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Recent articles by Richard:

Supreme Court dubious of credit card surcharge ban

The justices said New York's effort to block surcharges may violate the First Amendment. They sent the challenge brought by merchants back to a federal appeals court in order to answer that question. → Read More

Supreme Court blocks Texas execution over disability

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court tightened its rules on capital punishment again Tuesday, ruling that Texas — the nation's leader in executions — cannot use a decades-old definition of intellectual disability to determine who lives and who dies. → Read More

Supreme Court blocks Texas execution over disability

The Supreme Court tightened its rules on capital punishment again Tuesday, ruling that Texas — the nation's leader in executions — cannot use a decades-old definition of intellectual disability to determine who lives and who dies. → Read More

Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

The Colorado judge's confirmation next month still appears almost certain following a four-day hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Democrats are promising to filibuster his nomination on the floor. → Read More

Neil Gorsuch sails through Supreme Court confirmation hearing

On second day of questioning, Democrats appeared to concede the federal appeals court judge's elevation. The conversation at times seemed like a civics lesson on the roles of the three branches of government. → Read More

Top takeaways from Day 3 of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings

Senators judging the man in line to become the next Supreme Court justice tried again Wednesday to draw Neil Gorsuch out on issues he doesn't want to talk about, with very little success. → Read More

Seven takeaways from Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch faced hours of questioning by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Here are five takeaways from Day Two of his confirmation hearings: → Read More

5 takeaways from Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearing

Try as they might, Democrats couldn't land a punch against the Coloradan through many hours of questioning. That was partly because Gorsuch, like others before him, refused to be pinned down on issues and case. → Read More

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch evades tough questions at confirmation hearing

Democrats began mounting an effort Tuesday to portray President Trump's nominee as against the "little guy." Within minutes, they also questioned Gorsuch on abortion, gun control, torture and workers' rights. → Read More

Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings: 5 things to watch for this week

President Trump, Merrick Garland, Antonin Scalia, Byron White and the 'little guy' will play important roles over the next several days. Especially the 'little guy.' → Read More

Who is Neil Gorsuch? A guide to the Supreme Court nominee

President Trump's choice to succeed the legendary Justice Antonin Scalia is straight out of central casting. Here's a look at Neil Gorsuch — personally, politically, jurisprudentially and through a Scalia lens. → Read More

Political fight over Supreme Court finally reaches Senate

One of the most convoluted Supreme Court confirmation battles in history finally reaches the U.S. Senate Monday, 401 days after the death of legendary Justice Antonin Scalia left a vacancy that spanned two presidencies and spawned two nominees. → Read More

Political dogfight over Supreme Court finally reaches Senate

One of the most convoluted Supreme Court confirmation battles in history finally reaches the U.S. Senate Monday. → Read More

Political dogfight over Supreme Court finally reaches Senate

President Trump's nominee, Neil Gorsuch, will face tough questions from Democrats concerned about his conservative credentials and angry about Republicans' refusal to consider President Barack Obama's choice. → Read More

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch peaked at the right time

Since Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February 2016, the Denver judge has penned notable opinions, dissents and concurrences on important issues such as the separation of powers, federalism and privacy rights. → Read More

Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline

Civil rights groups are seeking to help victims of hate-inspired incidents get lawyers and services. They hope a new database and hotline will inspire others to join the effort. → Read More

Rise in hate crimes spurs launch of database and hotline

Civil rights groups are seeking to help victims get lawyers and services. → Read More

White House casts doubt on upcoming Obamacare repeal cost estimate

Top Trump administration officials made the case for Republicans' 'repeal and replace' plan on Sunday news shows. Tom Price and Mick Mulvaney said the measure could increase coverage and reduce costs. → Read More

Health Secretary Price disputes idea that many will lose coverage under GOP bill

Trump administration officials mounted a strong defense of the Republican health care bill Sunday, insisting that it will increase coverage, reduce costs and leave no one worse off. → Read More

Colorado's Neil Gorsuch carries the weight of Washington

Neil Gorsuch faces scrutiny over the 13 months he spent in 2005-06 at the Justice Department, when the Bush administration dealt with detainees' treatment and wiretapping. → Read More