Tag: Federal Courts (US)

The Left Shouldn’t Freak Out About Trump’s Judges (Yet)

Republicans are celebrating how they’ve packed the 12 regional federal appeals courts (excluding a specialized federal appellate court) with conservative judges. Earlier this month, President Trump hosted Senate Republicans at the White House to cheer their 45th confirmation. Stephen Bannon recently said, in praising Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who chose many of […]

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Trump and Senate Republicans Celebrate Making the Courts More Conservative

WASHINGTON — President Trump took a moment on Wednesday to celebrate his success confirming his judicial appointments, an achievement crucial to maintaining his hold on conservatives and on evangelical voters as he heads into an election year fighting off impeachment by the House. With another flurry of Senate judicial confirmations this week, the Trump administration […]

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Who is Don McGahn, the Lawyer Behind Trump’s Court Makeover?

Episode 16: ‘Mr. McGahn’ Producer/Director Singeli Agnew Most Americans may not know Donald F. McGahn II’s name, but they’ll likely live with his legacy for decades to come. As White House counsel for the first 21 months of President Trump’s term, McGahn helped push through lifetime appointments for more than 100 conservative judges, including the […]

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Court Upholds Net Neutrality Repeal, With Some Caveats

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court upheld on Tuesday the repeal of so-called net neutrality rules, but said that the Federal Communications Commission had overstepped in the repeal by broadly blocking state and local governments from writing their own rules. The mixed ruling, by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia […]

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Federal Judge in Kansas City Is Reprimanded for Sexual Harassment

A federal judge in Kansas was given a rare public reprimand on Monday for sexually harassing female judiciary employees and having an affair with a felon that made him “susceptible to extortion.” The judge, Carlos Murguia, of the United States District Court in Kansas City, made sexually suggestive comments and sent inappropriate text messages to […]

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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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John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice Who Became Leader of Liberal Wing, Dies at 99

John Paul Stevens, whose 35 years on the United States Supreme Court transformed him, improbably, from a Republican antitrust lawyer to the outspoken leader of the court’s liberal wing, died Tuesday at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 99. The cause was complications from a stroke he suffered the day before, the Supreme […]

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At Long Last, a Measure of Justice for Some Drug Offenders

New data about the effects of the First Step Act, a bipartisan prison reform bill that President Trump signed into law in December, is showing that past injustices can be corrected, even in the most politically polarized of times. Last week, the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency that advises federal judges on carrying […]

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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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Supreme Court Sidesteps Abortion Question in Ruling on Indiana Law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld an Indiana state law that required fetal remains to be buried or cremated. But it sidestepped a larger abortion question, turning down an effort to reinstate the law’s strict abortion limits. The court’s decision, issued without briefing on the merits or oral arguments, was unsigned and just […]

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