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Supreme Court appears sharply split on Jerusalem passport issue
Supreme Court appears sharply split on Jerusalem passport issue

The Supreme Court justices sounded sharply and closely split Monday over whether the president or Congress has the power to decide whether passports of American children born in Jerusalem may be stamped with “Israel.” The outcome could reverberate in the Mideast, where the legal status of Jerusalem has been in dispute since 1948. Both Israelis and Palestinians claim the ancient city as their capital. The ruling also could undercut the long-standing claim of presidents that they have “exclusive power” to conduct the nation’s foreign affairs. From the opening minutes, the justices staked out opposing views. The court's liberal and Jewish justices...

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