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Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray

Ashley Murray covers the nation’s capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom. Her coverage areas include domestic policy and appropriations.

Sandra Day O’Connor, who made history as the 1st woman on the Supreme Court, dies at 93

By: - December 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — The first woman to serve on the nation’s highest court is dead at 93. Sandra Day O’Connor, a groundbreaking justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, died Friday in Phoenix, Arizona, of complications related to advanced dementia, probably Alzheimer’s, and a respiratory illness, according to an announcement from the court. President Ronald Reagan nominated […]

GOP senators walk out of vote on subpoenas in U.S. Supreme Court ethics inquiry

By: - November 30, 2023

WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham and Republican colleagues stormed out of a Democratic-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Thursday to authorize subpoenas for two high-profile GOP operatives as part of an ethics probe into undisclosed financial ties to U.S. Supreme Court justices. The panel voted 11-0 to subpoena billionaire Republican donor Harlan Crow […]

Israel and Hamas agree to temporary cease-fire, hostage release deal

By: - November 22, 2023

WASHINGTON — Israel and Hamas have reached a deal for a short-term humanitarian ceasefire that will allow the release of some hostages and increase humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip, U.S. officials said late Tuesday. President Joe Biden praised the agreement to release 50 of the approximately 240 hostages taken by Hamas during the […]

Wee hours U.S. Senate drama: GOP colleagues on the floor battle Tuberville blockade

By: - November 16, 2023

WASHINGTON — After a marathon day and late-night vote to avert a Thanksgiving government shutdown, four U.S. Senate Republicans held the floor until the wee hours Thursday, urging their Alabama colleague to lift his months-long objections to hundreds of U.S. military nominations. Sens. Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Todd Young of Indiana, Joni Ernst of Iowa […]

U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman shaking hands with a supporter at the Statehouse

Book deals, real estate, stocks: SC’s members of Congress report their finances

By: - November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — South Carolina’s congressional delegation is flush with personal assets, including one member who reported tens of millions in cash savings and investments in 2022. Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are required to annually disclose finances, including stock holdings, properties, transactions, mortgages, personal loans and financial ties to companies. While […]

U.S. Supreme Court unveils new ethics code, but critics say it doesn’t go far enough

By: - November 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court released a new ethics code Monday, just days before the Democrat-led U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary again attempts to subpoena two high-profile GOP donors following revelations that justices accepted undisclosed luxury trips and engaged in other potential conflicts of interest. Despite the headlines and the committee’s springtime request […]