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Who's who among some possible top Supreme Court contenders

Jan. 27, 2022 21:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement gives President Joe Biden a chance to make his first nomination to the high court. It's also a chance for Biden to fulfill a campaign promise to nominate the first Black woman to be a justice. Some things to know...

Biden: Ready for 'long overdue' pick of Black female justice

Jan. 27, 2022 20:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden strongly affirmed Thursday that he will nominate the first Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court, declaring such historic representation is “long overdue” and promising to announce his choice by the end of February. In a White House...

Biden's high court pledge shows growing power of Black women

Jan. 27, 2022 19:48 PM EST

As he struggled to survive the 2020 Democratic primary, Joe Biden made a striking pledge before voting began in heavily African American, must-win South Carolina: His first Supreme Court appointment would be a Black woman. On Thursday, with his poll numbers reaching new lows and his...

Idaho Supreme Court upholds new legislative district map

Jan. 27, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state's new map redrawing Idaho's 35 legislative districts, finding that four separate lawsuits against the Idaho Commission for Reapportionment failed to show that the way the map split some counties was unreasonable. ...

Ruined lives prompted Kristof's run for Oregon governor

Jan. 27, 2022 15:27 PM EST

YAMHILL, Ore. (AP) — Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof traded the concrete canyons of Manhattan and the ritzy New York suburb of Scarsdale for his old family home, located on a dirt road in Oregon, to run for governor. But Kristof, who won two Pulitzer Prizes,...

Wisconsin court OKs lawyers for lawmakers before lawsuits

Jan. 27, 2022 13:47 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state lawmakers can hire private attorneys at taxpayer expense even before a lawsuit has been filed, an expansion of what had been done under current law. The 4-3 ruling came in a case that challenged...

Dems see high court pick as chance to revive 2022 prospects

Jan. 27, 2022 11:19 AM EST

Democrats stung by a series of election year failures to deliver legislative wins for their most loyal voters hope they will be buoyed by the prospect of President Joe Biden naming the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Justice Stephen Breyer's pending retirement,...

Democrats seek swift confirmation to fill Supreme Court seat

Jan. 27, 2022 06:21 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats who have played defense for the last three Supreme Court vacancies plan to move swiftly to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, using the rapid 2020 confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett as a new standard. Barrett was...

Justice Breyer to retire, giving Biden first court pick

Jan. 26, 2022 22:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Longtime liberal Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, numerous sources said Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden his first high court opening, which he has pledged to fill with the historic naming of the court's first Black woman. Breyer, 83, has...

New York AG: No basis for Trump's lawsuit challenging probe

Jan. 26, 2022 22:39 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general wants to put a stop to former President Donald Trump's attempted end-run around a yearslong civil investigation into his business practices, asking a judge Wednesday to dismiss his lawsuit aimed at halting the probe. Attorney General...