Supreme Court

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 […]

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 […]

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

Stevens retirement sets up new political battle

The capital on Saturday faced another tough political battle after venerable Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the bench. President Barack Obama vowed to quickly name a replacement for Stevens, the court’s liberal standard-bearer, and said he would select an advocate for “ordinary” Americans, in comments which put his conservative foes […]

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

Supreme Court: Obama’s next battleground

President Barack Obama, fresh off a bruising battle over healthcare, could face another tough fight in Congress to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy if 89-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens retires as expected. A confirmation battle could sidetrack Democratic plans to focus on the economy and job creation ahead of November’s congressional elections in which […]