Biden’s Choice for Civil Rights Post Has Worked to Defend Voting Rights

Kristen Clarke, the nominee for a top Justice Department role, vowed at her confirmation hearing to use legal tools to ensure ballot access.

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Biden Creating Commission to Study Expanding the Supreme Court

The commission will also examine other potential changes such as term limits for justices. Progressives are pushing President Biden to add seats to balance the court’s conservative majority.

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Feinstein’s Future Could Swing on Husband’s Potential Posting Overseas

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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Potential Posting for Husband Renews Questions About Feinstein’s Future

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, is seeking an overseas posting, which could pave the way for her to leave the Senate. She said she would “absolutely’’ serve out her term.

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California’s First Latino Senator, Alex Padilla, Wants an Immigration Overhaul Now

Senator Alex Padilla, the Democrat who was appointed to fill Vice President Kamala Harris’s seat, is pressing for a pathway to citizenship for five million unauthorized immigrants who are essential workers.

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Biden Nominees Vow to Avoid Politicizing Justice Dept.

The president’s picks for the department’s No. 2 and 3 spots pledged to restore independence to law enforcement.

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Domestic Terrorism Threat Is ‘Metastasizing’ in U.S., F.B.I. Director Says

Christopher A. Wray condemned the Capitol riot and told the Senate Judiciary Committee that agents had opened 2,000 domestic terrorism inquiries in recent years.

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Garland, at Confirmation Hearing, Vows to Fight Domestic Extremism

President Biden’s nominee for attorney general told the Senate Judiciary Committee that investigating the Capitol riot would be his first priority.

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The Filibuster That Saved the Electoral College

Like other Senate blockades of the civil rights era, it was about preserving white supremacy.

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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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My Joe Biden Story

In a career as a journalist, I had never encountered a politician like him.

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Senate Democrats Face Power Struggle for Top Judiciary Job

Senators Richard J. Durbin and Sheldon Whitehouse are vying to be the top Democrat on the panel that controls judicial nominations, reflecting a broader debate among activists about how to wield power.

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What to Expect in Senate Hearing With Zuckerberg and Dorsey

The executives, who have now testified several times in recent years, will most likely face some new questions about how they handled the election.

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Joe Biden, the Traditionalist Who Ran as Himself

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has spent his career devoted to institutions and relationships. And those are the tools he will rely on to govern a fractured nation.

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Amy Coney Barrett is Confirmed by Senate, Reshaping the Supreme Court

The vote capped a brazen feat for Republicans, who pushed through a Supreme Court nominee in little more than five weeks with the election looming.

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Democrats Try to Shut Down Senate, Seeking to Stain Barrett Confirmation

Lacking the ability to block President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Democrats are using the final days of the debate to stoke outrage among voters about the rush to confirm her.

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Republicans Set to Advance Barrett Nomination Amid Democratic Boycott

The action by the Senate Judiciary Committee would set up a vote on Monday by the full chamber to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

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What Does Amy Coney Barrett Mean for the Supreme Court?

We know who her allies are, and we know how to read what she’s written or signed.

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Democrats’ Anger Over Barrett Could Have Big Consequences in the Senate

Republicans’ decision to push through a Supreme Court confirmation fuels the prospect for big changes to minority power should Democrats take the majority.

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By Calling Climate Change ‘Controversial,’ Barrett Created Controversy

Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer numerous questions, but it was her avoidance of acknowledging climate change that particularly resonated.

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18 Hours of Questions, Few Answers: What We Learned About Amy Coney Barrett

The Supreme Court nominee would not say whether the president could pardon himself or delay the election, but she displayed a sure command of the law.

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Graham’s Star Turn as Confirmation M.C. Is Marred by Missteps

Facing a tough re-election fight, Senator Lindsey Graham has tried to leverage his role as the ringmaster of confirmation ceremonies. His stream-of-consciousness dialogue has gotten him into trouble.

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Republicans Close In on Barrett Confirmation to Supreme Court

The Senate Judiciary Committee lined up a vote for Oct. 22 on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, as Democrats warned Republicans would rue the day.

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What to Watch For in the Final Day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Hearing

Questioning is over and senators have one more opportunity to state their case. What lies ahead as the hearing enters its final day?

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Amy Coney Barrett, Vowing Independence, Is Haunted by Trump’s Demands

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not the first Supreme Court nominee to profess her independence, but her task has been made far more complicated by the president who nominated her.

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Harris’s New Strategy: A Hearing Appearance That Doesn’t Make Waves

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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How Kamala Harris Has Approached the Amy Coney Barrett Hearings

Her measured performance reflects the way many Democrats view the battle for the Supreme Court: a fight they will lose in service of one they might win.

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Barrett, Vowing Independence, Is Haunted by Trump’s Demands

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not the first Supreme Court nominee to profess her independence, but her task has been made far more complicated by the president who nominated her.

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‘Severability’ Could Save Health Law, Graham Says and Barrett Seems to Agree

Warnings from Democrats that Republicans and their Supreme Court nominee threaten the Affordable Care Act elicited reassuring words from both Senator Lindsey Graham and Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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What to Watch For as Amy Coney Barrett Hearing Enters Day 3

After nearly 12 hours of questioning on Tuesday, many anticipated topics have been covered at some length, and senators may begin to shift gears.

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Barrett, Declining to Detail Legal Views, Says She Will Not Be ‘a Pawn’ of Trump

President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee refused to weigh in on critical matters that could come before the court, including health care, abortion rights and a possible election dispute.

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Amid the Barrett Hearing Choreography, a Near-Certain Outcome: Confirmation

Democrats pressed Judge Amy Coney Barrett more with the election in mind than out of any hope of derailing her rise to the Supreme Court.

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Barrett’s Testimony Is a Deft Mix of Expertise and Evasion

Judge Amy Coney Barrett demonstrated easy familiarity with Supreme Court precedents but said almost nothing about whether they should stand.

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Hearings, Protests and Rallies: Washington Grinds On Through the Pandemic

New York Times photographers captured a day of consequential events for all three branches of a government struggling to cope with the coronavirus.

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Questioning Begins for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Here’s What to Watch For.

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

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Amy Coney Barrett Hearing: Time, Streaming and Senate Questioning

Republicans appear prepared to continue burnishing Judge Barrett’s reputation, while Democrats may look to attack the hearing itself, rather than the nominee.

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Showtime in a Potential Petri Dish

The Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court are a different kind of pinstripe rodeo — one with hazmat suits.

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Two Parties Offer Dueling Views of Barrett as Confirmation Fight Begins

On the first day of the election-season confirmation hearings, Democrats portrayed Judge Amy Coney Barrett as a threat to Americans’ health care coverage as Republicans charged anti-Catholic bias.

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Don’t Be So Sure a Justice Barrett Would Overturn Roe

She has already been called an extremist on questions of precedent. But in her writing, she has expressed a decidedly mainstream view.

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What Time is the Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett Hearing?

Democrats will look to portray Judge Barrett as an ideologue who would throw out the Affordable Care and Roe v. Wade, while Republicans above all else will seek to keep the hearings moving speedily.

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Supreme Court Hearing Presents a Big Stage, and Big Risks, for Harris

Though a junior member of the panel, the vice-presidential contender will draw heightened scrutiny as the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination.

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Kamala Harris Should Grill Amy Coney Barrett

Senate Democrats would be wise to let Joe Biden’s running mate lead their questioning at the nominee’s confirmation hearing.

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Democrats, Facing Critical Supreme Court Battle, Worry Feinstein Is Not Up to the Task

Ms. Feinstein, 87, has slowed in recent years and limited her public profile, leading some Democrats to wonder if she can lead them through a consequential confirmation process.

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There Is Too Much Happening

How can we possibly make sense of it all?

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McConnell Delays Senate’s Return as a Third Senator Falls Ill

Senator Mitch McConnell postponed the Senate’s return for two weeks but said lawmakers would continue confirmation hearings as planned.

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Trump’s Diagnosis Imperils Quick Supreme Court Confirmation Timeline

With the president ill and a coronavirus outbreak engulfing Washington, Republicans vowed to press ahead with an election-season confirmation.

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Spotlighting Health Care, Democrats Seek to Use Court Fight to Damage Republicans

Senate Democrats forced a mostly symbolic vote on the Affordable Care Act, previewing their strategy of making the Supreme Court confirmation fight a referendum on health care, a top voter concern.

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Comey to Defend Russia Inquiry in Senate Testimony

The former F.B.I. director has long been a target of President Trump’s.

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Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Prepares to Meet Senators

The confirmation process cranked into motion on Capitol Hill as the Senate Judiciary Committee began scrubbing Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s background.

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With Nominee Set, Senate Republicans Plot Swift Supreme Court Confirmation

Republicans planned to hold four days of nationally televised public hearings the week of Oct. 12, aiming for a vote on the Senate floor by late October, just days before the election.

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