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

Supreme Court majority questions massive shift of election authority

The case the Supreme Court is hearing Wednesday could fundamentally alter oversight on legislative maps and other high-stakes election issues.

December 7, 2022

Supreme Court to consider fundamental change in elections authority

With the country deeply divided over whether to trust elections, North Carolina says the U.S. Constitution gives state legislatures, not courts or governors, complete oversight.

December 6, 2022

The Supreme Court thrives on hypotheticals. Alito’s latest sparked a backlash.

In a case about LGBTQ and religious protections, Justice Samuel A. Alito found himself musing about children in KKK outfits and Black shopping mall Santas.

December 6, 2022

Supreme Court seems to side with web designer opposed to same-sex marriage

Conservative justices seemed amenable to web designer Lorie Smith’s argument that the state can't compel her to make wedding sites for same-sex couples.

December 5, 2022

Wedding websites are the latest gay rights battleground in Colorado

The Supreme Court on Monday considers if web designer Lorie Smith’s refusal to create same-sex union sites violates Colorado's public-accommodation law.

December 4, 2022

Supreme Court to review legality of Biden’s student loan forgiveness program

The Supreme Court on Thursday announced it will expedite review of the legality of President Biden’s plan to cancel federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers, and hold oral arguments in February.

December 1, 2022

Justices seem conflicted in immigration enforcement case

Texas sued the Biden administration after it said agents would prioritize for deportation only recent border crossers and those deemed a threat to public safety.

November 29, 2022

Supreme Court suggests higher bar may be needed for corruption cases

In arguments in two New York public-corruption cases, justices say some efforts to influence decisions are equivalent to lobbying, and shouldn't be prosecuted.

November 28, 2022

Supreme Court clears way for Trump tax returns to go to Congress

Lawmakers say they need Donald Trump’s tax returns from his time in office to help evaluate the effectiveness of annual presidential audits -- a premise Trump rejects.

November 23, 2022

Justice Alito denies disclosing 2014 Hobby Lobby opinion in advance

Allegation against Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. comes after leak of draft Dobbs abortion opinion, amid growing public questions about the high court's legitimacy.

November 19, 2022