Tag: Kavanaugh, Brett M

The Supreme Court Should Tell Trump He Is Not Above the Law

Does President Trump have immunity from criminal investigation or prosecution, as his lawyer asserts? The answer is no, and now the Supreme Court has the opportunity to make that clear. Last month, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit held unanimously that any immunity President Trump may […]

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Kavanaugh Recalls His Confirmation at Conservative Legal Group’s Annual Gala

WASHINGTON — In his first major public appearance since his stormy confirmation hearings last year, Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Thursday night addressed some 2,000 members of the Federalist Society, the influential conservative legal group, at its glittering annual gala dinner. He was greeted by a thunderous standing ovation. Justice Kavanaugh’s remarks, by turns lighthearted […]

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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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Supreme Court Hears Case of Lee Malvo, Sniper Who Terrorized D.C.

WASHINGTON — Almost two decades after two men terrorized the Washington region in the fall of 2002 in a series of deadly sniper attacks, the Supreme Court considered on Wednesday whether one of them, Lee Malvo, may challenge his sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mr. Malvo was 17 when he […]

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Amy Klobuchar Goes After Elizabeth Warren in Debate

Senator Amy Klobuchar confronted Senator Elizabeth Warren over her health care plan and taxes in Tuesday night’s Democratic debate in Westerville, Ohio. In the first exchange, Ms. Warren, who is from Massachusetts, was asked repeatedly how she would pay for “Medicare for All” and insisted that costs would not increase for middle-class Americans. But she […]

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Is the Trump Impeachment Saga Kavanaugh 2.0? Some Republicans Hope So

WASHINGTON — Some of President Trump’s most relentless defenders are expressing a sense of déjà vu over the impeachment inquiry currently underway. “ORCHESTRATED DEM CAMPAIGN LIKE KAVANAUGH,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, wrote on Twitter. “I’ve seen this movie before — with Brett #Kavanaugh,” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Kavanaugh 2.0” […]

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The ‘Dead Chicken Strategy’: A Republican Roadmap for Surviving Impeachment

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The White House response to the impeachment inquiry has been to dismiss the allegations, deflect the facts and discredit the Democrats. It’s the same approach that Republicans used in 2018 to push through the Supreme Court […]

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A Supreme Court Abortion Case That Tests the Court Itself

Under the rules that normally govern the American judicial system, the Louisiana abortion law at the center of a case the Supreme Court added to its docket last week is flagrantly unconstitutional. My goal in this column is to make visible not only the stakes in the case but also Louisiana’s strategy for saving its […]

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Don’t Be Fooled. Chief Justice John Roberts Is as Partisan as They Come.

The Supreme Court’s new term that begins on Monday could prove momentous, with cases involving gun control, abortion, L.G.B.T. rights and immigration. The term is likely to signal how far the court’s conservative majority will go to block the agenda of the next Democratic president and Congress. With the court on the precipice of a […]

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As the Supreme Court Gets Back to Work, Five Big Cases to Watch

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the bench on Monday to start a term that will be studded with major cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. The rulings will arrive by June, in the midst of an already divisive presidential campaign. That will thrust a court that has tried […]

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Watch Out, America — The Supreme Court Is Back in Session

On Monday, the Supreme Court will begin hearing cases in its first complete term since the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, and the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, gave the court a newly emboldened right-wing majority. The current five-member bloc has already started overturning decades-old precedents and remaking the law in ways that align remarkably […]

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Supreme Court to Hear Abortion Case From Louisiana

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear its first abortion case since President Trump’s appointments of two justices. The court’s ruling, expected in June as the 2020 presidential campaign enters its final stretch, could reshape the constitutional principles governing abortion rights. The case concerns a Louisiana law that its opponents say would […]

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When #MeToo Went on Trial

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The investigation of Harvey Weinstein that helped give rise to the #MeToo movement had seemed, for a moment, to unite the country in redefining the rules around sex and power. But as a backlash emerged, the […]

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Bill de Blasio Bows Out, Elizabeth Warren’s Big Speech: This Week in the 2020 Race

Mr. de Blasio’s campaign never quite caught on, and his announcement came less than two weeks before the qualification deadline for the October debate. His inclusion in the event was growing less likely by the day. “I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary campaign, and it’s clearly not my time,” he […]

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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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Trump Tries to Woo Hispanic Voters at Rally in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — President Trump opened a three-day Western campaign swing by venturing into blue territory on Monday in a bid to flip a Democratic state and demonstrate electoral strength among Hispanic voters despite his anti-immigration policies and messaging. Mr. Trump, at a rally in New Mexico, a border state with the highest Hispanic […]

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Answers to Reader Questions on Our Brett Kavanaugh Essay

The New York Times published an essay in this weekend’s Sunday Review about the culture at Yale when Brett M. Kavanaugh, who now sits on the Supreme Court, was an undergraduate in the 1980s. The piece, which contained a third allegation of sexual misconduct against Justice Kavanaugh, led to questions from readers regarding the reporting […]

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During Kavanaugh Hearings, Senator Alerted F.B.I. to New Allegation

WASHINGTON — As the F.B.I. began looking into allegations of sexual assault against then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last year, a Democratic senator wrote to the director of the F.B.I. saying he had “information relevant” to the inquiry, but the bureau apparently failed to follow up. The letter, sent early […]

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Senator Alerted F.B.I. to New Kavanaugh Allegation

WASHINGTON — As the F.B.I. began looking into allegations of sexual assault against then-Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings last year, a Democratic senator wrote to the director of the F.B.I. saying he had “information relevant” to the inquiry, but the bureau apparently failed to follow up. The letter, sent early […]

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Calls for Kavanaugh’s Impeachment Come Amid New Misconduct Allegations

Several Democratic presidential candidates called for the impeachment of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on Sunday after The New York Times published new information about allegations of sexual misconduct against him, while Republican leaders condemned the reporting as irresponsible and defended him. President Trump on Twitter accused news outlets of trying to pressure the […]

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