Supreme courts

FILE - In this Nov. 29,2018, file photo, Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, gestures as he arrives for a meeting with his supporting lawmakers at the parliamentary complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that the disputed Prime Minister Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)
December 14, 2018 - 7:29 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis. The pro-Rajapaksa lawmaker, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, told reporters that Rajapaksa decided in a meeting Friday with President Maithripala...
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The Capitol is seen in Washington, Friday morning, Dec. 14, 2018. Parties and Christmas cookies only soothe so much in the chilly Capitol after two years of President Donald Trump’s provocations, dramas like Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation and the elections that flipped the House majority to Democrats. Everyone wants to go home, yet both chambers were scheduled to be in session next week over hefty matters, including the budget and criminal sentencing reform. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 14, 2018 - 10:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, "Is it over yet?" quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can't come soon enough, even for its own...
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December 14, 2018 - 12:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse." Lawmakers approved the change late Thursday. The government had to act after Germany's highest court ruled last year that people must be allowed to...
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Supporters of ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe celebrate outside the supreme court complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Sri Lanka's Supreme Court unanimously ruled as unconstitutional President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections, a much-anticipated verdict Thursday that further embroils the Indian Ocean island nation in political crisis.(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
December 13, 2018 - 4:38 pm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis. A seven-judge bench of...
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December 13, 2018 - 1:57 am
BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's highest court has ruled that a fee all German households have to pay to finance the country's public broadcasters complies with EU law. The European Court of Justice decided Thursday the system, which allows broadcasters to enforce collection, doesn't constitute...
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December 10, 2018 - 7:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is avoiding a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood over the dissenting votes of three justices. Lower courts in both states had blocked the states from withholding money...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., finishes speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Washington. McConnell’s blockade of a popular criminal justice reform package has angered top senators. And it’s created an unusual rift with a longtime Republican ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 07, 2018 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reluctance to hold a vote on a popular criminal justice bill has angered top Republican senators and created an unusual rift with a longtime GOP ally, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. And on Friday, it also brought on a tweet from President...
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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, Democratic challenger Tony Evers, left, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, shake hands during gubernatorial debate in Madison, Wis. Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors. They're also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)
December 07, 2018 - 12:47 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of Wisconsin's new governor and attorney general, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal threat arose after Republicans...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, the U. S. Supreme Court building stands quietly before dawn in Washington. The Constitution says you can’t be tried twice for the same offense. And yet Terance Gamble is sitting in prison today because he was prosecuted separately by Alabama and the federal government for having a gun after an earlier robbery conviction. he Supreme Court is considering Gamble’s case Thursday, Dec. 6, and the outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 06, 2018 - 8:50 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court seems likely to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices are...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2004 file photo. George P. Bush, left, stands hands with his grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush in New York prior to their remarks at a reception hosted by the Hispanic Alliance for Progress Institute in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. George H.W. Bush's political career spanned a generation and straddled the America before and after Jim Crow but also was a key figure in the GOP as reaching out to Latino voters. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
December 04, 2018 - 4:38 pm
George H.W. Bush got elected president after a campaign marked by the infamous Willie Horton ad, about a black murderer who raped a white woman while on a weekend furlough from prison. On the other side of the racial ledger, Bush appointed Gen. Colin Powell as the first black chairman of the Joint...
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