Author: Paul Kane

Plenty of drama is coming on the next Supreme Court nominee — but not in Senate questioning – Washington Post

GOOGLE NEWS The looming Supreme Court confirmation battle presents itself as a hinge-point moment for the nation, potentially tipping the direction of rulings toward conservative outcomes for decades. Yet, if the recent past is political prologue, the least dramatic moment of the process will be the chapter that is supposed to be the most illuminating: the confirmation hearings. At least that is how President Trump’s advisers will draw up their game plan, following a path blazed by their predecessors in the administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush. The modern Supreme Court nominee has learned the lessons of...

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Ryan dismisses House chaplain, leaving lawmakers demanding answers – Washington Post

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) dismissed the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy this month as chaplain of the chamber, an unusual decision that angered some of the Jesuit priest’s allies in Congress. Ryan made no mention of the reasons behind Conroy’s ouster in an April 16 announcement, leaving the impression among most lawmakers that the priest was leaving voluntarily. The speaker called Conroy “a great source of strength and support to our community” and said the priest is “deeply admired by members and staff.” But the issue blew up in recent days as lawmakers began to speak to the chaplain,...

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