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U.S. Senator from Texas and current presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, was born in Canada. Normally, that wouldn't matter much. Cruz's Canadian roots haven't made him politer, more boring, or any better at hockey.

But, those roots might make it harder for him to become president, for the U.S. Constitution reserves the role of commander in chief for "natural born citizens." Now, many legal academics are weighing in on whether Cruz's birth in the nation to our north could keep him from leading the United States. Here's what they're saying.

Can't get enough of Justice Scalia? Want to know when Justice Sotomayor makes a stop in your town? Figuring out how to stalk your favorite Supreme Court justice isn't as hard as it might seem, thanks to a handy map that lets you know where the justices have been, are, and will be.

SCOTUS Map is a project of Victoria Kwan and Jay Pinho and regularly lists the public appearances of the Supreme Court nine. Let's poke around.

Here's a fun guessing game: which current presidential contender's Supreme Court clerkship was characterized by an obsession with the death penalty and the "lurid details of murders?"

Not sure? Here's a hint: he was born in Canada.

It was a frontier-themed set of oral arguments in the Supreme Court today, as attorneys debated how to define native tribal territory and the extent of federal regulation over wild lands. The first case involves liquor stores and the boundaries of the Omaha Indian Reservation since 1882. The second concerns a 70-year old elk hunter and his renegade hovercraft.

Here's what went down when the Wild West came east for oral arguments.

The status of Puerto Rico was front and center in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the justices heard arguments in Puerto Rico v. Valle. On its face, the case is about whether the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico can prosecute a criminal, already tried by the federal government, without violating the Constitution's prohibition on double jeopardy. Puerto Rico says yes. The federal government and Luis M. Sanchez Valle, who faced federal and Puerto Rican charges related weapons trafficking, say no.

More broadly, however, the case is about how Puerto Rico fits into the American system of government. Is it a semi-independent sovereign, not wholly unlike the federal states, capable of pursuing justice under its own laws, drawn from the consent of its own people? Or simply a semi-colonial territory, under the control of the federal government? After Wednesday's oral arguments, things don't look too good for la isla del encanto.

When the Supreme Court rejected two cert petitions over a toxic waste dispute in Arizona, Chief Justice Roberts took part, despite an easy-to-spot conflict of interest. Texas Instruments, the company that made your high school calculator, was a petitioner in that case. Chief Justice Roberts owns between $100,001 and $250,000 in Texas Instruments Stock, yet failed to recuse himself when the petition was considered.

Does it matter?

The Supreme Court has its boring years. The Court didn't do much of note in 1888, for example. 1952 was a total snooze. But 2015? No way.

Few years have brought as many important and exciting Supreme Court decisions as 2015. Spanning from same-sex marriage to Facebook threats, from lethal injections to Obamacare, it wasn't a dull year. Here are 2015's five most interesting, exciting, and important decisions.

The latkes are getting soggy, Hanukkah Harry has gone away, and one of Judaism's more "meh" holidays is over. But forget that, let's talk about the Supreme Court. In what's got to be a great Maccabean coincidence, there have now been eight Jewish Supreme Court justices, one for each light on the menorah.

Less than a hundred years ago, the first Jewish justice was appointed to the Supreme Court. That gave rise to a single "Jewish seat" on the Court. Like the "Catholic seat," there was typically a spot on the court set aside for a single Jewish jurist -- and no more. Today, a third of the justices are Jewish. Here's a quick overview of all the Supreme Court Justices descending from the tribes of Israel.

Yesterday, the Court heard arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to UT's use of race as a factor in admissions decisions. Fisher is one of the most high-profile, contentious cases the Supreme Court will hear this year and oral arguments reflected Fisher's import.

The debate was lively, a bit long, and even controversial, with one Justice's comments on race eliciting audible gasps from the gallery. Here's what you need to know.

The first decision of the Supreme Court's October 2015 Term is out and it's unanimous. On Tuesday, the Court released its first opinion, on the first case it heard arguments from this term: OBB Personenverkehr AG v. Sachs -- we'll call it Sachs from now on, since Personenverkehr doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. It's a case involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the ability of U.S. citizens to sue foreign government entities.

The opinion kicked off a busy week for the Court, which also heard its first oral arguments of December. Here's what you need to know.