Despite Biden’s Success on Judges, Progressives Demand Faster Pace

Democrats may leave dozens of federal judicial vacancies unfilled this year, prompting concern among liberal groups about a blockade should Republicans win the Senate.

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A Pro-Religion Court

What the 6-3 conservative Supreme Court majority’s latest ruling means.

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Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.

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When Picking Judges, Democrats Need to Stop Ignoring Economics

President Biden needs to nominate jurists who share his commitment to revitalizing antitrust enforcement. So far, he has not.

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Democrats Aim to Fill as Many Court Vacancies as Possible by End of 2022

Democrats aim to fill as many court vacancies as possible by the end of 2022, when Senate Republicans are in reach of winning control and slamming the brakes on President Biden’s picks.

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How Judicial Retirements Politicize the Courts

If the timing is right, it could mean a very similar judge will be the successor.

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The G.O.P.’s Misleading Attack on Judge Jackson

How Republicans used a specious attack to portray her as soft on child sex abuse.

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Federal Judge Finds Trump Likely Committed Crimes Over 2020 Election

“The illegality of the plan was obvious,” the judge wrote in a civil case, referring to the former president’s efforts to persuade Vice President Mike Pence to upend the certification of the Electoral College results.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Survives a Final Bruising Day of Questions

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee pummeled the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court for a second day over her sentencing record on cases involving child sex abuse.

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On Eve of Confirmation Hearings, G.O.P. Steps Up Attacks on Jackson

The White House and Democrats have pushed back hard against new claims that the judge was overly lenient in certain cases, calling them a smear.

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Biden Made a Historic Supreme Court Pick. What Will Senators Do?

Nominating the first Black woman is both bold and politically savvy, Democrats told us. Republicans are divided over how much of a fight to put up.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson Won’t Be Able to Change a Radical Court. Yet.

A new face on the court is welcome, but it won’t change its ideological trajectory. At least not yet.

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Biden Expected to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

The president’s promise highlights a group that has struggled to become part of the very small pool of elite judges in the nation’s higher federal courts.

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Democrats Can Seat a New Supreme Court Justice, Even if Republicans Unite in Opposition

Recent changes in Senate rules mean a nominee can be confirmed with a bare majority, but Democrats will have to hold their narrow ranks together.

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Senate Confirms Biden’s 40th Judge, Tying a Reagan-Era Record

President Biden saw more of his judicial nominees confirmed in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan. The Senate confirmed 18 federal judges in Donald Trump’s first year.

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After Success in Seating Federal Judges, Biden Hits Resistance

Senate Democrats vow to keep pressing forward with nominees, but they may face obstacles in states represented by Republicans.

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Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Health Workers

The sweeping ruling is a setback for the administration’s effort to require vaccination for hospital and nursing home workers, which had been set to start next week.

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New Wrinkle in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: New Wrinkle as Judge May Be Promoted

Senator Chuck Schumer will recommend Judge Alison J. Nathan for a seat on a federal appeals court, but the fraught case could put her in an unusual predicament.

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Biden Vaccine Mandate Challenges Moved to Appeals Court in Ohio

The consolidation removes the case from a Fifth Circuit panel that had blocked the Biden administration from moving forward with it.

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The Courts Have It In for American Workers

For too long, judges have sided with corporations over labor. Biden needs to change that.

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The Problem With the Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket”

Another problem with the court’s “shadow docket.”

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Appeals Court Lets Texas Continue to Enforce Near-Total Abortion Ban

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit reaffirmed its reversal of a lower judge’s ruling that blocked the law while the federal courts weigh its constitutionality.

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Texas Abortion Case Highlights Concern Over Supreme Court’s ‘Shadow Docket’

A process intended to help the court deal with emergency petitions and routine matters has grown into a backdoor way of making major policy decisions.

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As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind

The House’s voting rights legislation named for the civil rights leader John Lewis seeks to counter the Supreme Court’s longstanding bid to undermine the Voting Rights Act.

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Appeals Court Blocks Ruling That Overturned California’s Assault Weapons Ban

The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit leaves the three-decade-old ban in place while litigation continues.

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Senate Confirms Top Biden Judge as McConnell Threatens Future Nominees

As Ketanji Brown Jackson became the president’s first appellate judge, Senator Mitch McConnell suggested he would block a Biden Supreme Court pick in 2024 if Republicans gained the majority.

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U.S. Senate Confirms First Muslim Federal District Judge

The judge, Zahid N. Quraishi of New Jersey, said after his selection by President Biden, “Candidly, I would prefer to be the hundredth, if not the thousandth.”

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Senate Confirms First Biden Judges, Beginning Push to Rebalance Courts

The votes were the start of an effort by Democrats to confirm liberals and people of color to the federal courts after Donald J. Trump moved aggressively to install conservative white men.

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Democrats’ Improbable New F.E.C. Strategy: More Deadlock Than Ever

Here is the inside story of how Democrats, after a decade of defeats at the nation’s top campaign watchdog, are trying to enforce election laws in part by losing on purpose in federal court.

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Will the Supreme Court Write Guantánamo’s Final Chapter?

The justices may get a chance to redeem the court’s own failed promises.

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Senate Begins Considering Diverse Slate of Biden Judicial Nominees

Democrats are hoping to remake the courts to counter the Trump administration’s conservative push.

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Biden’s Judicial Nominees Have Diverse Backgrounds

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Biden Names Diverse Nominees for the Federal Bench

The president’s first choices for district and appeals court openings reflected his campaign promise to choose judges from outside of traditional backgrounds.

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Judges Juggle Over 2,700 Cases Each as Families Wait for Day in Court

Short-handed and deluged by complex cases, New Jersey’s federal court is in a crisis. The backlog of cases has only gotten worse in the pandemic.

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Our Lonely Chief Justice

A recent solitary dissent by John Roberts points to his isolation from the court’s other conservatives.

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Supreme Court Backs Georgia Gwinnett College Student’s Free Speech Lawsuit

The 8-to-1 ruling said courts may hear suits seeking only nominal damages. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., dissenting, said the majority had turned judges into advice columnists.

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Abolish the Federal Death Penalty

It can’t be fixed. It can’t be reformed. Its flaws are inherent. Its time has come.

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Democrats Must Make Judgeships a Top Priority

Under Trump, Republicans reshaped the federal judiciary. Now Democrats have the chance to do the same.

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Biden Won’t Restore Bar Association’s Role in Vetting Judges

The decision not to give the American Bar Association names of potential nominees for evaluation came after progressives criticized the group for undercutting a push for diversity.

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Court Extends Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss’ Term, as Inauguration Nears

A quirk of legal timing had left Audrey Strauss’s tenure as acting head of the Southern District of New York set to expire just before the end of the Trump administration.

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Progressive Groups Urge Biden to Move Quickly on Diverse Slate of Judges

The president-elect faces pressure to install a diverse group of progressives in the courts, but the prospect of a Republican-controlled Senate looms as an obstacle.

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Trump’s Legal Farce Is Having Tragic Results

There is nothing funny about the Republican Party’s multipronged attack on voting rights.

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She Was Found Dead and Dismembered. Prosecutors Say They Now Know Why.

Brandy Odom’s body was found in Brooklyn in 2018. The killing was central to a $200,000 insurance scheme, prosecutors say.

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Did President Trump Keep His First-Term Promises? Let’s Look at 5 of Them

Mr. Trump won the presidency in 2016 after making more than 100 promises. Here’s where some stand four years later and what some of his supporters think of them.

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In Voting Cases, Chief Justice Roberts Is Alone but in Control

While the chief justice’s views have not been fully endorsed by any of his colleagues, they have so far prevailed in five recent disputes, delivering victories to both Democrats and Republicans.

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Court Rejects Appeal of Guantánamo Convict Who Rejoined Al Qaeda

Lawyers paid by the Pentagon pursued the appeal on behalf of the released prisoner even as the State Department had a $4 million bounty out for him.

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The Supreme Court Should Stay Out of State Election Law

Allowing federal courts to muck around with state election laws is dangerous and destabilizing.

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How Mitch McConnell Delivered Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Rapid Confirmation

Ignoring cries of blatant hypocrisy, the Senate leader pushed through pre-election approval, capping off his reshaping of the judiciary.

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Amy Coney Barrett and the Republican Party’s Supreme Court

The quest to entrench political conservatism in the country’s highest court comes with a steep cost.

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