Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices

Posted: July 9, 2018, 5:25 am

Profiles of Possible US Supreme Court Justices FILE – Federal appeals court judges, from left: Raymond Kethledge, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Thomas Hardiman, being considered by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, are seen in this combination photo from files. The privilege of naming justices to the U.S. Supreme Court — judges whose decisions could affect the lives of Americans for decades — is one of the most consequential choices a president can make.
President Donald Trump has already placed one justice on the court, Neil Gorsuch, and says he wants to choose a “great one” to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump says the new justice should have a great intellect and the right temperament.
Although Trump said during the campaign he would appoint anti-abortion judges who would overturn Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, he said he would not ask candidates about whether they think the ruling should be reversed. But..

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ACLU: Children, Parents Unlikely to be Reunited by Deadline

Posted: July 9, 2018, 1:15 am

ACLU: Children, Parents Unlikely to be Reunited by Deadline FILE – Demonstrators hold signs as they participate in the “Families Belong Together: Freedom for Immigrants” march, June 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. It is unlikely that the U.S. government will be able to reunite all the immigrant children younger than 5 who were forcibly separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border by Tuesday’s court-ordered deadline, according to a statement issued by the American Civil Liberties Union late Sunday.
“It’s extremely disappointing that the Trump administration looks like it will fail to reunite even half the children under five with their parents,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project. “These kids have already suffered so much because of this policy and every extra day apart just adds to that pain.”
Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, speaks after a hearing, July 6, 2018, in San Diego. An ACLU lawsuit won a June 26 p..

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Trump Lawyers Nearing Decision He Won’t Sit for Russia Probe Interview

Posted: July 8, 2018, 12:07 pm

Trump Lawyers Nearing Decision He Won't Sit for Russia Probe Interview FILE – President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, May 30, 2018. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday the president's legal team is “close to determining” that he won't sit for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign aimed at helping Trump win.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor and Trump's lead attorney, told ABC News and CNN that Trump's lawyers want evidence from Mueller's investigators that Trump engaged in wrongdoing before agreeing to let him be questioned.
Trump has often said he is ready for an interview in Mueller's 14-month probe, but Giuliani told CNN, “We'd like to know if there's any factual basis for the investigation originally or the developed one, because ..

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Feds Freeze ‘Obamacare’ Payments; Premiums Likely to Rise

Posted: July 8, 2018, 3:32 am

Feds Freeze ‘Obamacare’ Payments; Premiums Likely to Rise FILE – Medical equipment on the wall of an examination room in San Diego, Calif., Nov. 17, 2014. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Saturday it’s freezing payments under an “Obamacare” program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next year.
At stake are billions in payments to insurers with sicker customers.
In a weekend announcement, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the administration is acting because of conflicting court ruling in lawsuits filed by some smaller insurers who question whether they are being fairly treated under the program.
President Donald Trump shows an executive order on health care that he signed Oct. 12, 2017. The Trump administration says it’s freezing payments under an ‘Obamacare’ program that protects insurers with sicker patients from financial losses, a move expected to add to premium increases next..

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Comey Called ‘Machiavellian’ in Trump Lawyers’ Memo to Mueller

Posted: July 7, 2018, 8:50 pm

Comey Called ‘Machiavellian’ in Trump Lawyers’ Memo to Mueller This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., April 5, 2018, left, and former FBI director James Comey speaking during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017. WASHINGTON — Lawyers for President Donald Trump unleashed a blistering attack on former FBI Director James Comey in a confidential memo last year to the special counsel, casting him as “Machiavellian,” dishonest and “unbounded by law and regulation” as they sought to undermine the credibility of a law enforcement leader they see as a critical witness against the president.
The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, underscores the intense effort by Trump’s legal team over the last year to tarnish Comey’s reputation and pit the president’s word against that of the former FBI director. Comey’s firing in May 2017 helped set in motion the appoint..

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Trump Unveils Court Pick on Monday

Posted: July 7, 2018, 6:00 am

Trump Unveils Court Pick on Monday FILE – U.S. President Donald Trump listens as Justice Anthony Kennedy speaks before swearing in Judge Neil Gorsuch as an Associate Supreme Court Justice at the White House in Washington, April 10, 2017. WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. The announcement is likely to set off a major confirmation battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority and opposition Democrats say they are ready for a fight over Trump’s court pick.
In his weekly presidential address, Trump said his “greatest responsibility is to select a justice who will faithfully interpret the Constitution as written.” The president vowed to select someone with “impeccable credentials, great intellect, unbiased judgment and deep reverence for the laws and Constitution.”
During a campaign rally in Montana Thursday, Trump sought to build expectations among supporters for..

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Trump to Unveil Court Pick Monday

Posted: July 7, 2018, 6:00 am

President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court on Monday. The announcement is likely to set off a major confirmation battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a narrow majority and where opposition Democrats are planning to wage a fight over Trump's court pick. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

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Trump’s Support Deeply Divided Along Partisan, Gender Lines

Posted: July 7, 2018, 1:59 am

Despite his low popularity overall with the American people, President Donald Trump's approval rating among Republicans is at an all-time high. Beyond partisan lines, there is also an increasing gap of support between genders. White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara has more.

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Lawyers: Manafort in Solitary Confinement as He Awaits Trial

Posted: July 6, 2018, 6:50 pm

Lawyers: Manafort in Solitary Confinement as He Awaits Trial FILE – Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the Federal District Court in Washington after a hearing, May 23, 2018. Lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, say their client has been in solitary confinement as he awaits trial on financial charges.
The lawyers say Manafort is locked in a jail cell in Virginia for 23 hours a day, excluding visits from his attorneys, and has been in solitary confinement because the facility can't guarantee his safety.
Manafort was jailed last month after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
His lawyers are asking a federal appeals court to overturn the judge's order and release him under certain conditions as he awaits trial later this month in Alexandria, Virginia, and later this fall in Washington, D.C…

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Trump Says He’s Narrowed Supreme Court Nominees to 2 or 3

Posted: July 6, 2018, 6:32 am

Trump Says He's Narrowed Supreme Court Nominees to 2 or 3 In this May 7, 2008, image from video provided by C-SPAN, Raymond Kethledge testifies during his confirmation hearing for the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is closing in on his next Supreme Court nominee, with three federal judges leading the competition to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Thursday he has narrowed down — to two or three — the list of contenders he’s considering to fill the vacancy for the Supreme Court seat held by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.
“I think I have it down to four people. And I think of the four people I have it down to three or two,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One.
The president, who was traveling to a campaign rally in Montana, has wrapped up the interview process and is moving closer to picking his court nominee amid intense jockeying from various factions seeking to influence t..

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