Despite a change to Senate rules designed to speed along judicial nominations, Republicans appear ready to pick up 2014 where they left off 2013: obstructing nominees.
The year began on a sour note, with an emergency injunction in one of the legal challenges to the contraception mandate in Obamacare.
Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again Monday morning in New Orleans.
In a narrow New Year’s Eve ruling, Justice Sonia Sotomayor blocked the contraception mandate from applying to a group of Catholic employers, while the Supreme Court considers taking up whether the accommodation for religiously affiliated employers goes far enough.
Michigan lawmakers push through an anti-democratic new abortion restriction, while the Senate actually gets some work done.
The vote is the first since Senate Democrats reformed filibuster rules and marks the beginning of a pushback against Republican obstructionism.
A new lawsuit claims Catholic-owned hospitals are negligent in treating pregnant people, while the Roberts Court takes up two challenges to the contraception mandate in the health-care reform law.
The Roberts Court turns down one reproductive rights case as it considers taking up a host of others.
Senate Democrats finally decided to do something about Republican obstruction of judicial nominations.
On Monday, Senate Republicans successfully blocked Judge Robert Wilkins’ nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, bringing to a head the fight between the Obama administration and conservatives over the future of the second most powerful court in the country.