Supreme Court

This is Brett Kavanaugh's first case on the bench as Supreme Court Justice

Newly sworn-in Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing two hot-button issues in his first case on the bench: Criminal sentencing and gun control. Kavanaugh's first day on the court was yesterday, when he began hearing arguments in Stokeling v. United States. The case concerns mandatory...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 4:52pm

Trump impeachment petition nears 6 million signatures thanks to Kavanaugh

A campaign to impeach President Trump has gotten a big boost from the controversy surrounding new Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh. Need to Impeach, the campaign sponsored by billionaire Tom Steyer, got 10,882 signatures on its petition to remove Trump last Wednesday, just before it became...

Monday, October 8, 2018 - 4:46pm

People the FBI didn't talk to and why it matters for the Kavanaugh hearing

During its five-day reopened background investigation, the FBI didn't talk with more than 40 people who could potentially corroborate sexual-assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or claim he perjured himself during his Senate confirmation hearings. • Deborah...

Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 4:41pm

Everything you need to know about Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge

Ever since Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with accusations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers, one name has frequently surfaced as a key figure in her story: Mark Judge. Who is Mark Judge? Mark Judge was a close friend of Brett...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 3:42pm

Everything to know about Rachel Mitchell, prosecutor for Kavanaugh hearing

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee today about her sexual-assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Republicans on the committee did not ask her questions. Instead, they yielded their time to Rachel Mitchell, who questioned Ford about...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 4:45pm

It might be lying and not sexual misconduct that brings down Kavanaugh

By many accounts, embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not do himself any favors during his Monday night interview on Fox News. President Trump reportedly said Kavanaugh seemed "weak," and the nominee, who has been accused of committing sexual assault as a teenager, made...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 5:11pm

Everything you need to know about Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, Brett Kavanaugh's wife

Controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave an unprecedented sit-down TV interview yesterday, as his nomination seems increasingly imperiled by multiple claims that he committed sexual assault as a teenager. At his side was his wife, Ashley Estes Kavanaugh, who has voiced support for...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:20pm

Everything you need to know about Deborah Ramirez, the latest Kavanaugh accuser

On Sunday, the New Yorker published a report by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow in which another woman accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. Deborah Ramirez said that while they were students at Yale University, Kavanaugh exposed himself to her without her consent. Senate...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 4:30pm

Women involved in any way with Brett Kavanaugh scandal receiving threats

A range of women connected to the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault scandal are receiving threats against their safety. Two of the most prominent are Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME). "Since the allegations about sexual assault became public, we’ve been getting a...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:04pm

Everything you need to know about Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when both were high-school students in the '80s. Here are the key facts about a reluctant figure in the most controversial Supreme Court nomination in decades. 1. She is a California-based...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 5:03pm

What happens if Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation is blocked?

Early Friday, as negotiations continued for a potential Senate hearing on accusations that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman when they were in high school, Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination looked increasingly uncertain. Not necessarily imperiled, but far from the slam-dunk it...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 1:32am

Who is Manuel Miranda, and what does he have to do with the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation?

During confirmation hearings last week, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was asked about his relationship to former GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda. Today on Slate, a lawyer wrote that because of his answer, Kavanaugh should not be confirmed to the Supreme Court, and in fact should be impeached...

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 5:44pm

What are Brett Kavanaugh's political views?

There were no shortage of fireworks during the first day of Senate hearings on Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's second nominee for the Supreme Court. Democrats complained that the White House was withholding thousands of documents on Kavanaugh's record and called to adjourn the hearings,...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 3:40pm

Brett Kavanaugh SCOTUS Approval and Reproductive Rights

With the confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh expected to begin next month, the future of Roe v. Wade and other rights hang in the balance. Brett Kavanaugh is Trump’s second Supreme Court nomination, one that, if approved...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 2:15pm

Restaurants are no longer safe spaces for Trump allies

Being a political figure comes with an expectation of criticism in America, whether from newspaper columnists or Saturday Night Live impressions. But the anger building over the current Republican-controlled administration’s immigration and climate change policies (to name just two) is making...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 10:15am

Everything you need to know about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

On Monday night, President Trump named his second nominee for the Supreme Court: 53-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, an experienced judge that pleased some conservatives, nonplussed others and sent Democrats to their battle stations, fearing the conservative jurist will overturn Roe v. Wade. Here's...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 3:12pm

7 protesters arrested at Trump Tower after SCOTUS reveal

Seven protesters, including a New York City Council member, were arrested Monday night outside Trump Tower while protesting President Trump's conservative Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Brooklyn councilmember Jumaane Williams was among those taken into custody around 9 p.m. for...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 10:21am

President Trump Supreme Court announcement: TV time, how to watch online

President Trump will announce his Supreme Court nominee Monday night and the country will witness who the president will select to become the next Supreme Court Justice.  The nominee appointed to the position will fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The Trump...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 4:11pm

Who appoints Supreme Court justices and how are they appointed?

The latest Supreme Court vacancy has all eyes trained on the process for a justice's replacement. We will likely know the finalist for a spot on the bench next week. But where does that name come from? Who appoints Supreme Court justices, and what happens then? Who appoints Supreme Court...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 5:11pm

What is Roe v. Wade?

The resignation of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy last week has many worried that Trump's replacement on the court will join the other four reliably conservative justices in overturning Roe v. Wade. As a candidate, Trump released a list of 25 judges from which he would pick for the...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 4:22pm