Shadow of Merrick Garland Hangs Over the Next Supreme Court Fight

WASHINGTON — On a Saturday evening in February 2016, just hours after Justice Antonin Scalia died during a hunting trip, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican majority leader, interrupted a Caribbean vacation to draw a line in the sand. “The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court justice,” he said. “Therefore, this […]

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Polls Have Shown Voters Prefer Biden to Pick Next Justice

In 2016 and 2018, many analysts concluded that Supreme Court politics helped Republicans by helping to energize or consolidate conservative voters. True or not, it certainly wasn’t obvious ahead of time which side would benefit from a court vacancy, and the same can be said today, in the aftermath of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. There’s no way […]

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Fires Scorch a Way of Life That Still Grows From the Trees

MILL CITY, Ore. — The fire that galloped down the canyon along the North Santiam River last week charred tall firs to matchsticks and coated the survivors’ needles in dull, sepia-gray ash. The blaze claimed some of the Douglas firs that Fred Girod and his father planted in 1968, along with the old family house that overlooked the river. It […]

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Canada’s Napa Valley Seeks Elusive Audience: Canadian Wine Drinkers

OSOYOOS, British Columbia — The first surprise for Séverine Pinte, a French winemaker working in Canada, was how casual everyone was — more ripped jeans and flip-flops than Chanel. Then there was the unexpected need to warn grape pickers not to smoke marijuana near her beloved vines. And finally there was a furry menace: Canadian black bears with a taste […]

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Small Businesses Need Rent Breaks. But Landlords Are in Crisis, Too.

After a laundromat in Manhattan said it could not pay its monthly rent in April and May, the manager of the property, Aaron Weber, asked for half the $7,200 bill. Mr. Weber allowed another struggling tenant in the neighborhood, an electronics repair store, to pay one-third of its $12,500 monthly rent. A nearby clothing store in the Chelsea neighborhood also […]

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Shooting in Rochester Leaves 2 Dead and 14 Injured

Two people were killed and 14 were injured in a shooting at a backyard party in Rochester, NY., in the early hours of Saturday, a police official said, describing it as “a tragedy of epic proportions.” Interim Police Chief Mark Simmons said the shooting occurred on Pennsylvania Avenue, and that the 14 people who were hurt suffered non-life threatening injuries […]

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'Thank you RBG': Tributes pour in for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Politicians and celebrities are paying tribute to the late Supreme Court justice, who died from cancer Friday aged 87. As word of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death spread on Friday, tributes quickly poured in from celebrities, athletes, and Democrats and Republicans alike. Donald Trump said Ginsburg, who died at age 87 of complications from metastatic pancreas cancer, “was an amazing […]

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