Keyword: confirmation

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • 3 Major Problems With ‘Confirmation,’ HBO’s Anita Hill History Rewrite

    04/18/2016 1:43:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/18/2016 | Mollie Hemingway
    Some of us are old enough to remember the Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation battle. We were shocked when reports first surfaced that Thomas, a well-regarded former chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was being accused of sexual harassment. But then we heard his accuser’s ever-changing and uncorroborated testimony, and we compared it with the testimony of a dozen close female colleagues who effusively praised Thomas as a boss known for how well he treated the women around him. We learned that his accuser Anita Hill’s testimony was contradicted by data and evidence. Thomas won his confirmation battle....
  • 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...
  • How Obama Denied Conservative Judges a Vote

    02/18/2016 11:08:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    On a hot day in June, the grandson of a bank president took to the floor of the Senate to denounce the daughter of sharecroppers. "I feel compelled to rise on this issue to express, in the strongest terms, my opposition to the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit," Senator Obama said. Born in segregated Alabama, Janice Rogers Brown had been a leftist like Obama before becoming conservative. When Obama rose to denounce the respected African-American jurist for her political views it had been almost a full two years since President Bush had nominated her in the...

    02/17/2016 12:03:37 PM PST · by windhover · 29 replies
    2/17/2016 | windhover
    Ok, we knew it would happen and it is happening. The first cracks in that alleged Republican wall of invincibility in the Senate are beginning to run. Charles Grassley R-Iowa and CHAIRMAN of the Judiciary Committee is now publicly saying that he has not excluded the possibility of calling a vote on an Obama Supreme Court appointment. Grassley is also RUNNING FOR RE ELECTION; as is David Vitter R-Louisiana, another Judiciary Committee member. We have to BURY both these Senators in phone calls, e-mail, snail mail, and personal visits to their office closest to you with like minded voters. They...
  • Republicans Are Handling The Supreme Court Vacancy All Wrong. Here's Why.

    02/15/2016 11:05:37 AM PST · by Sparticus · 24 replies
    The Daily Wire ^ | 2/15/2016 | Ben Shapiro
    In the aftermath of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans have set upon a strategy for preventing a politically-driven justice from replacing Scalia and turning the Court’s conservative-leftist split into a permanent leftist majority. Their strategy: stating that they will not approve anyone nominated by President Obama. Virtually all the Republican presidential candidates have called on Obama not to nominate anyone to fill Scalia’s vacancy, explaining that he’s in the last year of his tenure and that it would be irregular to try to cram through a lifetime appointment before leaving office. “The American people should have a voice...
  • Judge not: GOP blocks dozens of Obama court picks

    07/06/2015 5:41:16 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | July 6, 2015 | Burgess Everett and Seung Min Kim
    The GOP-controlled Senate is on track this year to confirm the fewest judges since 1969, a dramatic escalation of the long-running partisan feud over the ideological makeup of federal courts. The standoff, if it continues through the 2016 elections as expected, could diminish the stamp that President Barack Obama leaves on the judiciary — a less conspicuous but critical part of his legacy. Practically, the makeup of lower-level courts could directly affect a number of Obama’s policies expected to face legal challenges from conservatives. Republicans appear willing to absorb criticism that they’re interfering with the prerogative of a president to...
  • Why Lowering the Age of Confirmation Makes Sense

    06/03/2015 3:26:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 3, 2015 | JARED M. SILVEY
    This past Pentecost Sunday, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver announced that the age for the reception of Confirmation would be lowered to seven. In addition, the archbishop said that he would restore the sacrament’s former place in between Baptism and First Communion. In his pastoral letter “Saints Among Us,” he explains his reasons for making the change, especially from the standpoint of theology. The archbishop quotes Pope Benedict XVI, who in Sacramentum Caritatis writes that “It must never be forgotten that our reception of Baptism and Confirmation is ordered to the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist, then, brings Christian...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: CONFIRMATION

    02/21/2015 7:54:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | not given | Catholic Apologetics
    CONFIRMATIONConfirmation was instituted by Christ Our redeemer . This Sacrament was then practiced by His Apostles who were the first Bishops of the Church. "But you shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto Me...and even to the uttermost part of the earth." The Acts 1:8 Confirmation is the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit and is usually administered by a Bishop, in accordance with the traditions of the Church. For it is the Bishops who have the fullness of Gifts from the Holy Spirit, the same and equal Gifts...
  • Obama IRS Should Face Justice (Weekly Update)

    01/31/2015 11:09:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department Exchanging Terrorists for an Army Deserter? Will Senate Endorse Obama’s Lawlessness?IRS Cover-Up Expands to Justice Department In an interview with Bill O’Reilly of Fox News about a year ago, President Obama said that President Richard Nixon was actually more liberal in his policies than Obama is. But, while comparing their policies, Obama conveniently left out one chilling similarity: Both presidents used the virtually unbridled power and authority of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to target their political opponents. In fact, in many respects Obama’s IRS abuses actually have been much worse than Nixon’s. As...
  • Sessions: Why Confirm an AG Who’s Going to Execute an Unconstitutional Policy?

    01/29/2015 2:22:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | January 29, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    Video - 4:33 minutes at link. ( – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s executive action plan for illegal immigrants was unconstitutional and therefore Congress must not confirm Obama’s attorney general nominee who is committed to executing that “illegal and unconstitutional” policy. “So, why would we want to confirm someone who's going to continue to execute an unlawful, unconstitutional policy?” Sessions told At the Capitol on Thursday, asked Sessions if “illegal aliens have a right work in the U.S.,” he said, he said, “the law says they don’t, and it explicitly says an employer...
  • Questions For Loretta Lynch

    11/10/2014 4:10:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies ^ | November 10, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Cabinet: After Eric Holder, who put politics over the rule of law, the president's next attorney general deserves extra scrutiny. Hustling the nominee through the lame-duck session would be a bad first step after the election. Voters sent a resounding message to the White House that it doesn't like the direction it's taking the nation. Specifically, they said in exit polls they don't like the souring of race relations that's occurred under Holder's polarizing tenure. Obama's nod, U.S. attorney Loretta Lynch, should be thoroughly vetted by the new Senate that voters elected to power. Confirmation hearings should wait until the...
  • Cruz, Lee want to hold off on AG confirmation

    11/08/2014 12:27:36 PM PST · by jazusamo · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    A pair of Republican senators reiterated their call for President Obama's new nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, to be taken up in the next Congress, rather than the lame-duck session. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have previously said they will oppose non-emergency business taken up when lawmakers return following Tuesday's election. "President Obama’s Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the...
  • Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source

    08/20/2014 11:25:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 20, 2014 | Hollie McKay
    EXCLUSIVE: Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told “The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.” According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown...
  • Another Obama nominee faces confirmation struggle: Another Democratic Rebellion in Less than 2 weeks

    03/18/2014 7:00:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Another stupid Democrat trick threatens to blow up in the face of Harry Reid like Wylie Coyote lighting an exploding cigar given to him by the Roadrunner.In theory, Harry Reid’s “nuclear option” change to simple majority Senate confirmation ought to have ushered in easy confirmation for even the wackiest left wing nominees to high posts in the federal government. But those pesky voters are going to speak in November, and thanks to ObamaCare a growing list of Senate Democrats up for re-election fear accountability. So all of a sudden, confirmation is no sure thing: Burgess Everett and Josh Gerstein report...
  • Pope Francis (to confirmands): Remain steadfast in the journey of faith

    04/28/2013 5:28:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | April 28, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) It was truly a day to remember for 44 people who had come to St Peter’s Square to be confirmed by the Pope. The special Mass on Sunday was organized as part of the Year of Faith and those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation had come from all over the world to be in the Square. During his homily Pope Francis offered the thousands of people gathered and in particular those being confirmed three short reflections. The Holy Father began by recalling the second reading in Sunday’s liturgy which describes the vision of St John. Pope Francis...
  • Easter Rebirth [at the Easter Vigil]

    03/30/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Joyce P. Simkin
    Easter Rebirth March 28, 2013 by Joyce P. Simkin Each year when the crocuses bloom I think back to my full initiation into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 1997. All adults preparing for initiation into the Catholic Church — converts from other Christian faiths; non-Christian converts; and those who, like me, were baptized Catholic but never had their First Communion nor had been confirmed — must attend R.C.I.A. classes in order to learn about Catholic beliefs and traditions and hopefully, in the process, strengthen their faith and grow close to God.R.C.I.A. stands for Rite of Christian Initiation...
  • Hagel 2005: OK To Hold Up Confirmation If 'Serious Allegations' Not Answered

    02/17/2013 9:43:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/17/13 | staff
    "On Bolton: You know that we had a committee meeting to vote him out [i.e. to the full Senate]. You know that we decided to take three additional weeks to investigate the new allegations and charges that have come in. I said, at the time, on the record, in the committee, and many times publicly: these are very serious allegations, and they deserve serious attention. And we should not move forward until we address these allegations....I have always taken the approach, and I think in the nine years I have been in the Senate I have only voted against one...
  • Hagel will need 60 votes to get confirmed as defense secretary

    02/13/2013 5:29:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 9 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 2/13/2013 | Josh Rogin
    The Senate Armed Services Committee was set to approve the nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Tuesday, but several Republican senators told The Cable they will insist he receive 60 votes on the Senate floor before he is confirmed. The committee debated the Hagel nomination in anticipation of a Tuesday afternoon vote that is expected to fall along party lines, with all committee Republicans voting against the nomination. After the committee acts, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to call for a final floor vote on Thursday, just before the Senate goes on vacation. Several GOP...
  • Obama's Political Capital

    02/05/2013 7:09:47 PM PST · by reformedcrat · 3 replies
    Napa Whine Country ^ | 2-05-2013 | Tom Thurlow
    President Obama blows through his own political capital just as fast as he blows through America’s financial capital. Neither case of over-spending is sustainable, and we will just have to wait to see which spending spree is forced to end first. But this further confirms my suspicion that President Obama’s brains are the most over-rated to occupy the Oval Office in generations. Take his recent nominations, which are a mess.
  • Obammunist Hacks at NBC BLACK-OUT Hagel Confirmation Hearing Meltdown

    02/01/2013 4:01:17 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 11 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 01 February 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    Ruh-Ro! Seems 'Two-buck Chuck's Senate confirmation hearing was such an unmitigated disaster, NBC actually censored the live event when it started to get ugly for Hagel... In their -and their brain-dead viewers'- minds, Hagel's getting crispy-fried by GOP senator Lindsay Graham yesterday didn't even happen... you know, just like Bob 'Young-n-Fresh' Menendez's little (lil') girl problem (that also doesn't exist): Doug Ross: NBC is America's answer to the Soviet Union's Pravda. It serves as an unofficial public relations arm of the Obama administration.  It has been caught -- on numerous occasions (e.g., here and here) -- editing video and audio...
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. Confirm Hagel as Sec. of Defense?)

    01/31/2013 5:54:21 PM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies ^ | 1-31-13 | Fox News
    Should the Senate confirm Chuck Hagel for defense secretary? Depends on how he does during the hearing No, his views on Iran and Israel are troubling Yes -- his controversial comments are being blown out of proportion No, his comments about the gay community are troubling
  • Chuck Hagel: A Man to Watch -- Carefully

    01/15/2013 9:11:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | January 15, 2013 | Paul Greenberg
    It should be interesting, the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Charles Hagel to be the next secretary of defense of the United States. . . A lot more interesting than the hearings on John Kerry's nomination as secretary of state or John Brennan's nomination as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. There may have been a time when those nominations were supposed to be controversial, but compared to the choice of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, both look like cinches to sail through the confirmation process. . . Mr. Hagel's qualifications to head the Defense Department begin with...
  • Fargo Faints: Catholic Teen Refused Confirmation After Pro-Gay Marriage Photo Posted on Facebook

    11/19/2012 6:05:33 AM PST · by servo1969 · 69 replies ^ | November 19, 2012 | Tim Graham
    The media in Fargo, North Dakota were scandalized when a nearby Minnesota priest informed the parents of Lennon Cihak that he would not be confirmed in the local Catholic church after he posted a picture on Facebook supporting gay marriage (or a No vote on the traditional-marriage ballot initiative). Naturally, the liberal parents – who agree with their son – were shocked, shocked that the church would stand for something. “You kind of know the Catholic beliefs, but I never thought they would deny somebody confirmation because you weren’t 100 percent. I guess that’s what shocks me,” Shana Cihak said....
  • Barnesville teen denied Catholic confirmation after Facebook post supporting gay marriage

    11/15/2012 6:01:55 AM PST · by Last Dakotan · 59 replies
    Inforum ^ | November 14, 2012 | Erik Burgess
    BARNESVILLE, Minn. – If you want to be a Catholic, you have to be 100 percent Catholic. That’s the lesson one family here learned after their 17-year-old son was denied confirmation after the priest at the Assumption Church here found a pro same-sex marriage post on the teen’s Facebook. The decision by the Rev. Gary LaMoine to deny the religious rite of passage for Lennon Cihak in mid-October shocked his mother, who said her son has gone to church every week and volunteered around the community in preparation for his confirmation this year.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INDWELLING, 08-29-12

    08/29/2012 7:28:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies ^ | 08-29-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INDWELLING Presence of the Holy Spirit in a person who is in the state of grace. He is present not only by means of the created gifts of grace, which he dispenses, but by his uncreated divine nature. This personal indwelling does not produce a substantial but only an accidental union with the souls of the just. As the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is an operation of God outside himself and as all activity of God outside the Trinity is common to the three persons, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit implies the indwelling of...
  • Obama signs bill exempting presidential appointees from Senate confirmation

    08/11/2012 6:27:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-11-12 | Paul Connor
    President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday evening that would exempt some senior-level presidential appointees from Senate confirmation. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and cosponsored by Republicans and Democrats, the bill, now law, weakens the power of the legislature and strengthens the executive branch, critics have warned. The bill skated through the Senate three months after being introduced in 2011 and was passed by the Republican-controlled House 216-116 in July. The law now allows Obama and future presidents to name appointees to senior positions in every branch of the administration, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department...
  • "Rooted and Grounded in Love" (Sermon on Ephesians 3:14-21)

    07/28/2012 4:28:05 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | July 29, 2012 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Rooted and Grounded in Love” (Ephesians 3:14-21)On this day when we have the confirmation of our two adult catechumens, I want to take this opportunity to remind all of us of how we have been “Rooted and Grounded in Love.” “Rooted and grounded in love.” This phrase comes to us from our Epistle lesson for today, from Ephesians chapter 3. It describes what it true for all of us who have been baptized into Christ and instructed in the Christian faith. We are rooted and grounded in love, God’s great love for us in Christ, that “love divine, all loves...
  • Senate Confirms Radical Aponte AsAmbassador to El Salvador (A religion concern troll)

    06/14/2012 8:23:31 PM PDT · by RitaOK · 5 replies ^ | June 14, 2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    Aponte’s recess appointment expired at the end of the year, but almost every Republican (except for Brown and Collins) united to oppose cloture on her nomination. Aside for the national security concerns, Republicans were concerned that Aponte would promote her radical social agenda in a country where we are trying to develop a close relationship. A while back, Aponte published an opinion piece that called into question the religious and pro-family culture of Salvadorans. Yesterday, the media reported that Harry Reid would try to bring up cloture on the Aponte nomination once again. I didn’t think much of it at...
  • Brothel visits are confirmation gifts in Austria

    05/17/2012 4:07:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 18 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Brothel visits revealed as confirmation gifts in Austria following police investigation. 162 charges made
  • Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation [Catholic Caucus]

    05/09/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-23-12 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About ConfirmationBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Yesterday we discussed a bit about baptism and some of the pastoral practices surrounding it. Today in a kind of companion piece I’d like to address some of the distortions and confusion that often surround the Sacrament of Confirmation.Some one once said that Confirmation is the Sacrament in search of a theology. While not true, the statement does capture that there is a lot of incorrect and sometimes silly teaching about this sacrament to young people. And since it is the season for Confirmations, it may be helpful to explore what...
  • Bishop Aquila urges sacrament of confirmation before First Eucharist (Catholic Orthodox Caucus)

    07/09/2011 11:36:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 9, 2011 | Kevin J. Jones
    Bishop Samuel J. AquilaBishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo in a recent lecture examined the sacrament of confirmation and explained his reasons for believing children should receive it before First Eucharist. “One can speak of the many effects of confirmation and the impact it makes upon one’s life, but it is always important to remember that the divine person of the Holy Spirit is received in confirmation,” he said in July 6 remarks at the Liturgical Institute at Mundelein Seminary. “We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit, every day, every hour, every minute and every second to live...
  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • Al-Qaeda confirms Bin Laden is dead, vows revenge

    05/06/2011 1:05:25 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 43 replies
    ISLAMABAD, May 6 : Al Qaeda confirmed Osama Bin Laden was dead on Friday, dispelling some of the fog around the killing of the “holy warrior,” and vowed to mount more attacks on the West. The announcement by the Islamist network, which promised to publish a taped message from Bin Laden soon, appeared likely to silence doubts expressed by some that he had died at all. In a statement online, it said Bin Laden’s blood “is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain.” Supporters of the Pakistani religious party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam burn a...
  • “Dad’s Not Catholic. So Why Should I Be?” [Catholic Caucus]

    04/28/2011 7:55:21 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 22 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 04/28/11 | Kathleen Blease
    I surprised our son one day. He was preparing for his Confirmation, and I felt it was important to have a heart-to-heart talk. I explained that while he will still need instruction in the Faith, that, in fact, it would become his responsibility to open his heart to the catechism and take it seriously. It was no longer just something Mom wanted. Confirmation should be something he wanted. I needed to know: Does he want to say Yes? His first thought came out right away and I knew it had been looming for a few years: “Hey, Dad’s not Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SEALING, 02-17-11

    02/17/2011 9:34:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 02-17-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SEALING The sacrament of confirmation as a perfection of baptism, in which the confirmed person receives the indelible character or seal of a soldier of Christ, ready to undergo any hardship in the preservation and profession of his faith. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Obama Nominees: Funny Math, a Disinterested Left, and the Task Ahead for Post-Election Republicans

    10/13/2010 11:35:00 AM PDT · by T Christopher · 3 replies
    REPUBLICAN REDEFINED ^ | T Christopher
    With Congress on recess until after the November elections, much of news in the political world has focused on campaigning, margin of error polling, controversial stump statements, off-the-record / now on-the-record statements, and run-of-the-mill election run-up commentary.  Noticeably absent from the chatter of election season with Congress on adjournment is talk of "recess appointments" - those made when the Senate is adjourned for more than three days - that usually rule the news-day during times such as these. In a last-minute deal brokered by Senate Leaders before adjournment, Majority Leader Reid agreed to convene the Senate in pro forma session Tuesdays and Fridays...
  • Senate to confirm Kagan as court's 4th-ever woman (AP Puff Piece Alert)

    08/05/2010 5:01:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 5, 2010 | Julie Hirschfield Davis
    Her confirmation assured, Elena Kagan is on the brink of becoming the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice. The Senate is set Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee, whose addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently. Nearly all Democrats, the Senate's two independents and a handful of Republicans are backing her. The vote is to be one of the Senate's last actions before its members depart for a monthlong vacation. Republicans have harshly criticized Kagan, 50, as a political activist who would be unable to put...
  • Democrat Ben Nelson Opposes Elena Kagan, Will Vote against her confirmation (Do you believe this?)

    07/30/2010 7:55:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies · 1+ views
    ABC NEWS ^ | 07/30/2010 | Matthew Jaffe
    Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson announced late Friday he would vote against the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. In a statement released this evening, Sen. Nelson said, "I have heard concerns from Nebraskans regarding Ms. Kagan, and her lack of a judicial record makes it difficult for me to discount the concerns raised by Nebraskans, or to reach a level of comfort that these concerns are unfounded. Therefore, I will not vote to confirm Ms. Kagan’s nomination." Nelson is the only Democrat to oppose Kagan at this point. Five Republicans, on the other hand, have said they will support...
  • Nebraska’s Nelson becomes first Democrat to oppose Kagan for Supreme Court

    07/30/2010 5:53:44 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 24 replies · 3+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/30/2010 | Laura Litvan
    Democratic Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska said he will vote against confirming Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, becoming the first in his party to announce opposition. Also today, Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire said he will vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee, the fifth Republican to do so. Nelson said he had heard “concerns” from people in Nebraska about Kagan.
  • The Right's Supreme Court Acquiescence

    07/20/2010 8:27:15 PM PDT · by JimPrevor · 4 replies · 1+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 16, 2010 | Jim Prevor
    From a purely tactical stand-point, the implications of what Estrada is saying are obvious: If the Democrats block nominees on ideological grounds -- as they did with Estrada -- and the Republicans rely on traditional credentials, eschewing ideology, we will wind up with a court of well-credentialed liberals.
  • Freep this Poll-re: Kagan confirmation

    07/13/2010 11:45:03 AM PDT · by funfan · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 13,2010
    Should Elena Kagan be confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice? Yes. She's proven that she's going to be a fair jurist. No. She's too liberal for the court. I think I need more information.
  • Key US Senate panel puts off Supreme Court vote

    07/13/2010 8:40:37 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 18 replies
    AFP via Brietbart ^ | 07/13/2010 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama's Republican foes on Tuesday forced a largely symbolic one-week delay in a key Senate panel's vote on his second US Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan. The US Senate Judiciary Committee will now take up the nomination on July 20, when the panel is set to send it to the full Senate for all-but-certain confirmation as just the fourth woman to reach the highest US court. The justices serve lifetime terms as the final arbiters of the US Constitution, setting precedents for all US courts and adjudicating bitter disputes, often in narrow 5-4 rulings that can take...
  • President Obama Attacks Congress for Delaying His Nominees -- Is He Right? (no)

    07/07/2010 11:36:13 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 15 replies ^ | 07/07/2010 | Jake Tapper
    In announcing the recess appointment of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services -- and two other nominees -- today President Obama said in a statement that “It’s unfortunate that at a time when our nation is facing enormous challenges, many in Congress have decided to delay critical nominations for political purposes.” That claim is reasonably true for the other two nominees given recess appointments today. Republicans long objected to the nomination of Philip Coyle, now the associate director for National Security and International Affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy,...
  • When Kagan Played Doctor: Elena Kagan's partial-birth abortion scandal.

    07/06/2010 4:03:36 AM PDT · by dixjea · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | July 3, 2010, | By William Saletan
    Fourteen years ago, to protect President Clinton's position on partial-birth abortions, Elena Kagan doctored a statement by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Conservatives think this should disqualify her from the Supreme Court. They understate the scandal. It isn't Kagan we should worry about. It's the whole judiciary. Kagan, who was then an associate White House counsel, was doing her job: advancing the president's interests. The real culprit was ACOG, which adopted Kagan's spin without acknowledgment. But the larger problem is the credence subsequently given to ACOG's statement by courts, including the Supreme Court. Judges have put too much...
  • Evasion and Double Talk in Kagan Confirmation Hearings

    07/01/2010 9:21:38 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-01-10 | Mike's America
    Is this the kind of person we want serving on the Supreme Court?During her time in the Clinton White House Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan worked to undermine opposition to the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion. She was able to get a contact at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to insert a few lines in a report that was later used as the basis for legal challenges to a state ban on the practice. National Review has the full story. It's sort of a similar and equally dishonest tactic as that used by Obama officials at...
  • Sen. Klobuchar asks Kagan: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

    06/30/2010 3:36:23 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 15 replies · 1+ views
    washington post ^ | 6-30-10 | wapo
    "I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward versus Jacob... [but] I know you can't comment on future cases." -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), brazenly courting the Twi-hard vote, in her questioning of Elena Kagan at the confirmation hearing Wednesday. See the Klobuchar-Kagan video at 44.
  • Tell GOP:Stand Firm On Kagan

    06/30/2010 1:35:33 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | 6-28-10 | Jeff Mazzella
    "fair-minded Americans" should be disturbed... and rational people should be very afraid because, as The Times states, Kagan is "disrespectful toward existing law" (read: the Constitution). And that makes Kagan a very dangerous nominee... and, for that reason alone, the American people must work to ensure that the Senate doesn’t rubber-stamp her confirmation.
  • Sen. Coburn: Kagan 'Ignorant' of Constitutional Principles; 'I Wouldn't Rule Out a Filibuster'

    06/30/2010 1:15:57 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 84 replies · 1+ views ^ | 06/30/2010 | Rick Klein
    ABC News' Rick Klein reports: Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has provided some of the most contentious exchanges of the rather tame Elena Kagan confirmation hearings. He's raised questions about Kagan's generally liberal political beliefs, and contends that Kagan would usher in vast expansions of government power as a member of the Supreme Court. On ABC/Washington Post’s “Top Line” today, Coburn ratcheted up his critique of Kagan, saying she hasn’t been as forthcoming about her views as she should be, and questioning her interpretation of the Constitution’s Commerce Clause as well as her expressed willingness to follow court precedents. “I think...
  • Petraeus Confirmed By Senate as Commander in Afghanistan, 99-0 (Vindication !!)

    06/30/2010 12:22:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 06/30/2010 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Smell that? Smells like redemption: Gen. David H. Petraeus was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Wednesday as the new Afghan war commander, replacing ousted Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was dismissed by President Obama after publication of a magazine article in which McChrystal and his aides were quoted making insubordinate remarks. The Senate vote followed a hearing Tuesday in which members of the Senate Armed Services Committee praised Petraeus's leadership of the war in Iraq and lauded him as the nation's premier warrior-diplomat. Of course, that's just political redemption, which is rather unimportant stuff when compared with the hard work...