Immigration deadlock reprises Obama’s battle with the courts

WASHINGTON (AP) — With its deadlock on immigration policy, the Supreme Court has added another chapter to President Barack Obama’s turbulent history with the court and delivered a reminder that there’s more to come.

In Obama’s final seven months in office, the federal courts will weigh in on several other key pieces of his remaining agenda. That includes environmental regulations on greenhouse gases and hydraulic fracking.

The high court is also the subject of one of Obama’s last battles with Congress. He’s pushing the Republican-led Senate to consider his nominee for the court.

Experts say Obama’s complicated relationship with the court is the result of a confluence of trends — including the growing power and politicization of the court and Obama’s decision to use executive authority when he couldn’t find consensus with Congress.

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