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  • Kavanaugh confirmation: Prayer, civility urged

    by Tom Strode & Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, October 09, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist leaders called for prayer and the restoration of civility in public discourse in the wake of the highly divisive battle that ended with Brett Kavanaugh's narrow confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh, 53, in a 50-48 roll call Oct. 6 after an already bitter struggle over President Trump's nominee escalated when sexual assault allegations were made against the federal appeals court judge. The vote followed party lines in the Republican-majority chamber with one exception: Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia joined the GOP in supporting Kavanaugh. Read More

  • Panel OKs Kavanaugh, but delay urged for floor vote

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee forwarded the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh along deeply divided party lines Friday afternoon (Sept. 28) but with the understanding a floor vote on his confirmation would be delayed for a FBI investigation into a sexual assault charge against the nominee.

    The Judiciary Committee voted 11-10 in support of Kavanaugh, reflecting the makeup of the GOP-controlled panel, a day after a divisive hearing on an accusation against the nominee from his teenage years. Read More

  • Both Kavanaugh, accuser need to be heard, Moore says

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- A pivotal Supreme Court seat hangs in the balance while the U.S. Senate and America wait to learn if Brett Kavanaugh's accuser will testify regarding her sexual assault allegation against President Trump's nominee.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore said it is important to hear from both Kavanaugh and his accuser regarding a charge he thinks would make the nominee unfit if true.

    "Obviously, if this did happen, that would be disqualifying," Moore said in a Sept. 18 appearance on CNN. "And obviously if this did not happen, it would be a horrible thing to wrongfully accuse someone of doing." Read More

  • Kavanaugh appears likely to gain Senate approval

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Brett Kavanaugh appears likely to gain confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court after completing the gauntlet that is now the hearing process for nominees to the country's highest bench.

    The Senate is expected to hold a confirmation vote on Kavanaugh, 53, before the Supreme Court begins its term Oct. 1. President Trump nominated the appeals court judge July 9 following the retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.

    Kavanaugh -- a judge on the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals -- appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 4-6. He received on the last two days often tough questioning from Democrats in particular. His responses seemed not to damage his support among Senate Republicans, who hold a 51-49 advantage, and some of his supporters expressed confidence a few Democrats would join them in an affirmative confirmation vote in which only a majority is required. Read More

  • Kavanaugh hearings open, abortion draws spotlight

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Abortion drew the spotlight today (Sept. 4) as the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings opened for judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.

    The Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein of California, expressed concern about Kavanaugh's seeming willingness to restrict abortion rights, and more than 30 protestors were arrested in the hearing room, including some who touted abortion rights. Read More

  • Evangelical leaders embrace Kavanaugh nomination

    by Tom Strode, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptist and other evangelical Christian leaders embraced President Trump's nomination of federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh Monday (July 9) and called for his quick confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Trump announced his selection of Kavanaugh, 53, Monday night from the White House, ending speculation on who would be chosen from a list of 25 potential nominees -- all considered conservatives -- that the administration had released in November in anticipation of the next open seat on the high court. Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court on its final day of the term, June 27. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A page in our history can be turned

    by Andrew T. Walker, posted Tuesday, July 10, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, Andrew Walker writes, is an opportunity "to reverse historic wrongs and injustices overseen by Supreme Court justices who acted as Philosopher-Kings instead of dispassionate interpreters of the Constitution." Read More

  • Debate begins on next high court nominee

    by Tom Strode, posted Thursday, June 28, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The retirement announcement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy quickly ushered in guessing games on whom President Trump would next nominate to the Supreme Court and how long Roe v. Wade and other rulings would survive.

    Kennedy, long the high court's swing vote on controversial decisions, told Trump in a letter Wednesday (June 27) after the final opinions of the term were announced that his retirement as an associate justice would take effect July 31. He served 30 years on the court after his nomination by President Reagan and his Senate confirmation. Read More

  • Court ruling to help Christian teachers, supporters say

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP)-- Christians and other teachers in public schools, as well as the school-choice movement, stand to benefit from the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today (June 27) that public-sector unions may not require fees from nonmembers, supporters of the ruling say.

    In a 5-4 opinion, the high court ruled against such mandates by government and public-sector unions and overturned a 41-year-old Supreme Court decision in the process. The justices decided such a requirement on workers who refuse to join the union is a violation of free-speech protections in the First Amendment.

    "States and public-sector unions may no longer extract agency fees from nonconsenting employees," Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court's opinion. Read More

  • Kennedy's departure opens 2nd seat for Trump to fill

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (5 months ago)

    WASHINGTON (BP) -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has announced his retirement effective July 31, ending 30 years of service that began with his 1988 confirmation in the Ronald Reagan administration.

    Kennedy's resignation opens a second seat for President Donald Trump to fill. In 2017, Congress amended rules to allow confirmation of justices by a simple majority vote, enabling the appointment of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

    Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore noted the gravity of the upcoming appointment. Read More