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McKay Cunningham: The newest umpire

John Roberts was mesmerizing. His confirmation hearing to be the next chief justice before the Senate Judiciary Committee lasted two days, during which Roberts seemed strangely at ease. The senators …


GOP lawyer caught in crossfire on Kavanaugh, Russia probe

Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court …


High court pick Brett Kavanaugh and his carefully constructed life

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s life seems as carefully constructed as the Supreme Court arguments he will hear if he is confirmed to the high court. He checks all the boxes of …


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, senators prep for marathon confirmation hearing

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only one engaging in practice sessions ahead of next week’s grueling confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 5:19 p.m.

Kavanaugh calls Roe V. Wade settled, but Dem critics unmoved

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Tuesday said he views Roe v. Wade as settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, but the answer did little to mollify …


Brett Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for then-President Bill Clinton

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president’s sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.


Immigration cases tossed in fallout from high court ruling

Immigration courts from Boston to Los Angeles have been experiencing fallout from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that has caused some deportation orders to be tossed and cases thrown …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to start Sept. 4

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin the day after Labor Day, Republicans announced, sparking Democratic objections that they are rushing the process without properly delving into …


Some Kavanaugh documents from Bush White House made public

The first documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in George W. Bush’s White House were released Thursday as the Senate begins to review the judge’s unusually lengthy public …


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.


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. …