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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob covers federal policy as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Based in Oregon, he focuses on Western issues. His coverage areas include climate, energy development, public lands and infrastructure.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

At the White House, an emotional Ketanji Brown Jackson says, ‘We’ve made it, all of us’

By: - April 8, 2022

Speaking outside the White House with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris looking on, and her voice at times trembling with emotion, Jackson acknowledged the historic milestone her confirmation as the first Black woman on the court represented.

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Biden goal for U.S. transition to electric vehicles cast into doubt at U.S. Senate hearing

By: - April 7, 2022

A White House climate goal to transition the United States to electric vehicles is in trouble if the nation cannot produce more minerals that go into those vehicles’ batteries, U.S. senators of both parties said Thursday.

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U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

By: - April 6, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate heads toward final vote this week on Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation

By: - April 5, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has pledged to hold the confirmation vote before senators’ two-week recess begins Friday. 

Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate committee splits on Jackson nomination to Supreme Court, forcing added vote

By: - April 4, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked along party lines Monday on a vote that would have advanced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic Supreme Court nomination to the Senate floor.

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U.S. House votes to decriminalize marijuana in federal law

By: - April 1, 2022

The U.S. House passed legislation Friday to legalize marijuana nationally, but its future is much less clear in the Senate.

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Biden OKs release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from reserve, calls for supply boost

By: - March 31, 2022

President Joe Biden called Thursday for U.S. energy companies to do their part in lowering gasoline prices by boosting supplies of oil, saying the industry should plow record profits back into increased production.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins backing

By: - March 30, 2022

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to a seat on the Supreme Court, she said Wednesday, becoming the first Republican to pledge her support for President Joe Biden’s pick to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pressed to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases

By: - March 29, 2022

Two dozen congressional Democrats are calling for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, following revelations his wife communicated with the Trump White House about overturning the election.

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

By: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate winds up grueling Supreme Court hearings on Ketanji Brown Jackson nomination

By: - March 24, 2022

Following two days of sometimes intense questioning of Jackson, Thursday’s hearing was more relaxed as senators questioned three members of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary and other outside witnesses. 

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Ketanji Brown Jackson defends her record under grilling from U.S. Senate Republicans

By: - March 22, 2022

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday sharpened their criticisms of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, probing her work as a public defender on behalf of terrorism suspects, the judicial sentences she has handed down for child pornography offenses and her views of critical race theory.