- High court seems poised to overturn McDonnell conviction Updated: Apr-27-16 3:12 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court could make it tougher for the government to crack down on public corruption, signaling Wednesday that it may overturn former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's federal bribery conviction.
- McDonnell case at high court will test reach of bribery laws Updated: Apr-26-16 1:08 pm
WASHINGTON - In its final argument of the term, the Supreme Court will weigh a former Virginia governor's contention that doing favors for a businessman who gave him gifts like a Rolex watch, golf outings and money for wedding catering did not amount to public corruption.
- Jurors unmoved by former Va. governor's appeal arguments Updated: Apr-23-16 11:02 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing.
- Utah senators push for 1 Obama pick but not the other Updated: Apr-22-16 6:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - Two U.S. senators from Utah are pushing for the confirmation of President Barack Obama's Utah federal judicial nominee, but they have said they won't attend hearings to consider his Supreme Court pick.
- High court nominee praises lawyers for helping the poor Updated: Apr-21-16 6:39 pm
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland praised lawyers for their work with low-income Washingtonians Thursday in his first public remarks since his nomination last month.
- High court tie lets states face lawsuits in other states Updated: Apr-19-16 12:09 pm
WASHINGTON - A tie vote from the Supreme Court means California officials can be hauled into a Nevada state court to face allegations in a long-running tax dispute with a Nevada inventor.
- Oklahoma City a defining moment in Merrick Garland's career Updated: Apr-18-16 7:47 pm
WASHINGTON - In Judge Merrick Garland's courthouse office in Washington, there's a framed photo of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building after the 1995 bombing that ripped away most of its front. There's also a courtroom artist's sketch from the prosecution of bomber Timothy McVeigh and a medal honoring Garland for his work on the case.
- Split high court now holds fate of Obama immigration actions Updated: Apr-18-16 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Conservative Supreme Court justices expressed sharp skepticism about President Barack Obama's immigration efforts Monday, leaving his actions to help millions of people who are in the country illegally in the hands of a seemingly divided court.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Republicans want answers on visit to Iran Updated: Apr-13-16 6:09 pm
WASHINGTON - Stop us if you've heard this one. Three guys walk into ... the Iranian Interests Section in Washington.
- Public wants Senate action on court, but interest is modest Updated: Apr-13-16 3:07 pm
WASHINGTON - Nearly 2 in 3 Americans back Democrats' demands that the Republican-run Senate hold hearings and a vote on President Barack Obama's pick for the Supreme Court. But an Associated Press-GfK poll also suggests that GOP defiance against considering the nominee may not hurt the party much because to many people, the election-year fight is simply not a big deal.
- Clarence Thomas summons empathy from Pierce in new HBO drama Updated: Apr-13-16 9:17 am
NEW YORK - It's impressive how Wendell Pierce confronts the challenge of his latest role, that of Clarence Thomas: with a hearty dose of empathy.
- GOP Senate OKs Obama judicial nominee for Tennessee Updated: Apr-11-16 11:28 pm
WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama's pick for a Tennessee federal judgeship on Monday, even as the GOP maintained its blockade against considering Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy.
- Sotomayor talks about court diversity, mingles with people Updated: Apr-11-16 7:50 pm
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Monday renewed her hope for the court to become more diverse in professional and life experience.
- Garland a court moderate who would frustrate both sides Updated: Apr-11-16 3:43 am
President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, has been characterized as a moderate who, if confirmed, would nudge his divided colleagues slightly to the left because he would replace conservative stalwart Antonin Scalia.
- Whitehouse praises Supreme Court nominee Garland Updated: Apr-06-16 8:06 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is a qualified jurist who should receive a hearing and a vote.
- Democratic lawmakers oppose renaming law school for Scalia Updated: Apr-06-16 6:47 pm
McLEAN, Virginia - George Mason University is tweaking its plan to rename its law school the Antonin Scalia School of Law to avoid an unfortunate acronym, but a group of state legislators wants to scrap the idea entirely.
- Nominee Garland smiles, stays quiet while in public view Updated: Apr-06-16 6:01 pm
WASHINGTON - "Cubs or White Sox?"
- Missouri US Sen. Blunt won't meet with Obama court nominee Updated: Apr-06-16 12:29 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt says he has no plans to meet with President Barack Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, though nearly 20 other Republican senators have said they are willing to do so.
- Colorado GOP Senate hopefuls make their pitches to voters Updated: Apr-05-16 11:54 pm
DENVER - Eight Republicans seeking Colorado's Republican U.S. senate nomination said they'd support a Donald Trump presidential nomination as, like Trump, they styled themselves as outsiders intent on fixing a broken Washington in a televised debate Tuesday.
- Capitol Hill Buzz: Grassley takes on Chief Justice Roberts Updated: Apr-05-16 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley on Tuesday warned Chief Justice John Roberts to stay out of the Senate's fight over the Supreme Court's vacancy, accusing the current court of being overly political.
- Boozman meets with Garland, still opposed to hearings Updated: Apr-05-16 5:41 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican Sen. John Boozman met Tuesday with President Barack Obama's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court but said the visit didn't change his opposition to filling the high court vacancy this year.
- Manchin to meet with Obama's Supreme Court nominee Updated: Apr-05-16 4:41 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin will meet with President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee.
- Pompeo slams Sen. Moran, sparking talk of Kansas primary Updated: Apr-04-16 8:37 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo on Monday accused fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of saying one thing in Kansas and another in Washington about filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, prompting speculation that the House member could be planning a primary challenge against the incumbent senator.
- Obama to push Supreme Court nominee at University of Chicago Updated: Apr-01-16 7:26 pm
WASHINGTON - Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran is backtracking on his willingness to hold a hearing and vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, reversing course after infuriating conservatives.
- Boozman: Still opposed to filling court seat despite meeting Updated: Apr-01-16 5:16 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - Republican Sen. John Boozman said Friday he remains opposed to filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court this year, despite plans to meet with President Barack Obama's pick for the high court next week.