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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Clinton to push Trump, GOP on Supreme Court fight

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will assail the prospect of a Donald Trump-appointed U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday, her campaign said, as she seeks to regain momentum from party rival Bernie Sanders, the winner of three weekend nominating contests. Clinton will criticize U.S. Republican senators for refusing to consider President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, and voice concern about any […]

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Obama zeroes in on court pick

President Obama is zeroing in on a Supreme Court nominee. The president has reportedly begun to interview potential replacements for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. And in the last day, two contenders had taken their names out of consideration, providing another indication that the White House is winnowing its list of candidates. The president’s made some progress, White House press […]

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White House considering additional appeals court judges for Supreme Court vacancy

Two additional federal appellate judges are among those being considered by the White House to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, sources have told CNN. Judge Sri Srinivasan is one of those being vetted, people familiar with the process told CNN. His friends and former colleagues are being interviewed. Also being vetted is Judge Merrick Garland, sources […]

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