Supreme courts

August 23, 2018 - 11:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh first crossed paths over plates of beef stroganoff, shepherd's pie and chicken cubes in a thick, yellow sauce. They weren't business meals. They shared lunch period at their elite private high school. Now, the two may dine together for decades,...
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This undated photo provided by Jena Pickett shows her father Emerson Pickett, who was killed in 2003 by Quinton Birdinground Jr. who was released from custody today after serving 15 years in prison. A U.S. judge ordered Birdinground, a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, released from prison on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. (Jena Pickett photo via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 9:04 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. judge ordered a convicted killer from Montana's Crow Indian Reservation released from prison on Thursday after part of his conviction was overturned for not meeting the definition of a violent crime. Assistant U.S. Attorney Lori Harper Suek wept as she told the court,...
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In these 2018 file photos, Paul Manafort leaves federal court in Washington, left and attorney Michael Cohen leaves federal court in New York. The one-two punch ahead of the midterm elections _ the plea from former Trump lawyer Cohen and the fraud conviction of one-time campaign chairman Manafort _ is presenting the biggest loyalty test yet for Republicans who have been reluctant to criticize the president. (AP Photo/File)
August 22, 2018 - 8:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after President Donald Trump was implicated in a federal crime, members of both parties dismissed talk of impeachment, with some Democrats expressing fears Wednesday about such a politically risky step, and Republicans shrugging off the accusations or withholding judgment...
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Lilly Ledbetter, an activist for workplace equality, left, is joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as they address demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 22, 2018 - 6:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chants of support for equal pay echoed outside the Supreme Court as several women's rights organizations spoke out against Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the high court. The advocacy groups joined forces Wednesday with equal-pay activist Lilly Ledbetter and Democratic Sens...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question during the daily press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 22, 2018 - 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7 p.m. President Donald Trump is accusing his former lawyer Michael Cohen of lying under pressure of prosecution as his White House grapples with allegations that the president orchestrated a campaign cover-up to buy the...
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August 22, 2018 - 1:48 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — During a visit to New Zealand, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Wednesday defended the moves his nation's government have made to take control of the judicial system. Poland's conservative government lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65 as...
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her office, before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
August 21, 2018 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday he agrees that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who is a key swing vote on his nomination. Collins held a two-hour meeting with Kavanaugh in her...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee stands in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent Counsel Ken Starr and others not to give the president "any break" during questioning. He suggested Clinton be asked whether he had phone sex with Lewinsky and whether he performed specific sexual acts. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
August 20, 2018 - 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. The questions are part of a two-page memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent...
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This Aug. 6, 2018 photo made available by the West Virginia Legislature shows members of the West Virginia House Judiciary Committee looking at a $7,500 floor map in the office of West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry in Charleston, WV. The House of Delegates approved impeachment articles against justices Allen Loughry, Margaret Workman, Robin Davis and Beth Walker. Although the state Supreme Court essentially sets and controls its own budget under the state constitution, the four justices were impeached for failing to control court expenses, which included more than $1 million in combined office renovations. (Perry Bennett/ West Virginia Legislature via AP)
August 20, 2018 - 4:26 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate set the course Monday for an unprecedented impeachment trial of three Supreme Court justices who have been assailed for spending of more than $3 million on court office renovations at a time when the state was grappling with millions of dollars in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., joins protesters objecting to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh at a rally Capitol in Washington. Schumer, who plans to meet Kavanaugh privately early this week, is methodically building arguments that would help vulnerable Democratic senators in Trump-loving states vote “no,” while avoiding explicitly pressuring them. But the party’s restive left-wing says he’s not aggressively rallying Democratic lawmakers to oppose the nomination, inhibiting the momentum needed to galvanize voters and maybe even win the uphill fight. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 20, 2018 - 12:35 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer convenes the gatherings, which regularly include several Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal...
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