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On August 15, 1938, Justice Stephen Breyer was born. On May 13, 1994, President Clinton appointed him to the Supreme Court. On July 29, 1994, the Senate confirmed his nomination– the vote was 87-9. Take a look at the Senate’s … Continue reading

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On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court. Soon after it was revealed that he had once been a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Nonetheless, the Senate confirmed Black in a … Continue reading

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On August 11, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt announced the recess appointment of Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. to the United States Supreme Court after accepting Justice Gray’s resignation. See President Roosevelt’s letter to Justice Gray at http://goo.gl/S5ZtnF.  To learn about Justice Holmes … Continue reading

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On August 10, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court. Read more about her at http://bit.ly/1MfCTK6.

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On August 8, 2009, Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in as the first Hispanic justice to sit on the United States Supreme Court. Watch her swearing-in ceremony at http://goo.gl/iVxlaA, and read more about her at http://goo.gl/fzzxJo.

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On August 7, 2010, Elena Kagan was sworn in as the 100th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. When she was nominated, she was serving as the United States Solicitor General. (Learn about the Solicitor General’s office at http://1.usa.gov/1INUeV3.) Justice Kagan … Continue reading

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On August 5, 2010, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan’s nomination as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in a 63 to 37 vote. You can find the Roll Call at http://1.usa.gov/1UlZ7Nj. On August 7 she was sworn in. … Continue reading

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On August 3, 1994, Justice Harry Blackmun retired from the Supreme Court after 24 years. He’s probably best known for writing the majority opinion in Roe v. Wade. On the same day, Stephen Breyer (nominated by President Clinton) was sworn … Continue reading

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On August 2, 1993, President Clinton’s nomination of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court was brought to the Senate floor. Read what Senators had to say about her qualifications in the Congressional Record at http://1.usa.gov/1OH7CPk. … Continue reading

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On July 29, 1986, the Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings on President Reagan’s nomination of William Hubbs Rehnquist for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the transcript from the hearings at https://goo.gl/GMPXUs. The Senators discussed … Continue reading

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On July 28, 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Abe Fortas to serve on the United States Supreme Court. He was known as a brilliant jurist. In 1963 he successfully represented Clarence Earl Gideon before the Supreme Court in Gideon v. … Continue reading

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On July 25, 1965, former Associate Justice Arthur J. Goldberg retired from the United States Supreme Court. Read a fascinating profile of the justice at https://goo.gl/fXXBpV.

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On July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court decided United States v. Nixon. President Nixon was ordered to produce the audio recordings that were relevant in the Watergate case. The Court (unanimously) rejected the President’s argument that the tapes were protected … Continue reading

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On July 23, 1936, Justice Anthony Kennedy was born in Sacramento, California. In November 1987 President Reagan nominated him to the United States Supreme Court. On February 3, 1988, the Senate confirmed his nomination in a vote of 97 yeas … Continue reading

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On July 20, 1990, former Associate Justice William J. Brennan retired from the Supreme Court after serving as a justice for over 33 years. On July 24, 1997, he passed away, but his legacy lives on through the 1,573 opinions … Continue reading

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On June 17, 1963, the United States Supreme Court decided School District of Abington Township, Pennsylvania v. Schempp. That case dealt with prayer in the public schools.  Under Pennsylvania law, at the beginning of each public school day, at least … Continue reading

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On July 15, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court continued at the Hart Senate Office Building. You can find the transcript of testimony taken on that day starting … Continue reading

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On July 14, 1917, suffragist Amelia Himes Walker was arrested for picketing outside the White House, and imprisoned for 60 days. Three years later on August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was finally ratified. The Amendment guarantees women the right … Continue reading

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On July 13, 2009, the Senate Judiciary Committee began its confirmation hearings on President Obama’s nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, for Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. You can read the minutes from the entire proceedings at  http://1.usa.gov/1Sj63rQ. On August … Continue reading

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On July 11, 1921, William Howard Taft was sworn in as the 10th Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He’s been the only President to serve on the Supreme Court. To learn more visit http://bit.ly/1RqDOfK and http://bit.ly/1LYxMhB.

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