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Following the draft ruling leak from the Supreme Court, the Pew Research Center released the results of a nationwide poll that examined Americans' views on abortion conducted in March, after oral arguments were heard in the case before the court that could overturn Roe v. Wade. The poll found that 19% of U.S. adults think abortion should be legal in all cases, 71% say it should be mostly legal or mostly illegal, and less than 8% believe it should be illegal in all cases, without exception. The research found that Americans' views on abortion largely depended on a variety of circumstances, including the length of the pregnancy and the health of the mother. "The abortion debate in America is often framed as a legal binary," read a statement, "with 'pro-life' people on one side, seeking to restrict abortion's availability, and 'pro-choice' people on the other, opposing government restrictions on abortion [but] relatively few Americans on either side of the debate take an absolutist view on the legality of abortion."
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  1. On abortion, few Americans take an absolutist view
    pewresearch.org

  2. America's Abortion Quandary
    pewresearch.org

    Complete report (PDF)

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris condemned the draft ruling from the Supreme Court that was leaked to Politico. The draft opinion, which Biden confirmed is genuine, shows the Supreme Court has voted to overturn its Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortions nearly 50 years ago. "I believe that a woman’s right to choose is fundamental," said Biden in a statement. "Roe has been the law of the land for almost fifty years, and basic fairness and the stability of our law demand that it not be overturned." He noted that after the enactment of Texas law SB 8 and others like it, he directed his Gender Policy Council and White House Counsel’s Office to prepare options in response. "We will be ready when any ruling is issued." Speaking at an Emily's List conference, Harris said, "Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?...It has never been more clear which party wants to expand our rights and which party wants to restrict them."
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The U.S. Senate voted 53-47 in favor of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation to the Supreme Court. She is the first Black woman on the nation's highest court. Those in favor included all Democratic senators as well as Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the proceedings, issuing the final tally as senators cheered.
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  1. U.S. Senate Session
    c-span.org

    Final confirmation at 4:47:35

  2. @VP
    twitter.com

Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized after experiencing flu-like symptoms. He was admitted to a hospital two days ago where he's been given intravenous antibiotics to treat an infection. His symptoms are abating and he's expected to be released in a few days. A press statement indicates he may miss some oral arguments: "Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments."
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    supremecourt.gov

President Biden has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. "Currently a judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, Judge Jackson is one of the nation’s brightest legal minds," reads a White House statement. "She has been confirmed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis three times – twice as judge and once to serve on the U.S. Sentencing Commission...If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court."
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A leak to NBC indicates that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire from the court, allowing President Biden to appoint his successor while Democrats control the presidency and both chambers of Congress. During the 2020 campaign, President Biden pledged to first name a Black woman to the highest court in the land. Justice Breyer, at 83, is the oldest member of the Supreme Court.
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  1. News Wire
    apnews.com

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Donald Trump's request aiming to prevent the Special Committee to Investigate January 6th from obtaining White House records. This decision is consistent with a lower court's decision which also found that Mr. Trump had no legal basis to withhold documents.
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  1. Page for Opinions
    supremecourt.gov

The Supreme Court rejected former President Trump's attempt to block a trove of his administration's records — schedules, call logs, emails — from being handed to the Jan. 6 House Select Committee. The near-unanimous ruling came in an unsigned, one-paragraph order, with Justice Clarence Thomas the lone holdout.
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  1. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
    supremecourt.gov

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration's vaccine mandate, declaring that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exceeded its authority. The mandate would have required all businesses with at least 100 workers — 84 million employees in total — to either be vaccinated or tested weekly. The decision to invalidate the regulation was 6 to 3, along ideological lines.
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  1. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
    supremecourt.gov

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court declined to block enforcement of Maine's vaccine mandate for health care workers while they wait for the appellate court to rule on the merits of the case. The governor's order requires all health care workers get vaccinated by today, without provision for religious exemption, or face termination without unemployment benefits.
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  1. Supreme Court of United States
    supremecourt.gov

The Supreme Court agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas’ abortion ban, scheduling oral arguments for November 1, but left the law in place in the meantime. Legal challenges have been brought by the Department of Justice and Texas abortion providers, who argue the restriction violates the court’s own 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.
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A new Grinnell College poll found that 62% of Americans believe that the "political views" of Supreme Court members determine their decisions as opposed to "Constitution and the law." The majority of Americans also favored Supreme Court Justices have a one-time 15-year term rather than serving for life. The poll also found that 60% of Americans support indoor mask mandates.
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The Justice Department asked the Supreme Court to temporarily block Texas' near-total ban on abortions while federal courts consider its constitutionality. The DOJ cited Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and the Supreme Court's decision in that case that upheld the right to an abortion: "'[A] State may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability,'" adding, "Texas has, in short, successfully nullified this Court’s decisions within its borders."
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  1. United States of America v. State of Texas
    s3.documentcloud.org

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor denied an emergency request from four teachers and teaching assistants to lift New York City's vaccine mandate for public school teachers and employees, allowing the requirement to remain in place. In late July, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the City would require all public school teachers and employees to receive at least one dose or risk unpaid leave.
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A Quinnipiac poll, taken after the Supreme Court declined to block Texas's Heartbeat Act from going into effect, finds that the court's job approval has fallen to an all-time low, with 37% of registered voters saying they approve of the court’s handling of its job and 50% expressing disapproval.
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