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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett at the White House in Washington last October. Photo: Chris Kleponis/CNP/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett pushed back Sunday on perceptions that biases have crept into the highest court in the U.S., per the Louisville Courier Journal.

Why it matters: The comments by the Trump-appointed conservative justice come weeks after the Supreme Court allowed Texas' ban on most abortions to remain in place, in a 5-4 vote that President Biden called "an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights."

  • The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas' ban.

Of note: Barrett was asked by students at the event, hosted by the University of Louisville's McConnell Center, about the abortion ruling and the court's decision last month to order the Biden administration to reinstate former President Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy.

  • She replied that it would be "inappropriate" to discuss specific cases, according to AP.

What she's saying: Barrett said she wanted the event guests to know that the Supreme Court "is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks," per the Courier Journal.

  • She said "judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties" and added that justices are "hyper vigilant to make sure they're not letting personal biases creep into their decisions, since judges are people, too," WHAS 11 reports.

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Religious groups ask Supreme Court for emergency stay on vaccine rule for U.S. companies

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Three religious organizations on Saturday asked the Supreme Court to grant an emergency stay over the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 workers.

Why it matters: The challenge, filed by the American Family Association, Answers in Genesis and Daystar Television Network, comes days after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati reinstated the mandate.

Updated Dec 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Federal appeals court reinstates Biden's vaccine mandate for large companies

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A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated the Biden administration's vaccine mandate for businesses with at least 100 workers.

Why it matters: The administration paused enforcement of the mandate, which requires companies to ensure their workers are fully vaccinated or tested weekly by Jan. 4, 2022, after a separate federal circuit court last month deemed it "staggeringly overbroad."

Updated 60 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.