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GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she wouldn't vote to confirm a Trump nominee pre-election hours before Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrives for a hearing, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska has indicated on multiple occasions in 2020 that she is opposed to filling a Supreme Court vacancy before 2021. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at age 87 from cancer, setting up a high-stakes and bitter Senate confirmation fight before the November election.  Murkowski said in early August that attempting to replace a...
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Here are all of Trump's possible Supreme Court nominees, including several conservative judges, lawyers, and 3 senators

US Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Eric Thayer/Reuters The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has raised the stakes for the fate of the Supreme Court. President Donald Trump earlier this month announced 20 new names that he may nominate if he's reelected, in an effort to energize evangelicals and socially conservative voters. Though Trump may put forth a pick before then because of the sudden vacancy created by the late Ginsburg. Trump added Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh...
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Chief Justice John Roberts Remembers Ginsburg: ‘A Jurist Of Historic Stature’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87. Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer, the court said. Her death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate, and the Republican-led Senate should confirm, her replacement, or if t...
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Mitch McConnell confirms that Senate will vote on Trump's nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg

C-SPAN Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed that the Senate will vote on a nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, 87, died of cancer on Friday, setting up a high-stakes battle in the Senate to confirm her replacement with the 2020 presidential nomination looming in 46 days.  In 2016, McConnell took the opposite tack when Justice Antonin Scalia died, refusing to hold confirmation proceedings for President Obama's nominee Merrick Garland.  Visit Business Insid...
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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but during the course of her 27 years on the court she became an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action ...
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Friday round-up

Two Supreme Court justices made public appearances on Thursday — if only virtually — and a third received a lifetime achievement award as the legal academy celebrated Constitution Day. The National Constitution Center awarded its 32nd annual Liberty Medal to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and, in lieu of an in-person ceremony, the center invited Ginsburg’s favorite opera singers and friends to pay tribute to her lifelong work in the law. Justices Stephen Breyer and Neil Gorsuch, meanwhile, particip...
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2013. Charles Dharapak/AP Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87. Her death was announced Friday evening. She had multiple types of cancer in the past 20 years. Even before President Bill Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a champion for women's issues as a lawyer at the ACLU. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died at the age of 87.She di...
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Gorsuch, speaking to students on Constitution Day, honors Ginsburg

Justice Neil Gorsuch praised Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s four decades of service as a judge, telling schoolchildren across America on Thursday to “think about the sacrifices she’s made on our behalf. We owe her a very great deal.” Gorsuch’s comments came during a “Virtual Student Town Hall” hosted by the National Constitution Center. The event, streamed by classrooms in schools around the country, was part of a long line of festivities by the center to celebrate Constitution Day. The day’s eve...
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Thursday round-up

The Supreme Court on Wednesday released two pieces of new information about oral arguments for its upcoming 2020-21 term. The court said that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will hear arguments by telephone at least through its October sitting while releasing an audio livestream, as it did in May. The court also released its argument calendar for its December sitting (the court’s October and November argument calendars were released previously). Amy Howe (in stories that first appeared at H...
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Cock-eyed Optimist Meets Chicken Little: Jack Balkin on the American Future

For the Symposium on Jack M. Balkin, The Cycles of Constitutional Time (Oxford University Press, 2020).    Given that we are close friends and the co-authors of some twenty articles and a book, Democracy and Dysfunction, it is not surprising that I think very highly, and agree with much of, Jack Balkin’s new book The Cycles of Constitutional Time.  Perhaps it is relevant that I read it in two sittings; it is a real page-turner, written with brio as Jack presents a remarkably comprehensiv...
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Another Peach of a Race Down In Georgia

Senator Davis Perdue has supported judges like Neil Gorsuch, who would defend our Second Amendment rights. (Photo by Senator David Perdue's office) Georgia – -(AmmoLand.com)- While some focus has been on the special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, voters in the Peach State have a regularly-scheduled Senate election on November 3 as well. Given how close the governor’s race was in 2018, Second Amendment supporters need to be ready. Senator David Perdue is the current incumbent. He ...
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Ted Cruz is 'honored' Trump is considering him for a Supreme Court seat, but he said he's not interested in leaving the Senate

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, leaves the Senate Republican Policy luncheon in Hart Building on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said he wasn't interested in serving on the Supreme Court after President Donald Trump included his name of a list of possible future appointments to the nation's highest court. “It is deeply honoring,” Cruz said during an appearance on Fox News. “It's humbling to be included in the list. I'm gra...
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Trump releases new list of potential Supreme Court nominees

With just under two months remaining before the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump on Wednesday released a new list of potential Supreme Court nominees – his fourth such list since 2016. The announcement of the new list fulfilled a promise that the president made in a tweet in June, when Trump pledged not only to publish a “new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees” but also to fill any future vacancies on the court from that list. In a news conference at the White ...
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Trump added 20 new names, including 3 conservative senators, to list of potential Supreme Court picks to fire up his base

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Eric Thayer/Reuters President Donald Trump announced 20 new names that he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected, in an effort to energize Evangelicals and socially conservative voters. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and Tom Cotton were added to the list, though only Cotton expressed interest in the position after the announcement. It's likely that more vacancies will open on the nation's highest court within the next four years, ...
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Here are the conservative lawyers and judges Trump says he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected

U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Eric Thayer/Reuters President Donald Trump announced 20 new names that he may nominate to the Supreme Court if he's re-elected, in an effort to energize Evangelicals and socially conservative voters. It's likely that more vacancies will open on the nation's highest court within the next four years, including two liberal justices who are in their 80s. If Trump wins in 2020, he could appoint a sweeping conservative majority in his second term.  Here's a ...
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Empirical SCOTUS: If Ginsburg were to leave the court, her departure might resemble Thurgood Marshall’s

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s health is in the news again this year. She announced last month that she was being treated with chemotherapy — the fourth time since 1999 that she has battled cancer. After she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2009, she resisted pressure to retire from the Supreme Court under the Obama administration. With multiple hospital stays this year and the cancer recurrence, many question how long she will be able to stay on the court and whether her tenure will outla...
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Friday round-up

Briefly: In its latest coronavirus-related order, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed Rhode Island to move forward with easing a state requirement for voters to sign absentee ballots in the presence of witnesses or a notary. The court rejected an emergency request from national and state Republicans to reinstate the requirement. Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch indicated that they would have granted the request. Amy Howe has a full analysis of the case (in a story that ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, Arkansas, New York Times, Nevada, Rhode Island, Round-up, John Roberts, Howe, Linda Greenhouse, Russo, Amy Howe, June Medical Services, Dan Berman, Brett Kavanaugh


Court denies Republicans’ request to reinstate witness requirement for Rhode Island absentee ballots

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to intervene in a dispute over absentee ballots for the upcoming elections in Rhode Island. The justices rejected a request by the Republican National Committee and Rhode Island Republicans to freeze a lower-court order that approved an agreement between state election officials and civic groups to waive a requirement that absentee ballots be signed in the presence of either two witnesses or a notary. In a one-page order, the justices took the relatively unu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Alabama, Gop, Republican National Committee, Rhode Island, Rnc, State, Ohio State University, The Supreme Court, Howe, Purcell, League of Women Voters, Edward Foley


SCOTUS Lets RI Move Forward With Agreement To Make Voting Easier For Pandemic

A Republican Party request that the Supreme Court block an agreement Rhode Island reached in court to expand absentee voting for the pandemic was a bridge too far for the conservative Court, which has otherwise sided against efforts to making voting easier in the emergency disputes that have reached it during the pandemic. The court said Thursday that it would not block Rhode Island’s consent decree, as the RNC and state GOP was requesting ahead of its upcoming primary. Rhode Island had recen...
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Symposium: Free exercise, RFRA and the need for a constitutional safety net

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Kim Colby is director of the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom. She was counsel on amicus briefs on behalf of the Christian Legal Society in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru, Tanzin v. Tanvir and Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Americans’ religious freedom depends on a patchwork of protections scattered throughout fed...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Montana, Fbi, House Of Representatives, Bill Clinton, Philadelphia, Catholic, Smith, Fulton, The Supreme Court, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Roberts, Clayton County


Symposium: The unfolding revolution in the jurisprudence of the religion clauses

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Erwin Chemerinsky is the dean and Jesse H. Choper distinguished professor of law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Howard Gillman is the chancellor and a professor of political science and law at University of California, Irvine. Their book, “The Religion Clauses: The Case for Separating Church and State,” will be published by Oxford University Press in September. Although there were ...
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Mark Tushnet and the "Next Age" Struggling to be Born

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Conservative Judges Doing Law All the Way down are Politicians in Robes

For the Symposium on Mark Tushnet, Taking Back the Constitution: Activist Judges and the Next Age of American Law (Yale University Press 2020).Aaron Belkin I was honored to be asked to review Mark Tushnet’s Taking Back the Constitution, a brilliant and well-written book that I enjoyed reading. His crystal-clear mapping of the damage that conservative justices have wreaked over the past generation, his sober and troubling assessment of where a modern, conservative Supreme Court might take us next...
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Gorsuch and Kavanaugh Stake Out Their Independence from Trump

Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, perhaps more than any other Supreme Court justices in modern history, are closely connected to the president who appointed them. Gorsuch got his seat after Republicans stonewalled the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland and then Trump unexpectedly prevailed in the 2016 election. And any other president probably would have withdrawn his nominee after Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, but Trump dug deep, and Kavanaugh crossed the finish line. That past cannot b...
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Wednesday round-up

Briefly: CNN’s Joan Biskupic continues her series on the Supreme Court’s internal workings during its 2019-20 term. In her latest installment, Biskupic reports that Justice Brett Kavanaugh “urged his colleagues in a series of private memos this spring to consider avoiding decisions in major disputes over abortion and Democratic subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records.” At Talking Points Memo, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy argues that the court’s rulings on subpoenas for Trump’s financ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Cnn, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Trump, Round-up, Josh Blackman, Vance, Kavanaugh, Joan Biskupic, Ciara Torres Spelliscy, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, Summer Zervos, McGirt


“A scalpel rather than a bulldozer”: Severability is in the spotlight as the newest ACA challenge looms

Abbe R. Gluck is a professor of law and faculty director of the Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School. What is the Supreme Court to do with the rest of a statute when it finds one provision unconstitutional? That is the question a long-out-of-the-limelight doctrine — the “severability doctrine” — tries to answer. Should the court hold only the one provision invalid and leave the rest of the statute intact? Should it invalidate provisions especially linked to the offending o...
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Tuesday round-up

CNN’s Joan Biskupic has the scoop of the day (and perhaps the term) with Part 1 and Part 2 of a series that provides “exclusive new details about how the court handled its pivotal term that dealt with LGBTQ rights, abortion and investigating President Donald Trump.” The first two parts, based largely on interviews with unnamed sources, contain several revelations about Chief Justice John Roberts’ behind-the-scenes maneuvering as well as the complex internal wrangling that led to the Supreme Cour...
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Justices decline to intervene in dispute over Nevada COVID-19 restrictions

A divided Supreme Court on Friday night turned down a request by a Nevada church for permission to hold services on the same terms that other facilities in the state, including casinos, are allowed to hold gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s more liberal justices in denying the plea from Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, a Christian church located about 15 miles outside the state’s capital, Carson City. The ruling drew sharp dissents from the court’...
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The coming Republican power grab on the Supreme Court

With a deadly pandemic rampaging across the country and the president threatening to deploy armed federal agents to quash protests in numerous cities over the objection of local elected officials, it's understandable that there's been relatively little attention paid to the possibility that Republicans may soon attempt an unprecedented and dangerously antidemocratic power grab on the Supreme Court.Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the high court's four liberals, was recently hospit...
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Empirical SCOTUS: Justices’ separate opinions suggest high polarization outside the regular merits docket

Over the past five Supreme Court terms, the justices have issued 157 separate “opinions relating to orders.” These orders, which are issued without oral arguments and without full merits consideration, typically fall into three categories: denials of cert petitions, rulings on emergency requests for relief in pending cases, and summary reversals of lower court decisions. We do not necessarily know all of the justices’ votes on these orders – only the ones the justices choose to make public throu...
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