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  • WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 21:38:13 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues:

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Voting Rights

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 08:01:27 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: Who should be able to vote and how easy should it be? It's a question that goes to the core of democracy.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Supreme Court

    Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:23:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: No one likes an even number on a court that makes decisions by majority vote. Yet that's just what the Supreme Court has been left with, eight justices, since the death of Antonin Scalia in February.

  • Short-handed Supreme Court delays action in 3 cases

    Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:58:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is offering new evidence that the short-handed court is having trouble getting its work done.

  • Grassley: GOP can't stonewall a Clinton Supreme Court pick

    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:34:35 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans "can't just simply stonewall" nominees to the Supreme Court even if the president making the choice is Democrat Hillary Clinton, says the GOP chairman of the Judiciary Committee in a reaffirmation of the Senate's advise-and-consent role on judicial picks.

  • Sotomayor: US Supreme Court still feeling loss of Scalia

    Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:11:13 GMT

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court continues to deeply feel the loss of Justice Antonin Scalia eight months after his death, and his empty seat makes it harder for the surviving eight justices to do their job of resolving some of the country's most vexing legal questions, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday.

  • McCain suggests GOP would oppose Clinton Supreme Court picks

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:38:18 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain pledged Monday that Republicans will unite against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton puts forward if she becomes president, forecasting obstruction that could tie Capitol Hill in knots.

  • As time runs out, dozens of judge nominees waiting on Senate

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:14:33 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges in New Jersey have struggled with a workload approaching 700 cases each, nearly double what's manageable, because of judicial vacancies. In Texas, close to a dozen district judgeships remain open, more than in any other state.

  • More than 50 federal judge nominees waiting on Senate

    Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:31:23 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees slowed to a halt this election year, a common political occurrence. But more than 90 vacancies in the federal judiciary are taking a toll on judges, the courts and Americans seeking recourse.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 16:19:02 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief:

  • Today in History

    Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:01:19 GMT

    Today in History

  • Court seems favorable to defendant claiming jury race bias

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:54:34 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed likely to rule that racial bias in the jury room provides a limited basis for breaching the centuries-old legal principle of secrecy in jury deliberations.

  • Supreme Court will hear Ashcroft appeal to kill lawsuit

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:27:22 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear appeals from former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and other former federal officials seeking to shut down lawsuits filed by Muslim and Arab men who were detained in the U.S. after the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • Justices raise doubts about $399M judgment against Samsung

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:06:57 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court raised serious doubts Tuesday about a $399 million judgment against smartphone maker Samsung for illegally copying parts of the patented design of Apple's iPhone.

  • 10 Things to Know for Tuesday

    Tue, 11 Oct 2016 01:00:30 GMT

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

  • The Latest: Updates from the 2nd Clinton-Trump debate

    Mon, 10 Oct 2016 02:41:27 GMT

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (all times EDT):

  • Kagan praises Scalia at law school renaming ceremony

    Fri, 07 Oct 2016 01:23:32 GMT

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday that the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a "remarkable judge and teacher" who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history.

  • Kagan praises Scalia at ceremony to name law school for him

    Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:00:00 GMT

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says the newly renamed Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University celebrates a "remarkable judge and teacher" who will be remembered as one of the greatest justices in history.

  • Justices seem wary of limiting insider trading prosecutions

    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:29:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to preserve the government's broad power to crack down on insider trading on Wall Street.

  • Justices hear argument over bribery charges in Puerto Rico

    Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:24:05 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seemed skeptical Tuesday of a former Puerto Rico senator's bid to avoid a second trial on bribery charges.

  • Supreme Court will not re-hear immigration case

    Mon, 03 Oct 2016 20:12:37 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined an Obama administration request to break its recent tie over plans to protect millions of immigrants.