The White House is reportedly in the process of vetting Jane L. Kelly as a possible nominee to fill the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat. Kelly currently serves as a federal appellate judge, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate just three years ago. Her nomination would make a difficult situation for Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican head of the judiciary committee, because he had heavily praised Kelly upon her confirmation. “I congratulate Ms. Kelly on her accomplishments and wish her well in her duties,” Grassley said in 2013 of his fellow Iowan. “I am pleased to support her confirmation and urge my colleagues to join me.” Grassley and other Republican legislative leaders have insisted they will not hold confirmation hearings on a SCOTUS nominee before the election.
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The U.S. ambassador to the European Union reportedly kept secretary of state updated on what was happening in Ukraine.1 hr ago
A NEW FRONT?
FBI Requests Interview With Ukraine Whistleblower: Report
However, no interview has been scheduled, and it’s unclear whether the whistleblower’s lawyers will agree to it.18 mins ago
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WHAT’S THE HOLDUP?
Ukraine Is Still Waiting on $35M of U.S. Military Aid: LAT
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Navy May Strip Officer Backed by Trump of SEAL Status
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‘SHACKLED AND BLINDFOLDED’
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Two U.S. Service Members Die in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash
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