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  • Today in History

    Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:01:19 GMT

    Today in History

  • Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland reports to prison for a 2nd time

    Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:42:46 GMT

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland reported to a federal prison in New York on Monday to begin serving a 2 ½-year sentence for conspiring to hide his work on political campaigns — a decade after he finished doing prison time for a corruption scandal that led him to resign from office in 2004.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in presidential election

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:31:05 GMT

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

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

    Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:35:26 GMT

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

  • Trump adds names to Supreme Court wish list

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:47:27 GMT

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Donald Trump has added 10 names to the list he says he'd use to fill Supreme Court vacancies if he becomes president, including a U.S. senator whose inclusion helped secure a bitter rival's endorsement.

  • Justice: Changing course on the bench is not weakness

    Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:01:17 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy says a willingness to change course on the bench is not an indication of weakness, but rather a sign of "fidelity to your judicial oath."

  • Kagan: 8-member Supreme Court a problem over time

    Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:37:28 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Elena Kagan says the longer the Supreme Court is stuck with only eight members, the more it has to deal with the prospect of not being able to decide cases.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Judge Merrick Garland is back on the Hill

    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 21:55:10 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Back on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court talked baseball, books and a revised workload.

  • Supreme Court won't block subpoena over sex ads

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:11:43 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block a congressional subpoena seeking information on how classified ads portal Backpage.com screens ads for possible sex trafficking.

  • Ginsburg: Both parties to blame for nomination fights

    Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:48:55 GMT

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans are both to blame for the fighting that occurs when a president nominates someone to the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Monday.

  • Michigan straight-party voting ban won't take effect

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:21:39 GMT

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to let Michigan's new ban on straight-party voting take effect for the November election, rejecting state officials' request to halt lower court rulings that blocked the Republican-sponsored law.

  • Sotomayor calls job on high court blessing and curse

    Fri, 09 Sep 2016 02:52:46 GMT

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court has been both a blessing and a curse and reaching decisions is harder than she ever expected, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday during a visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Biden, Supreme Court nominee on Hill to pressure GOP

    Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:38:21 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Judge Merrick Garland found himself back on Capitol Hill on Thursday in a familiar place — meeting with a Democratic senator who complained about Republicans' inaction on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

  • Ginsburg: 'Cooler heads will prevail' on high court nominee

    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 23:10:40 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Wednesday that she thinks "cooler heads will prevail" in the Senate, where Republican leaders are refusing to consider President Barack Obama's high court nominee.

  • Execution drop makes some think death penalty is fading away

    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 04:28:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the death penalty in America gradually dying?

  • Congress has long to-do list, but little chance of action

    Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:46:50 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Election-year politics will rule the congressional calendar when lawmakers return from a seven-week recess.

  • A mystery solved: Where is Scalia buried?

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 17:35:25 GMT

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme Court officials declined to say where Scalia was being laid to rest.

  • With the internet's help, Scalia's burial spot is public

    Mon, 05 Sep 2016 07:44:39 GMT

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's funeral was attended by thousands and carried on live television, but when the hearse pulled away from the church and headed to his burial site, his family asked for privacy and Supreme Court officials declined to say where Scalia was being laid to rest.

  • Justice Kagan says court doesn't feel political pressure

    Thu, 01 Sep 2016 17:09:00 GMT

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says the political pressure surrounding President Barack Obama's stalled high-court nominee doesn't affect her fellow justices when it comes to handing down rulings.

  • US high court refuses to reinstate North Carolina voter ID

    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 22:48:31 GMT

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting.

  • Kerry Washington: 'Two pregnancies have been very different'

    Mon, 29 Aug 2016 21:11:22 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes didn't know that star Kerry Washington had another baby on the way when a less-is-more plan was put in place for season six of the political thriller.