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  • Elena Kagan ’81 as an undergraduate (A glimpse into her character and ideology)

    05/11/2010 11:13:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 1,112+ views
    Elena Kagan ’81 got drunk on election night in 1980. Standing in the Brooklyn Academy of Music with her vodka and tonic, she watched Walter Cronkite usher in the news that Democratic candidate Elizabeth Holtzman had lost the race for one of New York’s Senate seats. And then she sat down and wept. Three decades later, Kagan is the first female solicitor general of the United States and one of the leading candidates for President Barack Obama’s nomination to fill the seat of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, who is due to retire when the court’s term...
  • Kagan Can Be a Justice, Though She’s Never Been a Judge?

    05/10/2010 10:08:58 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 53 replies · 999+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 10, 2010 | Dan Miller
    President Obama has selected Elena Kagan, the solicitor general of the United States, as his nominee to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. From her official bio: Kagan came to Harvard Law School as a visiting professor in 1999 and became Professor of Law in 2001. While on the faculty, Kagan taught administrative law, constitutional law, civil procedure, and seminars on issues involving the separation of powers. She was appointed Dean of the Law School in 2003. Aside from employment as an associate in a law firm, her functions before becoming the solicitor general were primarily academic, and later...
  • NBC: Obama to name Kagan for high court

    05/09/2010 7:37:40 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 179 replies · 6,988+ views ^ | May 9, 2010
    <p>WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, NBC News’ Pete Williams reported late Sunday night.</p> <p>Kagan, 50, served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009. Obama nominated her to serve in her current post as solicitor general early in 2009, and she won Senate confirmation by a vote of 61-31. She is the first woman to serve as solicitor general of the United States.</p>
  • Liberal Judge Sidney Thomas Makes Obama's Short List for Supreme Court

    05/06/2010 9:18:18 AM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies · 383+ views ^ | May 6, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Liberal Judge Sidney Thomas Makes Obama's Short List for Supreme Court Washington, DC -- Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Sidney Thomas is one of four people said to be on the short list of names President Barack Obama is considering to replace retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. The list includes two key abortion advocates but Thomas would likely uphold Roe v. Wade.
  • Obama's Supreme Court Choice: No Evangelicals Need Apply

    05/06/2010 8:10:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 647+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 05/06/2010 | Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison
    When Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court last year, the media was full of stories of an historic first, a barrier broken. The first Latina to serve on the high court is certainly something to note. Justice Clarence Thomas was only the second black American to be nominated to the Supreme Court. His confirmation hearings, however, were hardly the stuff of "let's make history." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joe Biden, after promising Judge Thomas a fair hearing, enabled the worst kind of gutter rumor and "over the transom" innuendo to be introduced against...
  • Obama interviews Diane Wood for Supreme Court

    05/04/2010 4:12:23 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 368+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2010 | BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama interviewed federal judge Diane Wood of Chicago on Tuesday for an upcoming opening on the Supreme Court, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press. She is the fourth candidate for the job known to have had face-to-face talks with the president.
  • Granholm Says She’s on Obama’s Short List [Justice Jennifer Granholm Former Beauty Queen?]

    04/25/2010 5:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 54 replies · 1,570+ views
    FoxNews ^ | April 25th 2010 | Lee Ross
    Granholm Says She’s on Obama’s Short List April 25, 2010 by: Lee Ross Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) says she’s once again on President Obama’s short list for appointment to the Supreme Court. In an interview with CNN, the term-limited governor says she has talked with people in the Obama administration about the upcoming nomination to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “It's a great honor to be on -- considered on the list,” said Granholm who went through this process last year with the opening that went to Sonia Sotomayor. She did not say if she’s spoken with the...
  • Granholm Says She’s on Obama’s Short List

    04/25/2010 12:30:19 PM PDT · by Baladas · 59 replies · 1,246+ views
    FOX News ^ | April 25, 2010 | Lee Ross
    Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) says she’s once again on President Obama’s short list for appointment to the Supreme Court. In an interview with CNN, the term-limited governor says she has talked with people in the Obama administration about the upcoming nomination to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. “It's a great honor to be on -- considered on the list,” said Granholm who went through this process last year with the opening that went to Sonia Sotomayor. She did not say if she’s spoken with the President who Fox News reported this past week held informal discussions with some...
  • Gordon Liu - wrong man for the Ninth Circuit

    04/25/2010 9:10:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 485+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/25/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    When now Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito faced a Senate confirmation vote in 2006, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., had no qualms about rejecting Alito simply because she did not agree with him. "If one is pro-choice in this day and age, in this structure, one can't vote for Judge Alito," Feinstein declared. Feinstein went even further. When Republicans argued that simple fairness demanded a full floor vote on Alito, Feinstein, like Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., supported the use of the filibuster to prevent it. They tried but failed to prevent a majority-rules vote. Now that...
  • Obama broadens search for Supreme Court nominee

    04/23/2010 7:23:53 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 23 replies · 664+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 22, 2010
    President Obama cast a wider net Wednesday in his search for a Supreme Court nominee, adding a federal judge from Chicago to his working list and soliciting suggestions from lawmakers in a closed-door session. Judge Ann Claire Williams, the first African American ever appointed to the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, joins a list of about 10 other candidates to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the White House confirmed. Obama said Wednesday that he would announce a nominee before the end of May, but aides to the president — a former constitutional law lecturer — said he was...
  • Diane Wood Maybe Too Pro-Abortion for Obama Nomination to Supreme Court

    04/23/2010 4:13:26 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 506+ views
    Life News ^ | April 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Political observers have settled on a list of about a dozen potential nominees to the Supreme Court and federal appeals court Judge Diane Wood is frequently considered one of the top three likely nominees. However, Wood is considered one of the most ardently pro-abortion -- and it may cost her. President Barack Obama will have to consider a replacement for retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, told the Washington Post today that Wood's pro-abortion record is "her Achilles' heel." "It tells you that she's probably not going to be selected, because...
  • Pro-Life Groups Condemn Obama Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court Pick

    04/23/2010 8:25:04 AM PDT · by julieee · 2 replies · 263+ views ^ | April 23, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Groups Condemn Obama Abortion Litmus Test for Supreme Court Pick Washington, DC -- Leading pro-life organizations are awaiting the upcoming Supreme Court battle and fully expect President Barack Obama to name a pro-abortion replacement for retiring pro-abortion Justice John Paul Stevens. They say Obama, despite his protests to the contrary, issued an abortion litmus test this week.
  • Obama Makes Diversity Top Priority in Choosing Next Supreme Court Nominee

    04/21/2010 5:23:31 PM PDT · by pissant · 35 replies · 709+ views
    Fox ^ | 4/2110 | staff
    With Justice John Paul Steven just months away from retirement, the White House says President Obama is considering a more diverse pool of candidates, including whites, blacks and Hispanics -- men and women -- to tap for his replacement. "I think he will have a broad group of people that represent many – that represent America as a way of looking at the nominee," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Wednesday. Fox News has confirmed the latest name in the mix: Judge Ann Claire Williams of the 7th Circuit, who was the first black nominated to the federal bench, by...
  • Republicans attack judicial nominee's writings, experience

    04/16/2010 4:55:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 12 replies · 422+ views
    The Hill ^ | April 16, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    Federal appeals court nominee Goodwin Liu’s confirmation hearing on Friday quickly turned into a partisan showdown. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee attacked Liu’s public remarks and writings as reflecting an activist agenda, and also said Liu lacked experience arguing cases before the Supreme Court. Democrats aggressively defended him, and complained that Republicans were holding Liu to a different standard than used for Republican judicial appointees. Both sides are watching the confirmation closely because Liu’s nomination to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals is viewed as a prelude to this summer’s fight over President Barack Obama’s second Supreme Court...
  • The next Supreme Court justice

    04/16/2010 5:20:36 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 11 replies · 522+ views
    The Economist ^ | April 15, 2010
    Justice Stevens announced his intention to quit on April 9th. President Barack Obama is expected to nominate a replacement within weeks. Leaks suggest that he has a shortlist of about ten candidates, including a couple of big political names: Janet Napolitano, the homeland-security secretary, and Jennifer Granholm, the governor of Michigan. Most pundits, however, expect him to nominate a professional jurist. The most-mentioned names include Diane Wood and Merrick Garland, both appeals-court judges, and Elena Kagan, the solicitor-general. His nominee must be confirmed by the Senate, which should be easy, since his party has a hefty majority. In theory, Republicans...
  • 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...
  • Where Will Obama Turn For The Next Justice?

    04/14/2010 3:24:18 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 17 replies · 453+ views ^ | Monday, June 15, 2009 | by Amy Harder
    The President Will Again Have To Consider A Complicated Political Calculus It didn't take President Obama very long to pick Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice David Souter, but he may face the same difficult choice again soon. With Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and John Paul Stevens likely approaching the end of their tenures, Obama could end up naming at least two more justices to the high court. What would he be looking for in his second and third nominees? Court observers predict he will seek out consensus candidates -- or at least non-provocative ones. In...
  • Cornyn: Openly gay SCOTUS nominee might be acceptable

    04/12/2010 4:42:51 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 141 replies · 3,944+ views
    Cornyn: Openly gay SCOTUS nominee might be acceptable By J. Taylor Rushing - 04/12/10 06:59 PM ET An openly gay nominee to the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court might be acceptable, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said Monday. Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called on President Barack Obama to make a measured choice in filling the pending Supreme Court vacancy, hesitating slightly when asked if he would support an openly gay nominee. Cornyn, a former Texas Supreme Court justice, was initially reluctant when asked if he would support an openly gay nominee — as Sen. Jeff Sessions...
  • Source: Judge Sidney Thomas on Supreme Court list

    04/12/2010 2:19:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 1,095+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2010 | BEN FELLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An administration official says President Barack Obama is considering federal appeals court judge Sidney Thomas of Montana for the Supreme Court, one of about 10 people under serious review.
  • White House kills Hillary SCOTUS buzz

    04/12/2010 10:36:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 851+ views
    White House kills Hillary SCOTUS buzz The White House moved quickly today to squelch the widening speculation that Hillary Clinton could be nominated to the Supreme Court, as Senator Orrin Hatch suggested this morning. "The President thinks Secretary Clinton is doing an excellent job as Secretary of State and wants her to remain in that position," said White House spokesman Tommy Vietor. Clinton's spokesman had said she was flattered by Hatch's flotation, though happy in her current posts, and others in Clinton's circle had quietly responded warmly to the notion. But Veitor's comment is aimed at putting an end to...
  • Will Goodwin Liu sink the left-leaning Ninth Circuit?

    04/10/2010 10:26:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 928+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/10/10 | Debra J. Saunders
    There are two ways the Senate can approach a president's judicial nominees, and specifically President Obama's nomination of UC Berkeley law Professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. One: "We had an election, a Democrat won, and the president can pick whom he likes." To wit: Liu - a Rhodes scholar and graduate of Stanford, Oxford and Yale Law School who clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - is highly qualified. Republicans should not use delay tactics and the filibuster to thwart a full-Senate up-or-down vote on Liu. Two: "Because...
  • Justice Stevens' Exit May Mold Senate More Than Courts

    04/10/2010 9:17:25 AM PDT · by Slyscribe · 32 replies · 1,188+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/9/2010 | Sean Higgins
    The irony of Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement is that it is likely to change the Senate more than the Supreme Court. Stevens' announcement Friday gives President Obama his second chance to reshape the court. But as with his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to replace David Souter, Obama's choice would be replacing one of the court's existing liberal stalwarts. That means even if he chooses another liberal like Sotomayor, the court's ideological balance would remain the same. The string of recent narrow 5-4 decisions would likely remain unbroken. But court watchers agree that is not likely to make this choice...
  • Justice John Paul Stevens Announces His Retirement. We Need a Pro-Life Justice

    04/10/2010 10:42:22 AM PDT · by tcg · 25 replies · 619+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/10/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On Friday, April 9, 2010 a significant retirement announcement made the National news, Justice John Paul Stephens is leaving the bench. His departure must be a rallying cry for all those who recognize the true fundamental human rights issue of our age, the right to life from conception to natural death. Justice Stevens is by all accounts a gentleman and an intellectual. His demeanor has earned him the respect and admiration of many, including his colleagues on the bench who disagreed with many of his judicial opinions. The most notably wrong among those opinions was his support of the majority...
  • The GOP Must Take Charge on Stevens Replacement

    04/10/2010 4:59:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 715+ views ^ | April 10 2010 | Ken Klukowski
    Justice Stevens’ retirement from the Supreme Court creates a potential game-changer for the midterm elections. If Republicans respond correctly to this, they can recapture the House, make big gains in the Senate, and bring most of the Tea Party crowd back into the GOP fold. On April 9, Justice John Paul Stevens announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court this summer. This move has been anticipated since late 2009, when Stevens didn’t hire his full allotment of law clerks for the Court’s next term. But making the announcement now completely changes the national dialogue, with widespread implications. Many...
  • Battle looms over Obama nominee to 9th District Court

    04/09/2010 12:27:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 685+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/9/10 | Rob Hotakainen
    WASHINGTON – Goodwin Liu couldn't speak English until kindergarten, but he went on to become co-valedictorian at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, a Rhodes Scholar and a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Now he's under attack on Capitol Hill, where Republicans oppose his nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Liu, the son of Taiwanese immigrants, is attracting far more attention than most judicial nominees. While his backers are excited by his solidly liberal credentials, some opponents fear Obama is preparing Liu for what would be a historic appointment: the first...
  • Obama Camp Has Three Candidates to Replace Justice Stevens

    04/04/2010 6:08:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 1,592+ views ^ | April 4, 2010 | Adam K. Raymond
    According to Bloomberg News, the Obama administration has zeroed in on three candidates to replace Justice John Paul Stevens, who now says he "will surely" retire during Obama's presidency, and two are women. The front-runner is Solicitor General Elena Kagan and the other two are federal appellate judges Diane Wood and Merrick Garland.
  • Sen. Kyl Fires First Shot in Battle Over Next Supreme Court Nominee

    04/04/2010 12:42:40 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 135 replies · 3,219+ views
    FOX News ^ | 4/4/2010
    <p>The battle over the next Supreme Court justice is already under way, as the No. 2 Republican in the Senate on Sunday would not rule out blocking a successor to Justice John Paul Stevens -- who said in interviews published this weekend his retirement is on the horizon.</p>
  • High court's John Paul Stevens to decide soon on retiring (89 Years Old)

    04/03/2010 8:05:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 871+ views
    Reuters ^ | 04/03/2010
    Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a leader of the court's liberal wing, will decide soon whether to retire after 35 years on the court, two newspapers on Saturday quoted him as saying. U.S. Stevens, 89, has hinted for weeks that retirement may be at hand but has said he has not made up his mind. In interviews published in the New York Times and Washington Post, he discussed his possible retirement. He plans to leave either this year or next, the Post reported, quoting Stevens as saying, "I will surely do it while he's still president," referring to Democratic...
  • After years as justice, John Paul Stevens wants what's 'best for the court'

    04/03/2010 4:06:27 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 1,538+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, April 3, 2010 | Robert Barnes
    Around here, one of the most powerful men in the nation is known as plain old John Stevens -- courteous bridge player, early-morning regular at the country club's tennis courts, a quiet and spry condo neighbor who checks his weight in the gym before heading off for his daily swim. But those who cross paths with him in his second home of South Florida have the same question as the president of the United States, the leadership of Congress, the abortion rights combatants, the disgruntled conservative legal activists and the grateful civil libertarians,
  • Justice Stevens says he will 'surely' retire during Obama's presidency

    04/03/2010 1:56:25 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 57 replies · 1,922+ views
    Justice Stevens says he will 'surely' retire during Obama's presidency By Jordan Fabian - 04/03/10 04:47 PM ET The usually reticent with the press Justice John Paul Stevens gave two major interviews this weekend that provide new information about if and when he will retire from the bench. Speculation has arisen that Stevens, 89, will step down sooner rather than later. The White House is preparing for confirmation proceedings over the summer, the New York Times wrote Saturday. In an interview with the Washington Post, Stevens, who is considered a member of the liberal wing of the Court, Stevens said...
  • Goodwin Liu: Obama’s Most Radical Judicial Nominee

    03/23/2010 7:59:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 3 replies · 568+ views
    The Foundry ^ | March 23, 2010
    It is difficult to imagine the Ninth Circuit as any more radically liberal than it already is. Despite a few stellar judges, the Court is full of liberal activists who have earned it the reputation of having the highest Supreme Court reversal rate of any court in the nation. But, with his latest judicial nominee, President Obama just may do what seemed impossible. There are many red flags in the judicial record of Ninth Circuit nominee Goodwin Liu, who is Associate Dean at the University of California Berkeley Law School. Here are just a few highlights. Judicial Philosophy: Though Liu...
  • Advise and contempt

    03/21/2010 2:19:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 358+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/21/10 | John Diaz
    Impeccable credentials are no defense against Republican obstruction tactics for Obama nominees waiting for U.S. Senate confirmation. The Republicans seem to be stalling the president's appointments simply because they can. They held up the nomination of Barbara Keenan, selected to become the first woman on the Virginia-based Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, even though there was no controversy about her qualifications, ideology or anything else - and the court was seriously shorthanded. Still, the nomination languished for months because of a GOP filibuster. She was ultimately confirmed, 99-0. These delay tactics go beyond the usual tit-for-tat when power shifts...
  • Obama Nominee's Sympathy For Sexual Sadists

    03/16/2010 7:45:38 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2010 | Editorial staff
    President Obama's judicial nominees are getting more dangerous with each White House announcement. If you don't believe us, consider one judge's opinion that the "sexual sadism" of a multiple rapist-murderer was "clearly a mitigating factor" that argued against executing the murderer and perhaps even against convicting him in the first place. Or that a type of Megan's Law sex-offender registry should be overturned because it "stigmatizes nondangerous registrants." Even a child-porn convict should serve a sentence less than half as long as official guidelines suggest if his mental and emotional condition is fragile. U.S. District Judge Robert N. Chatigny of...
  • Hearing Delayed for Obama Judicial Nominee Who Supported Serial Killer

    03/10/2010 6:17:30 AM PST · by Upstate NY Guy · 9 replies · 437+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 3/10/10 | Judson Berger
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the hearing for a controversial Court of Appeals nominee after the panel received a letter from a home-state prosecutor blasting the candidate as a judicial loose cannon and after Republicans raised concerns about bias in favor of sex offenders. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Chatigny gained notoriety in 2005 for his role in trying to fight the execution of convicted serial killer and rapist Michael Ross, also known as The Roadside Strangler, whom Chatigny had described as a victim of his own "sexual sadism." His conduct in that case, which included threatening to go...
  • Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes? Obama names brother of undecided House Dem...

    03/03/2010 6:45:46 PM PST · by nckerr · 12 replies · 712+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 3, 2010 | John McCormack
    Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
  • Obama should expand court

    03/02/2010 3:42:43 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 91 replies · 2,655+ views ^ | 03/01/10 | Stan Isaacs
    This may come as a surprise to some people, but the U.S. Constitution does not specify the size of the Supreme Court. The original Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number of justices at six. It shrank to five in 1801. It expanded to seven in 1807. It grew to nine in 1837 and 10 in 1863. It fell back to seven in 1866. It returned to nine in 1869 and has remained at that number since. Political issues accounted for the changes. The Federalists reduced the number to five, hoping to deprive Thomas Jefferson of an appointment. The incoming...
  • Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama? [Rosen Says Obama Has "Heart" "Empathy" Can Relate to Gays]

    02/20/2010 2:40:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 39 replies · 741+ views
    Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2010 | Jeffrey Rosen
    Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama? By Jeffrey Rosen February 21, 2010 He's too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished. Outlook: Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama? These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly, is criticized. They are also the qualities that make him well suited for another steady job on the federal payroll: Barack Obama, Supreme Court justice. Think about it. Though Obama has struggled to find...
  • Supreme Court Justice Barack Obama? (no really, they're serious)

    02/18/2010 8:24:20 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 49 replies · 1,272+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 02/21/10 | Jeffrey Rosen
    He's too detached and cerebral. Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise. And he's too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished. These are some of the qualities for which the president, rightly or wrongly, is criticized. They are also the qualities that make him well suited for another steady job on the federal payroll: Barack Obama, Supreme Court justice. Think about it. Though Obama has struggled to find his footing in the White House, his education, temperament and experience make him ideally suited to lead the liberal...
  • Talk Grows of 2 Openings at High Court

    02/16/2010 2:11:30 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies · 824+ views ^ | Feb. 16, 2010 | Tony Mauro
    If two U.S. Supreme Court vacancies materialize this spring, they may have the same impact on the nation's capital that two heavy snowfalls have had this month: gridlock, paralysis and frayed tempers. Stories raising the possibility that justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg may leave at roughly the same time have suddenly become part of the Washington conversation, already fueling nightmare scenarios of dragged-out battles between a weakened President Barack Obama and a fiercely contentious Senate over possible replacements. "Republicans are out for blood, and Democrats are out for a fight," said Steve Wermiel, professor at American University...
  • Sen. Reid Critical of ABA Judicial Nominee Evals

    02/11/2010 4:58:42 PM PST · by redreno · 17 replies · 1,351+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | Feb 11, 2010 1:14 PM CST | Molly McDonough
    During a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting today, Sen. Harry Reid offered up criticism of the ABA's process of evaluating nominees for the federal bench, saying whether the individual is qualified shouldn't depend on prior judicial experience. Reid's comments came as he was introducing a nominee from Nevada, Gloria Navarro, the Blog of Legal Times reports.
  • Hillary Clinton on the Supreme Court?

    02/09/2010 4:29:32 PM PST · by Lorianne · 28 replies · 773+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb 09, 2010 | Nicole Stockdale
    The Daily Beast has a piece from Mark McKinnon and Myra Adams musing on the possibility that Barack Obama could nominate Hillary Clinton for a Supreme Court seat this year. It's obvious why Clinton might want the seat; few think her ambitions end with the secretary of state gig, but it would be awhile before she could run for president again. And the authors posture that Obama is concerned enough about his legacy that he wants to wipe away the wounds caused by stepping over her on the campaign trail. Plus, "she's as smart and as qualified as any prospect...
  • EDITORIAL: Outrageous judicial pick still requires scrutiny--Expose Edward Chen's radicalism...

    02/03/2010 8:55:29 AM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies · 521+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | Editorial
    Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on five of President Obama's controversial court-and-justice nominees. Among them is federal district court nominee Edward Chen of Northern California, whose radical agenda has not been fully exposed and requires further public hearings rather than a vote. If the Senate reveals Mr. Chen's long record of ill-advised statements and legal positions so that the general public can listen, plenty of Democratic senators will have to reconsider voting for such an extreme nominee. As a federal magistrate in San Francisco, Mr. Chen objected to the singing of "America the Beautiful" at a...
  • Good News: Horrific Homeland Security Secretary Could Become Supreme Court Justice from Hell

    12/31/2009 11:48:40 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies · 1,143+ views
    Appearing on Laura Ingraham’s radio show earlier this month, NBC White House correspondent Chuck Todd surprised the popular host by saying he believes President Obama could very well nominate Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for the Supreme Court next time a vacancy comes up. I know what you’re thinking. “That has to be a joke, right?” Sadly, I’m afraid it is not: TODD: And not a negative. On a – at the next Supreme Court opening, I betcha she gets the call… INGRAHAM (amazed): Why? TODD: Personally, he likes her probably more than any other cabinet secretary outside of [Robert]...
  • Chuck Todd on Ingraham Show: Napolitano Would Step Down -- When Obama Named Her to the Supreme Court

    12/30/2009 10:28:37 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 16 replies · 1,326+ views
    CHUCK TODD{NBC WH correspondent}: The other one I would bet on is Janet Napolitano – INGRAHAM (with sarcasm): She’s been effective. TODD: And not a negative. On a – at the next Supreme Court opening, I betcha she gets the call. INGRAHAM: (Pause, then a low voice) Oh wait a sec. I just lost my breath. What did you say? TODD: Sorry. I know. Sorry. I’m just sayin’ -- INGRAHAM: Janet Napolitano? TODD: You asked me to bet. You asked me to bet. I would say this. She’ll get the next opening. INGRAHAM (amazed): Why? TODD : Personally, he likes...
  • Senate Confirms David Hamilton, Obama's First Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick

    11/19/2009 12:46:26 PM PST · by julieee · 14 replies · 704+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Confirms David Hamilton, Obama's First Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick Washington, DC -- The Senate voted today 59-39 to confirm a pro-abortion federal judge President Barack Obama appointed to become a new appeals court justice. David Hamilton, of Indiana, is the first pro-abortion judge Obama selected, but he was held up for months because of his extreme views. Story, votes and action alert at
  • Senate Will Vote on Obama Pro-Abortion Judicial Pick David Hamilton Next Week

    11/11/2009 6:33:57 PM PST · by TribalPrincess2U · 1 replies · 282+ views Editor ^ | November 11, 2009 | by Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- The Senate will finally hold a vote on pro-abortion appeals court nominee David Hamilton, the first person President Barack Obama nominated for any court vacancy. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will call for a vote next week on the pro-abortion 7th Circuit Court of Appeals nominee. Reid said on Monday that he will call for a cloture vote to cut off debate and end the filibuster-hold that has been placed on Hamilton's nomination. That will require 60 votes and Reid has little margin of error as Hamilton will likely be opposed by all or almost all...
  • Another Radical Judge

    11/10/2009 5:48:58 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 909+ views ^ | November 10, 2009
    Federal Bench: Yet another judicial nominee seeks to impose the "empathy" standard on the courts. He thinks judges should base rulings on a plaintiff's status, legislate from the bench and amend the Constitution. Indiana federal judge David Hamilton stands poised to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate to assume a seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals serving Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. He's a former fundraiser for Acorn and a former leader of the Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. He is also another in a series of activist judges who believe the U.S. Constitution is not...
  • Edward Chen: Son Of Sotomayor

    10/29/2009 5:07:43 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies · 762+ views ^ | October 29, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Judiciary: The nominee for a California federal district court is an ACLU activist and another advocate for the empathy standard of jurisprudence. He also has a problem with "America the Beautiful." The nomination of Edward Chen is the latest in a series of nominations of people who have no particular fondness for the traditions of law and justice. These nominees see racism everywhere, and believe the courts should be used as instruments of social justice and not to discern the intent of the Founding Fathers who wrote the U.S. Constitution. They believe their "life experience" should be the final arbiter...
  • High Court Targets Chicago's Gun Ban

    10/02/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 2,517+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Gun Control: The Supreme Court agrees to decide if the Second Amendment applies to all of us, or just Washington, D.C. Why would the Founders put in the Bill of Rights something applying only to a federal enclave? In a 5-4 decision last year written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court overturned a draconian District of Columbia gun ban enacted 32 years ago that barred private ownership of handguns at all. Scalia wrote that an individual's right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted. The court ruled that...
  • Sotomayor Guns For 2nd Amendment (CORRECTED)

    06/05/2009 5:14:41 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,745+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 4, 2009 | Editorial
    (Corrected) Gun Control: In a case headed for the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel rules Chicago's gun ban constitutional since the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to states and cities. High court nominee Sonia Sotomayor concurs.Those Pennsylvania townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns may have been premature in celebrating the decision in D.C. v. Heller that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.