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U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland walks after a breakfast with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill Washington, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Even After Trump’s Curiel Remarks, Merrick Garland Probably Won’t Receive A Senate Vote

Lindsey Graham called Trump’s attacks on Judge Curiel “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” Still, he would rather Trump, who he has said he won’t vote for, choose the next Supreme Court justice over even considering the moderate Garland, who he has called “a very capable, honest judge.”

June 9, 2016
People line up to visit the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

The Supreme Court Is Being Forced To Waste A Year

Since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February SCOTUS has balanced on a too-even keel, with four sitting conservatives and four liberals, and has deadlocked twice. The court’s punting likely stemmed from justices’ desire to avoid another 4-4 deadlock, which is an unfavorable outcome that leaves the law undefined and resolves nothing.

May 22, 2016

Chuck Grassley Reveals The Real Reason He Won’t Give Merrick Garland A Hearing

Grassley accused the media of distorting the judicial records of Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Breyer, Kagan, and by insinuation, Garland, referring to “headlines at the time they were nominated” that depicted the judges as moderates.

April 28, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama: Senate Inaction On Supreme Court Pick Will Erode Public Faith In Courts

“In some ways the judicial process is a casualty of some broader trends in our democracy.”

April 8, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) greets Judge Merrick Garland (R) after announcing Garland as his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, in the White House Rose Garden in Washington, March 16, 2016. Vice President Joe Biden is at left. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama at UChicago: Garland Is ‘Indisputably Qualified’ For The Supreme Court

There’s never been any tradition of a lame duck president leaving an empty seat for his successor to fill.

April 7, 2016
U.S. President Obama arrives with Judge Garland and Biden prior to Supreme Court nominee announcement at the White House in Washington

Obama Keeps Rosy Eye On History With Thorny Garland Nomination

Gone is the genteel, sedate Senate. A handful will meet with Garland as a courtesy, as the outstanding judge walks the halls. That’s all.

March 18, 2016
Senate Majority Leader McConnell adjusts glasses while taking questions on the upcoming budget battleon Capitol Hill in Washington

GOP Senators Begin To Budge On Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

It’s not clear if Republicans are more worried about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump naming the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

March 17, 2016
U.S. President Obama meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia, at the White House in Washington

21 Attorneys General Call On Senate to Hold Court Nomination Hearings

“If you apply their logic, Grassley’s vote shouldn’t count this year.”

March 10, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

No Breakthrough In Supreme Court Dispute Between Obama, Republicans

Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.

March 1, 2016

Senate Republicans Move To Block Obama High Court Pick

Senate GOP declares they will not hold Supreme Court confirmation hearings, nor even meet with a nominee from President Obama.

February 23, 2016

Republican Kirk Breaks With U.S. Senate Leaders On High Court Seat

Kirk, who holds President Obama’s old Senate seat, is facing a tough re-election fight in Illinois.

February 22, 2016

Key Senator Undecided On Hearing For Obama High Court Pick

Grassley: “I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decisions.”

February 16, 2016

Senators Propose Sentencing Reform To Reduce Prison Overcrowding

“Three strikes” isn’t just a serious social justice problem — it’s also really expensive.

October 1, 2015

Marijuana Bill Gains Steam In Senate

A bipartisan consensus is forming in Congress around medicinal marijuana.

March 20, 2015
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Obama Order Could Mean Refund Checks For Immigrants In U.S. Illegally

Republicans are scrambling to fight a little-known consequence of President Obama’s immigration action.

March 5, 2015

GOP Congressional Candidate: Medicaid Expansion Is ‘Working’

David Young acknowledged the benefits of Medicaid expansion in a debate last week.

September 18, 2014

5 Right-Wingers Who Believed Dinesh D’Souza Conspiracies

Dinesh D’Souza’s fellow right-wing pundits declined to look before they leapt to his defense.

May 20, 2014