-based hospitals, colleges and charities to the process the administration devised to spare them from paying for contraceptives for women covered under their health plans, and yet ensure that those women can obtain birth control at no extra cost.

The groups complain that they remain complicit in making available the contraceptives in violation of their religious beliefs.

An African-American man on Georgia's death row is asking the Supreme Court for a new sentencing hearing because a white juror who voted for the death penalty later referred to him with a racial slur.

Kenneth Fults was sentenced to death for the 1996 killing of Cathy Bounds, who was shot five times in the back of her head. Fults has been trying for 10 years to get a court to consider evidence that racial bias deprived him of a fair trial.

Fults' lawyers obtained a signed statement from juror Thomas Buffington in which Buffington twice referred to Fults by using the slur.

Drought conditions exposed Lake Lanier's lake bed in 2007.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

Florida and Georgia's U.S. Supreme Court fight over water is hitting some obstacles. Georgia says the U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't turning some documents over, and Florida says a group called the ACF Stakeholders is doing the same.

Baton Bob models his wedding dress for the gathering crowd of visitors.
Ryan Nabulsi / WABE

He's celebrated for his colorful costumes, but Friday night, Bob Jamerson, better known as "Baton Bob," was all dressed in white.

Jamerson and his husband Gary Bender were married in a private ceremony, but invited all of Atlanta to their reception at Park Tavern. The event, called “The Conscience Coupling Coronation and Costume Ball,” included a silent auction, live entertainment from 3D the Bomb, and, as the invitation said, "Twirling and gowns galore!"

Sasha Altschuler of San Diego, Calif., joins the celebrations outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP Photo

 

After a 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court on Friday, same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. 

Writing the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said that “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

Atlantans React to Court Decision on Health Care Law

Jun 28, 2012

Atlantans have mixed reactions about the Supreme Court Decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.  Susan Mittleman spoke with a few people downtown at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market and at a Military Job Fair. 

Many of those having lunch at the Sweet Auburn Curb Market had jobs and health insurance, but that didn’t stop them from having opinions about the ruling.    

31-year old Cedric Robinson works in home hospice and home care. He’s concerned how the law will affect reimbursement of Medicare and Medicaid.

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs Arizona Immigration Law

Apr 27, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court weighed arguments Wednesday on Arizona’s controversial immigration enforcement law. Legal experts say the outcome of the case could impact Georgia’s House Bill 87, a similar immigration law which passed in the state legislature last year.

Anti-illegal immigrant activist and Dustin Inman Society President D.A. King believes the high court will ultimately uphold the Arizona law.

“I am confident we will prevail. Pro enforcement majority in America has already won in the Supreme Court on the E-Verify requirement.”