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Ketanji Brown Jackson vows to decide U.S. Supreme Court cases from a 'neutral posture'

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson began her four-day confirmation process to become the nation's first Black female associate justice on Monday, listening to hours of opening statements from Senate Judiciary Committee members before giving her own.... Read more»

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Biden cites 40-day timeline for Supreme Court confirmation

The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dick Durbin, and the panel's top Republican, Chuck Grassley, met with the president Tuesday afternoon to discuss a 40-day confirmation timeline for a new Supreme Court pick.... Read more»

Biden vows to nominate first Black woman to Supreme Court by end of February

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement Thursday - and President Biden said he will make his decision by the end of February - recommitted to nominating the first Black female justice, fulfilling a promise he made repeatedly while campaigning.... Read more»

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire

Justice Stephen Breyer will be retiring from the Supreme Court at the end of the term, according to Wednesday morning reporting from NBC. ... Read more»

New attempt in Congress to help Dreamers runs into familiar obstacles

Legislation creating a path to citizenship for undocumented people brought to the U.S. as children faces a new border crisis and old partisan objections, diminishing the chances it will become law despite full Democratic control of Congress and the White House. Passing the DREAM Act became harder this week as Republicans ramped up their anti-immigration messaging amid a surge of migrant children crossing the border.... Read more»

McSally heaps praise on Barrett on eve of first confirmation vote

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally left little doubt how she plans to vote on Supreme Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination, calling Barrett “a gift to America” during a brief meeting Wednesday.... Read more»

Despite promises, ICE has access to DACA recipients’ personal information

The feds promised that information from DACA applications would not be sent to deportation agents. But internal emails show that ICE can access databases where that information is kept — and DHS decided not to tell Congress.... Read more»1

Study: Senate bill could give 1.8 million DREAMers path to citizenship

They are called DREAMers, the young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and their dream of citizenship got renewed backing Thursday from two prominent senators. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill, introduced the Dream Act 2017.... Read more»

SCOTUS nomination: What do the polls say America wants?

The Democrat's party line is that two-thirds of Americans believe that Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland deserves a Senate hearing and vote. What do the polls say?... Read more»

Flake joins group pushing to end travel restrictions to Cuba

A bipartisan group of senators, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, moved to expand on the president’s overtures toward Cuba, introducing a bill Thursday to lift the ban on American travel to the communist country. ... Read more»1

Factcheck

Romney’s reach on world opinion of U.S.

Mitt Romney said he couldn’t think of a single “major country” that “has greater respect and admiration for America today than it did five years ago when Barack Obama became president.” Although America’s stature worldwide slipped last year, its favorability was still much higher than during the last year of the George W. Bush administration, including in major countries such as France, Germany and Japan, according to the latest polls from the Pew Research Center.... Read more»

Report: F-35 had ineffective oversight

The Pentagon failed to supervise the design and construction of its new fleet of F-35 stealth warplanes adequately, its own auditor concluded on Sept. 30, placing the blame squarely on military brass for performance and safety problems in the largest and most expensive weapons program in history.... Read more»1

On victory drive, soldiers defeated by debt

Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation's military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent. ... Read more»

Full text: Immigration reform bill

The full text of the immigration reform bill released by the Gang of 8: "Our immigration system is broken and it is time for a national conversation about how to fix it. We believe common-sense immigration reform is vital in order to secure America's borders, advance our economic growth, and provide fuller access to the American dream."... Read more»

Senators: Comprehensive immigration reform coming soon

Immigration reform is near, according to a bipartisan group of senators who say they now agree on basic principles — though it's still unclear what those principles are. A news conference slated for Monday will reportedly address a broad range of immigration issues, including border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants living in the United States.... Read more»1

Senate weighs state Supreme Court justice’s federal nomination

Arizona Supreme Court Justice Andrew Hurwitz was subjected to only a few light questions Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered his nomination to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.... Read more»

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