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March 27, 2017 1:14 PM Chris Coons: Gorsuch nomination ‘almost certainly’ will require GOP to go ‘nuclear’

Mr. Coons, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which held four days of hearings on the Gorsuch nomination, doesn’t envision Democrats crossing party lines to vote in favor of President Trump’s nominee. “He will get an up or down vote. Sen. Schumer, our minority leader, has said it is going to be a 60-vote margin, and I doubt he is going to get 60 votes 13

March 24, 2017 8:40 PM Virginia Judge Tees Up Travel Ban Argument for Top Court

A Virginia judge helped tee up an argument likely to be fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court over President Donald Trump’s efforts to restrict travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga in Alexandria on Friday denied a request to block Trump’s March 6 executive order, saying he’s not going to psychoanalyze 22

March 24, 2017 8:15 PM Virginia federal judge rules in favor of Trump's travel ban

Unlike federal judges before him, a judge in Virginia on Friday ruled in favor of President Trump’s revised travel ban in a case brought by Muslims who said the president’s executive order illegally discriminated against their religion by restricting travel from six majority-Muslim countries. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga of the Eastern District 13

March 24, 2017 7:21 PM Keystone Foes Prepare Fight as Trump Issues Pipeline Permit

President Donald Trump made good on his promise to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline -- but the fight is far from over. Instead, it shifts to courtrooms, a Nebraska agency and congressional town hall meetings, where environmental activists and landowners have plotted ways to keep blocking the pipeline TransCanada Corp. has been trying to build for more than eight 27

March 24, 2017 4:10 PM Philadelphia cop arrested for abandoning sick dog in a trash bag

Philadelphia cop Michael Long is accused of leaving the emaciated Cranberry in a garbage bag. A Philadelphia police officer is accused of putting a sickly dog in a garbage bag and leaving her for dead. Michael Long, an 11-year veteran of the force, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty for abandoning the emaciated canine, according to the Pennsylvania 15

March 23, 2017 10:20 PM Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules

Welcome to Overnight Regulation, your daily rundown of news from the federal agencies, courts, Capitol Hill and beyond. It's Thursday evening here in Washington, where GOP leaders were forced to postpone a vote on their ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill as they scrambled for votes. The Senate voted Thursday to strike down Obama-era Internet privacy rules 25

March 23, 2017 7:23 PM Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination

Judge Gorsuch must earn the support of at least eight Democrats to break a filibuster — a threshold he is not on track to meet, at least so far, according to interviews and internal party discussions. If Democrats band together, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has threatened to pursue the so-called nuclear option 13

March 22, 2017 8:05 PM In unanimous decision, Supreme Court raises bar for special education (+video)

The ruling could bring major benefits to students with disabilities – especially those with 'individualized education programs,' or IEPs. March 22, 2017 —On Wednesday, the US Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of two parents of an autistic son, finding that his Colorado school district had failed to provide him with a "free and appropriate public 3

March 22, 2017 8:00 PM Trump lawyers ask court to move quickly on travel ban appeal

Donald Trump's administration is asking a U.S. court to quickly hear its appeal of a ruling that blocked the president's revised travel ban. Lawyers for the president filed a brief with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia on Wednesday. In it, they argue that the matter is one of national importance and should be reviewed as soon as possible 17

March 22, 2017 4:59 PM Supreme Court sets higher bar for education of students with disabilities

The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously raised the bar for the educational benefits owed to millions of children with disabilities in one of the most significant special-education cases to reach the high court in decades. The opinion rejected a lower standard set by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and used in a subsequent case by President 27