Stories by Khorri Atkinson

Second-term 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 long-term ramifications on immigration, LGBTQ employment protections and access to abortion.

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.