EDITORIAL: Donald Trump and the federal courts

Mr. Trump faced more than 100 judicial vacancies when he entered the Oval Office, including one on the U.S. Supreme Court. You might not know it from the sea of negative press coverage involving the White House, but President Donald Trump can tout some significant accomplishes as 2017 draws to a close.

The Latest: Supreme Court term begins with worker rights

The Supreme Court has begun its new term with an argument about the rights of employees to complain about pay and conditions in the workplace. Justice Neil Gorsuch and his eight colleagues took the bench just after 10 a.m. Gorsuch is starting his first full term as a justice following his confirmation in April.

WOTUS redefinition out

On July 27 the Environmental Protection Agency filed a notice in the Federal Register stating the agency's intent to roll back the definition of the waters of the United States, or WOTUS, to the definition that predated a version introduced by the Obama administration in 2015. The notice, which triggers a public comment period for the change, comes as a first step in meeting the requirements of an order issued by President Trump in February of this year, the agency says.

Scalia Speaks, Forthcoming Book of Scalia Speeches

As I mentioned in late April, at the invitation of the Scalia family, Christopher J. Scalia and I have been reviewing and selecting Justice Scalia's best speeches for publication in a single-volume collection. I am very pleased to pass along that, as announced earlier today on the Corner, Crown Forum has arranged with the Scalia family to publish Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived .

Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s $1.675M home includes…

In anticipation of his move to Washington, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch recently listed his family's Boulder County home for sale. And interest in the $1.675 million home, located 10 miles from Pearl Street Mall and surrounded by open space with stunning mountain views, is already high, listing agent Deborah Read Fowler said..

the Originalist Announces Post-Show Panelists at Arena Stage

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater will host special post-show conversations with notable guest panelists during the run of John Strand's critically-acclaimed political drama The Originalist , based on the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The play, which stars four-time Helen Hayes Award winner and acclaimed D.C. actor Edward Gero as Justice Scalia and is under the direction of Artistic Director Molly Smith, runs July 7-30, 2017 in the Kreeger Theater.

Trump visits Supreme Court for first time as president

President Trump visited the Supreme Court on Thursday for the first time as president while the justices prepare to answer Trump's request that they review the travel ban controversy. Trump visited the high court for the formal investiture ceremony of Justice Neil Gorsuch, Trump's pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

Meet Christopher Wray, Trump’s supposed nominee for FBI director

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will nominate former Department of Justice official Christopher A. Wray to take over as FBI director. Wray, who attended Yale University for undergraduate and law school, was nominated by former President George W. Bush to be the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

Thorner: Koch Brothers’ Money Funds Pro-Con Con Agenda


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Less than a year before his untimely passing, Justice Antonin Scalia called it a "horrible idea" to hold a constitutional convention. Phyllis Schlafly was always strongly against allowing a constitutional convention to rewrite our Constitution, as with her fight against ERA in the 70's .

Newly Confirmed Supreme Court Judge Neil Gorsuch Grills Lawyers About …

In his first day hearing Supreme Court arguments newly confirmed judge Neil Gorsuch instantly and with ease jumped in and began grilling attorneys with questions about statutory law and how it applied to their arguments. The justices, with the exception of the usually silent Clarence Thomas, are known for their aggressive questioning, and Gorsuch showed no qualms about jumping right in.

Senate confirms Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Since Trump nominated Gorsuch in January, Republicans have praised the 10th circuit court of appeals judge as a mainstream jurist qualified to sit on the high court. The Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court Friday morning, thrilling conservatives and angering liberals who expect him to be in the mold of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will take.

Action over court seat disgraceful

Editor: I find Republican Senators' actions regarding the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Scalia's death to be disgraceful. Put the political affiliation of the nominees aside and look at the real issue.

Want More Civility? Try Less Power.

Earlier this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and now-deceased Justice Antonin Scalia received the seventh annual Award for Civility in Public Life from Allegheny College. Every year since 2011, Allegheny College has recognized two individuals whose conduct -- often toward each other -- displays the kind of respect and courtesy that should be a hallmark of political discourse and public life in a civilized society.

High court whole as Gorsuch sworn in

Justice Neil Gorsuch took his place in history Monday as the newest addition on the bench of the Supreme Court, restoring a narrow conservative majority and marking a much-needed political victory for President Donald Trump.

Gorsuch is the face of the new not-normal

The past 11 weeks of the Trump administration have looked anything but normal, except for one thing: the nomination of judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. That announcement was rolled out with the traditional pomp by a President who followed the script, and a silver-haired nominee who spoke well and looked the part .

How Neil Gorsuch could affect the Supreme Court

Neil Gorsuch, President Trump's pick to fill the Supreme Court slot left open following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, was confirmed by the Senate after a bruising fight when the upper chamber's majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell, invoked the so-called "nuclear option," which allowed Republicans to end debate without 60 votes and subsequently push through the nomination. To help understand why the addition of Gorsuch, a judicial conservative ideologically similar to Scalia, to the nation's highest court matters, we reached out to Kate Shaw, an ABC News contributor and a Cardozo School of Law professor.

Gorsuch’s ascension to high court vindicates McConnell plan

In this April 7, 2017, photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks to reporters before the vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate confirmation of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was vindication for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made a risky bet more than a year ago that paid off big time for Trump and the Republican leader himself.

Gorsuch OK’d as new justice

The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old veteran of the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver whose conservative rulings make him an intellectual heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will fill.

Senate confirms Gorsuch as justice

The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court.

The Nuclear Option: Senate confirms Trump pick to Supreme Court

The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump's nominee following a corrosive partisan confrontation that could have lasting impacts for the Senate and the court. Vice President Mike Pence was presiding as the Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch, a 49-year-old veteran of the 10th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Denver whose conservative rulings make him an intellectual heir to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose seat he will fill.

Is Trump Considering a TV Personality And 9/11 Truther For The Next Supreme Court Seat?

Have you ever heard something so ludicrous that it sent you into wheezing, nose-running fits of laughter - until you find out it's true? For me, that moment came when someone suggested that President Trump could potentially be considering a TV personality for the next vacant SCOTUS seat. Sure, Senator Lindsey Graham, in praising the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by Trump, mentioned something about his fear of who Trump would pick for the seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Neil Gorsuch is “not a neutral legal mind”: Key Senate…

Key Senate Democrats, including at least one representing a state Donald Trump won, are finally signaling that there is absolutely nothing to be gained by playing nice with Republicans and are vowing to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch - even if that results in the end of the filibuster. "If Judge Gorsuch can't achieve 60 votes in the Senate, could any judge appointed by a Republican president be approved with 60 or more votes in the Senate?" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, asked on Monday.

Neil Gorsuch and the Case of the Frozen Trucker

The Senate confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, have often been obscured by one controversy after another, from the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act to revelations that the is actively investigating possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Add to that the unprecedented decision last year by the Senate Republican majority to deny President Barack Obama a hearing on Merrick Garland, his constitutionally nominated successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, after Scalia's death.

Watch Live: Senate hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination


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The speeches are - for the most part - over, and the gloves are ready to come off on Capitol Hill today, where a key Senate committee will begin questioning Judge Neil Gorsuch on his qualifications to take the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. The marathon session, which follows Monday's largely introductory affair, begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with the Senate Judiciary Committee taking up its advise and consent role on President Trump's choice for the high court.

Reviewing why a Justice Gorsuch ‘might be hard to pigeonhole on criminal justice issues’

We are now onlya week from the start of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and this new extended AP article reviews Judge Gorsuch's record onthe cases that I usually give the most attention. The article is headlined "Gorsuch has ruled for police, and suspects, in crime cases," and here are excerpts: Judge Neil Gorsuch wasn't convinced that a teenager who made burping sounds in a classroom should be arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention in a police car.

Reviewing why a Justice Gorsuch ‘might be hard to pigeonhole on criminal justice issues’

We are now onlya week from the start of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, and this new extended AP article reviews Judge Gorsuch's record onthe cases that I usually give the most attention. The article is headlined "Gorsuch has ruled for police, and suspects, in crime cases," and here are excerpts: Judge Neil Gorsuch wasn't convinced that a teenager who made burping sounds in a classroom should be arrested, handcuffed and taken to juvenile detention in a police car.

Two Views: Supreme Court Nomination – Gorsuch could make it harder to address climate change


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Judge Neil Gorsuch was not on President Donald Trump's first list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Judge Gorsuch did, however, appear on a revised list just weeks after he wrote a controversial manifesto arguing that it should be easier for corporations and individuals suing federal agencies to have courts strike down regulations and overrule decisions by experts at agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency.

Thanking Justice Roberts

National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius case which held that the "penalty" for not buying health insurance was actually a "tax" and therefore constitutional.

‘Justice Scalia’s seat’ has a history going back 150 years

On the night Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was thinking about history. "The towering judges that have served in this particular seat on the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment," Gorsuch said in the East Room of the White House following his nomination by President Donald Trump .

‘Justice Scalia’s seat’ has a history going back 150 years

On the night Judge Neil Gorsuch was nominated to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, he was thinking about history. "The towering judges that have served in this particular seat on the Supreme Court, including Antonin Scalia and Robert Jackson, are much in my mind at this moment," Gorsuch said in the East Room of the White House following his nomination by President Donald Trump .

Gorsuch paid $3.28 million by former firm, under 2005 deal

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch gave up a $1 million a year paycheck when he left his private law practice a decade ago for less financially rewarding work as a government lawyer and then a judge. But he managed to do quite nicely for his first four years on the federal bench even so, earning $3.28 million in deferred payments through 2009.

Count Gorsuch: Kathleen Parker

Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks as his wife Louise and President Donald Trump stand with him on stage in East Room of the White House in Washington after the president announced Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. People for the American Way claims he's an ideologue "far outside of the judicial mainstream who has a record of warping the law to serve the powerful over the interests and constitutional rights of ordinary Americans."

Trumpa s Supreme Court pick wary of a politicians with robesa

Judge Neil Gorsuch recalls being blinded by tears in the middle of a ski run after someone rang his cellphone with news of the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The reaction illustrates not only the depth of Gorsuch's admiration for his mentor but also how thoroughly he has modeled his conservative constitutionalist views after Scalia.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick wary of ‘politicians with robes’

Judge Neil Gorsuch recalls being blinded by tears in the middle of a ski run after someone rang his cellphone with news of the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The reaction illustrates not only the depth of Gorsuch's admiration for his mentor but also how thoroughly he has modeled his conservative constitutionalist views after Scalia.

Will Liberals Learn to Love the 10th Amendment?


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In the 1997 case Printz v. United States , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional for the federal government to direct state and local law enforcement officers to enforce certain provisions of the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.

Trump’s Supreme Court pick goes to Republican Senate

Judge Neil Gorsuch was announced as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Tuesday - a nomination that could fill the Supreme Court's vacant seat that has gone unfilled since Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February 2016. Gorsuch's nomination does not come as a surprise, Assoc.

Gorsuch’s Ten Most Important Cases From the Tenth


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The Tenth Circuit could be sending a native up to the Supreme Court. On Tuesday, President Trump announced that Neil Gorsuch will be his nominee to replace the late Justice Scalia.

Where Does Gorsuch Stand on Tech and the Law?


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President Trump is an avid Twitter user, but otherwise avoids technology. Justice Scalia once wondered, during oral arguments, whether one could print off text messages and share them with their friends.

Exemplary choice for high court

President Donald Trump could scarcely have done better, from a conservative viewpoint, than nominating federal appellate judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberals too, if not driven by mindless opposition, can also find much to admire in his character and approach to the law.

Connecticut Legal Experts Say It Will Be Tough To Block A Supreme Court Pick

Democrats mad about Republicans refusal to confirm Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee to fill Justice Antonin Scalia's seat will have a hard time blocking the nomination of Neil M. Gorsuch to fill the vacancy, predicted Supreme Court observers. "The difference is that we are in the first two weeks of at least a four year term," Quinnipiac law professor John Pavia said Wednesday after President Donald Trump made his selection.

Hobby Lobby, executive power: Gorsuch’s key rulings

JANUARY 31: U.S. President Donald Trump nominates Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House January 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. If confirmed, Gorsuch would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Associate Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.

Ted Cruz reportedly says nuclear option is on table in Supreme Court pick

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in an interview Tuesday that "all procedural options are on the table" when it comes to confirming a strong conservative to replace Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court. President Trump nominated federal Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, choosing a jurist widely seen by conservatives as a fitting successor to the late Scalia - and touching off what is sure to be a fierce confirmation battle with Senate Democrats already vowing resistance.

Trump picks judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Judge Neil Gorsuch and his wife Marie Louise listen after U.S. President Donald Trump nominated him for the Supreme Court, at the White House in Washington, D.C., the United States , Jan. 31, 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump announced Tuesday night he picked judge Neil Gorsuch as the new justice for the Supreme Court, which has been evenly divided between Democratic appointees and Republican ones since Justice Antonin Scalia died last February.

Meet Neil Gorsuch: a fly-fishing Scalia fan

Donald Trump, who has made some pretty out-of-the-box choices since he became president of the United States, decided to go establishment for his first Supreme Court pick. Judge Neil Gorsuch is a laid back, fly-fishing, fourth-generation Coloradan who also happens to have an Ivy League education, a brilliant legal mind and an established judicial record.

Your New Supreme Court Nominee is Neil Gorsuch

The President has just nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the vacancy that the GOP majority in the US Senate held open for almost a year after the death of Associate Justice Scalia. Many court watchers, noting Trump's "central casting" approach to staffing, consider the 10th Circuit judge the favorite for the high court seat, if for no other reason than "he looks the part," as Empirical SCOTUS blogger Adam Feldman put it.

Continue reading Trump nominates Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court on Tuesday, selecting a young jurist well-regarded in conservative legal circles as his pick to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. A Denver native, Gorsuch was appointed by President George W. Bush to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 after serving in Bush's Justice Department.

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee – watch live

He said the selection process "may be the most transparent judicial selection process in history," and said he is keeping his promise to the American people with this nomination. "When Justice Scalia passed away suddenly last February, I made a promise to the American people if I were elected president, I would find the very best judge in the country for the Supreme Court," he said.

The fight over Trump’s Supreme Court pick might go ‘nuclear’

With President Donald Trump set to make his Supreme Court selection Tuesday night, an all-out brawl is potentially on the precipice of breaking out in the Senate. Many Senate Democrats are still enraged at the nearly year-long blockade put forth by their Republican counterparts, stunting President Barack Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

5 Faith Facts on the presumed Supreme Court nominees

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his first Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last February. Pundits have whittled the new president's list of potential candidates to two: Neil Gorsuch, currently a federal judge on 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver and Thomas Hardiman.

Trump’s justice pick to trigger intense pressure on Senate

When President Donald Trump nominates a Supreme Court justice, Senate Democrats and Republicans will immediately face intense political pressure, with liberals demanding that Democrats block the choice and the new president urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to blow up longstanding rules to secure confirmation. Federal appeals court judges William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman are front-runners to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, according to a person familiar with the process who was not authorized to speak publicly about internal decisions and discussed the search on condition of anonymity.

Meet Judge Neil Gorsuch – a frontrunner for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee


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Judge Neil Gorsuch, who serves on the federal appeals court's 10th circuit in Denver, has emerged as one of the likely names to be selected. Trump tweeted on Wednesday that he'll announce his pick next Thursday, and later told Fox News' Sean Hannity that he's mostly finished deciding.

Famously conservative Scalia was really a part-time liberal

As President Donald Trump prepares to name a successor to Justice Antonin Scalia, the conventional wisdom is that the choice will not change the liberal-conservative balance on the court. After all, this argument goes, if Trump chooses any of the names on his previously published list, the court and the country will simply be swapping one conservative justice for another.

Trump’s anti-refugee policies are illegal – thanks to the GOP’s war on birth control

"When, in writing for the majority of the Court, I adopt a general rule, and say, 'This is the basis of our decision,'" the late Justice Antonin Scalia once warned, " I not only constrain lower courts, I constrain myself as well ." For, "if the next case should have such different facts that my political or policy preferences regarding the outcome are quite the opposite, I will be unable to indulge those preferences."

Opposition Gathers Steam as Trump Readies Conservative Pick for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump will next week announce his pick for Supreme Court justice, who will likely be in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. With Republicans having blocked the nomination of former President Barack Obama's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, President Donald Trump is now ready to offer up his choice for the seat left vacant for nearly a year since the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Trump era begins


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Donald Trump raised his right hand and vowed to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. His wife, Melania, stood by his side.

Supreme Court nominations will never be the same

The story of the Supreme Court in 2016 can be summarized in a statistic: It's been 311 days since Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, and his seat remains unfilled. That's not the longest Supreme Court vacancy in the modern era, but it's about to enter second place - and it will become the longest if Donald Trump's nominee isn't confirmed before the end of March.

North Carolina Republicans plot legislative coup against democracy to usher in a new era of Jim Crow


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Donald Trump has won the presidency after narrowly carrying a few states to put him above 270 electoral votes.But according... Senate Republicans refused to give President Obama's pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia even the courtesy of a... Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, while Democrats also gained a majority on the state Supreme Court, breaking the Republican stranglehold on North Carolina's state government. Now, though, Republicans have used the pretext of a lame-duck special legislative session-ostensibly convened for disaster relief-to introduce a slew of measures that and even the high court itself.

Natalia Castro: “Going Nuclear” On Supreme Court Pick


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One issue that helped shape the election was the debate over the next Supreme Court Justice nomination as a fear of a liberal replacement to the late Justice Antonin Scalia brought conservatives to the voting booth in droves. Now President-elect Donald Trump must remain true to his promise and deliver a strict constitutionalist to the Supreme Court, but his new enemy in this battle is not Hillary Clinton , but the Senate.

Scalia’s wisdom: Burning the U.S. flag is awful, but lawful

"Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag," President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday. "If they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!" "If I were king," the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once said in an interview, "I would not allow people to go about burning the American flag.

CNS Columnist Cheers Dissing of SCOTUS Nominee As Revenge For Obama Not Attending Scalia’s Funeral

In his Nov. 17 CNSNews.com column , Lynn Wardle claims that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland will not receive a Senate hearing not because of Republican senators making a political power play -- as has been widely admitted -- but because of "the rude, disrespectful behavior of the very person who nominated him for the Supreme Court President Barack Obama." How so, you ask? Wardle explains: President Obama disrespected Justice Antonin Scalia and was very rude regarding his sudden death earlier this year.

Justice Thomas calls conservatives to continue Scalia’s work

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas says conservatives should make the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia a "prologue" in the effort to limit the power of the courts and other branches of government. The Supreme Court has too often granted rights to people that are not found in the Constitution, Thomas said, citing the decision in 2015 that made same-sex marriage legal across the country.

Justice Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called on fellow conservatives Thursday to continue the work of the late Justice Antonin Scalia to keep the power of the courts and other branches of government in check. Thomas told 1,700 people at a dinner in honour of Scalia that the Supreme Court has too often granted rights to people that are not found in the Constitution.

Clarence Thomas: Honor Scalia by reining in government

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addresses the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention dinner at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, on Nov. 17, 2016. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas addresses the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention dinner at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, on Nov. 17, 2016.

Trump’s legacy could be defined early with Supreme Court pick

Donald Trump will quickly begin to define his presidential legacy by nominating a new Supreme Court justice as one of his first acts in office. The high court has had a vacancy since the sudden passing of Justice Antonin Scalia in February , despite a strident effort by President Obama to replace the conservative with his own choice, Merrick Garland.

US Supreme Court reinstates Arizona ballot collection ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday reinstated an Arizona law that makes it a felony to collect early ballots, stepping into a contentious political issue days before the presidential election and dealing a blow to Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts. The unsigned order from the nation's highest court overturns an appeals court decision from a day earlier that blocked the new law and drew celebration from Democrats.

Supreme Court Begins New Term Amid Critical Uncertainty

It is business as usual for the Supreme Court justices despite the irresolution of the vacancy left by the untimely death of conservative-leaning Justice Antonin Scalia earlier this year. On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by the Washington Redskins in which the NFL team was challenging the decision to cancel the team's trademarks after critics deemed it offensive to Native Americans.

The Supreme Court kicks off a new term Monday without

Scalia's absence haunts Supreme Court's new term The late justice's impact will be felt on cases accepted, denied and delayed Check out this story on HometownLife.com: http://usat.ly/2dTrUxb The Supreme Court kicks off a new term Monday without Justice Antonin Scalia, whose absence will have a major impact. WASHINGTON - Justice Antonin Scalia will be missing when the Supreme Court opens its 2016 term Monday, but his influence lives on in the cases the court has granted, denied and delayed.

jam he’s in

It's Tuesday, September 13, and Day 212 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 181 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy.

Stone-walling of Garland nomination dereliction of duty

As President Barack Obama's second and final term winds down, commentators consider each decision, each foreign trip and each utterance, along with the unfolding presidential campaign, in terms of what it all means in terms of his legacy. The Senate Republican leadership's legacy, as the congressional session winds down, is already clear.

What others say: Senate needs to act on Supreme Court nomination

It has been almost six months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, and almost five months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the widely respected and centrist chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to succeed him. Because of obstructionism by Senate Republicans, however, the Senate is no closer to holding a hearing on Garland's nomination, much less voting on it.

Candidate Strickland apologizes for remarks about Justice Scalia

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland of Ohio is apologizing for remarks appearing to celebrate the death of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In audio of an appearance Monday before the AFL-CIO in Cleveland, the former Ohio governor is heard saying he didn't "wish anyone ill" but Scalia's death "happened at a good time" for union workers.

Voter ID laws in jeopardy after Texas agrees to ease its rules

In agreeing last week to relax its voter-ID requirements for the November election, Texas showed how far the legal climate has shifted with respect to the wave of state laws enacted over the last decade. The agreement came less than two weeks after a federal appeals court said Texas's ID law was racially discriminatory.

Is SCOTUS a Good Reason to Support Trump? Libertarian and Conservative Legal Experts Weigh In


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Donald Trump is hoping to pitch himself as the conservative legal movement's last best hope for securing the future of the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump says that if he's elected president he will name committed constitutionalists to the bench and will replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia with "a person of similar views and principles."

Susan Estrich: Ginsburg v. Trump

"I can't imagine what this place would be - I can't imagine what the country would be - with Donald Trump as our president," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said in The New York Times this week. Trump responded in his usual unpresidential way, tweeting : "Justice Ginsburg has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me.

Supreme Court won’t rescue Wisconsin abortion law

Handing down its second major abortion action in as many days, the U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to rescue a Wisconsin law restricting abortion clinics and doctors in the state, leaving in place lower court rulings that had struck it down. The unsigned order ends a three-year legal fight and was accompanied Tuesday by another rejection of an appeal by Mississippi that sought to reinstate a similar law requiring abortion doctors to be able to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

Justices reject request to rehear union case that tied 4-4

The Supreme Court has turned down a long-shot request to hold new arguments in a major labor union case that ended in a 4-4 tie. The justices on Tuesday denied without comment a petition from a group of California teachers urging the court to reconsider the case once a new justice is confirmed.

Texas illegally curbs abortion clinics, Supreme Court rules

The Supreme Court issued its strongest defense of abortion rights in a quarter-century Monday, striking down Texas' widely replicated rules that sharply reduced abortion clinics in the nation's second-most-populous state. By a 5-3 vote, the justices rejected the state's arguments that its 2013 law and follow-up regulations were needed to protect women's health.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Restrictions on Abortions

The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were only a veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions in the nation's second-most populous state.

Supreme Court set to close out current term with 3 big cases

The Supreme Court is set to close out its current term with opinions Monday in three remaining cases after a flurry of decisions last week. The last three cases concern regulation of Texas abortion clinics, the public corruption conviction of former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and a federal law that seeks to keep guns out of the hands of people convicted of domestic violence.

Supreme Courta s affirmative action ruling wona t affect Kansas schools

The Supreme Court's decision Thursday upholding a University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race won't affect Wichita State University, the school's provost said. In a major victory for affirmative action, the justices voted in favor of the Texas program by a 4-3 vote, an outcome that was dramatically altered by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who opposed affirmative action.

Texas affirmative action plan survives Supreme Court review

In a major victory for affirmative action, a divided Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the University of Texas admissions program that takes account of race. The justices voted in favor of the Texas program by a 4-3 vote, an outcome that was dramatically altered by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who opposed affirmative action.

Advocates of affirmative action policies at colleges

Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program Narrow decision allows use of racial preferences at University of Texas Check out this story on eveningsun.com: http://usat.ly/28P5Qgg Advocates of affirmative action policies at colleges and universities rallied outside the Supreme Court in December when the University of Texas case was heard. WASHINGTON - A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of racial preferences in admissions at the University of Texas Thursday, giving an unexpected reprieve to the type of affirmative action policies it has condoned for nearly four decades.

8 cases remain for Supreme Court

Regulation of Texas abortion clinics, race in college admissions, protections for people living in the U.S. illegally and the public corruption conviction of Virginia's former governor are among the big issues yet to be decided by the Supreme Court. The eight-justice court has eight cases to resolve in the waning days of a trying and mournful term since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February.

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 122: Business as usual


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