Stories by Khorri Atkinson

2019's Supreme Court cases to watch

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The Supreme Court, now with a solid conservative majority after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment, is hearing cases that could have significant ramifications for generations to come on issues like immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and abortion access.

The big picture: The high court — with 5 conservatives and 4 liberals — kept a relatively low profile in its first term this year. But it could hand major wins to Republicans in 2020's second term, emboldened by Kavanaugh's appointment and sharpening their focus as a slew of hot-button disputes work their way up from lower courts.

Joe Biden on the issues, in under 500 words

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Joe Biden served as Delaware's senator from 1973-2009 before becoming President Obama's VP. Due to his name recognition and moderate politics, some argue Biden — 2020's current Democratic frontrunner — could be best positioned to make inroads with blue-collar swing voters who broke for Trump in 2016.

Timeline: The rise and fall of Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti, the attorney for Stormy Daniels.
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Attorney Michael Avenatti was at one point considered to be a rising Democratic star — one who was even contemplating a 2020 run after positioning himself as a champion of women’s rights and an outspoken foil to President Trump.

What's new: Avenatti is being sued for at least $9.5 million by a former client — a man who is paralyzed and claims the attorney siphoned $4 million from a settlement he had won. The claims underlying the suit are tied up in a federal prosecutors’ criminal case against Avenatti, over various matters in California and New York.