Judicial appointments and nominations

People take part in a street demonstration to show solidarity with judges facing increased political pressure from the country's right-wing government in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
December 18, 2019 - 12:50 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Protesters gathered in large numbers across Poland on Wednesday evening to denounce legislation being pushed by the populist ruling party that would give the government the power to fire judges. The protesters voiced fears that the legislation, if passed, would mark an end to...
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FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., speaks during a luncheon at the National Press Club in Washington. Cummings died from complications of longtime health challenges, his office said in a statement on Oct. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
December 16, 2019 - 11:47 am
A sharecropper's son who rose through the seats of power to become one of the nation's most influential voices. A Republican who went on to lead the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal wing. A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. This year saw the deaths of people who...
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December 16, 2019 - 10:30 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A leading Polish newspaper on Monday welcomed a ruling in favor of one its journalists, who was taken to court by the populist ruling party over an ironic tweet that referred to “mafia” elements within the party. But Bartosz Wielinski, deputy editor of the Gazeta Wyborcza...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2019 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen under stormy skies in Washington. The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
December 13, 2019 - 5:17 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Friday it will hear President Donald Trump's pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private, a major confrontation between the president and Congress that also could affect the 2020 presidential campaign. Arguments will take place in late March,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch speaks at the Federalist Society's 2017 National Lawyers Convention in Washington. A liberal activist group is launching a digital ad campaign targeting the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization that has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, including Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Gorsuch. The ads, to appear on LinkedIn and Facebook, target major law firms that were sponsored the Federalist Society’s annual dinner. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz, File)
November 28, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A liberal activist group is launching a digital ad campaign targeting the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization that has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, such as Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. The ads, to appear on...
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Romanian President Klaus Iohannis speaks to the media after casting his vote in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. Romanians are voting in a presidential runoff election in which incumbent Klaus Iohannis is vying for a second term, facing Social Democratic Party leader Viorica Dancila, a former prime minister, in Sunday's vote. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
November 24, 2019 - 1:37 pm
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — An exit poll published in Romania on Sunday after the close of voting stations shows incumbent Klaus Iohannis easily winning a second term in Romania’s presidential election. Iohannis, a conservative, was facing Social Democratic Party leader Viorica Dancila, a former...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington. A federal appeals panel is voicing skepticism over the Justice Department’s claim that it can defy Congress’ request for secret material from the Mueller report. Two of the three judges who heard arguments at a hearing Tuesday seemed prepared to order at least some of the material sought by the House for its impeachment inquiry to be turned over. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
November 18, 2019 - 12:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives’ top lawyer told a federal appeals court Monday that the House is investigating whether President Donald Trump lied to special counsel Robert Mueller, and the attorney urged the judges to order the release of still-secret material from Mueller’s...
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016 file photo, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady delivers his Condition of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Iowa Legislature in Des Moines, Iowa. Cady’s family says in a statement posted on the court’s website that he died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. He was 66. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
November 16, 2019 - 11:02 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66. Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a...
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FILE In this Nov. 4, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump greets Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., on stage during a campaign rally in Lexington, Ky. The paperback edition of McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from Trump. In the foreword, Trump praises the Kentucky Republican as an ideal partner in confirming conservative judges, notably Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 15, 2019 - 7:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The paperback edition of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “The Long Game” includes a foreword from a well-placed political ally: President Donald Trump. In the foreword, shared Friday by the publisher Sentinel with The Associated Press, Trump praises the Kentucky Republican...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo, White House lawyer Steven Menashi, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, appears for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee has endorsed him for a federal appeals court post despite complaints about his refusal to answer questions about his record at the Education Department and the White House. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
November 14, 2019 - 1:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a White House lawyer as a federal appeals court judge despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about the nominee’s record on immigration, race, women's equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a...
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