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Alaska US senator says he will support Barrett nomination

Oct. 21, 2020 8:29 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan said he will support the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, calling her an “exceptional jurist.” Sullivan announced his support Wednesday, as the Republican-led Senate pushes to confirm Barrett in the coming days....

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats to boycott Barrett vote, Senate GOP pushes ahead

Oct. 21, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are set to boycott voting on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett at the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but there is little they can do to prevent Republicans from rushing to confirm President Donald Trump's pick before Election Day. The Judiciary Committee,...

Ruling that cleared way to drive people to vote is blocked

Oct. 21, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court suspended a decision that would allow groups to offer free or reduced price rides to polling places in Michigan. The court issued a stay Wednesday to allow the Republican-controlled Legislature to appeal the ruling by a federal judge in Flint. Since 1895, Michigan has...

E. Jean Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s, leaves the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse following a hearing in her defamation lawsuit against Trump, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Trump rape accuser 'stunned' at DOJ no-show at court hearing

Oct. 21, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s said she was stunned and speechless after the Justice Department on Wednesday turned down an opportunity to make oral arguments on whether Trump can substitute the United States for himself as the defendant in her...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Oct. 21, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: The Long Island Six needs to deliver for residents Newsday Oct. 20 In the New York State Senate, the Long Island Nine are now the Long Island Six, the stalwart Republican bloc of years past transformed into a growing...

FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York.  The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Mehta, an Obama appointee who was assigned the case Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in federal court in Washington.  (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google's antitrust case

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He went to elite U.S. universities, clerked for an appellate court judge and worked for both a D.C. law firm...

Editorial Roundup: Idaho

Oct. 21, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Idaho newspapers: The courts have already been packed Idaho Mountain Express Oct. 21 Former Vice President Joe Biden is asked, over and over, whether he will pack the U.S. Supreme Court if he is elected president. The better question is why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett listens during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of a private Christian school that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies

Oct. 21, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren’t welcome in the classroom. The policies that discriminated against...

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at the Phoenix International Academy in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Judge slams DeVos for rejecting 94% of loan relief claims

Oct. 21, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

Months after vowing to process a backlog of 160,000 requests for loan forgiveness from students who say they were defrauded by their schools, the U.S. Education Department has rejected 94% of claims it has reviewed, according to a federal judge who is demanding justification for the “blistering...

Editorial Roundup: US

Oct. 21, 2020 2:11 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Oct. 21 Los Angeles Times on the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust lawsuit against Google: The internet has been a powerful source of innovation and opportunity in the half-century since the first electronic message was sent between...