Here Are the Biggest Stories in American Politics This Week

From Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s decision to retire from the Supreme Court to upsets in midterm primaries, it was a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the highlights from the headlines this week. Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. ImageJustice Anthony M. Kennedy said he will retire this summer.CreditChip Somodevilla/Getty Images Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday ...

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Democrats Cite McConnell’s Precedent to Delay Supreme Court Hearings. But Does It Apply?

Fact Check of the Day Democrats are demanding that the Senate majority leader delay confirmation proceedings during an election year, citing his refusal to consider an Obama nominee in 2016. Millions of ppl are just months away from determining the senators who should vote to confirm or reject POTUS’s nominee, & their voices deserve to be heard now, as @SenateMajLdr ...

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The New Tax Form Is Postcard-Size, but More Complicated Than Ever

A new version of the 1040 income tax form, set for release this week, omits some popular deductions and requires several worksheets for many taxpayers to complete. The Trump administration’s new “postcard” tax form still must be mailed in an envelope, unless you want your neighbors to see your Social Security number. It will save a little bit of time ...

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3 Books Explain Why the Supreme Court’s Stance on Gerrymandering Matters

On Monday, the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to reconsider whether the Constitution bars extreme partisan gerrymandering, returning a case from North Carolina to a trial court. The move followed two decisions last week that sidestepped issues in partisan gerrymandering cases from Maryland and Wisconsin, leaving unresolved questions of whether designing voting districts according to political interests is unconstitutional. ...

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