On Washington: As G.O.P. Moves to Fill Courts, McConnell Takes Aim at an Enduring Hurdle

Senator Mitch McConnell said that individual senators should no longer be able to block federal appeals court nominees by withholding so-called blue slips, a major break with Senate practice.

Appeals Court Appears Inclined to Exempt Relatives From Travel Ban

As the Supreme Court prepared to hear the case, an appeals court considered who may be barred from entering in the meantime. The judges were more circumspect about refugees.

Rebuked Twice by Supreme Court, North Carolina Republicans Are Unabashed

By MICHAEL WINES May 27, 2017 RALEIGH, N.C. — In Washington, efforts by this state’s Republicans to cement their political dominance have taken a drubbing this month. On May 15, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina elections law that a...

Black Judge Refuses to Recuse Himself in Shooting by White Officer

Judge Greg Griffin of Alabama had complained on Facebook of being racially profiled by the police, prompting lawyers defending a white police officer to suggest he step away.