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Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez becomes emotional as he speaks to reporters in front of the courthouse in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The federal bribery trial of Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Judge declares mistrial in Menendez corruption case

- The Washington Times

A federal judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the bribery case against Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey after jurors failed to reach a verdict — but his peers in the Senate said he’ll still have to face an ethics probe there.

Senate Judiciary Committee member Ben Sasse, Nebraska Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Lawmakers clash over American Bar Association’s role in rating judges

- The Washington Times

The American Bar Association said Wednesday it didn’t ask one of President Trump’s judicial nominees about his personal opinions on abortion, saying the ABA’s negative evaluation of him was instead based on peers who doubted he could leave his politics behind if he becomes a federal judge.

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