Supreme Court

WASHINGTON | Hearings for Supreme Court nominee to start Sept. 4

WASHINGTON  — The Senate will begin the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 4. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says the committee will launch up to four days of review that Tuesday, beginning with opening remarks from senators. Kavanaugh will face questions Wednesday, Sept. 5, followed … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hearings for Supreme Court nominee to start Sept. 4

NEW YORK | NCAA injury debate pits player privacy vs. gambling concerns

NEW YORK — Indiana safety Jonathan Crawford is very clear about what he thinks of colleges releasing information on player injuries. “No,” he said. “Especially if I have no say in it, I wouldn’t want my personal business out there.” The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that allows states to legalize sports gambling has sparked a … Continue reading NEW YORK | NCAA injury debate pits player privacy vs. gambling concerns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — The billionaire behind a measure to split California in three said he’s giving up on the effort to reimagine the nation’s most populous state after the state Supreme Court knocked it off the November ballot. “The political environment for radical change is right now,” venture capitalist Tim Draper wrote in a letter … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | Billionaire drops quest to split California into 3 parts

WASHINGTON | First batch of Kavanaugh White House documents released

WASHINGTON— The first batch of documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time in George W. Bush‘s White House has been released. The 5,700 pages were posted Thursday on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website after being compiled by a lawyer representing the former president. Senate Republicans and Democrats are engaged in a fierce dispute about … Continue reading WASHINGTON | First batch of Kavanaugh White House documents released

NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is set to execute a man for the 1985 rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, in what would be the first time the state has applied the death penalty since 2009. Fifty-nine-year-old inmate Billy Ray Irick is scheduled to receive a three-drug injection Thursday evening. He was convicted in the … Continue reading NASHVILLE, Tenn. | Tennessee set to kill 1st inmate in nearly a decade

WASHINGTON | Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller interview request

WASHINGTON  — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Wednesday they have responded to the latest interview proposal from special counsel Robert Mueller, part of a months-long negotiation process over whether and how investigators can question the president on possible obstruction of justice in the Russia investigation. The two sides have gone back and forth over … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s legal team responds to Mueller interview request

CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela ruling party cracks down on opposition lawmakers

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s pro-government constitutional assembly stripped two opposition lawmakers of their immunity from prosecution on Wednesday, accusing them of having roles in a drone attack that authorities say was an attempt to kill socialist President Nicolas Maduro. The National Constituent Assembly voted unanimously to lift the protection for Julio Borges and Juan Requesens, … Continue reading CARACAS, Venezuela | Venezuela ruling party cracks down on opposition lawmakers

SAN FRANCISCO | Supreme Court nominee takes hard line on federal regulations

SAN FRANCISCO— Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh worries about federal agencies running amok. He has argued that judges have given federal agencies leeway to push policies that go well beyond what Congress allowed. That view has endeared him to conservatives, who believe unelected bureaucrats are foisting radical regulations on Americans with little accountability. Liberals fear … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Supreme Court nominee takes hard line on federal regulations