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President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge, appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, to begin his confirmation to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Brett Kavanaugh: American Law Protects ‘Equal Rights, Equal Dignity, and Equal Justice’

“I have given it my all in every case,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh said in his opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, beginning his Supreme Court confirmation speaking of family, friends, and faith, remembering that judges decide cases for “real people” in an American system of “equal rights, equal dignity, and equal justice under law.”

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Supreme Court Ponders Striking Down State Constitution Anti-Faith Amendments

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seems poised to strike down constitutional amendments in 39 states that forbid tax money from going to churches after Wednesday’s oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, unless two procedural issues derail the case at the last minute.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch listens as he is asked a question as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Klukowski: Nuclear Option Restores Constitutional Balance

Thursday’s nuclear option vote restores 200 years of Senate practice, going far beyond Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to restore the proper constitutional balance for Supreme Court and federal court appointments.

Central American immigrants sit after turning themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents on December 8, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas. They had just illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border into Texas to seek asylum

Supreme Court Considers Due-Process Rights of Criminal and Terrorist Aliens

Federal law requires that aliens who are caught crossing the border are not entitled to a bond hearing during removal proceedings. A separate law passed by Congress mandates that terrorist suspects and certain criminal aliens apprehended anywhere in the country shall not receive a bond hearing.

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Supreme Court Split on Obama Transgender Rule

WASHINGTON, DC—Wednesday the Supreme Court temporarily blocked President Obama’s changing of federal law to grant special protections to transgender people, but did so with a signal that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, the Court will make Obama’s rewriting of current civil rights laws permanent.

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Supreme Court Gives Win To Property Owners vs. Environmental Agency

In an opinion written by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. that a landowner can sue an agency over its “approved” version of a “Jurisdictional Determination.”

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Fate of Obama’s Amnesty Uncertain at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON—Justices on the Supreme Court were sharply divided on several aspects of President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, but it’s very likely that the 26 states challenging Obama’s program will prevail, ending the president’s gambit to grant legal status to 4.5 million illegal aliens.

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New America: 1 in 5 Nevadans Is Foreign-Born

As the nation turns its eyes to Nevada ahead of tomorrow’s caucus, it may shine a spotlight upon the extraordinary impact large-scale immigration — both legal and illegal –has had upon the Silver State.

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Obama’s SOTU: The Transformative President Triumphant

Last night featured a terrific national championship college football game, but tonight, it will be President Obama spiking the football. Obama’s State of the Union address tonight will be a triumphalist reading of his massive accomplishments.

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Obama’s 6-Year Assault on the Courts

As a candidate for President of the United States, Barack Obama promised to restore balance to the Constitution, after what many argued was a period of executive overreach, infringing on civil liberties and the balance of powers. When he launched his campaign, he even referred to his past career as a “civil rights lawyer,” and a constitutional law teacher. Once in office, however, Obama expanded executive powers even further, and led a 6-year assault on judicial independence.

New Appeal Filed in UT Affirmative Action Case

New Appeal Filed in UT Affirmative Action Case

AUSTIN, Texas–Attorneys for Abigail Fisher have filed the next round of appeals in her challenge to the University of Texas system’s use of race in their undergraduate admissions. Fisher, who is white, first filed suit in 2008 after she was

Supreme Court: Public Union Can't Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

Supreme Court: Public Union Can't Make Nonmembers Pay Fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court dealt a blow to public sector unions Monday, ruling that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois cannot be required to pay fees that help cover the union’s costs of collective bargaining. In

Celebrating Alan Dershowitz

Today I will have the honor of participating in a special Harvard Law School event honoring the career of Alan Dershowitz, the famous defense lawyer and legal scholar. I have been asked to speak specifically about his work as a

GOP Challenger's Ad Hits Lindsey Graham on Immigration, NSA Spying

GOP Challenger's Ad Hits Lindsey Graham on Immigration, NSA Spying

South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright, who is primarying Republican incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), released an advertisement that hits Graham on his support for comprehensive immigration reform, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, and the National Security Agency’s spying programs. 

Kagan Goes Hunting With Scalia…Shoots Deer

Speaking at the Aspen Festival of Ideas in Colorado last weekend, Justice Elena Kagan revealed that she and Justice Antonin Scalia are regular hunting buddies who recently broadened the scope of their game from quail to deer.  According to Kagan,

George Takei: Scalia's Gay Marriage Comments 'Repugnant'

George Takei: Scalia's Gay Marriage Comments 'Repugnant'

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy George Takei “Well, it seems to me that if Justice Elena Kagan can recuse herself from the Boston case, Justice Scalia needs to consider recusing himself,” Takei said.

President Obama's Covert Zeal for Abortion

President Obama's Covert Zeal for Abortion

Abraham Lincoln in 1854 spoke of the “covert zeal” of President Franklin Pierce and Sen. Steven A. Douglas for the spread of slavery. These leading Democrats never said they were in favor of slavery. They simply viewed the right of whites to choose slavery

Supremes Uphold Substance, Strike Down Form of AZ Immigration Law

Supremes Uphold Substance, Strike Down Form of AZ Immigration Law

In a 5-3 decision (Justice Elena Kagan had recused herself), the Supreme Court has struck down the form–but not the substance–of the controversial Arizona immigration law, SB 1070. The opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy held that immigration law–including the decision

Politico's Claws Out For Chief Justice Roberts

Politico's Claws Out For Chief Justice Roberts

Glenn Thrush, alleged reporter for Politico, has decided that any legal opposition to Obamacare must spring not from Constitutional concerns – concerns mirrored by Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Alito, Scalia, Thomas, and even Sotomayor in part – but from sheer politics.

Obamacare, Day 1: Supreme Court Will Declare Game On

Obamacare, Day 1: Supreme Court Will Declare Game On

The Supreme Court appears to reject the argument that it lacks jurisdiction to decide Obamacare’s fate until 2015. We should all expect the red-hot issues surrounding Obamacare to be decided by the end of June, for better or worse. And