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Miles of unused pipe for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline outside Gascoyne, North Dakota. Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

The Supreme Court 0n Monday rejected a request by the Trump administration to allow TC Energy to build parts of the Keystone XL pipeline in Montana while the appeals process moves forward on a federal court order that blocked construction, the New York Times reports.

Yes, but: The court's decision on Monday also "temporarily revived a permit program that would let other oil and gas pipelines cross waterways after only modest scrutiny from regulators," per the Times.

Why it matters, via Axios' Amy Harder: The court's decision leaves Keystone — arguably the world's highest profile and most politically contentious pipeline project — tied up in the permitting and legal morass it's been in for more than a decade.

  • The revival of the permit program is a win for the oil and gas industry overall, but a loss for TC Energy and the Trump administration's push to jump-start the Keystone project.
  • The Supreme Court's unsigned order did not provide an explanation, which is typical on emergency applications, and noted that it would remain in effect during the appeals process, per the Times.

The big picture: A news comes on the heels of a federal judge ordering the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down on Monday while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts a new environmental analysis, Axios' Ben Geman reports.

  • Duke Energy and Dominion Energy also canceled their plans for the $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline this weekend, citing a federal district court judge's decision that overturned federal permit authority for waterbody and wetland crossings.

Go deeper: Natural gas pipeline project canceled after Supreme Court victory

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Oct 14, 2020 - Health

Republicans' Supreme Court message: Don't worry about the ACA

Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images

Health care was by far the dominant issue in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearing yesterday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

The big picture: After promising for 10 years to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, and with a lawsuit pending at the Supreme Court that could do exactly that, Republicans are making a new argument: c’mon, nobody’s getting rid of the Affordable Care Act.

Updated Oct 13, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court allows Trump administration to halt census count

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday approved the Trump administration's emergency application to stop census field operations early while litigation over the once-a-decade count continues in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Why it matters: Civil rights groups fear that cutting off field operations now could lead to an undercount, which would affect how congressional seats are reapportioned.

Amy Coney Barrett pressed on abortion beliefs during Senate hearing

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that she doesn't have a judicial "agenda" on abortion — and declined to answer if she believes that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided and can be overturned.

Why it matters: Barrett, whose confirmation would tilt the balance of the Supreme Court to a 6-3 conservative majority, is under pressure by Senate Democrats to outline how she would rule on health care, elections and abortion cases. In 2006, Barrett signed an open letter calling Roe v. Wade "barbaric" and "an exercise of raw judicial power."