The president’s request is beyond the pale and poses an extraordinary test for our democracy. Our system depends on the rule of law and checks and balances. This appears to be textbook obstruction of justice and abuse of power.
This is an assault on the rule of law. The president has dismissed the chief law enforcement officer probing whether the president's advisors colluded with a hostile foreign government to influence our elections.
Amid the Trump administration's continued attacks on the federal judiciary, there has been a quieter political push targeting state courts. This roundup looks at laws from state legislatures that pose the biggest threat.
Partisan rancor and an arms race of special interest spending in judicial elections reached new heights this cycle, as the record for TV spending by outside groups in state supreme court races was shattered.
Contributions from charter school enthusiasts, like billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, and anger over racial gerrymandering are helping drive spending by outside groups in state supreme court elections to record levels.
Outside groups have already spent a record $14 million on TV ads in the 2015-16 state supreme court election cycle, and outside spending is expected to continue to surge in the final weeks before Election Day.