Senator Lindsey Graham  speaks to reporters after the final vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Saturday. The process brings to completion Graham’s transformation from Trump critic to Trump lackey. Photograph: Erin Schaff/New York Times

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was an especially ugly episode of a reality-show presidency that degrades almost eve(...)

Newly sworn-in US supreme court justice  Neil Gorsuch speaks as President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House on Monday. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Neil Gorsuch, picked by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Republican-led Senate, was sworn in as a US supreme court justice at the White Hou(...)

A man walks up the steps of the US supreme court  in Washington, DC on Tuesday.  President Donald Trump is due to announce his nomination to fill a year-long vacancy on the court. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Democrats are ready to fight fire with fire in what promises to be an extraordinary political battle over Donald Trump’s choice to fill a year-long va(...)

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland stands with US president Barack Obama as he is introduced as Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court during an announcement in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

President Barack Obama has nominated a US appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the supreme court, hoping to fill a swing seat on the court with a mo(...)