It was a big day at the Supreme Court yesterday.

Word of the Day : Jan. 23, 2019


verb  |  KYOO-myuh-layt


: to gather or pile in a heap

What are the headlines?

The transgender military in SCOTUS decided that it can go into effect...for now. Last year, the Trump administration formally announced the policy – which puts restrictions on transgender people joining or staying in the military. People sued. And federal judges blocked it while the cases made their way through the courts. Yesterday, SCOTUS unblocked it while lower courts continue to weigh in, giving the admin the temporary go-ahead to implement the policy. The Pentagon flagged that this is not a complete ban, and says that the Defense Department's policy was based on "professional military judgment." Critics – including some who sued – say this feels like discrimination. But they're still fighting the issue in the courts.


The Second in SCOTUS agreed to take up a gun case for the first time in almost a decade. The case challenges NYC's laws that prevent gun owners from taking their guns outside the city. How SCOTUS rules may not directly affect gun laws around the country, but could set a precedent that encourages gun-rights activists to pursue other gun-related cases. in the Trump admin had asked the court to weigh in on whether President Trump can end DACA – the program that protects hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation. SCOTUS said 'pass for now' – which means the program stays in place, at least for the next few months.


Now What?

The Supreme Court now has a 5-4 conservative majority. And we're seeing the impact of that majority on everything from its decision on a case to what cases it's willing to take on.



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