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Lawyer: John Hinckley interested in music industry job

WASHINGTON — The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan is interested in getting a job in the music industry, possibly in California, his lawyer said at a court hearing in Washington on Tuesday. John Hinckley Jr., 64, lives in Virginia and was not present at the hearing. A prosecutor said allowing Hinckley to relocate …

Supreme Court: Trump can use Pentagon funds for border wall

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to tap billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to build sections of a border wall with Mexico. The court’s five conservative justices gave the administration the green light on Friday to begin work on four contracts it has awarded using Defence Department money. …

Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived

WASHINGTON – Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill – charges he denied. People may know he’s a conservative and …

How Mueller made his no call on Trump and obstruction

WASHINGTON — It was a punt that will be examined for years, if not decades. Special counsel Robert Mueller found he couldn’t exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, but he wouldn’t recommend charging him, either. In explaining the decision to eschew a “traditional prosecutorial judgment,” Mueller said he faced not only having to …

Fashion brand ‘FUCT’ seeks trademark help from Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Erik Brunetti’s four-letter fashion brand starts with an “F” and rhymes with “duct.” The federal government calls it “scandalous” and “immoral” and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs: “thought-provoking.” “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s …

Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon’s policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It’s the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypass lower courts that have blocked some of its more controversial proposals and push the …

High court declines to extend halt to climate change lawsuit

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday declined for now to stop a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the government isn’t doing enough to prevent climate change. But the high court told the Trump administration that the government can still petition a lower court to dismiss the case as the government had asked …

Deja vu: What these senators said then and what they say now

WASHINGTON — Three senators may be experiencing some deja vu when they hear Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s 21 lawmakers, these three also participated in the 1991 hearings for Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, who …

For Kavanaugh, path forward could be like Clarence Thomas’

WASHINGTON — When Clarence Thomas arrived at the Supreme Court in 1991 after a bruising confirmation hearing in which his former employee Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment, fellow justice Byron White said something that stuck with him. “It doesn’t matter how you got here. All that matters now is what you do here,” …

Senate concludes Kavanaugh hearing; confirmation likely

WASHINGTON — After two marathon days questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, senators concluded his confirmation hearing Friday by listening to others talk about him — friends stressing his fairness and warmth but opponents warning he’d roll back abortion rights and shield President Donald Trump. One of the Democrats’ star witnesses was John Dean, Richard …