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Democrats Use Visual Stunt as Barrett Vote Proceeds

They put portraits of ObamaCare beneficiaries in seats for Senate panel's vote

(Newser) - Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moved ahead on Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve her, reports the AP . Every Democrat on the panel skipped the vote in protest, and every Republican voted yes. A full Senate confirmation vote is now on track for... More »

Senate Panel Sets Vote Date on Barrett

Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Oct. 22, before sending nomination to Senate floor

(Newser) - The GOP is moving quickly in its plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, with the Senate Judiciary Committee officially setting a vote date of Oct. 22 for the panel, Politico reports. That would keep the Republican lawmakers' goal on track to have Barrett confirmed on the... More »

Can Trump Pardon Himself? Barrett Says She Can't Answer

It's the Supreme Court nominee's final day of questioning before the committee

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's third and final appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee got underway Wednesday. It follows a Tuesday session that stretched almost 12 hours, and the New York Times reports that with "many of the more technical questions" out of the way, the third... More »

Barrett Sidesteps Questions on Big Issues

'I have no agenda,' says Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - The actual questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has begun on Capitol Hill. However, Barrett is following the tradition of nominees not answering questions about how they might rule on key issues—in this case, ObamaCare and abortion, notes Politico . "If I give off-the-cuff answers, then I... More »

Trump Suggests Republicans Scrap Hearings and Vote

It's day one of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

(Newser) - As a Senate panel begins the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, two things seem like safe bets. The first is that Republicans have the votes to confirm . The second is that, as predicted by judiciary panel chief Lindsey Graham in his introduction of Barrett Monday, "this is going... More »

Confirmation Hearings May Be 'Last Stand' for Graham

South Carolina senator is in the spotlight as chairman amid his tight reelection race

(Newser) - Much is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, now underway in DC, and not just in court-related matters. The AP sees the hearings as a possible "last stand" for Lindsey Graham. The 65-year-old South Carolina Republican is locked in a tight race... More »

Trump: Barrett 'Will Defend Your God-Given Rights'

President holds rally in Pennsylvania on eve of SCOTUS announcement

(Newser) - President Trump celebrated the nomination of his third Supreme Court justice on Saturday night with a raucous campaign rally in Harrisburg, Pa., that he launched by mentioning Judge Amy Coney Barrett beneath a screen that read "fill that seat." CBS News notes that's the latest chant to... More »

Crowd Chants 'Fill That Seat,' and Trump Says He Will

The president spoke before thousands in Fayetteville, NC

(Newser) - Taking the stage Saturday night at a North Carolina rally to chants of “Fill that seat,” President Trump said he would nominate his selection to the Supreme Court despite Democrats' objections. “That’s what we're going to do. We're going to fill the seat,”... More »

McConnell: Senate Will Vote on Trump's SCOTUS Nominee

Senate majority leader explains why in a Friday night statement

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell wasted no time in making clear that the nominee President Trump selects to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "will receive a vote on the floor of the United States Senate." In a Friday night statement that acknowledged Ginsburg's "extraordinary American life,"... More »

Anti-Collins Groups: As She Spoke, the Cash Poured In

Activists say they now have more than $3M to offer to the Maine senator's 2020 opponent

(Newser) - She was deemed the Democrats' "last big hope" to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court justice. But as it became clear Friday during Susan Collins' 45-minute-long speech on the Senate floor that Maine's GOP senator was going to greenlight Kavanaugh, money started flowing in to... More »

Kavanaugh Now Looks Like a Lock for Court

Democrats' hopes of stopping the nominee just took a major hit

(Newser) - The smart money now says Brett Kavanaugh will be the next Supreme Court justice. That became evident Friday afternoon when the Democrats' last big hope, Republican Susan Collins, announced that she would vote yes on confirmation, reports the Washington Post . After her announcement, Democrat Joe Manchin, another swing vote, said... More »

Brett Kavanaugh Just Passed a Big Hurdle

He gets enough votes in crucial Senate procedural test

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh just passed a crucial hurdle in the Senate, though his ascension to the Supreme Court is still not assured. Kavanaugh's nomination passed a procedural vote that allows it to move forward, reports Reuters . The count was 51-49. The final vote on whether to confirm Kavanaugh is expected... More »

Retired Supreme Court Justice Changes Mind on Kavanaugh

John Paul Stevens says nominee doesn't belong on the high court

(Newser) - One of the longest-serving justices in Supreme Court history thinks it would be a mistake to put Brett Kavanaugh on the court. John Paul Stevens, a Republican who served on the court from 1975 to 2010, told a gathering in Florida on Thursday that he had changed his mind about... More »

Kavanaugh: 'I Said a Few Things I Should Not Have Said'

He says Senate testimony was most emotional he's ever been

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh admits he "might have been too emotional at times" when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week—but he says he will be an impartial judge if confirmed to the Supreme Court. "I was very emotional last Thursday, more so than I have ever... More »

Brett Kavanaugh's Chances Just Got a Lot Better

Undecided Republicans Jeff Flake and Susan Collins sound satisfied with FBI report

(Newser) - The early reaction of two pivotal GOP senators to the FBI's new Brett Kavanaugh investigation sounds like good news for the Supreme Court nominee. “We’ve seen no additional corroborating information," said Jeff Flake after being briefed on the 46-page report. And Susan Collins said "it... More »

FBI's Kavanaugh Report Done, and White House Is Confident

Senators can read interviews about Kavanaugh Thursday, may vote on Saturday

(Newser) - A big overnight development in the Brett Kavanaugh saga: The White House said it has received the FBI's new report about the Supreme Court nominee and sent it on to the Senate, reports the Washington Post . The move puts the Senate on track for a final confirmation vote as... More »

Law Professors: Kavanaugh Doesn't Belong on Top Court

More than 1K say he lacks 'judicial temperament'

(Newser) - During last week's Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh showed a lack of judicial temperament that would be "disqualifying for any court," not just America's highest, a letter to the Senate signed by more than 1,000 law professors states. The letter—which can be seen in... More »

Cops Questioned Kavanaugh After 1985 Bar Brawl

Yale classmate says he threw beer at somebody after UB40 concert

(Newser) - Another weird twist in the Brett Kavanaugh saga: The New York Times has obtained a police report confirming that the Supreme Court nominee was questioned after a bar fight in 1985. The report states that a 21-year-old man injured in the altercation accused Kavanaugh of throwing ice at him. Kavanaugh... More »

Trump: It's a Good Thing I Don't Drink

'Can you imagine ... what a mess I'd be?' he asks reporters

(Newser) - President Trump again defended his Supreme Court nominee Monday, and he expressed confidence that Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the court after the new FBI investigation is complete. "I don’t want to talk about plan B because I think—I hope he’s going to get approved,... More »

Classmate Says Kavanaugh 'Mischaracterized' Drinking

He says nominee wasn't being honest in Senate testimony

(Newser) - One of Brett Kavanaugh's former drinking buddies at Yale says the Supreme Court nominee was not telling the truth when he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. In a statement Sunday, classmate Chad Ludington said he is "deeply troubled by what has been a blatant mischaracterization... More »

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