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U.S. admits Japanese-American internment ‘mistake’

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department recognized Friday that “mistakes” were made in its legal defense of the forced relocation and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii by the Imperial Japanese Navy, the United States forcibly displaced over 110,000 people…

Republicans hire former solicitor general to defend the Defense of Marriage Act

House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), have hired former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement to defend the ban on federal recognition of same sex marriage. In February, President Barack Obama decided that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, legislation passed by Congress in 1996 that…

Obama picks RIAA lawyer to replace Kagan as solicitor general

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he plans to nominate former Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lawyer Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. as solicitor general, a position formerly held by Elena Kagan. Verrilli currently serves as deputy counsel to the president and previously served as an associate deputy attorney general…

US Senate to confirm Obama Supreme Court pick

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama’s second US Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan, cruised to all-but-certain confirmation Thursday in a final Senate vote making her just the fourth woman to reach the high bench. Kagan, who as US solicitor general has argued the Obama administration’s case before the high court,…

Obama admin. backs Vatican’s claim of immunity to sexual abuse lawsuits

Update at bottom: Fox News, other media outlets falsely tar Kagan on Vatican immunity The Obama administration in a brief to the Supreme Court has backed the Vatican’s claim of immunity from lawsuits arising from cases of sexual abuse by priests in the United States. The Supreme Court is considering…

Obama names ‘trailblazing’ Kagan as Supreme Court pick

President Barack Obama Monday picked Elena Kagan, a “trailblazing” legal scholar, to sit on the US Supreme Court, seeking to lock in decades of liberal consensus building on the conservative-dominated bench. Obama called on the US Senate to swiftly confirm Kagan, 50, the US solicitor general and former dean of…

Obama nominates Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama Monday nominated US solicitor general Elena Kagan, a renowned legal scholar, for the Supreme Court, seeking to bolster the liberal bloc on the conservative-dominated bench. Kagan, 50, has close ties to Democratic power brokers, and the lifetime appointment would offer the party the hope of…

Obama to announce Kagan as Supreme Court pick

President Barack Obama will Monday nominate Elena Kagan, the US solicitor general, for the Supreme Court, seeking to enshrine a persuasive voice on the bench for years to come, reports said. Kagan, 50, who argues the US government’s position before the Court in her current job, would replace retiring liberal…

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