Tag: Supreme Court (US)

Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis

Public safety, national security and the rule of law are among the incantations the Trump administration likes to chant when rolling out one of its deliberately and pointlessly cruel immigration policies. It evidently hopes that repetition will somehow insulate its actions from public or judicial scrutiny. President Trump’s newest proclamation, […]

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Justice Ginsburg Leaves Hospital After Treatment for Broken Ribs

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was discharged from the hospital on Friday after treatment for three broken ribs sustained in a fall at her office Wednesday evening. “She is doing well and plans to work from home today,” said Kathleen Arberg, a spokeswoman for the court. If history is any guide, […]

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Trump Suspends Some Asylum Rights, Calling Illegal Immigration ‘a Crisis’

WASHINGTON — President Trump proclaimed on Friday that the illegal entry of immigrants across the southern border of the United States is detrimental to the national interest, triggering tough changes that will deny asylum to all migrants who do not enter through official border crossings. The proclamation, issued just moments […]

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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Midterms Deliver an American Stalemate

For once, it all happened more or less as we foresaw — and by “we” I mean risk-averse political commentators who hugged the polling averages and projections tight while resisting both Betomania and the occasional flashbacks to 2016. A good night for Republicans in the Senate. An excellent night for […]

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Would You Hire Kavanaugh?

Think of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination this way: A president who has faced at least a dozen allegations of sexual assault is attempting to appoint a second Supreme Court justice who has credibly been accused of sexual misconduct, and those two justices might well help form a new court majority […]

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A Bitter Nominee, Questions of Neutrality, and a Damaged Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — In the first round of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings early this month, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh kept his cool under hostile questioning, stressed his independence, and exhibited the calm judicial demeanor that characterized his dozen years on a prestigious appeals court bench. “The Supreme Court,” he said, […]

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Political Memo: On Kavanaugh, a Changed America Debates an Explosive Charge

Conservatives argued that liberals have long protested that young black men are too often consigned to prison for isolated crimes committed when they were teenagers. “At what point do we hold an individual duly responsible for his or her actions?” Ms. Hymowitz said. “We have a long history in this […]

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The Meaning of a Raucous Supreme Court Hearing

Advertisement Also: Trump’s own aides disdain him. It’s shocking but no longer surprising. Sept. 5, 2018 ImageJudge Brett M. Kavanaugh, center, at his Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C. For the most part, the day wasn’t about him.CreditCreditTasos Katopodis/EPA, via Shutterstock First, the revelations about the Trump White House in […]

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Live Briefing: What to Watch: Brett Kavanaugh Hearings Day 2

In his opening remarks, Judge Kavanaugh vowed to uphold the attributes of an ideal judge and remain “a neutral and impartial arbiter who favors no litigant or policy.” Will any Republicans ask tough questions? Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, critiqued President Trump during his opening statement, citing a Twitter […]

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An Advocate for Women or a Threat? As Hearings Begin, Differing Views of Kavanaugh Emerge

The hearings will play out for the next four days before the judiciary panel, with opening statements on Tuesday by senators and Judge Kavanaugh, followed by two days of questioning and a final day of testimony from outside witnesses. As Mr. Blumenthal, perhaps in a moment of understatement, predicted, “Sparks […]

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The Supreme Court Ought to Back Off

Of course, the court sometimes must act decisively to protect rights. By design, the unelected, largely unaccountable Supreme Court serves as a bulwark against tyrannical majorities. The First Amendment’s guarantee of free expression envisions the protection of repugnant views. And few legislators are apt to defend the rights of criminal […]

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Writing the Unions’ ‘Fight-or-Die Survival Chapter’

Advertisement The growing labor militancy making headlines has its roots in slow, grinding efforts by workers all over the country. By Sarah Jaffe Ms. Jaffe is the author of “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.” Sept. 2, 2018 ImageRiot police trying to prevent protesters from blocking an entrance to the mall […]

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Brett Kavanaugh Urged Graphic Questions in Clinton Probe

WASHINGTON — Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, urged prosecutors investigating President Bill Clinton to question him in graphic detail about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, according to a memorandum released on Monday by the National Archives. Mr. Kavanaugh spent more than three […]

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The Partisan Battle Brett Kavanaugh Now Regrets

Mr. Kavanaugh, for his part, prepared a report concluding that Mr. Foster had committed suicide, investigated whether documents had been unlawfully removed from Mr. Foster’s office, and litigated cases on attorney-client and executive privilege. When he returned to the independent counsel’s fourth-floor offices at 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, just across the street from the F.B.I. headquarters, […]

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Thou Shalt Not Kill

Pope Francis’s condemnation of capital punishment is simple and unambiguous: It is inadmissible. No exceptions for especially heinous crimes; no loopholes allowing execution when other lives might be in jeopardy, as in past Catholic teachings. No, declared the pope; state-sanctioned killing is always an unjustifiable attack on the dignity of human life, it’s always wrong. […]

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Trump’s Biggest Climate Move Yet is Bad for Everyone

Los Angeles — The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation moved Thursday to fulfill President Trump’s promise to undo landmark Obama-era rules requiring automakers to steadily reduce greenhouse gas pollution from cars and trucks and improve fuel efficiency through 2025. Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with […]

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Opinion: Is Clarence Thomas the Supreme Court’s Future?

His latest attack came in this term’s decision that freed states to tax internet sales. It was not a negative Commerce Clause case as such, and Justice Thomas concurred with the majority that the time had come to depart from the “physical presence” requirement the court had previously adhered to. But he couldn’t resist a […]

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Top Trump Officials Clash Over Plan to Let Cars Pollute More

During his tenure, Mr. Pruitt pushed out numerous proposals to roll back environmental regulations. At least a half-dozen have been struck down by courts. Three people close to Mr. Wheeler said he wanted to avoid rolling out a major policy that could be legally vulnerable. But Mr. Rosen, the deputy secretary of the Transportation Department, […]

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Meet With Kavanaugh? Not Until There’s a Deal on His Documents, Democrats Say

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats are largely giving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh the brushoff, refusing the customary “courtesy visits” until Republicans agree to turn over voluminous documents from the Supreme Court nominee’s past. In the two weeks since President Trump nominated him to succeed the retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Judge Kavanaugh has met with 23 […]

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