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Kavanaugh Disclosure Reveals Big Baseball-Related Debt

Debt of up to $200K included major spend on Nationals tickets

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh appears to have had something of a soft spot for the Washington Nationals, to put it mildly: He went tens of thousands of dollars in debt buying baseball tickets over the last decade, according to the White House. Kavanaugh, who reported having between $60,000... More »

Meeting With Kennedy Helped Trump Make His Pick

President favored Brett Kavanaugh from the very start

(Newser) - The White House had floated a list of four finalists, but multiple stories Tuesday suggest that President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was a no-brainer. "Locked in from the start," is how CNN puts it, adding that Trump liked the 53-year-old for the... More »

What Editorials Are Saying About Brett Kavanaugh

Concern, praise issue from different corners

(Newser) - Politicians on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's pick to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Now publication editorial boards are having their say, variously painting the conservative judge, who serves on the federal appeals court for the District of Columbia,... More »

Dems Vow to Do All They Can to Oppose Kavanaugh

GOP prepares for showdown over nominee

(Newser) - President Trump has unveiled his Supreme Court nominee —and the stage is set for yet another highly partisan Washington showdown. Brett Kavanaugh, who serves on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, tried to portray himself as an ally of women in his remarks Monday night,... More »

Meet President Trump's Supreme Court Nominee

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, 53, gets the nod to replace Anthony Kennedy

(Newser) - It's Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump made his monumental Supreme Court pick Monday night, selecting the 53-year-old to replace Anthony Kennedy, reports CNN . Prior to the announcement, Sam Baker of Axios looked over the four presumed finalists and wondered , "Do you think Trump will nominate the very conservative appellate... More »

Trump Close to Picking 'Exceptional' Supreme Nominee

He plans to make up his mind by noon Monday

(Newser) - After a weekend spent golfing at his private club in New Jersey, President Trump told reporters that he was "very close" to a decision likely to determine the direction of the Supreme Court for decades to come. Trump said he plans to make up his mind on a Supreme... More »

McConnell to Trump: Popular Supreme Court Pick a Bad Idea

The Republican leader sees problems with Brett Kavanaugh

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell has been calling the White House daily, and not to discuss President Trump's golf game . McConnell has been carefully explaining—without explicitly telling Trump what to do—which Supreme Court nominees would get faster approval before the November elections arrive and make everything dicey, insiders tell the... More »

This Federal Judge May Be Conservative 'Dream' for Court

Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic and mother of 7, is seen as a top contender

(Newser) - President Trump will announce his next Supreme Court nominee in less than a week, and one name popping up on everybody's short list is Amy Coney Barrett. CBS News , for example, reports that Coney Barrett is one of two leading contenders, along with another federal judge, Brett Kavanaugh. Coney... More »

Collins Won't Back Nominee With 'Hostility' to Roe v. Wade

Republican is likely a must-win vote for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - GOP Sen. Susan Collins used this week's Sunday morning circuit to make clear that she is not going to vote for any Supreme Court nominee who appears to be against a woman's right to choose to have an abortion. "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated... More »

Surprise Dem Nominee: 'I'm Not Trying to Impose an Ideology'

The Supreme Court, North Korea, and tax reform also sizzle on Sunday talk shows

(Newser) - So just who is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? The Democratic congressional nominee—who stunned incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District—appeared Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press in part, it seems, to answer that question, per Politico . "It’s part of... More »

Trump: 'I Think They'll Never Win Another Election'

The president also touches on his upcoming Supreme Court pick

(Newser) - President Trump said his Supreme Court pick will "go very quickly," Democrats will "get beaten so badly," and Harley-Davidson "shouldn't play cute" because "Harley is an American bike." And that's before he warned that MS-13 could threaten the entire country if... More »

Trump Says He’ll Announce Supreme Court Pick on July 9

The president has reportedly narrowed the list of candidates to five

(Newser) - President Donald Trump has narrowed his list of prospective Supreme Court nominees to five finalists (although the list could change), and plans to announce his pick on July 9, reports Bloomberg . White House officials appear to be focusing on the following federal appeals court judges, all of whom are Republican... More »

Cruz: Scalia's Death May Have Cost Clinton the Presidency

The Texas senator believes the 2016 election was a referendum on the Supreme Court

(Newser) - Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire, giving President Trump a second Supreme Court pick , has set off a flurry of debate about the direction of the court. If Kennedy, a swing voter, is replaced by a strongly conservative justice, that justice could shape the court’s decisions... More »

Conservatives See a Lesson for the Left in Kennedy

'Those who live by the courts die by the courts,' writes the Weekly Standard

(Newser) - The fallout from Anthony Kennedy's bombshell decision to retire from the Supreme Court continues to resonate, with President Trump saying he's "honored" that Kennedy has given him an opportunity to pick a successor. Of course, getting him confirmed is another issue, and the Hill digs into the... More »

Trump: I'm 'Honored' Justice Kennedy Is Stepping Down

President says decision deliberately made in his term so he can pick successor

(Newser) - President Trump praised Anthony Kennedy during a rally in North Dakota Wednesday evening and said he is "honored" the Supreme Court justice made his bombshell retirement decision when he did. "I'm very honored that he chose to do it during my term in office, because he felt... More »

With Kennedy Gone, Many Predict Roe v. Wade Is Doomed

President Trump says the process of replacing Supreme Court justice 'will begin immediately'

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, and President Trump wasted no time: The process to replace Kennedy on the high court will "begin immediately," the POTUS told reporters, according to USA Today . Trump said he will review an existing list of candidates that was developed... More »

Anthony Kennedy Retiring From Supreme Court

President Trump will get a second SCOTUS pick

(Newser) - As has long been rumored, Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring from the Supreme Court on July 31. The 81-year-old holds what USA Today calls the most important seat on the high court, having been its swing vote on many issues for more than a decade. A Reagan-appointed conservative-leaning or moderate... More »

Trump Tweets as SCOTUS Deals Big Blow to Labor Unions

Government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them

(Newser) - The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that government workers can't be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor. The justices are scrapping a 41-year-old decision that had allowed states to require that public employees pay some fees... More »

Sotomayor Calls Out Trump's 'Unrelenting Attack' on Muslims

Travel ban dissent is scathing, but president hails vindication against 'hysterical' critics

(Newser) - The travel ban stands . So ruled the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a ruling that President Trump was quick to celebrate, reports NBC News . In a statement, he said the decision reaffirms his authority to act in the name of national security, adding that it "is also a moment... More »

Supreme Court Delivers Big Win to Trump

Justices uphold his travel ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has just delivered a major victory to President Trump by upholding his travel ban, reports Politico . The justices split 5-4 along the usual lines, with the conservative majority winning the day. The court actually upheld the president's third version of his ban, this one issued last... More »

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