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With scant record, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh elusive on abortion

Twice in the past year, Brett Kavanaugh offered glimpses of his position on abortion that strongly suggest he would vote to support restrictions if confirmed to the Supreme Court.


Democrats ramp up fight for Kavanaugh documents

Senate Democrats intensified their fight Tuesday over documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s stint as staff secretary at the White House, pursuing a paper trail on his views …


Murray wants GOP help in blocking Supreme Court pick

Exactly one year ago, three Republican senators voted with their Democratic colleagues to block the president’s health care proposal. Now, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., is asking her Republican peers to …


Kathleen Parker: Catholics rock the courthouse

Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s slot on the Supreme Court, the foul scent of …


Kavanaugh works Capitol Hill, Dems warn of rightward tilt

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh returned to Capitol Hill Wednesday for a whirlwind round of meetings with key Republican senators as Democrats ramped up efforts to block his confirmation.


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:27 a.m.

Kavanaugh begins Congress tour, selling himself for court

President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, mapped out strategy with Republican leaders Tuesday, launching a fierce confirmation battle that could remake the court for decades and roil the …


Gary Abernathy: Changing abortion law won’t change hearts

As President Donald Trump zeroes in on his nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, abortion has returned to the forefront of a national debate, and to …


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Washington, Idaho senators show deep divide on Supreme Court nomination

Republicans praised Kavanaugh’s deference to the Constitution, while Democrats warned the pick would reverse important judicial decisions involving health care and women’s reproductive rights.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

Trump picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation …


Trump nears decision on replacement for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump is nearing a decision on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy after a weekend of deliberation at his New Jersey golf club.


Alberto R. Gonzalez: Fellow conservatives, stop the baseless attacks on a potential Supreme Court pick

The campaign to sway public opinion and President Donald Trump about his choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is in its final hours. …


Trump closes in on Supreme Court pick; 3 judges top list

President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.


UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Three more Supreme Court candidates meet with Trump; Pence meets with some contenders

President Donald Trump isn’t the only administration official meeting with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. The Associated Press has learned that Vice President Mike Pence has met with some …


Trump interviews 4 for Supreme Court, 2-3 more to go

President Donald Trump interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices Monday and planned to speak with a few more, as he powered forward with a speedy selection process to fill the …


Supreme Court ruling on internet sales taxes likely to hit home in Idaho

This year, Idaho passed long-sought legislation from Rep. Lance Clow, R-Twin Falls, to require that to happen in cases in which the seller has an affiliate retailer in Idaho who …


Susan Collins says she won’t support Supreme Court nominee who demonstrates ‘hostility to Roe v. Wade’

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a key swing vote on President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court pick, said Sunday that she would not vote for any judge who wanted to end …


Eye on Boise: Supreme Court ruling on internet sales taxes likely to hit home in Idaho

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling last week in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, it opened the door to states requiring internet sellers to collect …


UPDATED: Sat., June 30, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Evangelical leaders downplay potential Roe v. Wade reversal

For evangelical Christian leaders like Jerry Falwell Jr., this is their political holy grail.


Chief Justice John Roberts may hold key vote as Supreme Court moves right

Chief Justice John Roberts is the Supreme Court’s new man in the middle. It’s just that the middle may have moved well to the right.


Michael Gerson: Kennedy’s retirement offers Trump a path to uniting his party

Luck – pure, dumb luck – is an underestimated advantage in politics, and Donald Trump is one lucky man. He ran for the Republican nomination against a fractured field, in …


Sarah Turberville and Anthony Marcum: Those 5-to-4 court decisions get all the attention, but a 9-0 vote is far more common

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s announcement Wednesday that he would be retiring from the Supreme Court led to justifiable hand-wringing about his crucial role as the swing vote in 5-to-4 decisions. …


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 7:37 p.m.

Trump pledges July 9 announcement on Supreme Court nominee

Powering forward with a decision that could reshape the Supreme Court for decades, President Donald Trump said Friday he will announce his choice to succeed retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on …


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

Spotlight turns to GOP women in Supreme Court fight

The Senate battle over Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is off to a fiery start – even before the president makes his choice. Republican and Democratic leaders traded accusations and …


Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:12 p.m.

Justice Kennedy played unexpectedly pivotal role at Supreme Court

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy will leave a hole in the center of the Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 12:43 p.m.

Justice Kennedy retiring; Trump gets 2nd Supreme Court pick

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump the chance to cement conservative control of the high court.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 5:45 p.m.

Supreme Court deals big setback to labor unions

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to Democratic-leaning organized …


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 11:23 a.m.

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to review gas tax case involving Yakama Nation

The nation’s highest court has agreed to consider whether Yakama gas station owners are exempt from state gas taxes on the reservation.


Praying football coach petitions U.S. Supreme Court

A former Bremerton High School assistant coach who was fired when he


UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

High court OKs Trump’s travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his …