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  • Senate Confirms McChrystal, Stavridis, Fraser Nominations

    06/11/2009 4:50:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2009 – The Senate confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal yesterday to receive his fourth star and serve as commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The Senate also confirmed Navy Adm. James Stavridis as commander of U.S. European Command and supreme allied commander for Europe, NATO’s top military post. Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser was confirmed for promotion to general and to take the post Stavridis will vacate as commander of U.S. Southern Command. All three nominations were confirmed unanimously. McChrystal will succeed Army Gen. David D. McKiernan as...
  • Sotomayor's Confirmation Hearings to Begin July 13

    06/09/2009 1:32:41 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 5 replies · 575+ views ^ | 6/9/2009 | AP News (via Townhall)
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy announced Tuesday that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will convene on July 13, considerably earlier than Republicans wanted. Leahy said the date presents a "fair and adequate" schedule that would give members of the committee several more weeks to prepare. President Barack Obama has urged the Senate to vote on confirming Sotomayor to the high court before it leaves for a congressional recess in August. Republicans have pressed for more time to consider the nomination.,p> But Leahy, D-Vt., said there was "no reason to unduly delay consideration of this well-qualified nominee....
  • Grading Sotomayor's Senior Thesis (Supported PR independence, refers to "North American Congress")

    06/05/2009 6:42:26 AM PDT · by Callahan · 12 replies · 534+ views
    National Journal ^ | 6/5/09 | Stuart Taylor
    ...We don't know what the exact grade was, as far as I've seen, but an award-winning history professor -- K.C. Johnson of Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center -- who read it at my request concluded that "the thesis would probably receive an A/A minus or an A minus." (Johnson and I co-authored a 2007 book on the Duke lacrosse rape fraud.) Here is Johnson's detailed assessment: There are also a few jarring elements that contrast to the pedagogical approach. First, I'm curious as to when Sotomayor ceased being a Puerto Rican nationalist who favors independence -- as she says...
  • Who's Wiser, Who's Stupider? -- Confirmation Question for Sotomayor

    06/05/2009 6:03:08 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 2 replies · 376+ views
    Special to Free Republic ^ | 6/5/09 | Paine in the Neck
    In 2001, Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, now a nominee of President Barack Obama for the U.S. Supreme Court, delivered a lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, -- the Judge Mario G. Olmos Memorial Lecture. Entitled "A Latina Judge's Voice", it included the now notorious statement I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life. Many have already reacted to this statement, condemning what they perceive as manifest racism, or explaining it as...
  • Leahy: No worries, Sotomayor told me she’d follow the law

    06/02/2009 3:18:34 PM PDT · by Syncro · 31 replies · 844+ views
    HOTAIR ^ | June 2, 2009 at 4:25 pm | Allahpundit
    Leahy: No worries, Sotomayor told me she’d follow the law posted at 4:25 pm on June 2, 2009 by Allahpundit Send to a Friend | Share on Facebook | printer-friendly Small comfort that she’s unwilling to admit outright she’ll be applying The One’s “empathy” standard in close cases. Even those who profess a belief in forms of racial superiority have a limit to what they’ll say publicly, I guess. As for whether The One was correct in insisting that she misspoke when she made her “wise Latina” comment or whether, as anyone who’s thought about it for five seconds would...
  • Political posturing? Here?

    05/30/2009 2:23:21 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 11 replies · 787+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 30, 2009 | Byron York
    Some amused -- OK, irritated and amused -- Republicans on Capitol Hill are sending around a line from the President's radio address today. "What I hope is that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this process, and Congress, in the past," Obama said. Political posturing and ideological brinksmanship? "Anyone know to whom this line was referring?" asks a GOP aide. "Maybe someone involved in the debate on the last Supreme Court nomination? Maybe this?" The "this" that followed was a quote from Sen. Barack Obama on the Samuel Alito nomination. "I will be...
  • On Sotomayor: Know When To Fold ‘Em

    05/30/2009 8:25:59 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 73 replies · 1,462+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | May 30, 2009 | Jay Henderson
    Kenny Rogers’ classic Country hit, “The Gambler,” advises that “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” Good advice in both poker and politics. Anyone inclined to gamble a political future on opposing Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination should take heed: this round is one of those times when you’ve got to know when to fold ‘em. Barring the discovery of a major skeleton in her closet, Sotomayor has a lock on the Supreme Court seat.
  • 10 Questions For a Supreme Court Nominee

    05/27/2009 9:19:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Human Events ^ | May 27, 2009
    1. Many legal experts say that the nominations process is a wholly political question and not a question that would ever come before the Supreme Court. Would you agree that a U.S. senator can vote for or against a nominee to the Supreme Court for any reason? 2. Nominees frequently come before the Senate Judiciary Committee and treat the committee questioning of a nominee as a test of how much the nominee knows about the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent. Would you agree that the nomination process should be more than the functional equivalent of a pass fail examination on...
  • Justice Souter Steps Down: First Supreme Court Pick Looms for President Obama

    04/30/2009 9:03:31 PM PDT · by LikeLight · 63 replies · 2,428+ views
    The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues ^ | 4/30/2009 | Stephen Bloom
    While popular speculation held that President Obama's first Supreme Court vacancies would arise in the seats of two of the most liberal Associate Justices (the nearly post-octogenarian John Paul Stevens and the frail Ruth Bader Ginsburg), it turns out that Associate Justice David Souter (pictured left), a slightly younger liberal member of the Court, is the one providing President Obama with his first nomination opportunity. With Senator Arlen Specter's recent defection to the Democratic Party (Did the wiley Specter possess a bit of insider info about this impending vacancy? He will certainly bask in the limelight of leading from the...
  • The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas: CONFIRMATION

    03/20/2009 6:59:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies · 273+ views
    Nazareth Resource Library ^ | 1274 | St. Thomas Aquinas
    The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas CONFIRMATION The second Sacrament is Confirmation. The matter of this Sacrament is chrism made from oil, which signifies the bright lustre of conscience, and from balsam, which signifies the odor of a good name; both of which are blessed by the bishop. The form of this Sacrament is: "I sign thee with the sign of the cross, and I confirm thee with the chrism of salvation, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen."[18] The minister of this Sacrament is solely the bishop.[19] It is...
  • Don't confirm Holder

    01/28/2009 4:18:21 PM PST · by daylilly · 19 replies · 543+ views ^ | 1/28/2009 | Stephen P. Halbrook
    If the issue weren’t so serious for our nation, the irony would be delicious. Eric Holder, President Obama’s choice for Attorney General is justly criticized for many things. But the fact that he recommended that President Clinton pardon and release from prison unrepentant FALN terrorists while at nearly the same time advocating that law-abiding gun owners be imprisoned if their registration papers are not in order reveals a hard core left wing agenda. Eric Holder’s agenda is to make exercise of Second Amendment rights a minefield where an innocent misstep will land you in the penitentiary. When I testified against...
  • Will Grassroots stop Geithner nomination?

    01/26/2009 9:00:17 AM PST · by Joe27 · 41 replies · 1,429+ views
    The Geithner Dilemma Last week, revelations came that Tim Geithner, President-elect Obama's appointee to become treasury secretary, had not paid Social Security or Medicare taxes for years and consequently owed $43,000 in back taxes. In the aftermath of the news, Geithner's Senate confirmation hearing was postponed, and he huddled with Senate leaders last week to explain his actions. After a delay of less than a week, the Senate Finance Committee began grilling Geithner today and, seeking to pre-but any questions about his tax snafu, the Treasury Secretary designate called the errors "avoidable" but "unintentional. That explanation seemed to satisfy the...
  • Roadblock Thrown In Way Of Clinton's Confirmation - Single Senator's Objection To Block..

    01/20/2009 1:56:17 PM PST · by gondramB · 28 replies · 2,072+ views
    CBS TV ^ | January 20, 2009
    A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be confirmed as secretary of state Tuesday because of a single senator's objection. Reid spokesman Jim Manley said Republican John Cornyn of Texas has indicated he will block a move to confirm Clinton by a unanimous floor vote later in the day.
  • Senators Miss Crucial Confirmation Hearing

    01/18/2009 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,338+ views
    Corruption Chronicles Only half of the members in the U.S. Senate committee that screens among the most important presidential cabinet nominees—Secretary of Homeland Security—bothered to show up for confirmation hearings this week and only two Republicans participated. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee senators evidently had more important things to do than assure the right candidate will head the crucial agency that keeps the nation safe from foreign threats. Only nine of the panel’s 17 members found the time to ask Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary pick—Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano—questions, making the so-called confirmation hearing somewhat laughable. This is embarrassing...
  • Specter draws blood from Holder

    01/16/2009 9:25:52 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 30 replies · 2,567+ views
    Politico ^ | January 15, 2009
    It took nearly eight-and-a-half hours, but Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) finally got under Eric Holder's skin. Specter was questioning Holder on why Holder objected to the appointment of an independent counsel to investigate alleged fundraising violations by former Vice President Al Gore during the 1990s. Holder overruled former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is now supporting Holder's nomination, in opposing that move. Holder pointed out that career DOJ lawyers in the Public Integrity Section backed his position, which then Attorney General Janet Reno eventually adopted. Specter disagreed with that assessment, and he said that incident, along with Holder's involvement in...
  • Geithner Should Not be Secretary of the Treasury

    01/15/2009 6:25:15 AM PST · by the Real fifi · 25 replies · 795+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 1/14/09 | Feldman , Lifson
    The media rush to exonerate Timothy Geithner's failure to pay his self-employment tax as an "innocent mistake" (in Obama's words) ignores a crucial fact: even after he knew of his liability thanks to an IRS audit, he failed to pay taxes on years covered by the statute of limitations. Additionally, his failure to pay in the first place flies in the face of the fact that his employer, the IMF, notified him regularly of his obligation, and even paid him half of the tax liability, in lieu of the employer's share, money which he kept for himself.
  • Clinton Helped Husband's Donors With Government Issues

    01/13/2009 5:05:34 PM PST · by blueplum · 8 replies · 380+ views
    Fox News ^ | Jan 13th, '09 | AP staff
    Secretary of State nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton intervened at least six times in government issues directly affecting companies and others that later contributed to her husband's foundation, an Associated Press review of her official correspondence found. The overlap of names on former President Bill Clinton's foundation donor list and business interests whose issues she championed raise new questions about potential ethics conflicts between her official actions and her husband's fundraising.
  • HILLARY CONFIRMATION - Senator Lugar, here are your questions for're welcome

    01/12/2009 4:18:08 PM PST · by doug from upland · 31 replies · 843+ views
    paul v clinton dot com ^ | 1-11-09 | dfu
    QUESTIONS FOR SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON'S CONFIRMATION HEARING QUESTION 1 Senator Clinton, during the 2005 criminal trial of your campaign finance chairman, David Rosen, the FBI presented evidence that businessman Peter Paul personally donated $1.2 million to your campaign. Did he personally donate $1.2 million and, if so, why has it not ever been properly reported? QUESTION 2 Regarding the Hollywood Gala, Event 39 as it was called, you have filed four amended FEC reports. Mr. Paul is not named on any of those reports. Has Mr. Paul ever made you aware of his donations, and has he ever demanded to...
  • Senator Lugar aide in Senate Judiciary Committee is in possession of Hillary information

    01/08/2009 7:06:32 PM PST · by doug from upland · 22 replies · 1,414+ views
    aide to Lugar ^ | 1-8-08 | dfu
    Senator Richard Lugar is the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the committee that begins hearings on Jan. 13 for the nomination of Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State. I have had several phone conversations with one of Lugar's aides in the committee. He has had several emails providing information about Hillary that, miraculously, no one seemed to know. What, she filed four false FEC reports? What, her campaign finance chairman faced criminal trial in Los Angeles? What, an FBI agent presented evidence at trial that Peter Paul had personally donated $1.2 million to Hillary's campaign?...
  • IMMEDIATE FREEPER HELP NEEDED IN D.C. - deliver HILLARY! UNCENSORED to Sen. Foreign Relations Comm

    01/07/2009 8:39:31 PM PST · by doug from upland · 9 replies · 543+ views
    earlier story on FR ^ | 1-7-08 | dfu
    ON THIS THREAD it was announced that Hillary's confirmation is on Jan. 13. We have 10 copies of HILLARY! UNCENSORED that have to be physically handed to the aides of the GOP Senators who will be voting in committee. We will FEDEX tomorrow. Is there a FReeper who can take delivery and hand carry them to the staffs of the Senate Foreign Relations committee for their bosses. I have spoken to a few of them. At least one may be interested in challenging Hillary. Included with the film, we have talking points and questions that need to be asked....