Tag: Courts and the Judiciary

To Balance the Scales of Justice, Don’t Be Afraid to Pack the Court

President Trump bragged on Twitter recently about his success filling up the federal judiciary. “I want to congratulate” Senate majority leader “Mitch McConnell and all Republicans,” Trump wrote: “Today I signed the 160th Federal Judge to the Bench. Within a short period of time we will be at over 200 Federal Judges, including many in […]

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The Senate: Still Great at Deliberating, but Less So at Legislating

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell says he is awaiting President Trump’s proposal on new gun safety rules before swinging his chamber into action. Some of his colleagues think he’s got it backward. After all, it is the Senate — in conjunction with the faster-moving House — that by tradition has jealously guarded its role in […]

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Impeachment Inquiry of Trump Intensifies as Judiciary Panel Adopts New Procedures

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with a possible impeachment of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions in a bid to strengthen its hand in investigating whether he committed high crimes and misdemeanors. Voting along party lines, the panel approved rules for an “investigation to determine […]

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Judiciary Panel Advances Impeachment Inquiry of Trump as Doubts Linger

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday took its first vote to press forward with an impeachment investigation of President Trump, putting aside internal divisions over the process in a bid to strengthen its hand in uncovering crucial facts in the inquiry. The measure, which was approved on Thursday morning, laid out procedures to […]

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The House v. Trump: Stymied Lawmakers Increasingly Battle in the Courts

WASHINGTON — Democrats took control of the House this year promising to use legislation and investigations to check President Trump. But facing substantial roadblocks to each, they are increasingly opposing him in a different way: Eight months into their majority, the House is going to court at a tempo never seen before. Fighting in courtrooms […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Don McGahn, Ex-White House Counsel, for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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Pondering Impeachment, House Sues Former Trump Counsel for Testimony

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee sued on Wednesday to force the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II to testify before Congress, asking a federal judge to strike down the Trump administration’s claim that top presidential aides are “absolutely immune” from its subpoenas. In a filing in Federal District Court, the Judiciary Committee […]

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McConnell Promised to End Senate Gridlock. Instead, Republicans Are Stuck in Neutral.

WASHINGTON — Seven months into a new era of divided government, the Republican-led Senate limped out of Washington this week after the fewest legislative debates of any in recent memory, without floor votes on issues that both parties view as urgent: the high cost of prescription drugs, a broken immigration system and crumbling infrastructure. The […]

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Ask Mueller Anything. The Facts Won’t Change.

The back-to-back appearances before congressional committees on Wednesday by Robert Mueller, the former special counsel, are being hyped like the Super Bowl. Many critics of President Trump are hoping the event — nationally televised and slated to run roughly five hours — will be a turning point that will not only reveal Mr. Trump to […]

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Absurd, Shocking, Embarrassingly Bad

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. Health insurance for millions of Americans is once again at risk, thanks to President Trump and a small number of Republican-appointed judges. Trump is supporting the latest and strangest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and […]

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When Paying a Traffic Ticket Can End in Deportation

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. — After immigration authorities tried to arrest a young man who was paying a traffic ticket at City Hall in April, word spread quickly through this city, where a third of the residents are foreign-born. The effect […]

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Liberals Begin Lining Up Young Judges for a Post-Trump Surge

WASHINGTON — When President Trump took office, more than 100 vacancies for him to fill existed on the federal bench, an inaugural gift from Senate Republicans who persistently thwarted the Obama administration’s best efforts to install judges after Democrats lost control of the Senate in the 2014 elections. Mr. Trump and Senator Mitch McConnell of […]

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Trump Destroys American Greatness From Within

It’s hard to work up much sympathy for the hollowed-out husk of a human being that is Mitch McConnell, or Lindsey Graham for that matter. This country is a harder, colder, more meanspirited place because these senators would rather bootlick a bully than stand for the principles they once espoused. Surely, they know the price […]

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House Backs Off Holding Barr in Contempt in New Resolution

WASHINGTON — After weeks of pledging to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and the former White House counsel Donald F. McGahn II in contempt for defying subpoenas, House Democrats appear poised to pursue an alternative path to try to force them into sharing information. A resolution that the House Rules Committee unveiled on Thursday […]

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White House Tells 2 More Witnesses, Including Hope Hicks, Not to Cooperate With Congress

WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday instructed two more former aides to President Trump not to cooperate with subpoenas from House lawmakers investigating possible obstruction of justice, maintaining its position that Congress has no right to information turned over previously to the special counsel. Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Judiciary Committee chairman […]

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The Shifting Standards of Mitch McConnell

WASHINGTON — When it came to filling a Supreme Court vacancy during the 2016 presidential election year, Senator Mitch McConnell had a constant refrain: Let the people decide. But should a high court seat become open in 2020, Mr. McConnell has already decided himself. “Oh, we’d fill it,” Mr. McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority […]

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French Rock Star’s Instagram Defeats His Widow in Inheritance Battle

LONDON — Johnny Hallyday, known as the French Elvis, built his six-decade show business career on old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, but he also kept up with the times technologically. From 2012, his Instagram account shared a canny mixture of the personal and the professional, promoting his tours, his albums and his image as one of […]

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Huawei Ramps Up U.S. Legal Challenge, With the Media in Mind

SHANGHAI — Huawei is ramping up its legal challenge to American limits on purchases of its equipment, in a sign that it is doubling down on its strategy of fighting the Trump administration through the courts and public opinion rather than through quiet negotiations. The Chinese telecommunications giant filed a motion on Tuesday in the […]

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