Ginni Thomas texts leave GOP lawmakers scrambling
Ginni Thomas's text messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol have sparked questions over the extent of her activism within the GOP. It's also left Republican lawmakers grappling with how to respond to Thomas and her husband, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.Thomas sent a total of 21 text messages to Meadows, then the president's chief of staff, urging him to find a way to...news.yahoo.com
Live updates Supreme Court hears challenge to N.Y. gun law
Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett are seen as pivotal to the outcome of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, which seeks to answer to what extent Americans have a constitutional right to carry concealed firearms outside the home and in public places.washingtonpost.com
McConnell says it's 'highly unlikely' he'd fill Biden SCOTUS vacancy in 2024 if GOP retakes Senate
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says it would be “highly unlikely” that he’d allow President Biden to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in 2024 if Republicans were to take control of the chamber.news.yahoo.com
McConnell: "Highly unlikely" he would allow Biden to fill Supreme Court vacancy in 2024
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Monday that it is "highly unlikely" a Supreme Court nominee picked by Biden would be confirmed in 2024 if Republicans take control of the Senate.Why it matters: A record number of judges, plus three Supreme Court justices, were confirmed under Trump. Democrats have pledged to "restore the balance" of the courts.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What they're saying: Hewitt askednews.yahoo.com
Australian judge upholds temporary ban on Indian travel
An Australian judge on Monday rejected a challenge to a temporary COVID-19 ban on citizens returning from India. The government imposed the Indian travel ban on April 30 to relieve pressure on quarantine facilities for returned international travelers. The ban will be lifted on Friday when a government-chartered plane is expected to repatriate 150 of the 9,000 Australians in India who want to come home.news.yahoo.com
Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court
President Joe Biden has ordered a study of adding seats to the Supreme Court, creating a commission that will spend the next 180 days examining the incendiary political issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for its justices.
Breyer mum as some liberals urge him to quit Supreme Court
FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018, file photo, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON – Forgive progressives who aren't looking forward to the sequel of their personal “Nightmare on First Street," a Supreme Court succession story. Other liberal voices have said Breyer should retire when the court finishes its work for the term, usually by early summer. Among the names being circulated are California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs. Breyer's departure wouldn't do anything to change the conservatives' 6-3 edge on the Supreme Court.
Biden getting 1st shot at making mark on federal judiciary
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo the Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington. Barring an improbable expansion of the Supreme Court, Biden won’t be able to do anything about the high court’s entrenched conservative majority any time soon. That’s because Republicans who controlled the Senate in the final two years of the Obama White House confirmed relatively few judges. Biden already has pledged to name a Black woman to the Supreme Court if a seat opens up. But some Republicans and conservative groups are wary about what Democrats might try to do now that they control Congress and the White House.
Garland vows sharp focus on Capitol riot as attorney general
Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, is sworn in at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. That is what I intend to do as the attorney general," Garland said. Garland said his first briefing as attorney general would be focused on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Other backers include two sons of former Attorney General Edward Levi. “There have been few moments in history where the role of attorney general — and the occupant of that post — have mattered more,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the Senate Judiciary chairman.
Snubbed as Obama high court pick, Garland in line to be AG
The once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden's choice for attorney general. Now, the once-snubbed Supreme Court pick will finally come before the Senate, this time as President Joe Biden's choice for attorney general. Garland's high court nomination by President Barack Obama in 2016 died because the Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing. The Justice Department on late Saturday released a copy of Garland’s opening statement. Graham said in a tweet that Garland would be a “sound choice” to lead the Justice Department.
Biden introduces Merrick Garland as attorney general pick
If confirmed by the Senate, which is likely, Garland would take over as the U.S. attorney general at a critical moment for the country and the agency. His confirmation prospects as attorney general were all but ensured when Democrats scored control of the Senate majority by winning both Georgia Senate seats. Biden also introduced three others for senior Justice Department leadership posts on Thursday, including Obama administration homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general and former Justice Department civil rights chief Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general, the No. He also named an assistant attorney general for civil rights, Kristen Clarke, now the president of Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an advocacy group. Garland was selected over other finalists including former Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.
Trump's impact on courts likely to last long beyond his term
President Donald Trumps deep imprint on the federal courts is a rare point of agreement about the president across the political spectrum. The three Supreme Court picks could still be on the court at the 21st century’s midpoint, 30 years from now. In Trump’s first two years, they pushed through 30 appellate court judges and 53 district court nominees. “You know, when I got in, we had over 100 federal judges that weren’t appointed," he said. That nominee was Stephen Breyer, now a Supreme Court justice.
Biden's attorney general search is focused on Jones, Garland
WASHINGTON – Alabama Sen. Doug Jones and federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland are emerging as the leading contenders to be nominated as President-elect Joe Biden’s attorney general, three people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. Biden's thinking was described by people with knowledge of the presidential transition's internal thinking who were not authorized to speak publicly. Jones, who is white, has had a long-standing personal relationship with Biden dating back to Biden’s first presidential campaign in 1988. Jones would not comment Tuesday on the possibility of a nomination as attorney general. The Biden team has also been considering a number of other potential candidates for the post, including former Justice Department official Lisa Monaco.
Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath
Democrats were unable to stop the outcome, Trump's third justice on the court, as Republicans race to reshape the judiciary. Democratic senators emptied their side, heeding party leadership's advice to not linger in the chamber. Just before the Senate voted, the court sided with Republicans in refusing to extend the deadline for absentee ballots in Wisconsin. While two Democratic senators voted to confirm Barrett in 2017 after Trump nominated the Notre Dame Law School professor to the appellate court, none voted to confirm her to the high court. No other Supreme Court justice has been confirmed on a recorded vote with no support from the minority party in at least 150 years, according to information provided by the Senate Historical Office.
Senate votes to advance Barrett; confirmation expected Mon
Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. Barrett's confirmation on Monday was hardly in doubt, with majority Republicans mostly united in support behind President Donald Trump's pick. "The Senate is doing the right thing," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, vowing to install Barrett to the court by Monday. Murkowski said she disliked the rush toward confirmation, but supported Trump's choice of Barrett for the high court. Now the only Republican expected to vote against Barrett is Collins, who faces a tight reelection in Maine.
Murkowski's nod gives Barrett extra boost for Supreme Court
Barrett's nomination already appeared to have enough votes for confirmation from Senate Republicans who hold the majority in the chamber. But the minority party has no realistic chance of stopping Barrett’s confirmation, which is set to lock a 6-3 conservative court majority for years to come. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., noted the political rancor, but defended his handling of the process. Majority Republicans turned aside those efforts and kept Barrett's confirmation on track. With a 53-47 GOP majority, Barrett’s confirmation is almost certain.
Senate GOP marches ahead on Barrett over Democrats' blockade
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York warned Republicans that they were making a “colossal and historic mistake.”Republicans appeared unmoved. In a lengthy speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Barrett as an “extraordinary” nominee and defended her quick confirmation. With a 53-47 GOP majority, Barrett’s confirmation is almost certain. That rate outpaces Graham’s third-quarter total of $28 million, which his campaign said represented the largest amount ever raised by any Republican Senate candidate in a single quarter, in any state. In trying to derail or at least slow Barrett's confirmation, Democrats argue the winner of the presidential election should decide who replaces Ginsburg.
With a hug, Feinstein draws liberal critics at court hearing
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., shakes hands with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., at the close of the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. “This has been one of the best set of hearings that I’ve participated in,” Feinstein said at the Senate Judiciary Committee. “It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to step down from her leadership position on the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Brian Fallon, the executive director of Demand Justice, which opposes conservative nominees to the courts. Trump has been able to install more than 200 judges on the federal bench and is now poised to seat his third justice on the Supreme Court. “Judiciary Committee Democrats had one goal this week: to show what’s at stake under a 6-3 conservative Supreme Court — and we did that,” Feinstein said.
GOP pushes Barrett’s nomination ahead, Dems decry ‘sham’
A former Notre Dame Law School professor, Barrett would be the only one of her Supreme Court colleagues not groomed in the Ivy League. But Barrett is the most open opponent of abortion nominated to the Supreme Court in decades. She refused to say whether the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion rights was correctly decided, though she has signed two ads against it. Others testifying Thursday included Laura Wolk, the first blind woman to be a law clerk for the Supreme Court, who told senators that Barrett’s encouragement and support were life-changing. “Her brilliance is matched only by her compassion,” said Wolk, who also spent a year as a law clerk for Barrett.
Amy Coney Barrett emphasizes her family in confirmation hearing opening statement
U.S. Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court, on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 30, 2020. Judge Amy Coney Barrett will focus on her family in the opening statement of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings set to begin on Monday, according to prepared remarks obtained by NBC News. The 48-year-old will say that becoming a Supreme Court justice was "not a position I had sought out, and I thought carefully before accepting." "I believe Americans of all backgrounds deserve an independent Supreme Court that interprets our Constitution and laws as they are written." Barrett will also use the speech to praise Ginsburg, saying she was "nominated to fill Justice Ginsburg's seat, but no one will ever take her place.cnbc.com
Sen. Ted Cruz: GOP will protect Americans with preexisting conditions if Obamacare struck down
Republicans will protect Americans who have preexisting conditions, even if the Supreme Court rules the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, Sen. Ted Cruz told CNBC on Monday. Cruz, a Republican from Texas, said on "Squawk Box" he is not sure how the Supreme Court would rule in the upcoming case. "What they're talking about is what they think politically resonates, but 100 out of 100 senators agree we're going to protect preexisting conditions regardless of what happens with Obamacare." In the text of Trump's order, it contends the Affordable Care Act was "flawed from its inception and should be struck down." A recent poll from The New York Times and Siena College found 57% of Americans support the Affordable Care Act while 38% oppose it.cnbc.com
Amy Coney Barrett pays homage to conservative mentor Antonin Scalia — 'His judicial philosophy is mine too'
Barrett paid homage to Scalia, praising the late justice as her mentor. Scalia led the conservative wing of the high court before his death in 2016 and was a frequent target of liberal ire. A former Notre Dame law professor, Barrett drew clear comparisons between her approach to the law and Scalia's, saying "his judicial philosophy is mine too." Barrett also praised the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose vacant seat she will fill if confirmed by the Senate. Barrett is a conservative 48-year-old federal appeals court judge widely favored by social conservatives and the religious right.cnbc.com
Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court, setting up election year confirmation battle
Barrett is a 48-year-old federal appeals court judge favored by social conservatives and the religious right. "If President Trump has his way, complications from COVID-19, like lung scarring and heart damage, could become the next deniable pre-existing condition," Biden said. The Judicial Crisis Network, a conservative organization, announced it had launched a seven-figure television and digital ad buy in favor of Barrett's confirmation. He has kept that promise and I look forward to supporting Judge Barrett's confirmation," JCN president Carrie Severino said in a statement. During Barrett's confirmation hearing in September of 2016, Feinstein said she had concerns related to past statements about religion.cnbc.com
Rubio Backtracks on His Own Supreme Court Comments From 2016
In 2016, when President Barack Obama nominated attorney Merrick Garland to become a Supreme Court justice after the death of Antonin Scalia, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rebuked Obama's nomination, calling it pointless in the last legs of his presidency. I don't think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president's term — I would say that if it was a Republican president," Rubio said in March 2016. On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, prompting nationwide mourning and a question of whether President Donald Trump should nominate someone to the court so close to the November 3 election. "In 2016, President Obama exercised his Constitutional duty and nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, and the Senate exercised its Constitutional obligation and decided not to consent," Rubio said in a statement. Rubio went on to say that unlike Obama in 2016, Trump is on the ballot for the upcoming election, so he can be "rewarded or held accountable" for his choice by voters.miaminewtimes.com
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dying wish was not to be 'replaced' until there's a new president
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen as she presents the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inaugural Woman of Leadership Award to Agnes Gund at The Library of Congress on February 14, 2020 in Washington, DC. Just days before her death Friday evening, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that her "most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed," according to an NPR report. Her death comes less than seven weeks before the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president," McConnell said in 2016.cnbc.com
Ruth Bader Ginsburg on 60 Minutes in 2008
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice who served longer than any woman, championing a liberal stance on issues dividing the nation, has died, the Supreme Court said on Friday. In 2008, Justice Ginsburg appeared on the broadcast as part of a profile Lesley Stahl reported on fellow Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. She talked about the ways the Supreme Court justices worked together, in spite of their different ideologies. She also spoke fondly of her friendship with the late Scalia, whom she would sometimes call with writing advice. Ginsburg was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993.cbsnews.com
Labor secretary: Most states distributing $600-per-week federal aid on top of state jobless benefits
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia told CNBC on Friday that the federal government is helping states deal with the crush of Americans filing for unemployment insurance and the guidelines for paying out an additional federal coronavirus stipend. "About two-thirds of the states are now making those payments," Scalia said. Scalia, son of late conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, said the federal government is providing resources to the states, some of which have decades-old computer systems. In just a month, 22 million workers have filed first-time jobless claims, including more than 5.2 million last week alone. The U.S. economy is close to wiping out all the jobs created in the 10 years since the Great Recession.cnbc.com
What do we know about Obama's Supreme Court pick?
President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland as the nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. What do we know about Judge Garland? CBS News chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford, CBSN political contributor Leslie Sanchez, Democratic Strategist Lynda Tran, and senior fellow at the Cato Institute Ilya Shapiro join CBSN with more details on the president's pick.cbsnews.com
President Obama introduces Merrick Garland as Supreme Court nominee
President Obama has nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy left by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Obama introduced Garland in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.cbsnews.com
Supreme Court justices begin hearing cases after Scalia's death
The Supreme Court returns to work Monday for the first time since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Thousands of mourners gathered in Washington Saturday for his funeral. The justices will hear oral arguments without Scalia for the first time, as none of the eight remaining justices have served without him. Jan Crawford reports.cbsnews.com
Justice Antonin Scalia's body lies in repose at the Supreme Court
Watch: Justice Antonin Scalia's casket arrives at the Supreme Court, while son Paul reads a prayer as his body lies in repose. CBS contributor Bob Schieffer joins CBSN's Anne-Marie Green and Meg Oliver with more on the ceremony honoring Scalia.cbsnews.com
Justice Scalia to lie in repose at Supreme Court
Official ceremonies to honor Justice Antonin Scalia begin Friday morning in Washington. Scalia's casket will be taken to the Supreme Court to lie in repose before his funeral mass Saturday. The 79-year-old justice was found dead last Saturday at a West Texas ranch. Jan Crawford reports.cbsnews.com
Obama criticized over decision to skip Scalia's funeral
A CBS News poll shows Americans are split over the president’s plan to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Forty-seven percent in our poll say the president should choose a nominee this year and 46 percent say the next president should make the decision. A spokesman says President Obama will not go to a funeral mass for the late justice. Vice President Joe Biden will attend. Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com
Conspiracy theories suggest Antonin Scalia didn't die from natural causes
Days after the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, President Obama is taking his time to nominate a replacement. At the same time, some high-profile figures have suggested Scalia's death may be a murder. Scalia was found with a pillow over his face, and there will be no autopsy. Republican front-runner Donald Trump has stated multiple times that Scalia's death was foul play. With more on Scalia's replacement and death, CBS News' Jan Crawford joins CBSN from the Supreme Court.cbsnews.com
Questions, conspiracy theories surround Scalia's death
Donald Trump is talking about conspiracy theories that claim Justice Antonin Scalia may have died of foul play. Texas authorities did not do an autopsy after Scalia's body was found. Confusion and lingering questions led to some wild speculation about the venerated justice’s, but the owner of the ranch where Scalia died tried to clarify his comments about how he saw “a pillow over his head.” Jan Crawford reports.cbsnews.com
Obama slams Senate GOP over Supreme Court nominee battle
Senate Republicans vow to reject whomever President Obama recommends to succeed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia who died Saturday. But the president is telling senators to "do their job" and keep an open mind on his next nominee. Scalia's funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Washington. Jan Crawford reports on the battle over filling the justice’s seat.cbsnews.com
2/15: Scalia's death hits Supreme Court at pivotal time; Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's lasting friendship
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia drops the court down to eight members as several controversial cases come up on the docket; Despite distinctly different politics, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg maintained a very close friendship.cbsnews.com
Scalia's replacement, the Grammys, and Eliot Spitzer's latest accusation: #CBSN10 trending stories
President Obama will nominate Antonin Scalia's replacement on the Supreme Court, tonight's Grammys are music's biggest night, and former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is allegedly being investigated for assault. Those stories and more trending on CBSNews.comcbsnews.com
Who might the Senate let Obama replace Antonin Scalia with?
After the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, there's been a growing fight over his replacement. President Barack Obama needs the Senate's approval to elect a nominee on the Supreme Court. His choice could shift the conservative balance in the court; however, many Republicans vow to block Obama's pick, no matter who that may be. With more, CBS News' Jan Crawford joins CBSN.cbsnews.com
Justice Antonin Scalia: "I can't be a consensus builder"
Justice Antonin Scalia was one of the most important conservatives in Supreme Court history. His view of the law sometimes put him outside the mainstream. In 2012, Charlie Rose spoke to Scalia on his PBS program about the justice's judicial approach and legacy.cbsnews.com
How the Supreme Court may shift after Justice Scalia's death
Attorney David Boies argued several cases before Justice Antonin Scalia and the U.S. Supreme Court. Boies successfully fought against Proposition 8, California's attempt to ban same-sex marriage. He also represented Vice President Al Gore during the 2000 election recount. Boies joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how Scalia differed from the other justices and how his death will impact the pending cases before the Supreme Court.cbsnews.com
Justice Scalia on writing his opinions, colleagues' impact
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his sharp mind and often sharper critiques. A recent example was last year’s dissent in a case upholding Obamacare. Scalia wrote that an interpretation of federal and state exchanges was “jiggery-pokery,” and he called one element of the majority’s opinion “pure applesauce.” In 2008, Scalia spoke to "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose on his PBS program about how his colleagues viewed his style.cbsnews.com
Impact of Scalia's death on pending Supreme Court cases
Jan Crawford, who has covered the Supreme Court for more than 20 years, joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the impact of Justice Antonin Scalia's death on pending policy issues before the Supreme Court as well as the hurdle President Obama faces with the GOP Senate leaders vowing to block a justice appointment.cbsnews.com
Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee "in due time"
President Obama is in California to host a summit meeting with Asian leaders. But that event is being overshadowed by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday, and the political fight that is sure to come when the president chooses a replacement. Margaret Brennan reports.cbsnews.com