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  • What does Obama's punt on Holder replacement mean?

    10/17/2014 4:15:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2014 | Makan Delrahim, contributor
    On Tuesday, exactly three weeks before the midterm elections, the White House confirmed that President Obama would not be nominating a new attorney general until after the elections. Media reports indicate that the decision to delay was requested by Senate Democrats and was done to avoid the nomination being "caught up in election year politics." Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican (and if the Republicans take back the majority, the next chairman) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in equating the move to the president's delay of the threatened executive action on immigration, said that "[f]irst it was immigration, and...
  • Texas Attorney General Tells Houston City Hall: Stop Bullying Christians

    10/16/2014 12:22:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 16, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>That’s the bottom line of a harshly-worded letter written by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to Houston City Attorney David Feldman.</p> <p>Feldman’s office sent subpoenas to five Houston pastors last month demanding that they turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality and gender identity issues. They also wanted sermons or correspondence that referenced Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor.</p>
  • Obama weighs Ruemmler, Verrilli for attorney general job

    10/15/2014 7:11:43 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 14, 2014 | BY STEVE HOLLAND
    President Barack Obama is unlikely to name a new attorney general until after the Nov. 4 elections, and White House counsel Kathy Ruemmler and Solicitor General Don Verrilli are two of the leading candidates for the job, sources close to the White House said.
  • Eric Holder’s exit leaves a complicated vacuum to fill

    10/01/2014 4:37:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    ".....Why wasn’t the White House, which knew for months that Eric H. Holder Jr. was itching to leave, ready to roll with a successor? More important, given Holder’s foot inching toward the door, why did it not time this departure more intelligently — rather than having it arrive just before an election and the prospect of Democrats losing control of the Senate? Once again, this being baseball playoff season, can’t anybody here play this game? After six years, apparently not. These questions matter not because of what they tell us about the Holder situation but because of what they say...
  • Holder Demonized State Attempts to Ensure Honest Elections

    09/30/2014 1:45:53 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    CNSNews ^ | September 30, 2014 | Ken Blackwell & Edwin Meese III
    Attorney General Eric Holder, who announced his resignation on Thursday, leaves a dismal legacy at the Justice Department, but one of his legal innovations was especially pernicious: the demonizing of state attempts to ensure honest elections. As a former U.S. attorney general under President Reagan, and a former Ohio secretary of state, we would like to say something that might strike some as obvious: Those who oppose photo voter-ID laws and other election-integrity reforms are intent on making it easier to commit vote fraud. That conclusion is inescapable, given the well-established evidence that voter-ID laws don't disenfranchise minorities or reduce...
  • Confirmation battles are back

    09/29/2014 5:59:35 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/14 | Brugess Everett
    Prepare for the return of the confirmation fight. If Republicans capture the Senate majority in November, their sway over prominent judgeships and Cabinet vacancies — potentially including a new attorney general — will become one of the GOP’s primary leverage points against President Barack Obama. Continue Reading But first the GOP must decide whether to adopt Senate Democrats’ bellicose tactic to allow approval of most executive branch nominees by a simple majority vote. The rules change to the filibuster was implemented by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), but it could now come back to bite him. Republicans left Washington...
  • Will Eric Holder “regret” his time as AG?

    09/28/2014 5:09:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Hot ^ | September 28, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    John Yoo (of Bush 43 administration fame) has penned a rather counterintuitive editorial this weekend on the future of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. In it, he begins by building a laundry list of complaints about some of the worst moments of Holder’s tenure as AG. (There’s really no need to repeat them here, as regular readers are already far too familiar with the subjects in question.) But after that, he switches to the subject of Holder’s failure to hold, in general terms, to his constitutional duties. But worst of all was not Holder’s political or prosecution choices, but his...
  • Michigan Political Points: Granholm for Attorney General? Holder resignation sparks speculation

    09/28/2014 7:06:36 AM PDT · by cripplecreek · 21 replies ^ | September 27, 2014 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI — Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was reportedly considered for a U.S. Supreme Court post in 2010 and Energy Secretary in 2012. Could she find a spot in the Obama administration as Attorney General? Welcome to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. GRANHOLM FOR AG? Granholm is among the “frequently mentioned candidates” to replace Attorney General Eric Holder, according to the New York Times. Holder resigned Thursday after six years in office. The New Republic took the speculation a step further, saying Granholm is one the four...
  • Obama’s favorite scapegoat is also his ‘first choice’ for new attorney general?

    09/26/2014 11:08:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/26/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    President Barack Obama is reportedly interested in nominating a candidate to replace retiring Attorney General Eric Holder quickly. In doing so, he faces a conundrum; nominate someone with liberal bona fides who will fire up the base ahead of the midterms and likely accept a long and divisive confirmation process, or back a relatively apolitical career attorney who will not face a brutal confirmation but who also does not ignite the Democratic electorate. Early reports, and a healthy dose of tasseography, suggest that Obama will sacrifice this opportunity to rouse the base in order to fill this vacancy in...
  • Breaking: Eric Holder resigning as AG

    09/25/2014 8:28:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The timing on this move is, to say the least, curious. One of the last three members of Barack Obama’s original Cabinet will announce his resignation today, according to multiple sources talking with NPR. Eric Holder will step down as soon as his replacement can be confirmed — and that may be quite a fight: Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black U.S. attorney general, is preparing to announce his resignation Thursday after a tumultuous tenure marked by civil rights advances, national security threats, reforms to the criminal justice system and five and a half years of fights with...
  • Actor James Woods calls for Attorney General to investigate Kroger mob attack as hate crime

    09/10/2014 5:15:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Commercial Appeal ^ | 9/10/14 | Wendy C. Thomas
    Hollywood actor James Woods issued a call on Twitter for U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder to investigate Saturday’s mob attack at Kroger in which the assailants were black and two of three injured victims were white. “This is a direct challenge to Eric Holder: Are you, Sir, going to Memphis, TN to address the Kroger racial hate crime? #holderchallenge,” Woods wrote Tuesday in a message that was retweeted more than 4,500 times. On Wednesday, Woods added a second hashtag to his demand. “Mr Holder,” Woods wrote, “stand above politics and address the cancer of ALL racism in America. Go to
  • Eric Holder's Scandals: A Pictorial

    08/19/2014 4:27:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
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  • Eric Holder Gets Confused - Mistakes Himself for Obama

    08/05/2014 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | August 5, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    An open disdain for the nature of our Constitutional republic must be a requisite to work in the leadership roles of the Obama Administration. In a recent interview, the nation’s chief extortionist officer (Eric Holder) explained that he’s proud to be considered an “activist” attorney general. In fact, he even suggested that being an “activist” was necessary for his job at the Department of Justice:"If you want to call me an activist attorney general, I will proudly accept that label.” What if I want to call him something else? He went on: "Any attorney general who is not an activist...
  • It’s Not Because You’re Black, Mr. Holder

    07/17/2014 5:03:34 PM PDT · by MacNaughton · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 7/15/2014 | Discover the Networks
    In his Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week”, Attorney General Eric Holder showed with crystal clarity that he is an ugly, contemptible demagogue. “There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the president,” he said. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. ... There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.” So, since Mr. Holder insists on pretending that he’s too stupid to understand the very simple fact...
  • Holder: No racial component in his criticism of Congress

    04/14/2014 1:03:07 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 14, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Attorney General Eric Holder said he was careful not to allude to a racial component when criticizing Congress’s treatment of him last week. "I didn't say there was a racial component. I was very careful not to say that," Holder told The Huffington Post on Monday. Last week, Holder told a civil rights group he and President Obama’s administration have been subject to "unprecedented" and "ugly" attacks. He asked what attorney general or president in history had to deal with the same. Instead of race, Holder said he was alluding to the "breakdown in civility" and the ability to cultivate...
  • Attorney Generals to HHS: “The Illegal Actions by this Administration Must Stop”

    01/05/2014 2:17:37 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 31 replies
    TownHall ^ | Jan 5, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Eleven Attorney Generals wrote to the Department of Health and Human Services accusing it of illegal executive actions. The seven-page letter, marked Dec. 26, pointed specifically to President Obama’s healthcare “fix” which he announced in November: The fix is flatly illegal under federal constitutional and statutory law. We support allowing citizens to keep their health insurance coverage, but the only way to fix this problem-ridden law is to enact changes lawfully: through congressional action. The United States Constitution’s Take Care Clause found in Article II, Section 3 states the President "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed." Not...
  • EU is trying to control British life; law chief: Attorney General accuses Brussels of power grab

    12/02/2013 9:31:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:32 EST, 2 December 2013 | Tim Shipman
    Brussels is guilty of using ‘flagrant’ power grabs to expand its control over British life, according to the Government’s top law officer. In an outspoken attack on Europe, Attorney General Dominic Grieve said ministers are set to go to court to stop the European Commission straying ‘beyond its remit’. He accused Eurocrats of trying to ‘subvert’ the position of nation states and said they have ‘lost touch’ with the people of Europe. Mr. Grieve, usually a moderate voice who urges other ministers to be more positive about Brussels, said he was ‘frankly astonished’ at how EU institutions have attempted ‘to...
  • Herring now holds lead in AG race (Dems stealing another election)

    11/11/2013 5:14:50 PM PST · by RB156 · 35 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | November 11, 2013 | Markus Schmidt
    In an attorney general’s race that remains too close to call, Republican Mark D. Obenshain began today with a 17-vote edge over Democrat Mark R. Herring. But by afternoon, the pendulum had swung the other way when the numbers in four Richmond precincts were updated, putting Herring ahead by 115 votes out of more than 2 million cast statewide.
  • Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend state marriage law

    07/13/2013 10:31:52 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    Pennsylvania attorney general refuses to defend state marriage law Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 13, 2013 / 08:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The attorney general of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend a state law defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman in court because she does not agree with it. Thomas Peters, a spokesman for the National Organization for Marriage, said the action shows that the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex unions “set a bad precedent” that will allow elected officials “to not represent the will of the people when they find it expedient.” Peters...
  • Holder tells NBC News he won’t step down

    06/05/2013 5:20:26 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 54 replies
    nbc ^ | 6/05/2013 | Morgan Whitaker
    Attorney General Eric Holder has been under fire from numerous Republicans in recent weeks over the controversy surrounding the Justice Department’s investigation into national security leaks. Republicans from Senator Ted Cruz to Congressman Peter King have gone so far as to call for his resignation in recent weeks. But tonight, in an exclusive interview with NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams, Attorney General Eric Holder revealed that he has no plans to step down soon. WILLIAMS: Is it your intention to serve this term out?, HOLDER: No. That’s not my intention.
  • Obama ’07: AG’s Job Is to Tell WH ‘Here are the Limits of Your Power’

    05/26/2013 9:59:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 24, 2013 | Joe Schoffstall
    In 2007, then Senator Barack Obama appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live and called on U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign. Obama said Gonzales was acting more like the president’s attorney than the people's attorney and viewed himself as an “enabler of the administration.” “Well, I voted against Alberto Gonzales confirmation for precisely the reason we are seeing now. I said this on the floor of the senate, that although he seemed to be a capable attorney, he seemed to conceive his role as being the president’s attorney instead of being the people’s attorney,” Obama said. …Part of the...
  • Holder OK'd search warrant for Fox News reporter's private emails, official says

    05/23/2013 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 109 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/23/13 | Michael Isikoff
    Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a “possible co-conspirator” in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.
  • Attorney General, Librarians Pounded As Porn Purveyors; The Dirty Dozen of Porn

    04/01/2013 5:42:46 PM PDT · by · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1 April 2013 | John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder heads up the list of the nation's top facilitators of pornography, beating out titillating powerhouses like Google, the American Library Association, and the Department of Defense, according to conservative advocacy nonprofit Morality in Media.
  • As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover Columbia University ROTC office

    12/17/2012 1:03:10 PM PST · by YankeeReb · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/30/2012 | Charles C. Johnson and Ryan Girdusky
    As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon. Holder was then among the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS), which demanded that the former ROTC office be...
  • As college student, Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of Columbia University ROTC office

    10/01/2012 1:58:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 30, 2012 | Charles C. Johnson and Ryan Girdusky
    As college student, Eric Holder participated in ‘armed’ takeover of former Columbia University ROTC office As a freshman at Columbia University in 1970, future Attorney General Eric Holder participated in a five-day occupation of an abandoned Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) headquarters with a group of black students later described by the university’s Black Students’ Organization as “armed,” The Daily Caller has learned. Department of Justice spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to questions from The Daily Caller about whether Holder himself was armed — and if so, with what sort of weapon. Holder was then among the leaders...
  • Stopping ObamaCare by essentially doing nothing

    07/12/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 1 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/12/2012 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Stopping Obamacare by essentially doing nothing is worth considering. It makes the Left chase a constantly moving target which will make rallying their troops very difficult. What do they protest when the process could so easily be manipulated to actually stop the implementation of the bill without a vote or a debate? While it is difficult to determine exactly what is in Obamacare, there are a few sections that are settled. One thing for sure is the federal government has to build “health insurance exchanges” for states that can’t or won’t make them for themselves. Since twenty seven states joined...
  • Nicholas Katzenbach, Trusted Adviser to J.F.K. and L.B.J., Dies at 90

    05/09/2012 10:26:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 9, 2012 | Douglas Martin
    Nicholas deB. Katzenbach, who helped shape the political history of the 1960s, facing down segregationists, riding herd on historic civil rights legislation and helping to map Vietnam War strategy as a central player in both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, died on Tuesday night at his home in Skillman, N.J. He was 90.
  • Attorneys General Join Forces to Call Into Account Illegal Obama Administration Violations

    03/05/2012 11:37:21 AM PST · by SvenMagnussen · 16 replies
    REPUBLICANS ATTORNEYS GENERAL ASSOCIATION ^ | Mar 05, 2012 | Attorneys General
    MEMO: A Report on Obama Administration Violations of Law FROM: Attorneys General Tom Horne, Arizona; Pam Bondi, Florida; Sam Olens, Georgia; Bill Schuette, Michigan; Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma; Marty Jackley, South Dakota; Alan Wilson, South Carolina; Greg Abbott, Texas; Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia DATE: March 5, 2012 --- Introduction As chief legal officers of the states and commonwealths, attorneys general are the last line of defense against an increasingly overreaching federal government. Attorneys general have a duty to uphold the laws of their respective states and uphold the U.S. and state constitutions. One of the ways in which attorneys general protect the...
  • Congressional calls for Holder’s resignation more than double to 17

    10/30/2011 9:49:34 PM PDT · by martosko · 2 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/31/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Nine more members of Congress have told The Daily Caller that they’re calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his handling of Operation Fast and Furious, more than doubling the number on record before the weekend calling for his ouster. A total of 17 members of Congress have now called for Holder to step down. The latest group of members includes Republican Reps. Dan Burton of Indiana, Allen West of Florida, Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Trent Franks of Arizona, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Duncan Hunter of California, Devin Nunes of California and Dennis Ross...
  • Congressional calls for Holder’s resignation more than double to 17

    10/30/2011 9:49:36 PM PDT · by martosko · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/31/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Nine more members of Congress have told The Daily Caller that they’re calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his handling of Operation Fast and Furious, more than doubling the number on record before the weekend calling for his ouster. A total of 17 members of Congress have now called for Holder to step down. The latest group of members includes Republican Reps. Dan Burton of Indiana, Allen West of Florida, Lynn Jenkins of Kansas, Trent Franks of Arizona, Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Duncan Hunter of California, Devin Nunes of California and Dennis Ross...
  • Crime Pays for Police

    10/11/2011 10:51:43 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 41 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | October 10, 2011 | Larry Salzman
    Russell and Patricia Caswell are a hard-working couple who may soon have their American Dream taken from them by the unholy alliance of local and federal law enforcement officials seeking to cash in on the Caswell’s property. The Caswells face this dilemma even though they have broken no law and have spent their entire professional career working to combat crime with the very police force that now seeks to take their property though civil forfeiture. What is happening to Russ and Pat, however, is by no means an isolated instance and local law enforcement’s end-run around state laws designed to...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Press Conference at 2pm - Per Fox News

    10/11/2011 10:36:59 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Fox News | 11 October 2011 | N/A
    Attorney General Eric Holder to hold a press conference at 2pm
  • BREAKING - FNC: Eric Holder presser in 30 minutes

    10/11/2011 10:36:31 AM PDT · by maggief · 206 replies · 2+ views
    FoxNews | October 11, 2011
    Breaking on Fox ...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder seeks distance from gun sting

    09/07/2011 7:00:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/7/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday sought to distance himself and other senior Justice Department officials from a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, saying they were not involved. The Obama administration has been under scrutiny after revelations that as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers, not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico. The operation, dubbed "Fast and Furious", was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona. Congressional Republicans have questioned...
  • ATF Director Says Holder Obstructing 'Fast and Furious' Probe

    07/07/2011 7:40:58 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 61 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 06, 2011 |
    The Justice Department is obstructing the congressional investigation of a U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border, according to the embattled leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Ken Melson, the acting director of the ATF, lobbed the accusation when he sneaked in for an interview with congressional investigators on July 4, two days ahead of his scheduled interview with the inspector general about the operation known as "Fast and Furious," Fox News has learned. "If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively...
  • Obama-Holder's latest punish-Whitey move

    03/14/2011 10:39:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mychal Massie
    Considering the disastrous effect we are witnessing because of the election of an unqualified person as president, who then appoints an even more unqualified individual as attorney general – do we now really want our communities patrolled and protected by unqualified, barely-able-to-tie-their-own-shoestrings police officers? That's exactly what's happening in the Dayton, Ohio, Police Department – and it is happening under the directive of Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice. Obama was to be America's post-racial president, and yet, he has, from the beginning, shown his eagerness to be the polar opposite. Race has led the way in Obama's administration...
  • Attorney General warns against alienating Muslims

    03/09/2011 10:18:33 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/9/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday warned against alienating the U.S. Muslim community, in a veiled criticism of a congressional probe into the radicalization of Muslims at home. The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee will open a series of hearings on Thursday about the increasing terrorism threat against the United States, with the first hearing drawing criticism because of its sole focus on Muslim Americans. The panel chairman, New York Republican Representative Peter King, has repeatedly criticized, saying the Muslim American community has not cooperated with law enforcement agencies and that some mosques encourage radicalization. But...
  • Ind. official out of job after live ammo tweet

    02/23/2011 4:21:35 PM PST · by speciallybland · 14 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 02/23/2011 | Charles Wilson
    INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana deputy attorney general "is no longer employed" by the state after Mother Jones magazine reported he tweeted that police should to use live ammunition against Wisconsin labor protesters, the attorney general's office said Wednesday. The magazine reported Wednesday that Jeffrey Cox responded "Use live ammunition" to a Saturday night posting on its Twitter account that said riot police could sweep protesters out of the Wisconsin capitol, where thousands have been protesting a bill that would strip public employees of collective bargaining rights.
  • Obama pulls defense for law banning gay marriage

    02/23/2011 11:01:11 AM PST · by La Lydia · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 23, 2011
    President Barack Obama has determined that a federal law that barred gay marriages was unconstitutional and told government lawyers to stop defending it in court, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday, a move that will likely anger some conservative voters. A U.S. judge had ruled that a key provision of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) banning gay marriages was unconstitutional, but the administration had appealed, stating that it was obligated to defend federal laws when challenged. The hot-button issue of same-sex marriage is the focus of a number of judicial and political battles. It is banned in...
  • Planned Parenthood Videos Shock VA Governor, Attorney General

    02/07/2011 8:18:49 AM PST · by julieee · 9 replies ^ | February 7, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood Videos Shock VA Governor, Attorney General The governor and attorney general in Virginia are shocked by the video footage released last week by Live Action, which conducted undercover investigations of Planned Parenthood abortion clinics.
  • Attorney General to Probe Second Gosnell Abortion Center

    01/28/2011 8:17:05 AM PST · by julieee · 4 replies ^ | January 28, 2011 | Steven Ertelt
    Attorney General to Probe Second Gosnell Abortion Center Dover, DE -- Much of the attention in the national attention-getting case of Kermit Gosnell has been focused on the Pennsylvania abortion center he ran where he killed and injured women in failed abortions and kills newborn infants by snipping their spinal cords. Now the focus is turning towards an abortion center in Delaware that employed him.
  • How To Make Liberal Democrats Vote for Smaller Government

    01/24/2011 3:25:13 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 24, 2011 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Virginia Democrats have introduced legislation to scale back government power. That's right. Could it be that after recent election defeats the party of big and bigger government sees the error of its ways? No, not exactly. The recently introduced legislation would limit the authority of Virginia's small-government constitutional conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. One Virginia state senator introduced legislation to curb the ability of Mr. Cuccinelli to file civil suits without authorization from the governor or legislature. It seems Cuccinelli's efforts to protect the Constitution with his round-one victory in the ObamaCare litigation was just too much good news for...
  • CALIFORNIA: Harris promises to be activist attorney general

    01/04/2011 7:56:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 16 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/4/11 | Jim Sanders
    New Attorney General Kamala Harris took office Monday with a rapid-fire barrage of promises to target everything from violent gangs to online scams to truancy and prison recidivism rates. Minutes after her swearing-in, Harris sent a message that she plans to be an activist as California's top cop, an innovator with a motto identical to the title of her book: "Smart On Crime." "Ultimately, being smart on crime is about doing more preventing and less reacting, it's about being tough and being tough-minded, doing more of what works and less of what doesn't," she said. Harris, who narrowly defeated Los...
  • Kamala Harris at center of Dems' galaxy of stars

    12/01/2010 8:16:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/1/10 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross
    No sooner did Attorney General-elect Kamala Harris declare victory than the stargazers of the political universe begin speculating where she will end up in California's Democratic constellation. Right in the center, was the short answer."She is going to have an incredibly long reach," said former state party Chairman Art Torres. "Her office will be in the forefront of everything from civil rights to the environment to consumer issues."She will certainly have no problem making national impact," Torres said.Judging by her victory speech Tuesday, Harris is already thinking big.Her bipartisan transition team features no fewer than two former U.S. secretaries of...
  • CALIFORNIA: Kamala Harris claims victory in attorney general race

    11/30/2010 12:44:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 26 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/30/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris claimed victory in the hard fought race for state attorney general today, the deadline for counties to finish counting votes. "We did it," said the Democrat, who will be the state's first female, first African-American and first Indian-American attorney general when she is sworn in next month. Speaking in front of a room full of supporters in Los Angeles, Harris listed tackling mortgage fraud, the state's 70 percent recidivism rate, environmental issues and civil rights as some of her priorities.
  • Kamala Harris wins attorney general race

    11/24/2010 2:17:08 PM PST · by SmithL · 48 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/24/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris will be California's next attorney general, after her Republican opponent conceded today - a full three weeks after the Nov. 2 election. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley had declared victory on election night, only to see the race flip-flop between the two candidates in the coming days as counties around the state continued to tally mail-in and provisional ballots. This morning, Cooley called Harris - who is now leading by 50,000 votes - to concede and congratulate her.She will become the state's first female attorney general. In a written statement,...
  • Kamala Harris holds lead in attorney general race

    11/20/2010 8:26:06 AM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/20/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
    It's looking more likely that Democrat Kamala Harris will be the state's next attorney general, as the San Francisco prosecutor continues to hold on to her lead in the still-undecided race. In the days after the Nov. 2 election, the results had see-sawed between Harris, a Democrat, and her Republican opponent, Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley. For the last week, however, Harris has maintained a comfortable lead - as of Friday afternoon she was up by about 43,000 votes, according to the secretary of state. There are still an estimated 500,000 ballots left to be counted in a race...
  • Time for Holder to go

    11/18/2010 7:12:24 AM PST · by WebFocus · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/18/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    Let’s face it. Barack Obama and Eric Holder gambled their entire national-security credibility on the Ahmed “Foopie” Ghailani trial, arguing that they could get convictions of detainees captured abroad by military and intelligence assets while using federal courts as a venue rather than the military commissions that Congress repeatedly authorized for that purpose. Holder scolded critics who pointed out all of the reasons that such a strategy was much more likely to fail for “politicizing” the process, especially in regard to the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, whose case is more problematic than Ghailani’s, where the FBI did a large...
  • Harris grabs lead for state attorney general

    11/03/2010 1:06:28 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 11/3/10 | Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau
    San Francisco -- San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris squeezed past her GOP opponent overnight to take a narrow lead in the race for state attorney general. With 99.2 percent of precincts reporting, Harris is barely ahead of Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley by just one-third of a percentage point, according to the secretary of state. She is leading by 22,299 votes, though things could still change: Complete results from Riverside County, a GOP stronghold have not yet come in, and all of the absentee and provisional ballots have yet to be tallied. Cooley claimed victory after taking a...
  • CALIFORNIA: FPPC dismisses complaint against anti-Kamala Harris TV ad

    10/27/2010 12:55:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 1+ views
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 10/27/10 | Jim Sanders
    California's political watchdog agency has dismissed a complaint by Democrat Kamala Harris, candidate for attorney general, that a national Republican group is conducting an illegal $1.6 million advertising campaign against her. Harris' complained Monday that the 30-second attack ad by the Republican State Leadership Committee was required to contain a disclaimer listing their top two donors and failed to do so. The Fair Political Practices Commission tossed the complaint out Tuesday, ruling that the ad is exempt from the requirement because it is "issue advocacy" that does not specifically encourage a vote for or against a candidate. The FPPC already...