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4 takeaways from neil gorsuch's highly politicized confirmation hearing


supreme court pick neil gorsuch: i'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'erica werner, mark shermansupreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic...supreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic... (erica werner, mark sherman)






gorsuch: trump's attacks on judges 'disheartening,' 'demoralizing'


supreme court pick neil gorsuch: i'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'erica werner, mark shermansupreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic...supreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic... (erica werner, mark sherman)






high court nominee: i'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'


washington — supreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic complaints that he has favored the wealthy and powerful in more than 10 years as a federal judge. the 49-year-old coloradan told the senate judiciary committee he has tried to be a "neutral and independent" judge and has ruled both for and against disabled students, prisoners and workers alleging civil rights violations."but my decisions have never reflected a judgment about the people before me, only my best judgment about the law and facts at issue in each particular case," gorsuch






supreme court pick neil gorsuch: i'll be unbiased or 'hang up the robe'


supreme court nominee neil gorsuch pledged to be independent or "hang up the robe" as the u.s. senate began rancorous hearings monday on president donald trump's conservative pick to fill a supreme court seat that has been vacant for more than a year.gorsuch sought to take the edge off democratic complaints that he has favored the wealthy and powerful in more than 10 years as a federal judge. the 49-year-old coloradan told the senate judiciary committee he has tried to be a "neutral and independent" judge and has ruled both for and against disabled students, prisoners and workers alleging civil rights violations."but my decisions have never reflected a judgment about the people before me, only my best judgment about the law and facts at issue in each particular case," gorsuch said. that wa






impeachment hearings over affair set for alabama governor


montgomery, ala. — alabama lawmakers are set to begin impeachment hearings for gov. robert bentley as they consider whether to try ousting the governor over accusations he used state resources to hide an affair with a top aide.the house judiciary committee scheduled a week of hearings to open monday that will culminate with a vote on whether to recommend his impeachment.the republican governor has acknowledged making personal mistakes but has denied doing anything that would merit removal from office.monday is expected to bring another round of legal filings in the escalating tensions between the governor and the republican-controlled legislature. the alabama supreme court asked for briefs on bentley's claims that the proposed impeachment hearings don't allow him to adequately respond to t






the latest: impeachment hearings begin for alabama governor


montgomery, ala. — the latest on impeachment hearings for gov. robert bentley (all times local):10:30 a.m.impeachment hearings have begun for alabama gov. robert bentley, who is accused of misusing state resources to keep an alleged affair with a staffer from being exposed.house judiciary chairman mike jones opened the hearings monday by saying no task was more serious than the possible removal of an elected governor.jones said it was time to hear evidence collected by the committee's special counsel. the governor's lawyers will respond to those accusations later in the week.special counsel jack sharman opened by saying that impeachment is the "people's check" on political excess.the hearings are the start of a lengthy process that could end with bentley being removed from office.the repub






cps latino advisory committee members quit over budget cuts


juan perez jr.while chicago public schools officials have been trading barbs with the state over the district's budget woes, speakers at two public hearings monday on the district's latest budget plan found plenty to criticize on both sides.the hearings at cps headquarters, which followed $104 million in spending... (juan perez jr.)






senate hearings get underway on trump supreme court pick


washington (ap) — thirteen months after antonin scalia’s death created a vacancy on the supreme court, hearings get underway on president donald trump’s nominee to replace him.judge neil gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the denver-based 10th u.s. circuit court of appeals. his nomination has been cheered by republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and democrats head into the senate judiciary committee hearings on monday divided over how hard to fight him.the nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a capitol distracted by trump-driven controversies over wiretapping and russian spying as well as attempts to pass a divisive health care bill. that will change this week as the hearings give democratic senators a chance t






senate hearings get underway on trump supreme court pick


washington — thirteen months after antonin scalia's death created a vacancy on the supreme court, hearings get underway on president donald trump's nominee to replace him.judge neil gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the denver-based 10th u.s. circuit court of appeals. his nomination has been cheered by republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and democrats head into the senate judiciary committee hearings on monday divided over how hard to fight him.the nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a capitol distracted by trump-driven controversies over wiretapping and russian spying as well as attempts to pass a divisive health care bill. that will change this week as the hearings give democratic senators a chance to pre






senate hearings get underway on trump supreme court pick neil gorsuch


thirteen months after antonin scalia's death created a vacancy on the supreme court, hearings get underway on president donald trump's nominee to replace him.judge neil gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the denver-based 10th u.s. circuit court of appeals. his nomination has been cheered by republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and democrats head into the senate judiciary committee hearings on monday divided over how hard to fight him.the nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a capitol distracted by trump-driven controversies over wiretapping and russian spying as well as attempts to pass a divisive health care bill. that will change this week as the hearings give democratic senators a chance to press gorsuch on






court hearings delayed for man accused of jewish threats


st. louis — two court hearings have been rescheduled for a st. louis man accused of making threats against jewish institutions nationwide.juan thompson is facing a federal cyberstalking charge. he was originally scheduled to be in court wednesday for a preliminary hearing and another hearing to determine if he should be moved to new york, where he's charged.on monday, u.s. magistrate judge david noce delayed both hearings until march 15. thompson is still scheduled to be in court wednesday in st. louis for a hearing to determine if he should remain detained pending trial.a criminal complaint says thompson started making threats jan. 28 with an email to the jewish history museum in new york written from an account that made it appear as if it were being sent by an ex-girlfriend.






live: neil gorsuch confirmation hearings for supreme court


neil gorsuch, the man president donald trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, began his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch was present for the first day of hearings, which began at 11 a.m. et, his only remarks were a brief opening statement at the conclusion of the more than 4-hour hearing. the first day was made up of the 20 members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks.the hearings are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.because republicans control the senate, gorsuch is expected to eventually be confirmed to the court. senate judiciary chairman chuck grassley






final el faro investigative hearings focus on ship safety


jacksonville, fla. — testimony in the u.s. coast guard's final investigative hearings into the sinking of the cargo ship el faro focused on the safety culture of the ship.capt. raymond thompson, a former chief mate on the el faro, testified monday that he was not sure if life jackets were stored on the bridge as required.the 790-foot el faro sank on oct. 1, 2015 after losing propulsion in a hurricane while traveling from jacksonville to puerto rico. all 33 aboard died.information from the ship's voyage data recorder showed that as it was sinking, crew members on the bridge scrambled to get their life jackets, even though the safety equipment is required to be there.the hearings are to last two weeks, after which the coast guard will issue a report.






neil gorsuch supreme court confirmation hearings - live updates


10:15 a.m. etneil gorsuch, the man president donald trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, will begin his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch will be present on the first day of hearings, which begin at 11 a.m. et, he is not expected to testify until tuesday. the first day, meanwhile, will be made up of members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks. the 20 senators on the committee, and gorsuch, too, will make opening statements that are to be no longer than 10 minutes each.the hearings themselves are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.because republicans control






what's expected to happen on first day


by erica werner and mark shermanwashington (ap) — thirteen months after antonin scalia’s death created a vacancy on the supreme court, hearings get underway on president donald trump’s nominee to replace him.judge neil gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the denver-based 10th u.s. circuit court of appeals. his nomination has been cheered by republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and democrats head into the senate judiciary committee hearings on monday divided over how hard to fight him.the nomination has been surprisingly low-key thus far in a capitol distracted by trump-driven controversies over wiretapping and russian spying as well as attempts to pass a divisive health care bill. that will change this week as the hearings giv






6 public hearings set on wisconsin state budget


madison, wis. — six public hearings have been scheduled across wisconsin on gov. scott walker's state budget proposal.the first hearing will be april 3 at the university of wisconsin-platteville. that will be followed by one on april 5 at state fair park outside of milwaukee and april 7 at berlin high school.the final three hearings will be april 18 at spooner high school, april 19 at ellsworth high school and april 21 at marinette high school.the hearing dates were released thursday by joint finance committee co-chairs rep. john nygren and sen. alberta darling.the committee will hold state agency briefings in madison prior to the public hearings. votes on the budget are expected to begin in early may.






alabama governor faces impeachment hearings after ruling


montgomery, ala. — alabama gov. robert bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning monday after the state supreme court gave lawmakers the greenlight to move ahead with an effort to oust the governor, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an affair with a top aide.the alabama supreme court on saturday reversed a short-lived victory for bentley when a judge on friday blocked impeachment proceedings. after the high court's ruling, the house judiciary committee quickly announced plans to proceed with hearings on monday.bentley, a 74-year-old dermatologist and former baptist deacon, has been engulfed in a sex scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before he and his wife of 50 years got divorced.bentley has vowed to stay in






live: neil gorsuch confirmation hearings for supreme court


neil gorsuch, the man president donald trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, began his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch is present on the first day of hearings, which began at 11 a.m. et, he is not expected to testify until tuesday. the first day, meanwhile, is made up of members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks. the 20 senators on the committee, and gorsuch, too, will make opening statements that are to be no longer than 10 minutes each.the hearings are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.because republicans control the senate, gorsuch is expected to eve






the latest: alabama lawmakers appeal impeachment ruling


montgomery, ala. — the latest on the scandal involving alabama gov. robert bentley (all times local):7:30 p.m.alabama lawmakers are filing an emergency appeal to the state supreme court in an effort to move forward with impeachment hearings against gov. robert bentley.house judiciary committee chairman mike jones says the notice of appeal was filed friday. the committee is seeking to overturn a judge's order that halted impeachment hearings that has been set to begin monday.jones says the committee will meet monday to discuss the next steps.montgomery circuit judge greg griffin on friday said he was temporarily blocking the hearings to give the governor more time to respond to the accusations against him.bentley has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making s






live: neil gorsuch confirmation hearings for supreme court


neil gorsuch, the man president donald trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, began his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch is present on the first day of hearings, which began at 11 a.m. et, he is not expected to testify until tuesday. the first day, meanwhile, is made up of members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks. the 20 senators on the committee, and gorsuch, too, will make opening statements that are to be no longer than 10 minutes each.the hearings are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.because republicans control the senate, gorsuch is expected to eve






grandstanding democrats embarrass themselves in monday hearings


if you want to know why americans have lost confidence in congress, yesterday’s hearings in the house and senate were an object lesson. instead of simply doing the work the people elected them to do, democrats spent their time in the spotlight grandstanding and virtue-signaling to their base (and, in the case of california sen. dianne feinstein, casting doubt on her qualifications to sit on the senate judiciary committee).at the supreme court nomination hearing for judge neal gorsuch, democrats began with a chorus of lamentation that it was not judge merrick garland, president barack obama’s nominee, sitting before them. vermont sen. patrick leahy called senate majority leader mitch mcconnell’s decision not to hold hearings for garland “an extraordinary blockade” and, for a bit of hyperbol






supreme court nominee unscathed facing last day of hearings


supreme court nominee neil gorsuch enters the third day of his nomination hearings largely unscathed by democratic attacks, as republicans confidently predict he will win confirmation despite liberal opposition.






the latest: lawyer: governor's report should be released


montgomery, ala. — the latest on the scandal involving alabama gov. robert bentley (all times local):11:50 a.m.the special counsel in an impeachment probe of alabama gov. robert bentley urged a judge to let lawmakers move forward with hearings and the release of his investigative report.jack sharman told montgomery county circuit judge roman shaul on friday that bentley's request to block the report and hearings is unconstitutional.bentley has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before his divorce. bentley has acknowledged making personal mistakes but maintains he did nothing illegal.sharman says the court doesn't have a right to interfere with the hearing process at this point.sharman had planned to release the inves






court rules alabama impeachment can move forward – the denver post


by kim chandler, the associated pressmontgomery, ala. — alabama gov. robert bentley will face impeachment hearings beginning monday after the state supreme court gave lawmakers the greenlight to move ahead with an effort to oust the governor, who is fighting to stay in office amid fallout from an affair with a top aide.the alabama supreme court on saturday reversed a short-lived victory for bentley. a judge on friday blocked impeachment proceedings. after the high court’s ruling, the house judiciary committee quickly announced plans to proceed with hearings on monday.bentley, a 74-year-old dermatologist and former baptist deacon, has been engulfed in a sex scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before he and his wife of 50 years got divo






supreme court nominee neil gorsuch on what makes a good judge


neil gorsuch, the man president trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, began his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch was present for the first day of hearings, which began at 11 a.m. et, his only remarks were a brief opening statement at the conclusion of the more than 4-hour hearing. the first day was made up of the 20 members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks.the hearings are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.u.s. supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch testifies at his senate judiciary committee confirmation hearing on capitol hill in washington, d.c., m






supreme court nominee neil gorsuch on what makes a good judge


neil gorsuch, the man president trump chose to fill the vacancy left on the supreme court by the death of justice antonin scalia in 2016, began his senate confirmation hearings on monday.although gorsuch was present for the first day of hearings, which began at 11 a.m. et, his only remarks were a brief opening statement at the conclusion of the more than 4-hour hearing. the first day was made up of the 20 members of the senate judiciary committee making their opening remarks.the hearings are expected to last three or four days. on the second day, senators will be questioning gorsuch. the third day will include testimony from outside witnesses.u.s. supreme court nominee judge neil gorsuch testifies at his senate judiciary committee confirmation hearing on capitol hill in washington, d.c., m






watch live: neil gorsuch confirmation hearings for supreme court, day 3


today is the third day of neil gorsuch’s confirmation hearings to become confirmed as a supreme court justice. yesterday senators grilled him with questions for nearly 12 hours. today’s hearings will include testimony from outside witnesses. 9:26 a.m. day 3 of gorsuch’s confirmation hearing is about to begin. gorsuch is expected to face a second round of questioning by senators on the committee, and then move onto the next panel of witnesses, who include nancy scott degan and shannon edwards -- both of the american bar association.neil gorsuch confirmation hearing schedule






impeachment hearings begin for alabama governor


montgomery, ala. — alabama lawmakers started impeachment hearings monday for gov. robert bentley as they consider whether to oust him over accusations he used state resources to hide an alleged affair with a top aide.the hearings began three days after the republican governor made a somber plea for forgiveness from the steps of the alabama capitol, acknowledging that he had let people down but promising that he had done nothing illegal or anything to merit his merit removal from office.as the hearing commenced, there were growing calls among republicans for bentley to voluntarily step down. the alabama republican party's steering committee passed a resolution sunday calling on bentley to resign immediately, echoing calls from gop leaders in the house and senate.jack sharman, the special co






us house panel to begin tax reform hearings next week: chairman


the tax-writing committee of the u.s. house of representatives will begin holding hearings on a republican tax reform proposal next week, the panel’s republican chairman said on tuesday.house ways and means chairman kevin brady told fox news that the panel will soon announce hearings on the plan known as the house blueprint “starting next week.”brady has said he intends to unveil tax reform legislation this spring. but on tuesday, it was not clear how an ongoing congressional debate about repealing and replacing the healthcare law known as obamacare might impact the intended timeline.(reporting by david morgan; editing by chris reese)






alabama lawmakers open impeachment hearings against governor


montgomery, ala. (ap) — turning up the pressure on gov. robert bentley, alabama lawmakers opened impeachment hearings monday over allegations he abused his powers to cover up an extramarital affair with a top aide.the mild-mannered 74-year-old republican and one-time baptist deacon refused to step down as the scandal gathered force over the past few days, even though it appeared he had practically no support in the gop-controlled legislature.bentley, a staunch family-values conservative who won two terms partly because of his reputation for moral rectitude, was first engulfed in scandal last year after recordings surfaced of him making sexually charged comments to 45-year-old political adviser rebekah caldwell mason.an investigative report prepared for the house judiciary committee and rel






the latest: alabama impeachment hearing schedule released


montgomery, ala. — the latest on planned impeachment hearings against alabama gov. robert bentley (all times local):4:10 p.m.alabama lawmakers have announced a schedule for impeachment hearings against gov. robert bentley.house judiciary committee chairman mike jones told lawmakers that it was "time to put this in front of us."the committee, after hearing arguments and testimony, will make a recommendation to the full house of representatives over whether bentley committed any impeachable offenses.the hearings will begin monday and last through the week. under the announced schedule, the committee would vote on april 14.the announcement came a day after the alabama ethics commission found probable cause that bentley violated state ethics and campaign finance law.bentley has maintained he h






the latest: governor's lawyers say impeachment not merited


montgomery, ala. — the latest on planned impeachment hearings against alabama gov. robert bentley (all times local):4:55 p.m.lawyers for alabama gov. robert bentley say he did nothing wrong and argued the unproven ethics accusations against him do not merit impeachment.bentley legal adviser david byrne argued thursday there was important context and explanations for the findings of the alabama ethics commission.for example, byrne said bentley loaned money to his campaign so he could pay legal bills. bentley is accused of improperly accepting a loan when he was not a candidate.the legal team for the embattled republican held a press conference thursday, a day after the alabama ethics commission found probable cause that he broke state ethics and campaign finance law.bentley lawyer ross garb






the latest: governor's lawyers say impeachment not merited


montgomery, ala. — the latest on planned impeachment hearings against alabama gov. robert bentley (all times local):4:55 p.m.lawyers for alabama gov. robert bentley say he did nothing wrong and argued the unproven ethics accusations against him do not merit impeachment.bentley legal adviser david byrne argued thursday there was important context and explanations for the findings of the alabama ethics commission.for example, byrne said bentley loaned money to his campaign so he could pay legal bills. the commission ruled bentley improperly accepted a loan when he was not a candidate.the legal team for the embattled republican held a press conference thursday, a day after the alabama ethics commission found probable cause that he broke state ethics and campaign finance law.bentley lawyer ros






the latest: lawyer: alabama governor didn't cooperate


montgomery, ala. — the latest on impeachment hearings for gov. robert bentley (all times local):11:25 a.m.the top lawyer in an impeachment investigation says alabama gov. robert bentley did not cooperate with the probe.special counsel jack sharman said monday there was a question of the governor's "candor." bentley is accused of misusing state resources to keep an alleged affair with a staffer from being exposed.sharman says the governor's office turned over only innocuous text messages between him and former political adviser rebekah caldwell mason. sharman says the governor's former wife turned over others. in those texts, bentley repeatedly told mason how much me loved and wanted her.the governor's then-wife, dianne bentley, was able to read the text messages because they also showed up






senate hearings get underway on trump supreme court pick


washington — thirteen months after antonin scalia's death created a vacancy on the supreme court, hearings are getting underway on president donald trump's nominee to replace him.judge neil gorsuch, 49, is a respected, highly credentialed and conservative member of the denver-based 10th u.s. circuit court of appeals. his nomination has been cheered by republicans and praised by some left-leaning legal scholars, and democrats head into the senate judiciary committee hearings on monday divided over how hard to fight him.judiciary committee chairman chuck grassley, r-iowa, emphasized gorsuch's commitment to the constitution's separation of powers and judicial independence. "fortunately for every american, we have before us today a nominee whose body of professional work is defined by an unfai






greek activists storm court hearings to save homes


in greece, a group of protestors, are storming athens county court regularly in a bid to stop home foreclosures. the activists, who are part of the "i won't pay" movement, say they've disrupted and prevented hundreds of house repossession hearings in the past six months. with thousands of greeks still unemployed and struggling to get by in the country's crisis-stricken economy, many can not afford their mortgage repayments and are losing their homes.






why washington was a no show at human rights hearings | usa


the trump administration's failure to appear at hearings at the inter-american commission on human rights on march 21 telegraphs its disregard for international institutions generally and human rights in particular.trump officials notified the commission, which is the independent human rights organ of the organization of american states, a day before the scheduled hearings that it would not attend. state department official contended that it would be inappropriate to participate since several of the hearings addressed issues under judicial review: the administration's executive actions on immigration and its greenlighting of the dakota access pipeline, which are winding their ways through the courts.but that explanation failed to assuage critics, who argued that washington's absence erodes