Lyle Denniston looks at a big constitutional barrier to the courts acting as an arbiter of inter-branch disputes between Congress and the White House.
About the Supreme Court
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court of the judicial branch of government—its duty is to interpret the law. Since 1803, the Supreme Court has been understood to have the power to declare national, state, and local laws unconstitutional. Article III of the Constitution defines the Supreme Court and which cases it can hear, and how other federal courts are established.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to accept New Jersey’s appeal about legalized sports betting. But one politician seemingly has a plan to get around the decision.
The Supreme Court said on Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency can’t issue greenhouse gas permits for certain industries, but it left intact other tools the EPA can use to regulate pollutants.
It will be the busiest week of the Supreme Court’s current term this week, with as many as three decision days expected, and eight major decisions unannounced.
National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen explains what happens inside the Supreme Court and the limits of the Court’s powers in a special podcast.