During a 10-hour grilling from senators Tuesday, Judge Neil Gorsuch offered few hints as to his judicial philosophy, frustrating the Judiciary Committee’s Democrats in a polished and calm performance. Gorsuch — sprinkling his answers to the committee’s questions with “gosh” and “golly” and “goodness” — deftly dodged Democratic senators’ attempts to pin him down on abortion, the scope of the Second Amendment and the Citizens United campaign finance decision. The 49-year-old Colorado judge also repeatedly insisted he would maintain his independence from President Trump and said no one in the administration had asked him to promise to rule a certain way on cases once he got to the court–neutralizing one of Democrats’ main lines of attack against him.
As Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing comes to a close Thursday, the clock is ticking for Senate Democrats to decide whether they would attempt to take the unusual step of filibustering his nomination, as some have threatened. In early January, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said he would “absolutely” do his best to keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacated Supreme Court seat open, because he viewed it as a stolen seat. The Republican-controlled Senate refused to hold a hearing for Barack Obama’s appointee Merrick Garland with ten months left in the former president’s tenure, a subject Senate Democrats are still angry about and frequently brought up during Gorsuch’s hearing.
Senator Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Wednesday that the announcement by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., stating that intelligence agencies had swept up incidental communications from the Trump campaign was intended to distract attention from the FBI’s investigation. “I think it’s an attempt to distract from something that clearly makes the administration — and many members of the GOP — very, very nervous: the ongoing investigation that the FBI has acknowledged into contacts between the Trump campaign — and possibly the transition and administration — and the Russian government,” Kaine, who ran as Hillary Clinton’s nominee for vice president against Trump in 2016, told Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
EMILY’s List announced Wednesday that more than 10,000 women have reached out to the group since Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to say they want to run for office, a record number in such a short time for the group. “Over ten thousand women isn’t a ripple — it’s a wave,” said EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock in a statement.
Former Vice President Joe Biden rallied Democrats Wednesday against the Republican attempt to pass a health care bill that would replace former President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. Biden had been keeping a relatively low public profile since Trump’s January inauguration. “This is not going to pass,” Biden said on the steps of the Capitol, standing in front of a large group of House Democrats.
“If President Trump announces that North Korea launched a missile that landed within 100 miles of Hawaii, would most Americans believe him?” the WSJ wrote.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., was asked by CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday whom she considers the current leader of the Democratic Party. “Well, President Obama was the president of the United States until a matter of weeks ago.
Confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, continue Wednesday, with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning the federal judge from Colorado for the second straight day. Yahoo News Senior National Affairs Reporter Liz Goodwin is in Washington, D.C., covering the hearings on Capitol Hill. Follow her instant analysis in the liveblog below.
A woman enters a dentists’ office in Tijuana, Mexico. Data from a U.S. government survey suggests that 150,000 to 320,000 Americans list health care as a reason for traveling abroad each year. Because Medicare offers virtually no coverage for dental work, Mexican border towns like Nogales have become go-to destinations for affordable, quality dental care among seniors and snowbirds from southern Arizona, California, and Texas.
Day two of confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, was eventful, as members of the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned the federal judge from Colorado. Return to Yahoo on Wednesday for more live-streaming coverage of the hearings as they happen.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck? Before moving on to more serious topics, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., posed the popular hypothetical question to Gorsuch at the urging of his teenage son Dallin.
As Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch faces a Senate confirmation vote, a 2006 book he authored arguing against assisted suicide and euthanasia is receiving renewed attention, and so is the related, although distinct, practice of medical aid in dying. The husband of the late Brittany Maynard, who ended her own life with medication in 2014 after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor, says Gorsuch would alter his views if he saw the reality of the practice. “The experience that I went through … if Neil Gorsuch or anyone in his position had seen firsthand what medical aid in dying is, he would probably have a much different opinion,” Dan Diaz said in an interview with Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric.
Minnesota Sen. Al Franken recalled his comedic past in a contentious exchange with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Tuesday during the judge’s confirmation hearing. Franken was questioning Gorsuch on the case of Alphonse Maddin, a trucker who was fired after his trailer broke down in subzero temperatures. Gorsuch concluded in a dissent that it wasn’t illegal for the company to fire Maddin for seeking safety, writing that “it might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one, but it’s not our job to answer questions like that.
Rep. Joaquin Castro questioned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip a NATO meeting but go to Russia, in an interview Tuesday.
Judge Neil Gorsuch referred to the Supreme Court’s recent same-sex marriage decision as “settled law,” using a stronger phrase than he has for other legal precedents. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., asked Gorsuch to explain how his views on marriage equality have changed since 2004, when the George W. Bush administration was pushing for ballot initiatives that banned the practice in states. Gorsuch replied that sharing his “personal views” would send a misleading signal to the American people that he might be inclined to rule one way or another on future cases that come up on the subject.
On Election Day 2016, people vote at a polling place set up at the Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Los Angeles. A postelection political action committee founded by the email director of the Hillary Clinton campaign to encourage millennial Democrats to run for state and local offices reports that more than 8,000 people have taken the first step toward becoming candidates. Contacted by Yahoo News, Run for Something founder Amanda Litman explained what she thought was behind that astonishing number.
WASHINGTON — During his campaign last year, President Trump promised to appoint judges who would overturn the court decision legalizing abortion, Roe v. Wade. At his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Gorsuch said he wasn’t asked by Trump how he would rule on abortion, and he would have walked “out the door” if the president had sought a commitment on the issue. In light of this seeming contradiction, Yahoo News asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer if the president is confident Gorsuch would overturn Roe v. Wade and whether Trump still holds to that as a requirement.
Facing his sixth hour of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Neil Gorsuch seemed to get a little unnerved when he was asked by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., about his originalist interpretation of the Constitution — a document, Klobuchar noted, that refers to the president as male. “When the Constitution refers 30-some-odd times as ‘his’ or ‘he’ when describing the president of the United States, you would see that as, ‘Well, back then they actually thought a woman could be president of the United States even though women didn’t have a right to vote’?” Klobuchar asked.