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  • PPP Poll: Americans Don’t Trust Trump on Supreme Court Vacancy; 65% Want Hearings

    05/09/2016 12:19:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 05/09/2016 | Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling
    From: Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling To: Interested Parties Subject: Americans Don’t Trust Trump on Supreme Court Vacancy; 65% Want Hearings Date: 5-9-16 A new national Public Policy Polling survey finds Americans don’t trust Donald Trump to nominate a new Supreme Court justice, and would much rather have that decision in the hands of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Beyond that, there is growing support for filling the seat this year and failure to do so could result in strong backlash for Senate Republicans this fall. Key findings from the survey include: -Only 38% of voters nationally...
  • Congress Can Remove Ginsberg and Kagan from the Supreme Court!

    05/04/2016 7:53:28 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 60 replies
    Constitution ^ | March 5, 2016 | Dave Jolly
    A few years back I asked a number of people how long does a Supreme Court Justice serve. Almost unanimously the response was until death or resignation. No one’s response was constitutional. There is nothing in the Constitution that says a Supreme Court Justice or any other federal judge serves for life or until they resign. Here is what the Constitution says about the term of office of a Supreme Court Justice or federal judge: “Article III. Section. 1. The judicial Power of the United States shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the...
  • Tom Coburn, Ex-Senator, Says Merrick Garland Should Get a Vote

    04/27/2016 1:10:57 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/27/2016 | Emmarie Huetteman
    Dr. No seems to have become Dr. Yes. Kind of. Tom Coburn, the former Republican senator from Oklahoma known for his often contrarian views, said Wednesday that Judge Merrick B. Garland should get a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, going against his old colleagues who have staunchly opposed even considering President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year....
  • Obama can appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court if the Senate does nothing (Delusion)

    04/11/2016 7:22:46 AM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04-08-2016 | By Gregory L. Diskant
    The Constitution glories in its ambiguities, however, and it is possible to read its language to deny the Senate the right to pocket veto the president’s nominations. Start with the appointments clause of the Constitution. It provides that the president “shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint . . . Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States.” Note that the president has two powers: the power to “nominate” and the separate power to “appoint.” In between the nomination and the appointment, the president must seek the “Advice and...
  • Obama on Merrick Garland: ‘Yeah, He’s a White Guy’ But He’s an Outstanding Jurist

    04/07/2016 4:08:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/7/16 | David Rutz
    President Obama defended his pick of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court on Thursday, acknowledging he was a “white guy” but adding that he was an “outstanding jurist.” Obama defended the diversity of his federal appointments during a conversation in Chicago, Illinois, about nominating Garland. However, Senate Republicans have largely been steadfast in saying they will not hold hearings for him, since it’s an election year. Obama contended he had appointed more African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and LGBT judges than any president before. He quipped he never felt he needed a “black lesbian from Skokie,” saying that was...
  • Hinkle: Supreme Court Nominee: Merrick Garland, Extremist

    04/04/2016 11:17:11 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 3/29 | Bart Hinkle
    The way things look now, Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court is never going to get a hearing in the Senate. It’s probably just as well. True, Republicans owe Garland — and the country — the courtesy of consideration rather than summary rejection. By all lights, he is a decent human being and a brilliant legal mind. But that does not make him an optimal choice for the high court, despite his reputation as a moderate. No — make that because of his reputation as a moderate. Everybody and his sister has been pinning the word “moderate” on Garland....
  • SEN. KIRK MEETS WITH SCOTUS NOMINEE GARLAND

    03/29/2016 6:20:13 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies
    ABC 7 CHICAGO ^ | 29 MARCH 2016 | ABC 7 CHICAGO
    WASHINGTON (WLS) -- Illinois Senator Mark Kirk met with Supreme Court justice nominee Merrick Garland Tuesday. Garland, a Lincolnwood native and Niles West High School graduate, has spoke of his roots in the Chicago area in a White House YouTube video.
  • Missing Scalia: 4-4 SCOTUS decision leaves mandatory union fees in place

    03/29/2016 1:34:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    A years-long process by California teachers to free themselves of the yoke of mandatory dues fees even when the teachers refused to join the unions came up one justice short at the Supreme Court. That justice, of course, was the late Antonin Scalia, who would have almost certainly chosen to affirm the First Amendment and property rights of the plaintiffs. Instead, a 4-4 split at the Supreme Court on Friedrichs v California Teachers Association has the impact of affirming the lower court ruling that kept the requirement to make those payments in place: BREAKING: Supreme Court "divided equally" in...
  • Sowell: Supreme Hypocrisy

    03/28/2016 11:08:09 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 29, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    If there is one thing that is bipartisan in Washington, it is brazen hypocrisy. Currently there is much indignation being expressed by Democrats because the Republican-controlled Senate refuses to hold confirmation hearings on President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. The Democrats complain, and the media echo their complaint, that it is the Senate's duty to provide "advice and consent" on the President's appointment of various federal officials. Therefore, according to this claim, the Senate is neglecting its Constitutional duty by refusing even to hold hearings to determine...
  • Conservatives to pounce if GOP relents on Supreme Court

    03/28/2016 6:04:57 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    politico.com ^ | 3/28/16 | Burgess Everett
    There are plenty of plausible reasons why Republicans might eventually fold in the standoff over the Supreme Court: Overwhelming public opinion, a Democratic pressure campaign, and vulnerable GOP senators trying to save their jobs, to name a few. But there's another even more persuasive reason they won't: The wrath of the right wing. Story Continued Below . . The activist right has been galvanized by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's quick and forceful insistence that the Senate will not take up a high court nominee for the rest of Barack Obama's presidency, spending millions already to defend the GOP position with...
  • The Last Vampire - The Fifth Liberal Justice

    03/25/2016 8:11:32 AM PDT · by Loud Mime · 17 replies
    Politichicks ^ | 3-25-2016 | Steven Maikoski
    Conservatives are focusing on the nomination of Merrick B. Garland as a fight for Second Amendment rights, but it is much more than that. Seating Garland (or any other liberal) on the bench will be a great triumph for the liberal faction. That one liberal justice will be the last vampire needed to suck the blood out of our constitutional government. To understand my claim, we must first define the liberal process: it is the subjective interpretation and enforcement of law—instead of honoring law as it is written. To a liberal, the actual intent of written law matters only when...
  • America Deserves a Better Choice to Replace Justice Scalia

    03/24/2016 8:46:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Susan Combs
    News of Antonin Scalia’s death left me shocked and sad. For nearly three decades, he had been a fixture on our nation’s highest court, holding tight to the founding fathers’ constitutional vision and fending off encroachments on our freedom, whether they came from plaintiffs or his fellow, more liberal justices. He will be missed. His passing leaves a gaping hole in a Supreme Court that has caused quite the tiff over the past month. The media (social and otherwise) has been the battlefield, with one side defending the president’s prerogative to appoint a replacement immediately (including his own VP who...
  • Rallies urge GOP senators to back Supreme Court vote

    03/21/2016 3:21:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 21, 2016 5:40 PM EDT | Julie Carr Smyth and Alan Fram
    An effort by liberal groups to pressure Republicans to allow Senate consideration of President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee got off to a modest start Monday as small groups of demonstraters rallied outside lawmakers’ offices around the country. A bigger election-year battle ramped up as both sides brought their viewpoints to television, social media and supporters’ email inboxes. Five days after Obama tabbed federal appeals court Judge Merrick Garland for the vacant seat, about 25 people appeared outside the Columbus, Ohio, office of GOP Sen. Rob Portman, who is backing Republican leaders’ insistence on awaiting the pick of whoever is...
  • John Kasich Walks Back Comments That He Might Nominate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

    03/20/2016 6:04:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/20/2016 | by Kailani Koenig
    ST. GEORGE, Utah — Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich walked back from comments he made during an interview on "Meet The Press," saying that that if he becomes president, he would not consider Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, as a potential replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia. In a pre-taped interview on Saturday, NBC's Chuck Todd asked Kasich about whether the Senate should hold hearings on Obama's pick. Kasich noted that while he doesn't think Obama should have named a replacement in the first place, he stated that members of the Senate should show...
  • SCOTUS Nominee endorsed by Planned Parenthood

    03/19/2016 3:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Live Action News: Obama nominee Garland sided against Priests for Life in contraception mandate caseAs Americans attempt to discern the views of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack ObamaÂ’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the Washington PostÂ’s Julie Zauzmer has identified a past case in which he sided against Priests for Life.In May, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6-3 to deny the group an en banc hearing by the whole court in its case against the Obama AdministrationÂ’s contraception mandate, which had the result of preserving an earlier ruling in favor of the...
  • Obama’s SCOTUS nominee sided against Priests for Life in ObamaCare religious liberty case

    03/18/2016 7:40:03 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 3-18-2016 | Ben Johnson
    Judge Merrick Garland, Barack Obama's choice to be the next justice on the Supreme Court, ruled against Priests for Life in a case involving the HHS mandate. He also gave ObamaCare subsidies a second chance at life in a separate case. The two rulings give a window into the philosophy of Judge Garland, whom the National Organization for Women referred to as a “cipher” with little paper trail on issues related to abortion or other feminist concerns. ObamaCare's HHS mandate opt-out does not violate the Constitution Priests for Life sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Rejected Evangelical Religious Freedom Defense in 2001

    03/18/2016 2:09:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/18/2016 | Michael Gryboski
    President Barack Obama's nominee to fill the vacancy on the United States Supreme Court once joined an opinion that rejected an evangelical Christian defense based on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia was recently tapped by President Obama as a nominee to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In a case decided in June 2001, Judge Garland joined an opinion authored by fellow appellate judge A. Raymond Randolph that rejected a RFRA argument for a pair of evangelical Christians who wanted to...
  • Planned Parenthood Praises Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 5:17:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is pulling out all the stops today to lobby the Senate to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. After President Barack Obama’s nomination of liberal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the nation’s biggest abortion business is on board. Planned Parenthood’s actions come at the same time as the abortion company’s CEO was spotted heading into the West Wing of the White House, presumably to meet with Obama or his top lieutenants over its support for Garland. Now, Planned Parenthood...
  • Pro-Life Groups on Merrick Garland: Anyone Obama Nominates Will Uphold Abortion on Demand

    03/16/2016 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Leading pro-life groups have quickly responded to President Barack Obama’s nomination of liberal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to replace pro-life Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court following Scalia’s passing. Garland, a federal appeals judge in Washington, D.C., is said to likely be another reliably liberal and pro-abortion judge on the Supreme Court is the Senate decided to vote on him and confirms him. Top pro-life groups told LifeNews.com that nothing has changed since Scalia’s passing in terms of their opposition to a vote on any Obama Supreme Court nominee. They say anyone Obama nominates for the Supreme Court...
  • Merrick Garland Praised Author of Roe v. Wade: His Papers are “The Greatest Gift to the Country”

    03/16/2016 5:43:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    They say one of the best evaluations of a person, especially in politics, is to know their mentors and understand who inspires him. When it comes to President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland, one of his inspirations is the author of Roe v. Wade, the high court case that ushered in an era of 58 million abortions. According to a New York Times report, Garland’s inspiration is clear: Justice Harry Blackmun. As the former legal counsel to the Mayo Clinic, Blackmun appeared to have fell victim of the fallacy that thousands of women died from botched illegal abortions...
  • Congressional sources: Obama to nominate Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 7:19:24 AM PDT · by pilgrim · 54 replies
    ap ^ | March 16, 2016 | KATHLEEN HENNESSEY and MARY CLARE JALONICK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, congressional sources said Wednesday. The pick sets up a confrontation with Republicans who say they will refuse to consider his nomination in an election year. Garland, 63, is the chief judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court whose influence over federal policy and national security matters has made it a proving ground for potential Supreme Court justices. He would replace conservative, Justice Antonin Scalia, who died unexpectedly last month, leaving behind a bitter...
  • Obama to Announce SCOTUS Pick UPDATED: It's Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 7:34:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 3/16/2016 | Liz Sheld
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been targeted and assaulted by vicious and hateful attacks from the Democrats and their flying monkeys.
  • BREAKING: Obama to Appoint Federal Appeals Judge Merrick Garland To Supreme Court to Replace Scalia

    03/16/2016 7:34:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Katie Kieffer
    Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated President Obama will appoint Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. That is incorrect. President Obama will nominate Garland for the position. According to a report in POLITICO, President Obama will nominate Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court as a replacement for late Justice Antonin Scalia, who died last month. Obama will make the announcement from the Rose Garden at 11 a.m. eastern.  Merrick Garland was on short list for SCOTUS twice before. Highly-regarded judge and prosecutor, who's won bipartisan plaudits.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 16, 2016 In an email announcement sent...
  • Democrats to link court vacancy to late-term abortion bill

    03/16/2016 8:05:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    politico.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | By Seung Min Kim
    Senate Democrats are trying to turn the GOP’s refusal to move on the Supreme Court vacancy into the latest episode of the “war on women.” Led by some of their most senior female members, Senate Democrats will take to the floor Tuesday to launch a new messaging offensive that ties the battle over replacing Justice Antonin Scalia to a GOP-led hearing on late-term abortions scheduled to occur later Tuesday. The new tactic, led by Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the sole woman in Democratic leadership, is an attempt to galvanize women in the Supreme Court vacancy fight, particularly as the high...
  • REPORT: Obama set to nominate staunch anti-gun judge, Merrick Garland, to SCOTUS

    03/16/2016 8:17:51 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/16/16 | Robert Laurie
    Garland is no fan of the D.C. vs. Heller decision: Justice Scalia's death made gun control the most important single issue of the 2016 election “No one wants to take your guns away.” That’s been the Obama administration claim since day one. Of course, it was an outright lie. These people would love nothing more than to do away with the 2nd Amendment - and, with the death of Antonin Scalia, they finally have their chance. According to the AP, sometime this afternoon Barack Obama will nominate appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. He’ll present Garland as...
  • It's Official: Obama nominates Merrick Garland to U.S. Supreme Court

    03/16/2016 8:20:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    AJC ^ | 03/16/2016
    President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his nomination of federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court position left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia a month ago. Obama spoke Wednesday morning in the White House Rose Garden. "This is not a responsibility that I take lightly," he said, adding that he spoke with a wide group of people ranging from advocacy groups to the Senate Judiciary Committee in his search for a new justice. He said Garland is well-known in Democratic and Republican circles for his "decency, honesty, integrity (and) even-handedness." "He's shown a...
  • The “Moderates” Are Not So Moderate: Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 8:22:59 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | March 11, 2016 | Carrie Severino
    But Garland has a long record, and, among other things, it leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Vanity: Reminder SCOTUS Justice Breyer was also labeled a "centrist" when nominated

    03/16/2016 8:43:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Vanity ^ | March 16, 2016 | Me
    I remember when now SCOTUS Justice Stephen Breyer was nominated by Clinton everybody proclaimed him as a "moderate" and "cenrrist". There was some complaining from Leftist groups. But of course, once safely in his lifetime appointment Breyer is just as a reliable a voter for Leftist causes as the rest of them. For example, LA Times article describing Breyer as "moderate": hereAnother from the Washington Post: hereNotice how the usual GOPe characters called Breyer a "pragmatist" and "moderate". The last time a Democratic SCOTUS selection went rogue was Byron White.
  • Prediction: Merrick Garland will be confirmed to the SCOTUS — eventually

    03/16/2016 8:49:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2016 | AllahPundit
    Crafty of O to wait until the morning after Trump’s backbreaking wins last night to stick McConnell with this. Now Senate Republicans will face maximum pressure from both sides. If they cave and decide to give Garland a hearing after all, Republican voters who are still cool to Trump might decide to vote for him in a burst of “burn it all down” rage. A betrayal here hands Trump the nomination — assuming there’s any doubt that he’s already on track to win it. If, on the other hand, McConnell stands firm, he’s blowing an opportunity to confirm a...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland has ‘very liberal view of gun rights’

    03/16/2016 9:03:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/16/2016 | Dave Boyer
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network, which plans to spend at least $2 million on an advertising campaign to oppose Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination, says the nominee “has a very liberal view of gun rights.” JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino said in a blog post that Judge Merrick’s record on the bench since 1997 “leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.” In 2007, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against the...
  • Poll: Should GOP senators oppose Merrick Garland's nomination? Duh?

    03/16/2016 9:09:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 30 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/polls/2016/mar/16/should-gop-senators-oppose-merrick-garlands-nomina/
  • Merricck Garland was Jamie Gorelick's principle Deputy

    03/16/2016 9:25:02 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 55 replies
    Merrick Garland born and raised in Obama's Chicago Harvard Law ScoolJamie Gorelick's principal deputy In 1993, Garland joined the new Clinton administration as deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The following year, then-Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick—a key mentor of Garland's—asked Garland to be her principal deputy.
  • McConnell: No hearing for Garland

    03/16/2016 9:27:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/16/16 | Harper Neidig
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday shot down the idea of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland getting a hearing. McConnell insisted in a floor speech that vacancy should be filled by the next president. ADVERTISEMENT “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction," he said.
  • McConnell On Supreme Court Nomination

    03/16/2016 9:42:16 AM PDT · by pilgrim · 28 replies
    mcconnell.senate. ^ | March 16, 2016 | Mitch McConnell
    ‘The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the Court’s direction…The American people may well elect a President who decides to nominate Judge Garland for Senate consideration. The next President may also nominate someone very different. Either way, our view is this: Give the people a voice in the filling of this vacancy.’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor today following the President’s announcement of his...
  • 5 Facts You Need To Know About Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 10:48:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    On Wednesday, President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Here are five quick facts you need to know about Garland.
  • Senate GOPs Refuse to Budge on Obama's 'Bipartisan' SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 10:49:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 16, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    Despite President Obama citing the bipartisan congressional support his Supreme Court pick received in the past, Senate Republicans vowed to remain firm on not moving nominee Merrick Garland forward. Garland, a Harvard Law grad and the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997, stood by Obama's side in the Rose Garden today as the president detailed the judge's list of accomplishments. During the confirmation process to the D.C. Circuit, Obama noted, "he earned overwhelming bipartisan praise from senators and legal experts alike." "Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who was then chairman...
  • Obama Not Serious About SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 11:07:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Nah, Obama doesn't even expect this judge to get a hearing. He's too old, folks. If Obama was serious about the pick, he'd have nominated somebody much younger that's gonna be on the court, I mean, decades. Merrick Garland is 63. He sounds like a nice guy. And you know the fix is in when we've got people telling us, "Hey, you know what? This guy could really satisfy a bunch of conservatives." Come on, folks, could we get real? You know, this is where it all starts to break down. I've been watching conservatives on TV,...
  • These Are The Senate GOPers Willing To Meet With Obama's SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 11:12:16 AM PDT · by pilgrim · 30 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | March 16, 2016 | Katherine Krueger
    This post has been updated. Despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) flat-out rejecting Obama's Supreme Court nominee, a number of Republican senators said Wednesday that they would meet with Judge Merrick Garland. Brian Deese, a senior advisor to the President who led the White House's SCOTUS process, highlighted some Republicans' softening their earlier hard-line remarks in a call with reporters. "I am old enough to remember a few weeks ago when Republicans said uniformly they wouldn't even meet with our nominee," Deese said. "And just in the past hour since the President announced him in the Rose Garden, we've...
  • Obama Posts NCAA Brackets Before SCOTUS Pick

    03/16/2016 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 61 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    President Barack Obama revealed his 2016 NCAA basketball tournament brackets hours before revealing his choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.
  • Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland: Tough on Crime, but Soft on Guns?

    03/16/2016 11:41:04 AM PDT · by RC one · 10 replies
    Law Newz ^ | 9:03 am, March 16th, 2016 8 | by Ronn Blitzer
    Garland, currently the Chief Judge of the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, is viewed by some to be left-leaning on gun control. In a 2007 case, he voted to review a restrictive gun law that had previously been shot down. The law included a requirement for guns to be kept unloaded and disassembled, unless they were being kept at a place of business or were being used for legal recreational activities. Prohibiting people from having functioning guns for defense in their home was a critical issue. A U.S. District Court had ruled against the ban (and for the gun owner)....
  • No hearing for Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Mitch McConnell says

    03/16/2016 12:31:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/16/2016 | Harper Neidig
    .@SenateMajLdr McConnell responds to SCOTUS nomination: "Give the people a voice in filling this vacancy" https://t.co/Yfu961lwAS — MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 16, 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday shot down the idea of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland getting a hearing. McConnell insisted in a floor speech that the vacancy should be filled by the next president. “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country, so of course the American people should have a say in the court’s direction," he said. "The Senate will continue to...
  • Obama Supreme Court Nominee Has Anti-Gun Record

    03/16/2016 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | March 16, 2016 | Stephen Gutowski
    Gun rights proponents say Merrick Garland should not be confirmedMerrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has a record of opposing gun rights as a federal judge, which includes a vote to undo a landmark gun rights ruling.Garland was one of four judges who voted to rehear the case of Parker v. District of Columbia with a full ten-judge panel after a smaller panel struck down the District of Columbia’s total ban on handguns. Garland’s vote for this en banc hearing indicates that he may believe the decision to strike down the city’s gun ban...
  • Chuck Grassley confirms no hearings on Obama Supreme Court nominee

    03/16/2016 2:20:58 PM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    WHO radio, Des Moines ^ | March 16 2016
    audio link to Grassley WHO radio interview at 4PM Central time on 3/16/2016
  • New York Times Tosses Garlands at ‘Brilliant...Moderate’ Obama Nominee Merrick Garland

    03/16/2016 2:31:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | March 16, 2016 | Clay Waters
    The New York Times did its best to begin the Supreme Court debate by mainstreaming Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee, as a “brilliant” “centrist” and moderate voice of reason. Reporters Michael Shear and Gardiner Harris treated the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit with kid gloves in the paper’s initial reporting Wednesday, with the same kind of pro-Democratic labeling slant the paper has always shown toward Supreme Court nominees. A 2010 Media Research Center report, Supremely Slanted, exposed the Times stark disparity in labeling “conservative” justices nominated by Republicans compared to “liberal” ones...
  • WaPo: Obama Gets Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:43:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the time when...
  • WaPo: Three Pinocchios for declaring Senate’s “constitutional duty” to vote on Garland

    03/16/2016 3:50:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 16, 2016 | ED MORRISEY
    How often does someone get pre-emptive Pinocchios? Barack Obama got three of them today in his speech regarding the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. Obama offered a pre-emptive argument of his own, accusing Republicans of “an abdication of their constitutional duty” if they refused to give Garland’s nomination a hearing and a floor vote: resident Obama: The Senate must fulfill constitutional duty At a time when our politics are so polarized, at a time when norms and customs of political rhetoric and courtesy and comity are so often treated like they’re disposable — this is precisely the...
  • Schumer: GOP Will Crack, Have Hearings and Vote on Obama’s Supreme Court Pick

    03/16/2016 4:32:33 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 16 Mar 2016 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on MSNBC, while discussing President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said despite the Republican Senate leadership insisting they won’t giving Garland a hearing, they “will crack” and have a hearing and a vote. Schumer said, “Well, we’ve seen the ice beginning to crack, Chris. Today, six Republican senators said they would meet with Judge Garland, including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH). Before today, no one was going to meet with him. That’s the first step, and I think the...
  • Most College Students Clueless About Supreme Court

    03/16/2016 3:35:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 19 replies
    MRC-tv ^ | February 25, 2016 | Dan Joseph
    With President Obama preparing to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left, following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, MRCTV wanted to find out what Americans knew about the high court. We traveled to a college campus and asked a couple of simple questions. We asked students at George Mason University in Virginia if they could explain the Supreme Court's function as a co-equal branch of the Federal Government. We also asked if them if they could name a Supreme Court justice that was currently sitting on the high court, following Scalias' death. A few of the...
  • GOP senators split with leadership on SCOTUS (7 GOP Senators Defect)

    03/16/2016 12:26:30 PM PDT · by springwater13 · 70 replies
    A small group of Senate Republicans is breaking with its party's Supreme Court strategy, with lawmakers saying they're willing to meet with President Obama's pick to succeed Justice Antonin Scalia. Seven Republicans so far have said they are open to considering or meeting with Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia who was nominated for the Supreme Court earlier Wednesday by President Obama. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said she agreed to meet with Garland after the White House reached out, but said such a meeting will take place after the Senate...
  • The Supreme Court Vacancy: A Criminal Who Doesn’t ‘Leave Fingerprints’ Is Still a Criminal

    03/12/2016 12:54:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 12, 2016 | Michael Hammond
    As I predicted, Barack Obama is preparing to bludgeon the Senate into fundamentally reshaping the Supreme Court, and he is reportedly preparing to do this by nominating a "closet liberal" with "no fingerprints" with respect to any major issue. Leftist media of all stripes are pressing for "they deserve a vote" hearings. The nominee would parade before the Judiciary Committee with their photogenic family, and would lie under oath concerning their open-mindedness on every significant judicial question. And, incidentally, you can be sure that, before being chosen, the nominee will have given assurances to the Justice Department and Barack Obama...