Climb down

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“As you know, the ar­chi­tect of the Court, Cass Gil­bert, de­signed the Supreme Court’s fa­cade in such a way that walk­ing up the 44 steps was dra­mat­i­cally sym­bolic of ap­proach­ing the high­est court,” says our Capi­tol Hill source.

“I’ve heard that the Supreme Court is about to close the steps. The plan is that no­body will be al­lowed to make that awe­some climb.” Say it ain’t so. “We’ve been go­ing through a mod­ern­iza­tion project for some time, and part of the project is the cre­ation of a vis­i­tor en­trance to the build­ing,” Supreme Court spokes­woman Kathy Ar­berg told Inside the Belt­way April 30. “And what that will mean is, when com­pleted, the pub­lic will come in on the plaza level [. . .] and the front steps will be used as an exit.

“So the door won’t be closed, but the flow of traf­fic in and out of the build­ing will change. There will be ac­cess, but a change in flow.”

As­so­ci­ated Press

Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man Sen. Pa­trick J. Leahy is hope­ful that a Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date will soon emerge.

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