supreme-court

Members Worry as Justice Ginsburg Is Hospitalized
RGB fractured ribs in a fall

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been on the bench since 1993. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The news that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized had members of Congress hoping for her quick recovery.

Ginsburg was admitted to George Washington Hospital with three broken ribs on her left side following a fall in her office on Wednesday night.

Political Drama Converges at Supreme Court Ceremony
Kavanaugh investiture event features Trump, acting AG, Ken Starr and more

President Donald Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh at a courtesy visit in the Justices’ Conference Room prior to the investiture ceremony. (Fred Schilling, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)

A Supreme Court sitting Thursday for the ceremonial investiture of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh took only 10 minutes, but it concentrated Washington's political and legal drama in one room.

Matthew Whitaker made his first public appearance as acting attorney general, reading a presidential commission from the courtroom podium less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump forced the resignation of Jeff Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

The Replacements: Trump Has No Shortage of Candidates to Follow Sessions
A Mueller probe skeptic and several GOP senators all make the list

Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., endorses Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for president during a campaign rally at Madison City Schools Stadium in Madison, Ala., on Feb. 28. 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

There is no shortage of candidates to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general, and President Donald Trump could even again turn to the Senate.

Sessions and Trump clashed almost from the start, with the president even admitting he gave the former Alabama lawmaker the job out of a sense of loyalty. Sessions was the first GOP senator to endorse Trump’s 2016 White House candidacy. As Democrats warn of a constitutional crisis, the president will get to pick a nominee this time for other reasons.

Voters Send Mixed Signals About Trump with Split Decision
Uncertain how president governs with Dem House, GOP Senate

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Voters sent mixed messages Tuesday about Donald Trump’s chaotic and self-described “nationalist” presidency, handing Democrats control of the House while expanding Republicans’ Senate majority.

Democratic control of the House and Republican control of the Senate likely ends the latter’s push for additional tax cuts and opens a several months-long window for some kind of sweeping bipartisan deal on infrastructure or immigration somewhat possible.

Trump Made Midterms a Tribal Brawl by Fighting Back Over Kavanaugh
President acknowledges election is a referendum on his turbulent, tribal tenure

President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, above with his family, to replace then-Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the East Room of the White House on July 9. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

ANALYSIS | What ended Monday night inside an arena in southeast Missouri began in earnest on the White House’s South Lawn on Oct. 2. That’s when President Donald Trump decided to do what has defined his presidency and three years on the political stage: He fought back.

Trump used a six-day, eight-state, 11-rally barnstorming tour to close out the midterms campaign season by going not just partisan but tribal. His campaign-ending rally in Cape Girardeau was his third stop of the day — and everywhere the president went Monday, he couldn’t stop telling anyone who would listen that the final week of the 2018 campaign reminded him of the 2016 one when he shocked the world by defeating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Lawmakers Have Cuba in Mind in Supreme Court Brief
They argue case could affect how Congress writes legislation

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is part of a group of lawmakers urging the Supreme Court to hear them out on a case that affects common and international law. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A bipartisan group of mostly Florida lawmakers wants the Supreme Court to side with fishermen and farmers from India in a dispute about a coal-fired power plant, since the decision could affect similar potential claims related to Cuba.

Seven members of Congress, led by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., who came to the United States from Cuba as a child a year after Fidel Castro took power, filed a brief in a case now before the court. In it, they urge the justices to allow lawsuits against U.S.-based international organizations such as the one in the India case.

White House Won’t Provide Backing for Birthright Citizenship Claim
‘Who told him what and when?’ Obama counsel asks of Trump

The north fence line along the White House. Officials inside have pointed to no evidence of a legal assessment supporting another claim about the powers of the presidency made by Donald Trump. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

White House officials are unable to point to or describe any internal assessment to justify President Donald Trump’s contention that he can unilaterally end the granting of U.S. citizenship to any child born on American soil.

Several Trump aides were asked whether such a legal analysis was conducted by the White House counsel’s office or officials at either the Justice or Homeland Security departments and briefed to the president before he announced he intends to sign an executive order ending the practice in an interview with Fox News that aired Monday night.

Trump Sheds Light on His Legal Rationale for Ending Birthright Citizenship
A 1952 law codifying the 14th Amendment adds a major major hurdle, however

With an umbrella handle in front of his face, President Donald Trump talks to reporters before leaving the White House October 15, 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signaled that his belief he can legally end U.S. citizenship for children born here is based on the interpretation of five words written in 1868.

Democrats say the president is merely threatening to sign — as soon as this week — an executive order to end what’s called “birthright citizenship” as another way to energize his conservative base before Tuesday’s midterm elections. Such an order would surely prompt an immediate court challenge.

Trump to Focus on Midwestern Battlegrounds in Final Midterms Tour
One president. 11 rallies. Eight states. Six days.

President Donald Trump waves to a crowd of supporters as he arrives at a rally at the International Air Response facility in Mesa, Ariz., on Oct. 19. Behind him is Arizona Republican Senate nominee Martha McSally. (Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump will hit eight states with 11 campaign rallies in the final six days of the midterm election cycle with the House and Senate — and most of his domestic agenda — up for grabs.

Trump was in Washington on Monday and will remain there until Wednesday, when he will begin his final push to convince voters to keep both chambers in Republican hands. His tour will mostly focus on Midwestern and Mid-Southern battlegrounds.

Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Sent Threatening Tweets to Jeff Flake
Twitter has been criticized for not taking action when other users reported abuse

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks before the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake received threatening messages on Twitter earlier this month from the man arrested on suspicion of mailing homemade explosive devices to a string of prominent Democrats. 

One message included an aerial photograph of the Republican senator’s home, the Arizona Republic reported