Tales from the Trail

U.S. Supreme Court turns to question of beaches and hot dogs

December 2, 2009

WEATHER KATRINAFor all practical purposes, it was like a day at the beach for the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday as the justices considered Florida’s program to bring in sand to save miles of eroding shorelines.

Battle brewing over Guantanamo and its Chinese Muslim prisoners

October 20, 2009

A big battle is brewing over the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the Chinese Muslim inmates held there.

Is Justice Stevens sending early warning signal?

September 3, 2009

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has hired only one clerk for the term starting in October 2010, instead of the usual four, fueling speculation that he may be planning to step down next summer, the New York Times reports.

Emotions high at White House for “Puerto Rican girl” Sotomayor

August 12, 2009

USA-SOTOMAYOR/President Barack Obama took a break from his tough fight over healthcare reform on Wednesday to throw a victory party for Sonia Sotomayor, who on Saturday was sworn in as the first Hispanic and third woman justice in the 220-year-long history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

NRA, Chamber of Commerce split on Sotomayor

July 23, 2009

Two of the biggest and most influential U.S. conservative groups have split over U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The First Draft: Power of persuasion?

July 16, 2009

President Barack Obama has targetted healthcare reform as his top legislative priority. Now he just has to convince Congress to make it work.

The First Draft: Now to the Q+A for Sotomayor

July 14, 2009

The gloves are coming off.USA-COURT/SOTOMAYOR

After a day spent mostly silent, looking on as senators in the Judiciary Committee made their formal opening statements and others lauded her accomplishments, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will be peppered with questions today about her qualifications for the life-time appointment.

Of umpires and the heart at Sotomayor hearing

July 13, 2009

Senators trying to make points turned to baseball umpires, football, and matters of the heart, at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sotomayor hearings begin, lines drawn

July 13, 2009

The political lines are drawn.

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee wasted no time in setting the battle plans for the debate over the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.