On Supreme Court Split, Senators Agree: It’s Bad for the Country

One by one, the senators shuffled to the lectern on Wednesday, explaining themselves grimly, reflecting on the specter of mutually assured destruction and wondering aloud how the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch had delivered the institution to this moment. It was the eve of two seminal votes for the Capitol’s upper chamber: an expected Democratic filibuster of […]

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Senate plunges toward historic rules change in Supreme Court standoff

The Senate plowed Tuesday toward a historic and bitter showdown over President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, with a parade of lawmakers taking to the Senate floor to deliver politically charged speeches for and against the president’s pick as a final vote neared. There was no sign of compromise as the chamber formally opened debate on Judge Neil Gorsuch, who Senate […]

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McConnell claims votes to bust Supreme Court filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is claiming he has the votes necessary to thwart a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as a showdown draws near that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. “They seem determined to head into the abyss,” the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats as debate began Tuesday over Judge […]

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Supreme Court showdown looms with far-reaching consequences

The Senate is headed for a tense showdown over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee that could have far-reaching consequences for Congress, the high court and the nation. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Republicans are determined to confirm Judge Neil Gorsuch within the week. But to do so, they will likely have to override Democratic objections and unilaterally change […]

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Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch stresses his independence from President Trump

Judge Neil Gorsuch stressed his independence and defended the integrity of the federal judiciary Tuesday as the Senate hearings on his Supreme Court nomination turned on the search for his judicial philosophy and what one senator called “the elephant in the room” — President Trump. From the first question from a friendly Republican to a grilling by a Democrat hours […]

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Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump’s attacks on judiciary are ‘demoralizing’

President Trump’s escalating attacks on the federal judiciary drew denunciation Wednesday from his Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who told a senator that the criticism was “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to independent federal courts. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Gorsuch made the comments during their private meeting Wednesday, and the account was confirmed by Ron Bonjean, a member of the group […]

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What is ‘cloture’ and why is it key to the Supreme Court fight?

President Trump’s announcement of Neil Gorsuch as his Supreme Court nominee is fueling speculation that Senate Republicans may use a procedure known as the “nuclear option” to ensure that they can confirm a new justice even if Democrats oppose Trump’s choice. Here’s what that means: It starts with “cloture” and “filibuster” Senate procedure requires an agreement to move any issue to the […]

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