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Obama Emboldened For Another Supreme Court Pick

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (AP) Emboldened by success the first time around, President Barack Obama is likely to pick the Supreme Court nominee he wants and let the confirmation fight proceed from there, putting huge emphasis on a justice who would bring a fight-for-the-little-guy sensibility to the job...

Obama Now Talking With Possible Supreme Court Picks

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (AP) Pushing forward with one of his most consequential decisions, President Barack Obama has begun informal talks with potential nominees for the Supreme Court. And now he is reaching out to the senators who will control the confirmation fight ahead. Obama was to meet Wednesday...

Kagan Should Have Quick Path To Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(AP) A key Senate Democrat predicted a vote by early August to confirm Solicitor General Elena Kagan as the next Supreme Court justice, even as skeptical Republicans warned against a rush to judgment. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont called Kagan, 50, a "superbly...

Elena Kagan Chosen By Obama For Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (AP) President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean "one of the nation's foremost legal minds." She would be the court's youngest justice and give it three female members...

Documents Offer Sketchy Clues To Pragmatic Kagan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) From welfare and assisted suicide to police rights, a few scribbled notes and brief e-mails offer an outline of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a pragmatist with sometimes unpredictable views on hot-button topics when she was domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton...

Liberal Group: Pro-Business Tilt On Roberts Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A study from a liberal interest group says the Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts has a decidedly pro-business tilt, echoing the line Democrats are taking in support of the nomination of Elena Kagan to fill its latest vacancy. The analysis from the Constitutional Accountability...

High Court: Fee Awards Subject To Offset To Satisfy Debt Owed U.S. Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on June 14 reversed an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling and held that an attorney fees award is payable to the litigant; therefore, it is subject to an offset to satisfy the litigant's pre-existing obligation when a debt...

Kagan Confirmation Would Affect Major Tobacco Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) It's a simple matter of math: Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court has complicated the government's effort to force the tobacco industry to cough up nearly $300 billion. If confirmed by the Senate as a justice, Kagan would have to sit out high court review...

Kagan Pledges Deference To Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged Monday to be properly deferential to Congress if confirmed as a justice and strive to "consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law." In excerpts of her opening statement...

Leahy Predicts Kagan Approval; Hearings Near End

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan neared the end of a grueling turn in the Senate Judiciary Committee witness chair Wednesday, and the senator presiding over the proceedings predicted her confirmation. "Solicitor General Kagan will be confirmed," Sen. Patrick Leahy,...

Kennedy's Clout Could Grow On High Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Justice Anthony Kennedy, who already decides whether liberals or conservatives win the Supreme Court's most closely contested cases, is about to take on an even more influential behind-the-scenes role with the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens. By virtue of seniority...

Judiciary Panel OKs Elena Kagan For Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Pushing toward an election-year Supreme Court confirmation vote, a polarized Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday approved Elena Kagan to be the fourth female justice. Just one Republican joined Democrats to approve Kagan's nomination and send it to the full Senate, where she's...

Senate Confirms Kagan As Fourth Woman Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate voted 63-37 today to confirm Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Five Republicans, the two Senate independents and all but one Democrat supported President Barack Obama's second appointment to the high court in a year...

Senate Confirms Kagan As Supreme Court's 112th Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan Thursday as the Supreme Court's 112th justice and fourth woman, selecting a scholar with a reputation for brilliance, a dry sense of humor and a liberal legal bent. The vote was 63-37 for President Barack Obama's nominee to succeed retired...

3 Women On Supreme Court: How Big A Difference?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) At least once a term for 13 years, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled, some lawyer arguing before the Supreme Court would mistake her for Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, or vice versa. No matter that Brooklyn-born Ginsburg and O'Connor, raised on a ranch in Arizona, look...

Panel: How Kagan Will Affect Supreme Court Hard To Judge

PHILADELPHIA - New U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan may well be more moderate than retired Justice John Paul Stevens, and the court may miss Steven's leadership, panelists at the Sept. 20 Supreme Court Preview at the National Constitution Center here said. Justice Elena Kagan "There...

Free Speech Cases At Top Of Supreme Court's Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time. The court will look at provocative anti-gay protests at military funerals and a California law banning the sale of violent. . ....

Justice Kennedy Again A Dominant Figure On Roberts Supreme Court

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Supreme Court released 82 rulings in its 2010-2011 term ending in June, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy once again the dominant figure on the court, making the majority in 14 of the 16 cases that were decided by a 5-4 vote, according to veteran Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston...