Russian Atrocities Prompt Bipartisan Push to Expand U.S. War Crimes Law

A bill being drafted in the Senate would allow U.S. courts to try war crimes cases even if neither the perpetrators nor the victims are American.

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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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Oh, Josh & Marsha & Ted & Lindsey … Sorry, Judge Jackson

At every stage, the nominee comported herself with professionalism, grace and dignity — the precise opposite of what we witnessed from some of the Republican lawmakers involved.

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Democrats Push Jackson Toward Confirmation, Over G.O.P. Opposition

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee assailed her record and fought Democrats’ efforts to speed her path toward confirmation as the panel prepared to vote on Monday afternoon.

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On Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, How Low Will Senate Republicans Go?

In seeking to discredit her, they have concocted a scary version of a Black woman to serve up to their base.

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Collins to Back Jackson for Supreme Court, Giving Her a G.O.P. Vote

Senator Susan Collins, a centrist from Maine, said a second meeting with Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson alleviated her concerns. It is unclear if other Republicans will join her.

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Roxane Gay: Will Smith Was Wrong, but Being Thin-Skinned Is Not

A defense of thin skin.

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How Black Women Saw Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing

Watching the Supreme Court nominee was a major moment, but her treatment by Republican senators felt all too familiar. “Every Black woman speaks that language,” one woman said.

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The Respectful Supreme Court Hearing That Wasn’t

Republicans’ hostile interrogation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and relentless re-litigating of past Supreme Court feuds marred a historic moment.

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Where, In This Senate Circus, Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Her Supreme Court nomination hearing is a digressively ugly free-for-all.

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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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The Using of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Republicans are using Jackson as a pawn in a political battle that has little to do with her or the Supreme Court.

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Sentencing of a 2013 Case Is Attacked by Republicans

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s handling of a 2013 case involving images of child sexual abuse was not quite the way Republicans portrayed it.

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A Poised Supreme Court Nominee, and ‘Nasty Politicians’

Readers were impressed by Judge Jackson’s performance in the face of G.O.P. senators’ attacks. Also: Troops’ mental health; Trump and Ukraine; supporting teachers.

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What to Watch For on Day 3 of Jackson’s Confirmation Hearing

Senators will get their final shot at questioning the Supreme Court nominee, but it is unclear whether any new ground will be broken.

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Pledging to ‘Stay in My Lane,’ Jackson Defends Her Record

As Republicans suggested she was soft on crime, particularly when it came to child sexual abuse, and an extremist on matters of race, the Supreme Court nominee pushed back.

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Who Is Kentaji Brown Jackson, Supreme Court Nominee?

Judge Jackson, 51, is appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee after being nominated by President Biden to replace Justice Stephen Breyer.

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Blackburn Miscasts Jackson’s Views and Record

Senator Marsha Blackburn took quotes out of context as she leveraged a blistering attack against Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.

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Jackson Vows to Be Independent on Supreme Court if Confirmed

On the first day of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, Republican senators began previewing attack lines accusing her of being soft on crime.

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Republicans Re-Litigate Kavanaugh’s Battle in Jackson Hearings

Republicans, in justifying criticism of the first Black woman nominated to the court, repeatedly invoked Democrats’ attacks on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

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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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As Jackson Faces Senators, Her Criminal Defense Record Is a Target

Republicans have vilified Biden’s judicial nominees who have represented criminal suspects. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, for the Supreme Court, is the most prominent.

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Judge Jackson Begins Making Her Own Case for High Court Seat

Democrats hope meeting the nominee will persuade some Republicans senators to support her historic nomination to the Supreme Court.

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Biden Interviews 3 Supreme Court Candidates as His Search Narrows

The White House says the president is on track to decide on a nominee to fill the seat vacated by Justice Stephen G. Breyer by the end of February.

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Somehow, Trump Is a Tough Act to Follow

“How do you solve a problem like the Donald?”

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Biden, a Veteran of Supreme Court Fights, Ponders His Own Historic Pick

President Biden spent decades in the Senate and presided over the transformation of Supreme Court fights into hyperpartisan affairs. Now he is pushing to lower the temperature for his own nominee.

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How Democrats Should Nominate a New Supreme Court Justice

The deliberative process that our team followed with Obama’s nominees is outdated. Democrats should move as quickly as possible.

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McConnell Warns Against ‘Radical’ Supreme Court Pick

Lawmakers from both parties and interest groups swung into gear to influence President Biden’s choice for the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

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Democrats Plan to Move Quickly on Justice Breyer’s Successor

Given their tenuous majority, Democrats intend to act fast, anticipating roadblocks from Senator Mitch McConnell and Republicans.

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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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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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Republicans Assail Garland Over Justice Department Schools Memo

Republicans said the Biden administration was seeking to intimidate parents concerned about school policies. The attorney general cited a spike in threats.

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Trouble Comes for Big Tech

Will the industry finally have its feet held to the fire?

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New Details of Trump Pressure on Justice Dept. Over Election

A Senate panel fleshed out how Donald Trump pursued his plan to install a loyalist as acting attorney general to pursue unfounded reports of fraud.

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Anita Hill Has Some Perspective to Offer

Thirty years after she testified before the Senate, the law professor talks about the experience, sexual harassment and her growing impatience with the slow pace of change.

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Texas Abortion Case Reflects Success of Conservative Strategy to Remake Court

Forces on the right have spent decades maneuvering to install a reliable anti-abortion majority. Now they have one, and it is paying off for them.

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Former Acting Attorney General Testifies About Trump’s Efforts to Subvert Election

The testimony highlights the former president’s desire to batter the Justice Department into advancing his personal agenda.

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Details on F.B.I. Inquiry Into Kavanaugh Draw Fire From Democrats

The F.B.I. said some of the 4,500 tips it received about Justice Brett Kavanaugh were given to the Trump White House, leading some Democrats to call the process a sham.

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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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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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Meadows Pressed Justice Dept. to Investigate Election Fraud Claims

Emails show the increasingly urgent efforts by President Trump and his allies during his last days in office to find some way to undermine, or even nullify, the election results.

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On Voting Rights, Biden Prefers to Negotiate. This Time, It Might Not Be Possible.

The president’s long history of deal making on the issue is crashing into the realities of a more sharply partisan time.

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Republicans Attack Biden’s A.T.F. Pick in Confirmation Hearing

If confirmed, David Chipman would inherit an agency seriously depleted by the National Rifle Association’s campaign to undermine it.

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Panel Approves First Biden Judicial Picks Over G.O.P. Opposition

Two appeals courts nominees drew scant Republican support. Their approval was part of a post-Trump push by Democrats to rebalance the courts.

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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 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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