Judicial appointments and nominations

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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April 07, 2020 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court sided with the Trump administration Tuesday in its effort to resume executions of federal death row prisoners but sent a legal challenge by inmates back to a lower court for further review. The decision leaves unresolved for now whether, and if so when, executions...
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This April 6, 2020 photo provided by Scott Trindl shows one of the tables, fitted with protective plexiglass, at the sole polling location for city of Waukesha, Wis., residents. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday, April 6, 2020 moved to postpone the state's presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and adding to confusion about whether voters will be able to head to the polls on Tuesday. (Scott Trindl via AP)
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April 06, 2020 - 10:53 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the coronavirus pandemic. Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an order postponing...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listen. Trump in recent days has grumbled that American companies such as 3M and GM are not doing enough to provide American medical workers and first responders with vital equipment they need. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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April 05, 2020 - 8:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking an old political adage to heart: Never let a crisis go to waste. The coronavirus is projected to kill more than 100,000 Americans. It has effectively shuttered the economy, torpedoed the stock market and rewritten the rules of what used to be...
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FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden and senior adviser Symone Sanders participate in a campaign event in Iowa City, Iowa. Biden's status as Democratic presidential nominee-in-waiting means the party will choose another man for an office never held by a woman. But he's running with plenty of women behind him, including a yet-to-be-named vice presidential running mate. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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March 26, 2020 - 6:09 am
Weeks before Joe Biden launched his 2020 presidential campaign, he released a social media video to address allegations from women who said his uninvited displays of affection had made them uncomfortable. “Social norms have begun to change. They've shifted,” said the former vice president, then 76...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice delivers his annual State of the State address in the House Chambers at the state capitol in Charleston, W.Va. West Virginia's state airplane can make side trips to Gov. Justice's hometown as well as fly him to campaign events if the trips coincide with official state business, ethics officials ruled Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson, File)
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March 05, 2020 - 4:22 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's state airplane can make side trips to Gov. Jim Justice's hometown as well as fly the billionaire businessman to campaign events if the trips coincide with official state business, ethics officials said Thursday. The state ethics commission approved the...
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. speaks during abortion rights rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The Supreme Court is taking up the first major abortion case of the Trump era Wednesday, an election-year look at a Louisiana dispute that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to roll back abortion rights. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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March 05, 2020 - 3:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that he “should not have used the words I used” when he declared at a rally in front of the Supreme Court that two justices would “pay the price” for their decision in an abortion case. Republicans chastised Schumer for the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, supporters of Missouri's redistricting ballot measure hold signs behind former state Sen. Bob Johnson as he serves as their spokesman during a press conference outside the Cole County Courthouse in Jefferson City, Mo. With the U.S. census approaching, some state lawmakers are attempting to alter voter-approved measures that were intended to reduce partisan gamesmanship when drawing new districts for the U.S. House and state legislatures. (AP Photo/David A. Lieb, File)
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March 05, 2020 - 2:51 pm
When U.S census results are tallied each decade, it traditionally has been the task of state lawmakers and governors to redraw voting districts for seats in the U.S. House and state legislatures. But a growing number of states have shifted that job to special commissions or made other changes that...
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Anti-abortion rights demonstrators rally outside the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, as the court takes up the first major abortion case of the Trump era Wednesday, an election-year look at a Louisiana dispute that could reveal how willing the more conservative court is to roll back abortion rights. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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March 04, 2020 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Çhief Justice John Roberts on Wednesday criticized as “inappropriate" and “dangerous" comments that Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer made outside the Supreme Court earlier in the day about Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. Roberts was responding to Schumer's remarks...
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In this Jan. 27, 2020 photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally)
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March 03, 2020 - 4:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Tuesday with how much power the president should have to fire the head of an independent agency, a question important to future presidents of both parties. The high court heard arguments in a case involving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Ken Cuccinelli, acting director for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, testifies during House Oversight subcommittee hearing on deportation of critically ill children on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge has ruled that Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to lead the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and, as a result, lacked authority to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for initial screening interviews. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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March 02, 2020 - 8:51 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that Ken Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed to lead the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency and, as a result, lacked authority to give asylum seekers less time to prepare for initial screening interviews. Cuccinelli, a former Virginia...
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