Supreme Court

WASHINGTON | Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

WASHINGTON— Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, says she has the beginning stages of dementia and “probably Alzheimer’s disease.” O’Connor made the announcement in a letter Tuesday. She said that her diagnosis was made “some time ago” and that as her condition has progressed she is “no longer able to participate … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Sandra Day O’Connor announces likely Alzheimer’s diagnosis

WASHINGTON | Supreme Court: Ross can’t be questioned in census suit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is siding with the Trump administration to block the questioning of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The unsigned order Monday overrides lower federal courts in New York that would have allowed the questioning of Ross to proceed in lawsuits … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Supreme Court: Ross can’t be questioned in census suit

SEATTLE | US tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial

SEATTLE — The U.S. government is trying again to stop a high-profile climate change lawsuit days before young activists are set to argue at trial that the government has violated their constitutional rights through policies that have caused a dangerous climate. Justice Department lawyers on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to dismiss the case, … Continue reading SEATTLE | US tries to stop youth climate lawsuit days before trial

SAN FRANCISCO | Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration said it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if a federal appeals court does not rule soon on the administration’s decision to end legal protections for hundreds of thousands of young immigrants. The U.S. Department of Justice wants the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Trump administration seeks prompt immigration ruling

BISMARCK, N.D. | What to watch for in first Heitkamp-Cramer debate

BISMARCK, N.D.— The first debate between Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican challenger Kevin Cramer comes as Heitkamp is under heavy pressure in a race Democrats badly need for any shot at controlling the Senate. And it comes right after a major self-inflicted wound by Heitkamp’s campaign, with the senator apologizing this week for a newspaper … Continue reading BISMARCK, N.D. | What to watch for in first Heitkamp-Cramer debate

WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

WASHINGTON  — Don McGahn has returned to civilian life. A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahn’s last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

BANGOR, Maine | Collins’ husband: Ricin threat mentioned Kavanaugh vote

BANGOR, Maine— The husband of Republican Sen. Susan Collins says a threatening letter that claimed to contain deadly ricin specifically mentioned her vote to nominate Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Thomas Daffron told WABI-TV on Tuesday that the writer claimed the letter was tainted with ricin residue. He and Collins were allowed to stay home … Continue reading BANGOR, Maine | Collins’ husband: Ricin threat mentioned Kavanaugh vote