Category: Politics

Trump could appoint conservatives to California’s federal courts more easily after Senate shift

President Donald Trump could have an easier time appointing conservative judges to California’s federal courts under a policy shift in the U.S. Senate this week. Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday that he wouldn’t necessarily follow the Senate’s informal “blue slip” policy, which allows senators to veto judicial nominees in their home states. That means that Sens.…

Analysis: As sex scandals fell the powerful: Why not Trump?

By Nancy Benac and Calvin Woodward | Associated Press WASHINGTON — “You can do anything,” Donald Trump once boasted, speaking of groping and kissing unsuspecting women. Related Articles Sen. Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned Roy Moore’s wife: ‘He will not step down’ Analysis: Selective outrage from Trump on Franken, Moore Maybe he could, but not everyone can. The candidate…

Turkish envoy: Cleric’s allies directing U.S. Justice Dept.

By Zeynep Bilginsoy | Associated Press ISTANBUL — Turkey’s top diplomat says followers of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year’s failed coup have infiltrated the “American system” of justice and are behind accusations leveled against a Turkish-Iranian businessman in the U.S. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told journalists Friday that cleric Fethullah Gulen “has entered American missions here…

Douglas Todd: Who decides the land is ‘sacred’?

Ktunaxa elder Chris Luke Sr. lives in B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, about 1,000 kilometres east of Vancouver. He doesn’t speak English and he knows how to keep his silence. Still, Luke is a powerful man. For eight years, the elder’s religious vision has seized the attention of Canada’s top courts, demanding the focus of hundreds of lawyers, judges, civil servants and…

Douglas Todd: Who decides the land is ‘sacred’?

Ktunaxa elder Chris Luke Sr. lives in B.C.’s Purcell Mountains, about 1,000 kilometres east of Vancouver. He doesn’t speak English and he knows how to keep his silence. Still, Luke is a powerful man. For eight years, the elder’s religious vision has seized the attention of Canada’s top courts, demanding the focus of hundreds of lawyers, judges, civil servants and…

Harassment scandal boils behind the scenes at TED

By Elizabeth Dwoskin and Danielle Paquette | Washington Post SAN FRANCISCO – When Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who now campaigns against sexual harassment, took the stage at a TED event this month, she described 2017 as a tipping point in the fight against workplace misconduct. Related Articles Sen. Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned Analysis: Selective outrage…