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Liberals, Don't Fight Trump's SCOTUS Pick

Neil Gorsuch will bring 'fairness,' 'decency': 'NYT'

(Newser) - Let the Supreme Court justice vetting begin—and may liberals let nominee Neil Gorsuch sail onto the bench. That's Neal Katyal's "give him a chance" opinion for the New York Times , in which he admits he's struggled to find a single thing President Trump "has... More »

Democrats Vow to Block Gorsuch From 'Stolen Seat'

The battle could drag on for months

(Newser) - President Trump unveiled Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee Tuesday night, and if the process goes very smoothly, the court could finally be back to nine members as soon as April—but you won't find many people willing to bet on the process going smoothly. The Washington Post... More »

Trump's SCOTUS Announcement Goes Prime Time

President will name his choice live on TV Tuesday at 8pm

(Newser) - Donald Trump is returning to prime time. The president on Monday morning announced via Twitter that he'd be naming his pick for the Supreme Court live on TV. The 8pm Tuesday announcement speeds up the original plan, which the New York Times reports had Antonin Scalia's replacement being... More »

Trump's SCOTUS Pick Coming Next Week

William Pryor, Neil Gorsuch among possibilities

(Newser) - President Trump's pick to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court next week, report the AP and the Wall Street Journal . "We have outstanding candidates and we'll pick a truly great Supreme Court nominee," Trump says. He's expected to discuss the nomination Tuesday with Senate... More »

Lawyer: Clarence Thomas Groped Me at Party

Moira Smith says she felt 'powerless' after 1999 incident

(Newser) - Another accuser says she decided to come forward because of Donald Trump's remarks about woman—but she's accusing Clarence Thomas, not Trump, of groping her. Alaska lawyer Moira Smith says she was a 23-year-old Truman Foundation scholar in Washington when the Supreme Court justice touched her inappropriately at... More »

Ginsburg: I Shouldn't Have Trashed Trump

Supreme Court justice says she shouldn't have spoken about a candidate for public office

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been roundly criticized since slagging Donald Trump in multiple interviews over the past week. On Thursday, the Supreme Court justice conceded that perhaps it wasn't a well-thought-out campaign after all, the Wall Street Journal reports. "On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press... More »

Ginsburg's Trump Remarks Could Be Problematic

Critics say partisan comments could come back to haunt her

(Newser) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is known for being outspoken but she should have kept her thoughts about Donald Trump to herself, critics say. The Supreme Court justice told the AP she couldn't imagine what the country would be like under Trump and joked to the New York Times about... More »

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Definitely Isn't a Trump Fan

And she has a prediction for the upcoming election

(Newser) - The AP sat down for an interview with the Supreme Court's elder stateswoman, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who had some thoughts on the upcoming presidential election. Or, more accurately, a lack of thoughts. "I don't want to think about that possibility," Ginsberg says regarding a President... More »

What Day Job? Supreme Court's RBG Tries Acting

Ginsburg will have a cameo in 'The Merchant of Venice'

(Newser) - Art often imitates life, and that will ring true for none other than Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this summer as she throws off her court garb and dons stage attire for her role in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, Vox reports. The 83-year-old justice's cameo appearance... More »

SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland Is Obama's Sacrificial Lamb

'He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months as a prop'

(Newser) - It seems unlikely Republicans in Congress will give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a hearing, and that's exactly the point, writes Slate's Jim Newell, who describes Merrick Garland as Obama's "rope-a-dope nominee." "He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months... More »

AG Lynch: Take Me Out of SCOTUS Running

AG thinks nomination process would 'curtail her effectiveness in her current role'

(Newser) - Last month Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval took himself out of the running for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia . Now another big name has bowed out: Attorney General Loretta Lynch, NBC News reports. "As the conversation around the Supreme Court vacancy progressed, the Attorney... More »

Clarence Thomas Breaks a Decade of Silence

Supreme Court justice hadn't asked a question from the bench since 2006

(Newser) - Clarence Thomas jolted a courtroom awake Monday during Supreme Court proceedings when he did something he hasn't done in more than 10 years : He asked a question, the AP reports. The usually reserved justice—whose long silence has been dubbed a "curiosity" and raised accusations of neglecting his... More »

Scalia Had a Slew of Health Issues

Justice suffered from diabetes, obesity, other ailments: doctor

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suffered from a host of ailments that contributed to his death, including coronary artery disease, obesity, and diabetes, according to a letter from his physician. The letter—addressed to Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara, who determined Scalia died of a heart attack and no autopsy... More »

Who Might Take Scalia's Seat?

Look toward the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

(Newser) - With the death of Antonin Scalia , the longest-serving justice on the Supreme Court, comes the inevitable question of who might succeed him on the bench. Some of the bigger names being floated, via USA Today and Roll Call :
  • Sri Srinivasan: The 48-year-old Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit judge
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Some Votes Cast by Scalia Will Now Be Void

If the case hasn't been publicly decided, including a big union one

(Newser) - The death of Antonin Scalia has many wondering whether President Obama will be able to fill his Supreme Court seat. But there's lots more coverage pouring in about the late justice:
  • So what happens if a case ends in a 4-4 tie before a new judge is in place?
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Will Obama Be Able to Pick Scalia's Successor?

Senate is being asked to hold off on any nominee

(Newser) - The unexpected death of Antonin Scalia in the midst of an election year already has people calling on the Senate to hold off confirming any nominee that President Obama might put forward. Ted Cruz was one of the first: "We owe it to him, & the Nation, for the... More »

Scalia: Wouldn't Surprise Me If Death Penalty Struck Down

Justice also talks retirement plans, how the Constitution isn't flexible

(Newser) - The death penalty is not long for this Earth, or at least for the US, if Antonin Scalia's predictions are to be believed. The conservative Supreme Court justice spoke Tuesday at the University of Minnesota Law School, and capital punishment was brought up after Scalia started expounding on his... More »

Supreme Court's Ruling Full of Spider-Man Quips

Elena Kagan is a comic book fan in real life

(Newser) - The inventor of a popular Spider-Man web-shooting toy can't keep reeling in royalties after his patent ran out, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 today. Stephen Kimble sold his patent on the toy to Marvel in 2001, and as the Verge explains, Marvel said it would pay him royalties indefinitely.... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Released From Hospital

She'll be at work on Monday: rep

(Newser) - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was released from the hospital today after having a heart stent implanted to clear a blocked artery, a Supreme Court spokeswoman says. The 81-year-old jurist was sent home and was expected to be at work when the court hears its next round of oral arguments on... More »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Heart Surgery

Stent was implanted to clear blockage

(Newser) - Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had a stent implanted to clear a blockage in her right coronary artery. A court spokeswoman says Ginsburg had some discomfort last night during routine exercise and was taken to the hospital. The 81-year-old Ginsburg had the procedure this morning after a coronary... More »

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