Supreme Court of the United States

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court seat is elevating touchy social issues in an election year, just as the tea party is showing how volatile and unpredictable the political landscape has become. Any Supreme Court confirmation battle stirs a pot of issues important to conservative and liberal activists. Kagan can […]

Obama selects Kagan for Supreme Court

Obama selects Kagan for Supreme Court

Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be nominated Monday to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, a person familiar with the president’s thinking says, positioning the high court to have three women justices for the first time. Obama plans to announce his choice at 10 a.m. in the East Room of the White House. The […]

Hillary on Supreme Court job: It ain’t me babe

Hillary on Supreme Court job: It ain’t me babe

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed speculation she was interested in being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying intended to keep her current position in the Obama administration. Clinton had been mentioned as a possible replacement for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who has announced his retirement from the high court. When asked […]

Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

Obama interviews Montana judge for Supreme Court slot

President Barack Obama has accelerated his search for his next Supreme Court nominee, meeting in the Oval Office with one of the candidates, federal judge Sidney Thomas of Montana, a person familiar with the conversation says. Obama’s meeting with Thomas on Thursday was his first known formal interview for the upcoming vacancy on the court. […]

Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Will Hawaii gov. sign civil union bill?

Hawaii is a step closer to joining a small group of other states in allowing same-sex civil unions. In a move that still needs the governor’s signature to become law, the House of Representatives Thursday night approved a measure that has drawn some of the state’s biggest protest rallies. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle hasn’t said […]

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Obama talking to potential Supreme Court nominees

Pushing forward with one of his most consequential decisions, President Barack Obama has begun informal talks with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. And now he is reaching out to the senators who will control the confirmation fight ahead. Obama was to meet Wednesday with the top Democrat and Republican in the Senate, along with […]

Battle lines drawn over liberal court pick

Battle lines drawn over liberal court pick

California law professor Goodwin Liu will be a test case of President Barack Obama’s ability to win confirmation for a liberal appeals court nominee. Round One is Friday, when Liu — nominated for a San Francisco-based appeals court — appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee to face Republicans staunchly opposed to his liberal views. The […]

Obama says ‘nada’ to Clinton for Supreme Court

Obama says ‘nada’ to Clinton for Supreme Court

President Barack Obama‘s White House moved quickly Monday to quash speculation that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could be his latest nominee the Supreme Court. “The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position,” White House Spokesman Ben LaBolt told The Washington […]

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on list for Supreme Court nod

Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court? Don’t laugh. Sen Orrin Hatch of Utah says he’s heard the Secretary of State’s name mentioned as a potential nominee to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “I heard Sen. Hillary Clinton’s name today and that would be an interesting person in the mix,” Hatch said on the “Today” […]

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans promise fight to keep libs off Supreme Court

Republicans are promising a “whale of a fight” during the congressional election campaign if President Barack Obama picks too liberal a nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Eleven days before his 90th birthday, Stevens said Friday he would step down when the court finishes its work for the summer, in hopes […]