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Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly

Nov. 16, 2019 12:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted...

Florida governor appeals court rulings on voting

Nov. 15, 2019 9:45 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Legal skirmishes over Florida elections were being fought on two fronts Friday, as a pair of federal court cases underscored the crucial role the state could play in next year's election. No detail is trivial, as Republicans and Democrats battle over the order of names on ballots...

Trump contributes foreword to paperback of McConnell book

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the...

Trump wants Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

Nov. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations. The filing Thursday sets the stage for a high court showdown over the tax returns Trump has refused to release, unlike every...

Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

Nov. 14, 2019 3:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41...

Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

Nov. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won't support him. Trump nominated federal judge Halil "Sul" Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Fox legal analyst Napolitano emerges as Trump critic

Nov. 11, 2019 12:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — More than two decades into his career as a commentator at Fox News Channel, Andrew Napolitano reached a milestone of sorts when he was called a "fool" on his own network. Not to his face, of course. But Tucker Carlson guest Joseph diGenova's dismissal of Napolitano for saying that...

Oklahoma abortion clinic takes on 'physicians only' laws

Nov. 8, 2019 3:32 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City abortion clinic filed a lawsuit Friday challenging longstanding state laws that allow only physicians to perform abortions in Oklahoma, marking the sixth time in five years that the state's abortion restrictions have ended up in court. The lawsuit, which was filed on...

DA: Kansas judicial panel did not violate open meetings law

Nov. 7, 2019 9:02 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A commission that screens applicants for the Kansas Supreme Court didn't violate the state's open meetings law in naming three finalists for Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to consider in filling a vacancy, a prosecutor said Thursday. Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett rejected...

Senate panel advances judicial nominee on party-line vote

Nov. 7, 2019 6:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed a top aide to President Donald Trump for a federal appeals court post Thursday, despite complaints from lawmakers about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House. Steven Menashi, an...