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Justice Breyer: I'll go to State of the Union

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Sunday that he will attend the upcoming State of the Union address, even as more conservative justices have been critical of what happened at the last one.

By Aaron Blake  | December 12, 2010; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Court Watch, Supreme Court, White House  
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Laurence Tribe unfiltered on Sonia Sotomayor

Harvard Law Professor Laurence H. Tribe minced no words in a May 2009 letter to his former student, President Obama, urging Obama to nominate Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan to fill retiring Justice David Souter's seat on the Supreme Court.

By Rachel Weiner  | October 28, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Supreme Court  
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McConnell gives Franken a piece of his mind

By Paul Kane Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  | August 5, 2010; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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ABC26 WGNO: Clarence Thomas's nephew allegedly tased at Louisiana hospital

Family members of Derek Thomas, nephew of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, are alleging that the younger Thomas, was punched and tased when he was admitted to West Jefferson Hospital Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 9, 2010; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Court won't hear soft-money challenge

The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided that it would not to undertake another review of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform act, rejecting a Republican-sponsored challenge to the law's centerpiece prohbition on unregulated "soft money" contributions to political parties.

By by Robert Barnes  | June 29, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election, 44 The Obama Presidency, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Supreme Court  | Tags:  campaign finance reform, mccain-feingold, soft money, supreme court  
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Kagan hearings witness list released

The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced the witness list for Elena Kagan's Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 25, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Elena Kagan in her own words, Garance Franke-Ruta , June 25, 2010
Supreme Court in Miranda case: Suspect must invoke right, Washington Post Editors , June 1, 2010
Kagan deputy takes over, Robert Barnes , May 17, 2010
Kagan theses to be available online, Garance Franke-Ruta , May 17, 2010
Souter's bachelorhood sparked debate in '90, Garance Franke-Ruta , May 13, 2010
Law professors vouch for Kagan on diversity, Krissah Thompson , May 12, 2010
McCain surveys supporters on SCOTUS process, By Michael D. Shear , April 14, 2010
Obama and senators to confer about court opening, Robert Barnes , April 13, 2010
Hillary Clinton not a candidate for Supreme Court, Anne E. Kornblut , April 12, 2010
No surprises yet ahead of Supreme Court fight, Ben Pershing , April 12, 2010
Diane Wood, Supreme Court justice? , Rachel Weiner , April 9, 2010
Elena Kagan, Supreme Court justice?, Rachel Weiner , April 9, 2010
Antonin Scalia: No right to secede, Web Politics Editor , February 17, 2010
O'Connor: 'Don't know' if Bush v. Gore the right decision, Web Politics Editor , January 26, 2010
Supreme Court schedules special Thursday session, Web Politics Editor , January 20, 2010
Supreme Court Term Begins Today, Many Cases Refused, washingtonpost.com editors , October 5, 2009
Justice Ginsburg Released From Hospital, Web Politics Editor , September 25, 2009
Justice Stevens Hires Just One Clerk , Robert Barnes , September 2, 2009
Byrd to Attend Sotomayor Vote, Kendra Nichols , August 6, 2009
Committee Prepares to Vote on Sotomayor, Debbi Wilgoren , July 28, 2009
Collins Adds Another GOP Vote for Sotomayor, Ben Pershing , July 21, 2009
McConnell Says He'll Vote No on Sotomayor, Post Editor , July 17, 2009
Judiciary Committee Sets Vote for Tuesday, Post Editor , July 16, 2009
Full Transcripts: Key Witness Testimony, Questioning, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt, Witness Testimony: Chavez on Identity Politics, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt, Witness Testimony: Kirsanow on Ricci v. Stefano, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt, Witness Testimony: Henderson on PRLDEF, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Witness Testimony Begins, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Leahy and Sotomayor on Granting Certiorari, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Coburn and Sotomayor on Separation of Powers, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kyl and Sotomayor on Foreign Law, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Grassley and Sotomayor on "Vacuums in the Law", Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Hatch and Sotomayor on Judicial Activism, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Coburn and Sotomayor on Second Amendment, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Coburn and Sotomayor on Fundamental Rights, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cornyn and Sotomayor on Same-Sex Marriage, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Specter and Sotomayor on Caseloads, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cornyn and Sotomayor on Campaign Finance, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kobuchar and Sotomayor on U.S. v. Giordano, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Graham and Sotomayor on Second Amendment, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Feinstein and Sotomayor on Women in Law, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kyl and Sotomayor on Ricci v. DeStefano, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Witness List, Day Four, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Speaker Lineup, Sotomayor Returns to the Hill, Washington Post editors , July 16, 2009
Social Issues Dominate Sotomayor Hearings, Ben Pershing , July 16, 2009
Key Excerpt: Specter and Sotomayor on Article I , Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Specter and Sotomayor on Caseloads, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kaufman and Sotomayor on Commercial Practice, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Klobuchar and Sotomayor on Search Warrants, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Klobuchar and Sotomayor on Judicial Activism, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Whitehouse and Sotomayor on Separation of Powers, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Coburn and Sotomayor on Right to Bear Arms, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Coburn and Sotomayor on Abortion, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cardin and Sotomayor on Separtion of Powers, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cardin and Sotomayor on Civil Rights, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cornyn and Sotomayor on Abortion, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cornyn and Sotomayor on 1996 Speech, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Cornyn and Sotomayor on "Wise Latina" Comment, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Speaker Lineup, Leahy's Opening Remarks, Washington Post editors , July 15, 2009
Key Excerpt: Durbin and Sotomayor on Immigration, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Durbin and Sotomayor on the Death Penalty, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Graham and Sotomayor on Gender, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Graham and Sotomayor on Abortion, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Schumer and Sotomayor on Immigration, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Feingold and Sotomayor on Empathy, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Questioning Sessions Between Sotomayor and Senators, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kohl and Sotomayor on Ricci Case, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Sotomayor on Bush v. Gore, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Kohl and Sotomayor on Affirmative Action, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Key Excerpt: Sessions on 'Wise Latina' Comment, washingtonpost.com , July 14, 2009
Expert Analysis: First Day Reveals Little, Paul Volpe , July 14, 2009
Live Coverage: Confirmation Hearings, Paul Volpe , July 13, 2009
The Committee's Opening Statements, washingtonpost.com , July 13, 2009
Media, VIPs Get Prime Seats at Hearing, Paul Volpe , July 13, 2009
Witness List for Sotomayor Hearing Announced, Web Politics Editor , July 9, 2009
Former Colleagues Come Out for Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , July 2, 2009
An Asterisk for Sotomayor?, Paul Volpe , June 23, 2009
Renowned Conservative Backs Sotomayor, Washington Post editors , June 19, 2009
Meese Active in Opposition to Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , June 18, 2009
Court Watch: Sotomayor's Dissents -- and Temperament, Web Politics Editor , June 15, 2009
Court Watch: Affirmative Action, Baby, Web Politics Editor , June 12, 2009
Court Watch: Poster Child , Web Politics Editor , June 11, 2009
Senate Sets Sotomayor Hearing Date, Web Politics Editor , June 9, 2009
Court Watch: Accident-Prone Justices, Web Politics Editor , June 8, 2009
Sotomayor Breaks Her Ankle, Web Politics Editor , June 8, 2009
Court Watch: Wise Women, Impacting the Courts?, Web Politics Editor , June 5, 2009
Sotomayor Faring Well on Maine Street, Paul Volpe , June 4, 2009
Sotomayor's Senate Questionnaire Released, Web Politics Editor , June 4, 2009
Gingrich Walks Back 'Racist' Charge, Web Politics Editor , June 3, 2009
Rise of Liberal Groups Shows in Court Nomination, Washington Post Editor , June 3, 2009
Sotomayor Gets Cover on Gun Rights Case, Paul Volpe , June 2, 2009
Leahy Asks Sotomayor to Clarify 'Wise Latina' Remark, Web Politics Editor , June 2, 2009
Court Watch: Senate Meetings, Web Politics Editor , June 2, 2009
Latino Groups Step Up Support of Sotomayor, Web Politics Editor , June 1, 2009
Sotomayor Story Made for the Big Screen?, Paul Volpe , June 1, 2009
Court Watch: Bloggers and Reversals, Web Politics Editor , June 1, 2009
Sotomayor's Law Clerks Praise Her in Letter, Web Politics Editor , June 1, 2009
In Supreme Court Fight, Code Words Abound, Ben Pershing , May 29, 2009
Sotomayor Gets High Marks from Old Boss, Paul Volpe , May 28, 2009
Sotomayor Begins Calling Key Senators, Web Politics Editor , May 27, 2009
Liberal Groups Release Ad Backing Sotomayor, Web Politics Editor , May 27, 2009
Is Sotomayor Fight Over Before it Begins?, Ben Pershing , May 27, 2009
Women's Groups Vow to Fight for Swift Confirmation, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Salazar on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sotomayor Made Significant Sports Rulings, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Republicans Hold Fire on Nominee, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Obama Interviewed Sotomayor Thursday, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
New York Gov. Paterson on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Pelosi on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Latino Legal Activists Hail Sotomayor Choice, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Sen. Sessions on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sotomayor Decisions on Civil Cases, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sen. Harry Reid on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Huckabee Reacts to Sotomayor Nomination, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sen. Cornyn on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sen. Dodd on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Maryland Law Professor on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Rep. José E. Serrano on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
RSC Chairman Price on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
National Urban League on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Sotomayor: The White House Story, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Obama Wants Sotomayor Confirmed Before August Recess, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Complete Coverage: The Sotomayor Pick, Web Politics Editor , May 26, 2009
Bloomberg on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Michael Steele on Sotomayor, Paul Volpe , May 26, 2009
Abortion Foes Re-Energized by Court Fight, Web Politics Editor , May 21, 2009
Arguello Open to Being Considered for Court, Web Politics Editor , May 21, 2009
Obama's Empathy Standard Drawing Heat, Paul Volpe , May 21, 2009
Obama Starts to Meet with Court Contenders, Web Politics Editor , May 20, 2009
Granholm to Visit the White House, Web Politics Editor , May 18, 2009
Court Watch: Granholm, Roberts and Some History, Web Politics Editor , May 18, 2009
A Supreme Court Nomination Next Week?, Web Politics Editor , May 13, 2009
Sotomayor Rose High, with Few Assets, Web Politics Editor , May 7, 2009
Sessions on Obama: 'He's So Nice', Web Politics Editor , May 5, 2009
Souter Bids a Fond Farewell, Web Politics Editor , May 5, 2009
Sessions to Take Top Judiciary GOP Slot, Ben Pershing , May 4, 2009
 
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