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Politics Oct 08WATCH: Kavanaugh promises to be a ‘team player’ on Supreme Court
Kavanaugh was sworn in by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at an entirely ceremonial event Monday at the White House. He officially became a member of the high court Saturday.
Politics Sep 18Echoes of Anita Hill in #MeToo allegation against Brett Kavanaugh
The sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh recall Anita Hill's accusations against Clarence Thomas in 1991, but there are important differences as well as cautions for senators considering how to deal with the allegations.
Nation Sep 05WATCH LIVE: Day 3 of Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings
Pressured by Democrats with Donald Trump on their minds, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rejected repeated efforts at Wednesday's Senate confirmation hearing to reveal his views about a president pardoning himself or being forced to testify in a criminal case.
Politics Sep 05WATCH: The first quality of a good judge is independence, Kavanaugh says
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said in his first day of questioning from senators that being a good judge also requires paying attention to the words of the Constitution and the words of laws, "not doing what I want to…
Politics Aug 06Former Clarence Thomas clerks are a big presence in Trump administration
Twenty-two Thomas clerks, roughly 20 percent of the people who have snagged coveted jobs in his Supreme Court office since 1991, either hold political appointments in the Trump administration or have been nominated to judgeships by Trump.
Nation Mar 28In Supreme Court deportation case, justices weigh immigrants’ legal rights
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court tried to figure out Tuesday whether immigrants should get a second chance in court when bad legal advice leads to a guilty plea and certain deportation. The justices seemed divided during an argument about what…
Nation Jan 31Watch Live: President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee
Two finalists for the high court slot — Neil Gorsuch and Thomas Hardiman — were both summoned to Washington ahead of Tuesday's announcement, adding a dash of drama to the announcement from the reality television star turned president. Their travel…
Politics May 10Garland submits questionnaire as Judiciary Committee stonewalls
The questionnaire is a standard early step in the vetting of any judicial nominee. The lengthy survey typically is drafted by the committee, completed by the nominee, and then reviewed and made public by the committee in advance of committee…
Politics Apr 30How the Supreme Court is functioning following Scalia’s death
Two months, 31 arguments and 18 decisions since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, is the Supreme Court hopelessly deadlocked or coping as a party of eight?…
Politics Feb 22Chief justice remembers Scalia’s ‘irrepressible spirit’
WASHINGTON -- Antonin Scalia's colleagues honored the late Supreme Court justice Monday in a manner he would surely have approved, in sharp exchanges and aggressive questions during the court's first session since Scalia's death.