Obama Urged to Put Qualifications Over Ideology on Court Pick


Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to put legal qualifications over ideology in picking a Supreme Court nominee, an approach that could put Republicans in a bind.  

Canada's Trudeau Could be Obama's Progressive Heir

Trudeau could be the natural heir to Obama's progressive legacy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama's joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday had all the hallmarks of a torch-passing between progressive leaders.  

Obama repeatedly touted his younger counterpart's work on climate change and referenced the liberal values he and Trudeau share. He even gave Trudeau, 44, advice on coloring his hair when the stress of his office turns it gray.  

Justin Trudeau, Making Canada Cool

Trudeau, seen here with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on March 10, has brought a sense of cool to his position as prime minister of Canada. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

For nearly two decades, no Canadian leader made an official Washington visit -- and no American really noticed. How the situation has changed. When Canada’s new youthful prime minister, Justin Trudeau, spends Thursday in D.C., at appearances that include a state dinner, Washington will be watching every move the 44-year-old liberal politician makes.  

Trudeau, elected last year in a rout of Canada's Conservative Party leaders, will be feted with all the pageantry the White House can muster.  

White House: 'Ample Time' for Senate to Confirm Court Pick

Activists demonstrate outside the Supreme Court on Feb. 15, calling on Congress to give fair consideration to Obama’s coming nominee. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House on Tuesday rejected the notion that its effort to announce a Supreme Court nominee might leave the Senate with too few legislative days to take it up.  

Since Justice Antonin Scalia died on Feb. 13, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has advised reporters to expect President Barack Obama to spend four or five weeks studying materials prepared by his legal team before picking a nominee. He took roughly the same amount of time to select Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, who were both confirmed.  

A Portrait of the First Lady -- Nancy Reagan

Shikler's portrait of Nancy Reagan will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery until March 28.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

"Very vibrant, that red. It's the way I remember her, when they were in the White House," Cheryl Freeman said of the portrait of the late first lady Nancy Reagan hanging in the National Portrait Gallery's "In Memoriam" space.  

Freeman, of nearby Bowie, Md., was visiting the gallery Monday afternoon with her son, Justin, just a few hours after Aaron Shikler's "essence of oil" portrait of Reagan was put on display. The 94-year-old wife of former President Ronald Reagan died on Sunday. On a day when flags were lowered to half-mast at the Capitol and on federal buildings throughout the country to honor the former first lady, the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery recognized her life and achievements in a more intimate, artistic manner.  

6 Ways Nancy Reagan Changed America

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, here in 1988, will be remembered for the "Just Say No" campaign and more. (Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/Contributer/Getty Images)

Former first lady Nancy Reagan died Sunday morning at 94.  

Nancy Reagan's Love Story Remembered Alongside Her Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Nancy Reagan touches the coffin of former President Ronald Reagan as a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda neared its end, following the former president's death in 2004. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Pool Photo)

Nancy Reagan's death Sunday led Washington to reminisce about a classic love story between herself and President Ronald Reagan, as well as about the fierce advocacy for the causes she championed inside and outside the White House.  

The former first lady, who died from congestive heart failure at 94 on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to her spokeswoman, was remembered by leaders on both sides of the aisle for the way she cared for the former president as the two battled through his Alzheimer's, as well as her efforts to find a cure, even when that put her at odds with social conservatives over stem-cell research.  

Schumer Salutes Nancy Reagan's Advocacy on Guns

Schumer, seen here in 1996, stands behind Brady during a news conference outside the the U.S. Capitol building. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In mourning the passing of former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Sen. Charles E. Schumer highlighted her support for landmark gun control legislation.  

The New York Democrat weighed in on the former first lady's death even before many Republicans, pointing to her advocacy for the measure named for James Brady, the assistant to the president and press secretary under President Ronald Reagan who was paralyzed after taking a bullet during the 1981 assassination attempt on the president.  

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan Dies at 94

Former first lady Nancy Reagan is congratulated by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.V., while President George W. Bush, left, and Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., look on, at a ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol to honor former President Ronald Reagan with the Congressional Gold Medal. Mrs. Reagan accepted the honor on behalf of her husband.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan, a driving force behind her husband's political career and his fiercest protector, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 94.  

The cause of death was congestive heart failure, according to Mrs. Reagan's spokeswoman Joanne Drake.  

Obama to Trump: 'America is Pretty Darn Great Right Now'

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. (L), endorses Donald Trump to be the Republican nominee for president during a rally in Madison, Ala., on Sunday. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama took a swing at Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Friday, saying continued job growth shows the United States is “pretty darn great right now."  

The Labor Department announced Friday that the economy added 242,000 jobs last month, with the unemployment rate holding steady at an eight-year low of 4.9 percent. What’s more, the data provided added ammunition for a White House eager to craft a legacy for the president and Democratic candidates preaching a need to build on his economic policies.