Several dozen people formed a line in front of the Supreme Court over the weekend, hoping for one of the roughly 50 seats reserved for the public to witness arguments in the same-sex marriage case, which begins on Tuesday.
President Obama has withdrawn the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan, a prominent New York lawyer, to serve on an important federal appeals court in Washington, blaming Republicans for blocking her confirmation twice.
Secretary of State John Kerry told Iraqi officials that helping to stop the flow of weapons from Iran is a condition for Baghdad’s participating in discussions about Syria’s future.
On Monday, the state’s 13th-largest city begins federal court proceedings that could end with it becoming the most populous in the nation to successfully enter Chapter 9 bankruptcy, a move opposed by those who lent the money to keep it flush.
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday that the Assad regime has “absolutely” crossed the so-called “red line” by moving and using at least a small amount of chemical weapons, pressuring the Obama administration to get more involved in the conflict to prevent further bloodshed.
Upshaw was an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004.
The National Rifle Association’s New York state affiliate filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Buffalo contesting the constitutionality of the SAFE Act, the sweeping gun-control bill Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law in January, the group announced in a press release.