US supreme court justice Neil Gorsuch: Liberal groups engaged in a fierce effort to keep him off the supreme court. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Justice Neil Gorsuch is a profoundly conservative jurist and one of two appointments US president Donald Trump has made to the supreme court that Repu(...)

US supreme court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both appointed by President Donald Trump, arriving for Mr Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington in February 2019.  Photograph:  Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s two supreme court appointees went to the same Jesuit high school in the Washington suburbs – at the same time. After atten(...)

Chief Justice John G Roberts Jr, one of three dissenters on the vote, said the “decision is a first. Never before has this court accepted a president’s direct defiance of an act of Congress in the field of foreign affairs.” Photograph: AP

In an important separation-of-powers case, the American Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law that would have allowed American parents of children(...)