• In Memoriam Dec 16, 2019

    Final Goodbye: Recalling Influential People Who Died in 2019

    This year saw the deaths of people who shifted culture through prose, pragmatism and persistence. U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings was a sharecropper’s son who rose to become one of the nation’s most influential voices. U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was a Republican who went on to lead the court’s liberal wing. Writer Toni Morrison brought to light...

  • Donald Trump Sep 1, 2019

    Justice Ginsburg Reports She's ‘Very Well' Following Cancer

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Saturday she’s “alive” and on her way to being “very well” following radiation treatment for cancer. Ginsburg, 86, made the comments at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington. The event came a little over a week after Ginsburg disclosed that she had completed three weeks of outpatient radiation therapy for...

  • Florida Jul 17, 2019

    Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies

    John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court’s liberal wing and a strong proponent of abortion rights, consumer protection and limits on the death penalty. Stevens, who died Tuesday at...

  • Florida Jul 17, 2019

    Remembering Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens: A South Sider and a Cubs Fan

    Chicago native John Paul Stevens, one of the longest serving justices in Supreme Court history, was born on Chicago’s South Side, but considered himself a die-hard Cubs fan.

  • Jul 17, 2019

    Former Justice Stevens was a South Sider and a Cubs Fan

    Chicago native John Paul Stevens, one of the longest serving justices in Supreme Court history, was born on Chicago’s South Side, but considered himself a die-hard Cubs fan. Trina Orlando reports. 

  • Donald Trump Jul 30, 2018

    Ginsburg Suggests She'll Stay on Supreme Court ‘at Least' 5 More Years

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Sunday she thinks she’ll remain on the high court for at least five more years. Progressives already worried about retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy’s exit have feared losing Ginsburg next, NBC News reported. “I’m now 85,” Ginsburg told CNN. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so...

  • Chicago Jul 4, 2018

    What's a Retired Justice to Do? Former Justices Show the Way

    For more than 30 years Justice Anthony Kennedy has lived by the Supreme Court’s predictable calendar: hearing new cases beginning on the first Monday in October, arguments starting at 10 a.m. and near-weekly conferences with colleagues until the court adjourns in June. Soon, he’ll have no fixed schedule. Kennedy, 81, hasn’t said what he’ll do with all his upcoming free...

  • California Apr 7, 2018

    History Repeats Itself? SC Reps Offer Secession Over Guns

    South Carolina debated seceding from the Union more than 150 years ago, one of the opening salvos of the Civil War. Now, the topic has come up again, amid a national debate over firearms and gun rights. A trio of state House Republicans on Thursday quietly introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to debate seceding from the U.S. “if...

  • Donald Trump Mar 31, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump Departs From Reality on Wall, Amazon

    President Donald Trump hailed the start of his long-sought U.S.-Mexico border wall this past week, proudly tweeting photos of the “WALL!” Actually, no new work got underway. The photos showed the continuation of an old project to replace 2 miles of existing barrier. And on Saturday, he ripped Amazon with a shaky claim that its contract with the post office...

  • California Mar 28, 2018

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls for Repeal of 2nd Amendment

    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to allow for significant gun control legislation. The 97-year-old Stevens says in an essay on The New York Times website that repeal would weaken the National Rifle Association’s ability to “block constructive gun control legislation.” Stevens was on the losing end of a 2008...

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Justice Ginsburg, Nearing 85, Signals She Won't Retire Soon

    In different circumstances, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg might be on a valedictory tour in her final months on the Supreme Court. But in the era of Donald Trump, the 84-year-old Ginsburg is packing her schedule and sending signals she intends to keep her seat on the bench for years. The eldest Supreme Court justice has produced two of the court’s...

  • Donald Trump Apr 10, 2017

    Trump Supreme Court Pick Gorsuch Sworn in as Justice, Pledges to Be ‘Faithful Servant of the Constitution'

    Surrounded by family and his soon-to-be Supreme Court colleagues, Neil Gorsuch took two oaths on Monday as he prepared to take his seat on the court and restore its conservative majority. The 49-year-old appeals court judge from Colorado was sworn in after a bruising fight that saw Republicans change the rules for approving high court picks — over the fierce...

  • federal judge Feb 15, 2016

    Scalia's Death in Office a Rarity for Modern Supreme Court

    A black-draped chair on the Supreme Court bench once signaled that a justice had died, but those somber memorials have been increasingly uncommon at the court as its members have chosen to retire rather than hold their office until death....
    Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday at the age of 79 marks only the second time in more than 60 years that...

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