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  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Courtís decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an ďominous signĒ for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. ďIf this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,Ē Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Justice Alito: ĎThose Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concerní

    06/29/2016 3:54:33 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | June 28, 2016 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Courtís decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an ďominous signĒ for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. ďIf this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,Ē Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Donald Trump Falsely Claims Justice Samuel Alito Supported His Sister

    02/26/2016 5:45:41 AM PST · by agrarianlady · 161 replies
    Life News ^ | 2/26/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    "Apart from the fact that judges do not sign bills into law, pro-life attorney Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom indicates Trump is wrong on the point and that Justice Alito, when he was a lower court justice, not only did not agree with Judge Maryanne Trump Barry on opposing a bill to ban partial-birth abortions he went out of his way to indicate how he disagreed with her. While some pro-life voters were shocked that Trump continued to defend Planned Parenthood others are shocked that Trump would defend his sister's support for partial-birth abortions by falsely maligning a pro-life...
  • Sen. Obama shows the GOP how to stop President Obama's SCOTUS nomination

    02/18/2016 9:46:07 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-17-16 | DrJohn
    The tragic loss of Antonin Scalia set off a political firestorm vis-a-vis his potential replacement. Mitch McConnell said there would be no replacement while Obama was President and the left went berserk. Big mistake, opines WaPo. The non-American British citizen John Oliver castigated the GOP for its position: "Well, that does not bode well because Mitch McConnell is actually pretty good at delaying things for people‚ÄĒwhether it's legislation, court appointments, or orgasms," joked Oliver. "Believe me, if you ever need to 'delay, delay, delay' [an orgasm], just picture [McConnell's] face and I guarantee you nothing will happen possibly for the...
  • White House: Obama Now 'Regrets' Filibustering Alito [That was then, this is now]

    02/18/2016 8:17:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/18/2016 | Debra Heine
    After President Barack Obama scolded Republicans for vowing to block whomever he nominates to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, some Republicans called him out for being a hypocrite because he tried to filibuster Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in 2006. Now the White House is saying that the president "regrets" that decision, but still maintains that the Republican opposition is somehow different and unprecedented. Via The Hill: ‚ÄúThat is an approach the president regrets,‚ÄĚ White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

    02/18/2016 7:54:06 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 18, 2016
    The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court -- after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting "obstructionist" Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Obama's 2006 vote, as a U.S. senator, at the daily briefing. "Looking back on it, the president believes that he should have just followed his own advice and made a strong public case on the merits about his opposition to the nomination that President Bush had put...
  • White House: Obama 'regrets' his filibuster of Supreme Court nominee

    02/17/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    thehill.com ^ | Feb. 17, 2016 | Jordan Fabian
    President Obama "regrets" filibustering the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, his top spokesman said Wednesday, though he maintains that the Republican opposition to his effort to replace Justice Antonin Scalia is unprecedented. "That is an approach the president regrets," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering Alito "should have been in the position where they were making a public case" against the merits of his nomination to the high court instead, Earnest said. "They shouldn't have looked for a way to just throw sand in the...
  • White House says Obama ‚Äėregrets‚Äô filibuster against Alito nomination in 2006

    02/17/2016 11:08:57 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Wednesday that President Obama "regrets" his filibuster against Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito in 2006, but insisted the situation was different than Republicans' current vow to block any nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. "These are two different things," said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. "The president's objections to then-President Bush's nominee were based in substance." In 2006, then-Sen. Obama and 23 other Democrats -- including Hillary Clinton -- tried to filibuster Justice Alito's nomination. He was confirmed for the high court anyway.
  • Democrats Display Supreme Hypocrisy About Replacing Justice Scalia

    02/17/2016 2:57:22 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 11 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 2/16/2016 | Staff
    Supreme Court: ‚ÄúThe Senate‚Äôs constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president‚Äôs Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.‚ÄĚ That was Sen. Harry Reid in a Washington Post op-ed this week condemning any effort by the GOP to block President Obama from naming a successor to conservative stalwart Scalia. He went on to write that ‚Äúthe consequences of blocking any nominee, regardless of merits, would hang over their heads for the rest of their careers.‚ÄĚ Reid has apparently forgotten his own role in trying to do just that a decade ago,
  • Obama: Who Cares if I Filibustered Alito, Republicans Have to Vote on My SCOTUS Nominee

    02/16/2016 4:14:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    Life News ^ | 02/16/2016 | Steven Ertelt
    President Barack Obama respond this afternoon to promises by Senate Republicans to not allow a vote o his nominee to replace recently-deceased pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama doesn't care about the fact that he filibustered Justice Samuel Alito's nomination in an attempt to prevent the Senate from voting to confirm him, he demanded that Republicans allow a vote on his nominee. After Scalia's death, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate will not take up a vote on a replacement for deceased pro-life Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia until after the presidential election. Such a promise prevents pro-abortion President...
  • Inside the Religious Rightís hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the popeís visit but were instead...
  • Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments,

    06/26/2015 7:22:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6/26/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - In his dissent from the Supreme Courtís 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision ďwill be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.Ē Alito warned that in the wake of the courtís ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination. ďI assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be...
  • The Alito, Thomas Dissent: ĎConstitution Does Not Guarantee Right to Enter into Same-Sex Marriageí

    06/26/2015 8:41:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    CNS ^ | 06/26/2015 | Shannon Quick
    Distancing themselves from the majority on the Supreme Court, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas filed a dissenting opinion to Wednesday's Defense Against Marriage Act ruling, stating that ďsame-sex marriage presents a highly emotional and important question of public policy Ė but not a difficult question of constitutional law." "The Constitution does not guarantee the right to enter into a same-sex marriage,Ē the justices wrote. The landmark case was filed by Edith Windsor of New York, who was forced to pay taxes on an inheritance when Thea Spyer, the woman she married in Ontario, Canada, died in 2009. Windsor was...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. Thatís a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. Thatís where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obamaís Solicitor General,...
  • Why 3 Supreme Court Justices Didnít Attend the State of the Union

    01/21/2015 7:48:57 AM PST · by South40 · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 20 JAN 2015 | Tessa Berenson
    The wording in the Constitution is simple and straightforward: the President ďshall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union.Ē There's nothing in there about the Supreme Court justices and, accordingly, there's nothing simple and straightforward about their attendance. This year, six justices were in attendance, while three of the most conservative members of the court, Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito were noticeably absent. In the modern era, custom has held that the justices would show up in their official robes and sit impassively. But in recent years, they've become...
  • On Hobby Lobby: Where Ginsburg and Alito Go Astray

    07/07/2014 1:15:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 7, 2014 | JOSHUA SCHULZ
    As a faithful Catholic with moral objections to forced Christian complicity in both abortion and contraception, I had many reasons to rejoice in the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby written by Justice Alito. Unfortunately, the Court’s reasoning was not one of them. Two premises in the majority’s argument were especially troubling: first, the Court’s assertion of the legal inscrutability of moral and religious beliefs, and second, its assumption of the Government’s claim that contraceptives and abortifacients are necessary for women’s health and well-being. Contrary to the first premise, I agree with dissenting Justice Ginsburg that...
  • The Hobby Lobby decision isnít narrow

    06/30/2014 10:08:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    MSNBC ^ | June 30, 2014 | Irin Carmon
    The Supreme Courtís 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby is being called narrow by some analysts, but thatís true only in that Hobby Lobby got everything it wanted and nothing more. In her blistering dissent Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg correctly called it ďa decision of startling breadth.Ē The question before the Court was twofold: Do corporations enjoy the same protections for religious liberty as individuals do? And if so, does providing contraceptive coverage in an employee health plan Ė as required under the Affordable Care Act Ė violate that liberty? Justice Samuel Alito, writing for all of the Republican-appointed...
  • High Court Allows Disputed Home Search

    02/25/2014 4:59:06 PM PST · by Altariel · 128 replies
    AP ^ | February 25, 2014 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may search a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested. The justices declined to extend an earlier ruling denying entry to police when the occupants disagree and both are present. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the court's 6-3 decision holding that an occupant may not object to a search when he is not at home.
  • JUSTICE ALITO DENOUNCES OUR ďARROGANT LEGAL CULTUREĒ IN THE DOMA CASE

    06/26/2013 5:46:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Powerline ^ | 06/26/2013 | BY PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Justice Alito‚Äôs dissent in the DOMA case contains an instant-classic footnote (number 7). I reproduce it below in its entirety, hoping that you will read the whole thing: The degree to which this question [the traditional view of marriage vs. the consent-based view] is intractable to typical judicial processes of decisionmaking was highlighted by the trial in Hollingsworth v. Perry. In that case, the trial judge, after receiving testimony from some expert witnesses, purported to make ¬ďfindings of fact¬Ē on such questions as why marriage came to be, Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 704 F. Supp. 2d 921, 958 (ND Cal....
  • SCOTUS Live blog of orders and opinions June 17th, 2013

    06/17/2013 7:00:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    SCOTUS Live blog of orders and opinions June 17th, 2013
  • Vanity - SCOTUS Watch June 3rd - June 7th

    06/03/2013 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    It is that time of year where the SCOTUS makes its decisions for the term. Who knows what decisions will be handed down this week. I do not expect any gay marriage decisions until the final days of the term.
  • Justice Alito on DOMA: Replace Marriage in Federal Statute with ĎCertified Domestic Unití

    03/27/2013 6:09:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 27, 2013 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments on Wednesday at the U.S. Supreme Court on a case testing the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Justice Samuel Alito suggested that Congress could have used a more ďneutralĒ term than marriage in the law the defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman for federal purposes. ďCongress could have achieved exactly what it achieved under Section 3 by excising the term Ďmarriedí from the United States Code and replacing it with something more neutral,Ē Alito said. ďIt could have said Ďcertified domestic units,í and then defined this in exactly the way...
  • Three conservative justices absent themselves from SOTU

    02/13/2013 6:59:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/13/2013 | Rick Moran
    I'm sure it's happened before, but I can't recall any previous State of the Union speech where justices refused to attend based on disagreements with the president. From Politico: "The conservative wing of the U.S. Supreme Court was absent from President Obama's Tuesday State of the Union address. Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia declined to join their six other colleagues at the prime time address to Congress. During Obama's 2010 address, Alito was seen whispering the words "not true" during Obama's speech. Obama used his address to blast the court for their 2010 Citizens United case which...
  • Obama Incorporated: The presidentís left-wing network continues to expand

    02/08/2013 7:41:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 8, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    Three years ago, midway through his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama took on the Supreme Court of the United States of America. ďWith all due deference to the separation of powers,Ē the president said, ďlast week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates for special interestsóincluding foreign corporationsóto spend without limit in our elections. [Applause.] I donít think American elections should be bankrolled by Americaís most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. [Applause.]Ē Justice Samuel Alito, by mouthing the words ďnot trueĒ as Obama read these sentences off...
  • Obama Lawyer Laughed at In Supreme Court

    03/26/2012 11:44:58 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 95 replies · 100+ views
    Obama Lawyer Laughed at In Supreme Court On the first day of health care reform arguments before the Supreme Court, two justices needled a top Obama lawyer for simultaneously calling the fine that will be paid under the law for not purchasing insurance a ďpenaltyĒ and a ďtax.Ē The confusion arises because of the administrationís argument that the power to enforce the individual mandate is rooted in Congressí taxing power ó but that the mechanism itself is designed to be a penalty, not a revenue-generating policy. The narrow but important distinction created a communication challenge for the lawyer representing the...
  • Alito to Verrilli: Is it a tax or isn't it?

    03/26/2012 11:03:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 19 replies · 27+ views
    Justice Samuel Alito was back in his skeptical mode today, chiding the Obama administration for ó in his view ó trying to have it both ways on whether the individual mandate penalty is a tax. The same justice who shook his head at President Barack Obama during the 2010 State of the Union address, appearing to mouth the words ďnot trueĒ when Obama criticized the Citizens United decision, gave Solicitor General Donald Verrilli a hard time Monday about the administrationís views on the mandate penalty: JUSTICE ALITO: General Verrilli, today you are arguing that the penalty is not a tax....
  • OBAMA'S TYRANNICAL EPA GOONS GET SHOT DOWN BY SUPREME COURT IN IDAHO COUPLE'S 'WETLANDS' CASE

    03/21/2012 6:42:49 PM PDT · by SaveOurRepublicFromTyranny · 18 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | March 21, 2012 | Matthew Burke
    An Idaho couple, whose lives have been ruined the last several years by the tyrannical EPA, won a crucial "David and Goliath" case in the Supreme Court today, humiliating the overzealous out-of-control bureaucracy in a unanimous 9-0 decision. If you're not familiar with the case, the EPA egregiously violated Mike and Chantell Sackett's property rights by arbitrarily and without cause, declaring their property as "wetlands", threatening them with oppressive fines of $75,000 per day if they did not restore it to its original state. The EPA unconstitutionally acted as "judge and jury", violating the couple's right to due process by...
  • Justices criticize EPAís dealings with Idaho homeowners

    01/09/2012 10:26:29 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 88 replies · 10+ views
    WASHINGTON ó Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners. The justices were considering whether to let a North Idaho couple challenge an EPA order identifying their land as ďprotected wetlands.Ē Mike and Chantell Sackett of Priest Lake wanted to build their house on the land. But the EPA says the Sacketts canít challenge the order to restore the land to wetlands or face thousands of dollars in fines. Justice Samuel Alito called EPAís actions ďoutrageous.Ē Justice Antonin Scalia noted the ďhigh-handedness of the agencyĒ in dealing with private property. Chief...
  • Missouri takes levee battle to U.S. Supreme Court

    05/01/2011 2:38:38 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 45 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/01/2011 | Ashley Hayes
    Missouri on Sunday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a plan to intentionally breach a levee on the rain-swollen Mississippi River, flooding Missouri farmland in an effort to save an Illinois town. Earlier, Missouri filed a federal suit to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from following through on its plan to breach the Birds Point-New Madrid levee. A federal judge on Friday ruled against Missouri, saying a 1928 law permits the breach of the levee to ease pressure on the river. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed an application for an injunction to the high court on...
  • Roberts, Alito leave imprint on rulings--Each is conservative mainstay

    03/29/2011 7:56:06 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2011 | Ben Conery
    During their five-plus years on the bench, the Supreme Court nominees of President George W. Bush have begun making their marks in cases involving gun rights, freedom of speech and campaign finance. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. have settled into roles as mainstays of the high courtís conservative wing and frequently find themselves in agreement on legal issues, much to the delight of conservative commentators and observers and the chagrin of their liberal counterparts. ďJustices Roberts and Alito favor an incremental approach to the development of the law,Ē said Robert Hume, a political...
  • The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives

    03/07/2011 7:58:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives By: Kenneth P. Vogel March 7, 2011 04:43 AM EST Still reeling from a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to an explosion of political ads from corporate interests, and fearful the court could overturn President Barack Obamaís healthcare overhaul, liberal groups have launched an aggressive Ė and at times personal Ė attack on the courtís most conservative justices. The sharp questioning of the impartiality and ethics of Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and to a lesser extent Samuel Alito represents the most concerted attack on a bloc of justices since the...
  • Dissenting Justice: Westboro Ruling Goes Too Far

    03/02/2011 3:31:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 40 replies
    AOL News ^ | 2/3/11 | Joseph Schuman
    Where should the nation draw the line on free speech? For Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, the defense of First Amendment rights expressed by today's majority ruling in the Westboro Baptist Church case goes too far. The 8-1 decision found that the fringe church's hate-filled picketing at the funeral of a Marine corporal killed in Iraq qualified as public discourse protected by the First Amendment. Church members claim soldiers' deaths are God's punishment for U.S. tolerance of homosexuality. Dissenting Justice Slams 'Brutalization of Innocent Victims' Kris Connor, Getty Images Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. was the lone dissenter in...
  • High court rules for military funeral protesters (Westboro Nuts Win 8-1!?)

    03/02/2011 7:27:39 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 148 replies
    AP ^ | 03/02/2011 | n/a
    <p>The Supreme Court has ruled that the First Amendment protects fundamentalist church members who mount attention-getting, anti-gay protests outside military funerals.</p>
  • Supreme Court watchers: Roberts, Alito no sure bets against health-care mandate

    02/14/2011 6:18:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/14/2011 | Robert Barnes
    If you are handicapping whether the Supreme Court is going to find the nation's health-care law constitutional, you have a few options. You can go old school, citing the great arc of decisions that began in 1819 in which the court has built upon one precedent after another to say the Constitution gives Congress great powers to conduct the nation's business. You can go modern era to cite the instances in the last two decades where the court put on the brakes. It said the Commerce Clause did not give federal lawmakers the power to regulate whatever they wanted. Or...
  • Justice Samuel Alito skips State of the Union [Six of nine will attend]

    01/25/2011 9:22:07 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | January 25, 2011 | Meredith Shiner
    Six out of nine members of the Supreme Court will attend Tuesday nightís State of the Union, just one year after President Barack Obama openly chided the court for its Citizenís United decision on campaign finance in the annual address. The court did not make available the names of the justices who will attend, but Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. has a speaking engagement at the University of Hawaii law school, whose website is currently running an ďAloha AlitoĒ slide show on its homepage. Alito was at the center of the awkward and unusual 2010 exchange with the president during last...
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito Plans To Skip Next State of the Union Address (Note the Date)

    01/24/2011 9:41:04 AM PST · by truthkeeper · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 16, 2010 | Associated Press
    When Supreme Court justices enter the House of Representatives in their black robes for the president's next State of the Union address, Samuel Alito does not plan to be among them. The justice said the annual speech to Congress has become very political and awkward for the justices, who he says are expected to sit "like the proverbial potted plant." Of course, Alito did not remain impassive at the most recent State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama. He reacted to Obama's unusual rebuke of the court for its decision in a campaign finance case by shaking his...
  • Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union

    01/21/2011 1:00:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/11 | Michael M Gleason
    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito face a difficult choice on whether to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Alito and Roberts, who were both nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2005, have never missed a State of the Union address since joining the high court. Alito found himself in headlines last year after cameras caught him disagreeing with one of Obama's assertions on campaign finance reform. After that flap, both justices last year strongly criticized the tradition of having members of the Supreme Court attend the politically charged address. Alito went as...
  • The Tucson Shooting: a Reminder to Arm Yourself

    01/12/2011 6:32:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 12, 2011 | AWR Hawkins
    When Jared Loughner opened fire in Tucson on January 8, six people were killed and fourteen injured. No matter where you were sitting, as the 24-hour news carried the details of the story, the world seemed almost to stop spinning. The raw evil of what Loughner had done was simply too great for decent, law abiding citizens to comprehend. Sadly, it didn’t take long for various talking heads on the left to see the shooting as just another crisis that could be used to further their agenda: tightening gun control, besmearing the Tea Party, and destroying Sarah Palin. For instance,...
  • Alito and Ethics (Is it legal for a Justice to attend political fundraisers?)

    11/12/2010 6:33:45 AM PST · by Ready4Freddy · 13 replies
    Constitutional Law Prof Blog ^ | Nov 11, 2010 | Ruthann Robson
    Is it legal for a Justice of the United States Supreme Court to attend political fundraisers? That's the query posed by Lee Fang, a reporter at Think Progress, to Justice Samuel Alito at the American Spectator fundraiser, which Alito reportedly "headlined" in 2008. Fang at Think Progress describes The American Spectator as a "right wing magazine" that was behind the attempts to impeach Bill Clinton, that its publisher leads the ďConservative Action Project,Ē formed after President Obamaís election, to help lobby for conservative legislative priorities, elect Republicans and block President Obamaís judicial appointments. The keynote speaker at last evening's event...
  • Alito Has Had Enough Of The Obama Bully Pulpit!

    10/22/2010 6:24:14 AM PDT · by Brittany Pounders · 4 replies
    www.LibertyJuice.com ^ | October 22, 2010 | Brittany Pounders
    If the latest news coming out of the Supreme Court is any indication, President Obama needs a quick lesson on how to win friends or it wonít be long before it is only him and his teleprompter at the next State of the Union address. This week, Justice Samuel Alito, a man that I will admit that I fell slightly in love with during the last State of the Union, declared that he would most likely not be attending the next State of the Union due to political awkwardness. If you are one of the few that didnít tune in...
  • Justice Alito will be a no-show for Obamaís next State of Union

    10/18/2010 4:36:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune/AP ^ | 10-16-10 | MARK SHERMAN
    When Supreme Court justices enter the House of Representatives in their black robes for the presidentís next State of the Union address, Samuel Alito does not plan to be among them. The justice said the annual speech to Congress has become very political and awkward for the justices, who he says are expected to sit ďlike the proverbial potted plant.Ē Of course, Alito did not remain impassive at the most recent State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama. He reacted to Obamaís unusual rebuke of the court for its decision in a campaign finance case by shaking his...
  • Justice Alito will be a no-show for Obamaís next State of Union

    10/16/2010 8:48:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 10/16/10 | Mark Sherman
    When Supreme Court justices enter the House of Representatives in their black robes for the presidentís next State of the Union address, Samuel Alito does not plan to be among them. The justice said the annual speech to Congress has become very political and awkward for the justices, who he says are expected to sit ďlike the proverbial potted plant.Ē
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito Plans to Skip Next State of Union Address

    10/16/2010 10:47:00 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 16, 2010 | AP
    When Supreme Court justices enter the House of Representatives in their black robes for the president's next State of the Union address, Samuel Alito does not plan to be among them.
  • Alito Wonít Attend Next State of the Union

    10/14/2010 8:48:16 AM PDT · by maddog55 · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, 14 Oct 2010 09:51 AM | By: Theodore Kettle
    Asked if he would attend the State of the Union address next year, after the TV cameras this year caught him objecting to President Obamaís denigration of the countryís highest court, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito said, ďI doubt that I will be there in January.Ē Delivering the Manhattan Instituteís prestigious Wriston Lecture on Wednesday evening, Alito noted that other justices, like the recently retired John Paul Stevens and current Justice Antonin Scalia ďstopped the practice of attending State of the Union addresses, because they have become very political.Ē Attendees of the black tie event in New York City told...
  • A Bull's-Eye For The Supreme Court

    06/28/2010 5:16:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 28, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Second Amendment: In the "living Constitution" era, the Supreme Court rediscovers original intent and rightly rules that the right to bear arms applies to all Americans just as the rest of the Bill of Rights does. It's hard to conceive how the justices could have decided otherwise. But by the narrowest of margins ó 5-4 ó they have reaffirmed that keeping and bearing arms is an inalienable and individual right like speech and religion, and that it applies to all individuals as the Founding Fathers intended. Why anyone thinks the Second Amendment does not apply to all Americans is a...
  • Kelo Court vs. 2010 Supremes: A Vast Improvement -- for now [vanity]

    04/24/2010 11:30:13 AM PDT · by Arthur Wildfire! March · 5 replies · 342+ views
    During 0-bama's State of Disunion, he used his congress-rats to help gang up on the Supreme Court. Alito was flailed for mouthing "not true". It was an ugly day for us conservatives, and it was also a confusing day for at least one former leftist, a friend of mine who had turned from being a Hillary supporter to a Ron Paul supporter. [A way yet to go, I admit -- but excellent headway for a 2nd generation yellow-dog.] But 0 did manage to confuse him. Our 'evil' supreme court now schemes to "allow funnelling of foreign money". He's now completely...
  • Supreme Court voids law aimed at banning animal cruelty videos

    04/20/2010 8:41:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 573+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | April 20, 2010 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court struck down a federal law Tuesday aimed at banning videos depicting graphic violence against animals, saying that it violates the constitutional right to free speech. Chief Justice John J. Roberts Jr., writing for an eight-member majority, said the law was overly broad and not allowed by the First Amendment. He rejected the government's argument that whether certain categories of speech deserve constitutional protection depends on balancing the value of the speech against its societal costs.
  • Controversial Judicial Nominee Tells Committee He Will Work to Earn Its Trust

    04/16/2010 1:16:59 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 12 replies · 515+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 4/16/10 | Trish Turner
    A controversial nominee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals apologized Friday for sending Senate Judiciary Committee members an incomplete portfolio about himself and said he'd do whatever he could to win the committee's trust. Republican senators called into question Goodwin Liu's temperament as a possible judge, blasting the controversial 9th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee during his confirmation hearing Friday over statements he made about Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito's "vision of America." At the time of Judge Alito's confirmation process Liu was quoted as saying that "in Judge Alito's America, the police may shoot unarmed Americans ... the...
  • Obama Supported Filibuster of Alito

    04/12/2010 4:47:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies · 426+ views
    Human Events ^ | 4/12/10 | Connie Hair
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement last week providing President Obama with his second opportunity to put another liberal on the highest court in the land. When Obama says his nominee will be ďsomeone who, like Justice Stevens, knows that in a democracy powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens,Ē donít forget it was liberals Stevens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg and Breyer who decided against the property rights of ďordinary citizensĒ in Kelo vs. City of New London. The Court led by its liberal wing said the City of New...
  • Justice Alito Dissents

    02/06/2010 10:13:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 827+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2010 | Jan LaRue
    It's a good bet that the conversation in the Supreme Court break room the morning after the president's State of the Union speech was about Obama's drive-by distortion of its ruling in Citizens United v. FEC. Predictably, the spin at The Washington Post and Chicago Tribune was "Alito Disparages Obama's Supreme Court Criticism." Where else but in the Bizarro World of Obama's branch offices at the Post, Trib, and MS-NBC could we find such a polar opposite version of "reality"? Like their champion, these media corporations are extremely vexed that the Court leveled the playing field for all corporations and...