Tales from the Trail

Traders put their money on Kagan to be Supreme Court pick

May 7, 2010

Traders are betting that there is a 75 percent chance that President Barack Obama will decide on U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and that she would be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

U.S. Supreme Court advice for Obama

April 15, 2010

Someone experienced in making hard decisions with the imagination to understand how rulings affect the lives of Americans. OBAMA/

Specter believes Senate would reject filibuster against Obama’s pick for high-court ‘ideological battleground’

April 13, 2010

The person who arguably knows as much as anyone in the U.S. Senate about counting votes and judicial confirmation battles has some advice for President Barack Obama:

Hillary Clinton for Justice?

April 12, 2010

NUCLEAR-SUMMIT/Would Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trade her globetrotting ways for the distinguished black robe of a Supreme Court Justice?

Eyes glaze over at the U.S. Supreme Court

March 31, 2010

Not all U.S. Supreme Court cases involve blockbuster rulings on contentious issues like abortion, capital punishment and religious disputes about church-state separation — and on Wednesday even one of the justices admitted that one of their latest decisions might cause eyes to glaze over.

Blagojevich trial to begin in June

March 17, 2010

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s trial will begin in June, which gives fellow Democrats reason to squirm before the mid-term elections. BLAGOJEVICH/

Company dispenses with lobbyists and launches bid for Congressional seat

March 15, 2010

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Murray Hill is running for Congress to rid Washington of lobbyists and weak-kneed politicians once and for all. And there may be no better candidate, for Murray Hill is not a frail human being but a company.

4 years later, ex-House aide faces sentencing in Abramoff scandal

January 12, 2010

More than four years after agreeing to plead guilty in the Abramoff political lobbying scandal that rocked Washington, D.C., the press secretary for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay will learn late this summer how much time in prison he will face.

Palin’s Exxon Valdez account draws guffaws

November 18, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Sarah Palin’s new memoir, “Going Rogue,” already has been strongly criticized by John McCain’s aides for her account as a vice presidential candidate on the ticket with him in their unsuccessful 2008 race for the White House.

Broken clocks, laryngitis at the Supreme Court

November 2, 2009

In a place where the time to argue some of the most important legal issues in the United States is pivotal yet limited, clocks throughout the Supreme Court building were not working on Monday — including the big one behind the bench that attorneys arguing their case and that spectators in the audience can see.