Robert Barnes

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court

Education: University of Florida

Robert Barnes has been a Washington Post reporter and editor since 1987. He joined the paper to cover Maryland politics, and he has served in various editing positions, including metropolitan editor and national political editor. He has covered the Supreme Court since November 2006.
Latest from Robert Barnes

Sotomayor says she did not ask Gorsuch to wear a mask on the Supreme Court bench

A rare statement from the two does not address some issues but describes them as warm friends. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. also said he did not make such a request.

January 19, 2022

Supreme Court seems to think Boston erred by denying Christian group that wanted to fly flag at city hall

Officials had approved 284 requests for a ceremonial flag-raising before saying that a Christian flag would look like the city was endorsing religion.

January 18, 2022

Supreme Court to hear case of high school football coach who lost job after praying with players

The case dates to 2015, when Joseph Kennedy, an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Washington, offered private prayer after games and often was joined by players and coaches of both teams. An opposing coach complained, and Kennedy’s contract was not renewed.

January 14, 2022

Supreme Court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine rules, allows requirement for health-care workers

The administration had argued both policies were needed to push more Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus but faced opposition from several Republican-led states and labor groups.

January 13, 2022

Supreme Court seems skeptical of Biden’s vaccine rules for businesses, more receptive to policy for health-care workers

The justices on Friday heard challenges to two policies that affect nearly 100 million people employed at large private businesses and health-care facilities receiving federal funds.

January 7, 2022

Supreme Court is set to review Biden’s vaccine rules for businesses, health-care workers. Here’s what to know.

The court will hear legal challenges to White House vaccination requirements Friday.

January 6, 2022

Roberts says federal judiciary has some issues but doesn’t need congressional intervention

The chief justice says managing its internal affairs is “crucial” to the judiciary’s status as a coequal branch of government.

December 31, 2021

Biden administration defends its authority on vaccine policies to Supreme Court

The justices will hold a special hearing on Jan. 7 to consider polices that could affect 100 million workers

December 30, 2021

Trump asks Supreme Court to consider Jan. 6 chairman’s interview with Washington Post in bid to block records

Trump’s attorneys filed a supplemental brief with the justices to include a Post article quoting Thompson’s concerns about potential criminal liability.

December 29, 2021

Supreme Court term limits are popular — and appear to be going nowhere

The public — both Republicans and Democrats — like the idea of changing lifetime tenure rules for Supreme Court justices. But both liberals and conservatives in the Senate are balking at activating them.

December 28, 2021