Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Book Review Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Book Review | Who Gets to Sit on the Supreme Court? Advertisement Supported by Nonfiction ByEvan Thomas June 23, 2019 CONFIRMATION BIAS Inside Washington’s War Over the Supreme Court, From Scalia’s Death to Justice Kavanaugh On Feb. 12, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia died of a heart attack at a remote luxury resort in West Texas. The Republican Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, wasted no time declaring that his party would not allow President Obama to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. McConnell did pause for a moment to mourn Scalia, who had been a friend, but his “second thought,” he told Carl Hulse, “was to immediately turn to the politics of this situation. The first thing that came into my mind was that I knew if the shoe was on the other foot, they wouldn’t fill this … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Sit on the Supreme Court?
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close Video 2020 Democrats push for increasing the number of Supreme Court justices Presidential hopefuls mull structural reform of the highest court in the land; senior political correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Washington. It's become the hot new topic on the 2020 presidential campaign trail: several Democratic contenders are talking up plans to overhaul the Supreme Court, with some offering proposals to add up to 10 more members. Candidates including Sens.Cory Booker, D-N.J., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., have all signaled an openness to overhauling the court if they become president. And progressive groups are putting their money behind the message, an effort to tap into lingering liberal anger over President Trump's two nominees confirmed to the high court. BERNIE SANDERS ANNOUNCES TOP STAFFERS IN WAKE OF SHAKEUP "First they steal a Supreme Court seat, and then they turn around and … [Read more...] about 2020 Democrats eye dramatic increase in Supreme Court justices: ‘All options are on the table’
David Montgomery, The Washington Post Published 9:01 am PST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2018. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is shown in the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 13, 2018. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Melina Mara … [Read more...] about Federalist Society’s impact on the law goes much deeper than Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision Friday to reject the Trump administration's request to ban asylum for migrants who enter the country illegally. The ban had been placed on a temporary hold since Nov. 19 pending the high court's decision, which was expedited by the Justice Department. Notably, conservative-leaning Chief Justice John Roberts swung the vote against the administration's request. Trump nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh both ruled in favor of the president. Roberts' decision could be an indication that he will continue to buck the Trump administration in controversial cases. The decision comes days after the White House issued a new policy that will require all asylum seekers who cross the southwest border to return to Mexico while their applications are under review. Immigration advocates will likely challenge the decision, setting up another battle in the federal courts. … [Read more...] about Justice Roberts tilts Supreme Court in rejection of Trump’s asylum ban
Sean Sullivan, The Washington Post Published 5:04 pm PST, Thursday, November 8, 2018 WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's hospitalization for fractured ribs is a stark reminder of President Donald Trump's power to shape the Supreme Court with the help of an even more conservative Republican-led Senate. Ginsburg, 85, fell in her office Wednesday evening, according to a statement from the Supreme Court. After experiencing discomfort overnight, she was admitted to George Washington University Hospital, where tests revealed she had fractured three ribs on her left side. While there were no indications that Ginsburg's injury was serious enough to prompt her to consider stepping down - she has lined up clerks through the 2020 term - it underscored that the more liberal members of the court are aging, and another bitter confirmation fight could happen before the end of Trump's first term. Justice Stephen G. Breyer turned 80 this past summer. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been … [Read more...] about Ginsburg’s hospitalization is a reminder of Trump’s power to shape Supreme Court