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US president Donald Trump shakes hands with Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh at a ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his defence of Brett Kavanaugh as he apologised to the supreme court justice on behalf of the nation “for th(...)

US president Donald Trump with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh, last July. In the postwar decades, judges around the world looked to the US supreme court for inspiration. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Judges, unlike politicians, don’t owe their positions to popular endorsement. Still, like politicians, they tend to reflect how their societies think.(...)

Brad Smith, president and chief legal officer of Microsoft: firm is opposing the US government on  warrant for data stored abroad. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

US supreme court justices on Tuesday began deliberations on Microsoft’s dispute with the US justice department over whether prosecutors can force tech(...)

Pro-choice supporters celebrate outside the US supreme court after it struck down the requirement of doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals, among other restrictions. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The US supreme court has struck down a 2013 law in Texas setting restrictions on abortion clinics in a major victory for abortion rights campaigners.(...)

Barack Obama speaks on the death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia: he  vowed to  nominate a replacement “in due time” while  Donald Trump urged  Republicans to “delay, delay, delay”. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The death of conservative diehard Antonin Scalia, the long-serving US Supreme Court justice, has shifted the ground under the American presidential ra(...)

Nicole Hudgens, of Texas Values, voices her opposition to same-sex marriage outside the US Supreme Court in Washingon. Photograph: John Boal/ EPA

It’s Obergefell, pronounced Oh-ber-guh-fell. It hardly trips off the tongue, but the name of this shy property agent and art collector could featur(...)

 In the first State of the Union address after the September 2001 attacks on the US, President George W  Bush branded Iraq, Iran and North Korea as “an axis of evil”, adding that “by seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger”. These words later haunted Republicans after Bush was found to have invaded Iraq on a false premise. File photograph:  Win McNamee/Reuters

The annual State of the Union speech to the joint session of Congress gives the US president an opportunity to underscore past policy achievements and(...)

Isabela Speedon, a medical assistant, puts clean sheets on an examining table at the Whole Woman’s Health Clinic in McAllen, Texas. The US supreme court on October 14th blocked a federal  ruling that had forced the closure of abortion clinics where doctors did not have admitting access at nearby hospitals, instead allowing them to remain open while appeals proceed. Photograph: Delcia Lopez/The New York Times

Thirteen abortion clinics in Texas have been allowed to reopen after the US supreme court blocked restrictions imposed by a state law that threatened (...)

Anti-Proposition 8 protesters wave a rainbow flag in front of the US supreme court in Washington, yesterday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Among the gay rights supporters outside the US supreme court were a number colourfully dressed and dancing at an impromptu disco just yards fro(...)