Judiciary Committee pivots after GOP senator opposes home-state nominee
The blue slip took center stage yet again Wednesday as Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson's refusal to approve a nominee for his state's Eastern District federal court forced the Senate Judiciary Committee to nix the judge from their hearing lineup.
At Supreme Court, it’s do as I say not as I do
The mask of collegiality slipped once again as Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Brett Kavanaugh sparred last week over the court’s use of its emergency docket. The incident marks not just another example of cracks forming within the court but also how the justice's words are often at odds with their actions.
Judge rejects Oregon’s effort to dismiss First Amendment action by Courthouse News
A federal judge in Oregon rejected a motion to dismiss a First Amendment action by Courthouse News. Critically, the judge found that the right of access attaches to new court filings when they are received.
Chemical giants ask appeals court to lower $75 million herbicide award
Lawyers for Monsanto and BASF argued before the Eighth Circuit on Wednesday that a $75 million award to Missouri’s largest peach farm for damages related to their dicamba herbicide was unwarranted.
Louisiana climate plan aims to lower emissions, boost renewable energy
A Louisiana climate plan with the ambitious aim of slashing greenhouse gas emissions statewide to net zero by 2050 was presented Wednesday at the monthly Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority meeting in Baton Rouge.
EU can cut purse strings over rule-of-law breaches, top court rules
In a highly anticipated decision, the European Union’s top court has rejected an attempt by Hungary and Poland to block a rule tying financing to democratic principles.
Ukraine invasion fears ebb as Russia signals desire to de-escalate
The feared invasion of Ukraine on Wednesday – labeled as Western “hysteria” and warmongering by the Kremlin – failed to take place and Moscow said it was sending home troops engaged in war drills near Ukraine's borders and sent other signs showing it may feel it's time to de-escalate tensions.
Afghan war crimes suspect goes on trial in the Netherlands
The trial of an Afghan man accused of abusing prisoners in the 1980s kicked off in the Netherlands on Wednesday.
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