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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...

After bitter battles, Senate eyes less toxic court fight

Jan. 27, 2022 20:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a U.S. Senate that was upended by toxic Supreme Court battles during the Trump era, the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s pick has the potential for something else: a return to calmer political normalcy. Because the ideological balance of the court is not...

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...

Florida GOP aims to curtail school lessons on sex, gender

Jan. 27, 2022 16:10 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Republicans want to forbid discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity in schools with a bill that activists say endangers children and echoes a previous wave of laws that sought to squelch LGBTQ conversations in the classroom. Activists...

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...

EXPLAINER: What’s next for the Supreme Court vacancy?

Jan. 27, 2022 00:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are expected to move quickly to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, seizing the chance to energize their voting base ahead of November's midterm elections, when control of Congress will be at stake. ...

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...

At least 3 judges eyed as Biden mulls Supreme Court pick

Jan. 26, 2022 22:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is eyeing at least three judges for an expected vacancy on the Supreme Court as he prepares to quickly deliver on his campaign pledge to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s highest court, according to aides and allies. Biden and...

NY lawmakers face calls for hearings on new district maps

Jan. 26, 2022 18:24 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The leaders of good government groups called Wednesday for New York's Legislature to hold public hearings before passing new Congressional and legislative district maps in the coming days. The state's independent redistricting commission has so far failed to...

Democrats seek swift confirmation to fill Supreme Court seat

Jan. 26, 2022 16:24 PM 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...