Supreme Court

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Republicans line up to oppose Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan drew opposition Friday from Republican leader Mitch McConnell and two other GOP senators, raising the prospect of a confirmation largely along party lines. “The American people expect a justice who will impartially apply the law, not one who will be a rubberstamp for the Obama administration or any other administration,” […]

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Kagan sailing towards nomination

Elena Kagan is speeding toward confirmation as the 112th Supreme Court justice, with Republicans showing little appetite for a long-shot filibuster attempt after sparring with her over abortion, gays in the military and other divisive issues. “Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., confidently predicted as the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up […]

More handgun ban challenges expected

More handgun ban challenges expected

State or local gun laws that prohibit people from carrying firearms outside the home and onerous registration requirements are the most likely to be struck down by judges following the Supreme Court‘s latest decision supporting the right to keep and bear arms. An explosion of cases will keep courts busy for years defining gun control‘s […]

Republicans fail to rattle Kagan

Republicans fail to rattle Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who has displayed a cool demeanor and a sense of humor during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, was expected to move one step closer Wednesday to succeeding Justice John Paul Stevens, barring a major gaffe. Republicans who oppose her nomination will need to resort to a filibuster to block a […]

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Elena Kagan is following the path of every recent Supreme Court nominee in pledging “a fair shake for every American” who comes before the court and stressing her ordinary roots. The 50-year-old solicitor general is promising “evenhandedness and impartiality” and insisting she will be properly deferential to Congress while safeguarding individuals’ rights. But as senators […]

Supremes hand major victory to gun owners

Supremes hand major victory to gun owners

The Supreme Court held Monday that the Constitution’s Second Amendment restrains government’s ability to significantly limit “the right to keep and bear arms,” advancing a recent trend by the John Roberts-led bench to embrace gun rights. By a narrow, 5-4 vote, the justices also signaled, however, that some limitations on the right could survive legal […]

Conservatives come out for Kagan

Conservatives come out for Kagan

Conservative lawyers and academics are voicing support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, praise that could soften criticism from the right and provide cover for any Republican senators inclined to vote for her nomination. The essence of their take on Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean who now serves as solicitor general, is that […]

Is Elena Kagan gay? Should anyone care?

Is Elena Kagan gay? Should anyone care?

Is Elena Kagan, President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, a lesbian? Is it important? Depends on who you talk to. Openly gay blogger Andrew Sullivan says it’s damn important and wants Kagan and the White House to come clean about about her sexual orientation. Writes Sullivan: There are three possibilities, it seems to […]

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 […]