Judicial appointments and nominations

FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., is interviewed on Capitol Hill in Washington. In Washington, Lance is often overlooked. But the gray-haired Republican in deep-blue New Jersey may become a crucial moderate vote in the fight to enact Trump’s agenda. And his ability to navigate the confused politics of the Trump era will help decide the House majority next year. Back in his suburban New Jersey district this week, he raised concerns about the Republican president’s plans for immigration, taxes and health care.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 25, 2017 - 5:12 am
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — This is not President Donald Trump's dinner party. Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, standing in the middle of Ferraro's dimly lit restaurant dining room, says it's not necessary to build a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico. He raises concerns about the White House's...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, “What the hell do you have to lose?” An answer came during the Congressional Black Caucus’ annual legislative conference this past week: Everything. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
September 24, 2017 - 3:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — On the campaign trail last year, then-Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sought the support of black voters by asking them, "What the hell do you have to lose?" An answer came during the Congressional Black Caucus' annual legislative conference this past week: Everything...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Rep. Leonard Lance, R-N.J., is interviewed on Capitol Hill in Washington. In Washington, Lance is often overlooked. But the gray-haired Republican in deep-blue New Jersey may become a crucial moderate vote in the fight to enact Trump’s agenda. And his ability to navigate the confused politics of the Trump era will help decide the House majority next year. Back in his suburban New Jersey district this week, he raised concerns about the Republican president’s plans for immigration, taxes and health care.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
September 24, 2017 - 8:11 am
WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — This is not President Donald Trump's dinner party. Republican Rep. Leonard Lance, standing in the middle of Ferraro's dimly lit restaurant dining room, says it's not necessary to build a wall along the entire U.S. border with Mexico. He raises concerns about the White House's...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2017, file photo, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Catholic leaders and university presidents are objecting to Feinstein's line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution’s prohibition on religious tests for political office. The outcry stems from the questioning of Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor tapped to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Democrats focused on whether her personal views would override her legal judgment, especially with respect to the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Feinstein told Barrett that dogma and law are two different things and she was concerned “that the dogma lives loudly within you.” (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
September 11, 2017 - 7:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators' line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution's prohibition on religious tests for political office. The...
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September 11, 2017 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Roman Catholic leaders are objecting to Democratic senators' line of questioning for one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees, arguing the focus on her faith is misplaced and runs counter to the Constitution's prohibition on religious tests for political office. The...
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September 07, 2017 - 10:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped one of his own White House attorneys for a judgeship on one of the most important federal appeals courts, opening the door for confirmation hearing questions about the legal controversies that dominated the first seven months of Trump's presidency...
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Eric Dreiband is sworn in during a Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, on Dreiband's nomination to be Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
September 06, 2017 - 4:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington labor lawyer tapped to be the Trump administration's top civil rights attorney offered assurances Wednesday that he is sensitive to voting rights and hate crimes, in the face of criticism of his record of defending large companies against discrimination claims...
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September 06, 2017 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When a Muslim woman sued Abercrombie & Fitch claiming she had not been hired because she wore a head scarf, the clothing retailer tapped Washington labor lawyer Eric Dreiband to defend it. That case and others in which Dreiband defended large companies from discrimination...
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FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Heitkamp is the only statewide-elected Democrat in heavily Republican North Dakota, where President Donald Trump rolled to a win last year and the GOP is optimistic about knocking out the senator in next year's midterm elections. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 05, 2017 - 6:24 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is the only statewide-elected Democrat in heavily Republican North Dakota, where President Donald Trump rolled to a win last year and the GOP is optimistic about knocking out the senator in next year's midterm elections. Yet Heitkamp hardly resembles many...
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In a Dec. 22, 2016 photo, Rep. Jim Merrill, right, and one of his lawyers Rep. Leon Stavrinakis wait for the start of Merrill's bond hearing in a Columbia, S.C. courtroom. A hearing has been set for Friday, Sept 1, 2017, for Merrill, one of two former South Carolina House majority leaders accused of corruption, a special prosecutor investigating potential Statehouse corruption announced Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (Brad Nettles/The Post And Courier via AP)
August 31, 2017 - 10:10 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina House majority leader Jim Merrill submitted his resignation late Thursday ahead of a scheduled court appearance on corruption charges. South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas' office confirmed late Thursday that suspended State Rep. Jim Merrill of...
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