James Hohmann, The Washington Post Published 7:21 am, Friday, June 29, 2018 Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Ron Antonelli. Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Visitors stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 27, 2018. Visitors stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Feb. 27, 2018. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By Ron Antonelli. The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery President Donald Trump summoned to the White House Thursday night the two Republican women who will likely determine whether his nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy gets confirmed by the Senate and, possibly as a result, whether abortion could again be outlawed in America. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who both describe … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Abortion is already emerging as a top issue in the midterms with Supreme Court vacancy
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByAdam Liptak and Maggie Haberman June 28, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump singled him out for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated people close to him to important judicial posts. And members of the Trump family forged personal connections. Their goal was to assure Justice Anthony M. Kennedy that his judicial legacy would be in good hands should he step down at the end of the court’s term that ended this week, as he was rumored to be considering. Allies of the White House were more blunt, warning the 81-year-old justice that time was of the essence. There was no telling, they said, what would happen if Democrats gained control of the Senate after the November elections and had the power to block the president’s choice as his successor. There … [Read more...] about Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening
After Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement on Wednesday, President Trump said his replacement would come from a list of 25 possible nominees released by the White House last November. Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, advises Mr. Trump on judicial nominations and spoke to the president following Kennedy's announcement. Leo, whose group consists of conservative lawyers who want judges to interpret the law as it was written, said Mr. Trump was looking for three things when he created the list: "One, extraordinarily well qualified. Two, people who are, in his words, not weak. And thirdly, people who are going to interpret the Constitution the way the framers meant it to be, which is the way he put it, which I thought was an interesting way to do it," Leo said Thursday on "CBS This Morning." Leo said Mr. Trump met with him and suggested the idea of the list. "It was a novel idea. I told him that no one had ever done it before, but … [Read more...] about Judicial adviser Leonard Leo on what Trump is looking for in a Supreme Court nominee
U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts (seated C) leads Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (front row, L-R), Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Elena Kagan (back row, L-R), Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Neil Gorsuch. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) The U.S. Supreme Court — the highest ranking judicial body — currently consists of five conservative justices and four liberals, each appointed by members of their own parties. And President Trump is planning to maintain that ratio when Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, retires in July. Kennedy, who has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights, announced on June 27 that he was stepping down from the high court after 30 years of service. Trump, hoping to move the Supreme Court even more to the right, said he would start his search for Kennedy's replacement immediately. It will be … [Read more...] about Who are the Supreme Court justices?
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Fix Analysis Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events by Amber Phillips by Amber Phillips Email the author April 5 at 1:26 PM Email the author Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Capitol Hill. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made the riskiest decision of his political career in 2016: to block a vote on President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. McConnell’s decision not to allow a vote on Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to … [Read more...] about Why Mitch McConnell is bragging about holding up Merrick Garland from the Supreme Court, two years later