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  • Justices Divide By Gender In Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

    03/25/2014 5:42:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    NPR ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Nina Totenberg
    There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical. The lead challenger in the case is the Hobby Lobby corporation, a chain of 500 arts and crafts stores that has 13,000 employees. The owners object to two forms of contraception, IUDs and morning-after...
  • Justices Hear Case on Health Lawís Contraceptive Rule

    03/25/2014 4:48:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 25, 2014 | By ADAM LIPTAK
    In an argument that touched on medical science and moral philosophy, the Supreme Court on Tuesday wrestled with whether corporations may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraception to their workers based on the religious beliefs of the corporationsí owners. --snip-- Hobby Lobby told the justices that it had no problem offering coverage for many forms of contraception, including condoms, diaphragms, sponges, several kinds of birth control pills and sterilization surgery. But drugs and devices that may prevent embryos from implanting in the womb are another matter, the company said; its owners believe those would make the company complicit in...
  • Cruz, Cornyn Join Hobby Lobby in Obamacare Legal Fight

    03/25/2014 12:25:31 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Bob Price
    The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will begin hearing oral arguments in two high profile cases regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. The two cases are Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius. These two cases deal with the religious freedom aspects of the ACA and how it applies to individual businesses. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas offering his continuing support for the two companies who have taken the federal government to court. "The Supreme Court has the opportunity to affirm our...
  • Hobby Lobby case fuels bigotry: Column (Gay Epis Bishop strikes again)

    03/25/2014 12:00:46 PM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    USA Today (title and link only) | March 24, 2014 | Bishop Gene Robinson
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/24/hobby-lobby-obamacare-contraception-supreme-court-column/6838853/
  • Supreme Court signals support for corporate religious claims

    03/25/2014 11:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/25/14 | Lawrence Hurley - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court appeared poised on Tuesday to open the door to companies' religious-based objections to government regulations as justices weighed whether business owners can object to part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law. It was unclear whether the companies objecting to the regulation requiring them to provide insurance coverage that includes contraception would win overall, but a majority of the nine justices seemed ready to rule that companies had the same religious rights to object as individuals do. In one of the biggest cases of the year, the court heard an extended 90-minute oral argument,...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. ďI thought Ė I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,Ē Roberts said and Clements agreed. ďWell, if they want...
  • Justice Kagan: U.S. Supreme Court Justices "are like, 'What's Facebook?'"

    09/22/2013 9:46:54 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 19 replies
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan has revealed the technological blind spots of the landís highest court, which óshe joked Thursday in Lexington ó extends to the intricacies of social media. Speaking at the UK Singletary Center, Kagan told UK College of Law Dean David A. Brennen that the court is ďconservativeĒ when it comes to adopting technology, even as questions about those technologies reach the court. ďItís a real challenge to learn enough about all these new-fangled things that one didnít grow up with oneself to make good and wise decisions to help in the way a court ought...
  • California raisin grower battles federal order taking almost half his crop

    09/08/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | september 7, 2013 | Dominic Di-Natale
    Since 1949, the government has been taking its share of their harvests under a Department of Agriculture protectionist order - Marketing Order 989 Ė originally designed to keep prices high and growers in business. ďIt began as 25 percent and then it went to 35 percent and then the year in question, they told us, we're going to take 47% of your crop. I said youíre not taking any of it,Ē Horne told me as we trod softly through the avenues of sugary sweet Thompson grapes, waiting to be trimmed by seasonal Hispanic harvesters. Reserves for agricultural products had existed...
  • How the Liberals' Drum-Circle of Life Turns

    06/09/2013 4:48:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 9, 2013 | John Ransom
    Barbara1247 wrote:† The Republicans have helped bring us to this sorry state of affairs. - How About More Scandal, Incompetence, Venality, Hubris, Vanity and Error to Start Dear Comrade 1247, Youíre a liberal, so even when you are right- like you are now- itís accidental. So as a public service, let me explain to you, in the simplest terms, what you got right, accidentally. Certainly the GOP has helped establish a track record of what might be the sorriest 25 years of governing in American history. But itís because they have supported watered-down versions of the Democrat agenda. For every...
  • SCOTUS Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs

    02/21/2013 9:01:01 PM PST · by Altariel · 20 replies
    Reason ^ | February 19, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "a court can presume" an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search "if a bona fide organization has certified a dog after testing his reliability in a controlled setting" or "if the dog has recently and successfully completed a training program that evaluated his proficiency in locating drugs." The justices overturned a 2011 decision in which the Florida Supreme Court said police must do more than assert that a dog has been properly trained. They deemed that court's evidentiary requirements too "rigid" for the "totality of the circumstances"...
  • Kagan: Not Sure ĎI Would've Been President Obama's Nominee if I Weren't a Womaní

    10/22/2012 8:28:21 AM PDT · by maggief · 32 replies
    CNSNews ^ | October 22, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    (CNSNews.com) -- Justice Elena Kagan said she was ďnot sureĒ if she would have received the nomination for Supreme Court Justice from President Obama if she was not a woman. During a talk before law students on Friday at the University of Tennessee Law School, Kagan said, ďAnd to tell you the truth, there were also things that I got because I was a woman. I mean I'm not sure I'd be sitting here.Ē ďI'm not sure that I would've been President Obama's nominee if I weren't a woman,Ē she said. ďAnd if he wasn't as committed as he was...
  • Happy Birthday Constitution Ė Hope It Is Not Your Last

    09/17/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 17, 2012 | Brian Darling
    Happy birthday, Constitution! Today marks the 225th anniversary of the signing of this unique and prescient document. Every American should take a moment to reflect on what a treasure we have in America. Our constitutional republic has survived for over two centuries. The Framers of the Constitution believed in a separation of powers, so that no governmentóand certainly no particular branch of governmentówould become so mighty, so imperial, as to threaten the God-given freedom of the People. And so they created a House of Representatives to represent the people in proportion to the population of a state. They created a...
  • Senator Leahy attacks Supreme Court, threatens Chief Justice Roberts

    05/25/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/25/2012 | Doug Book
    Two months ago, Barack Obama decided he could intimidate the United States Supreme Court into finding his namesake healthcare plan Constitutional. Overturning the Affordable Care Act ďÖwould amount to an unprecedented, extraordinary step of judicial activismĒ said the President at a rare White House news conference, adding ďÖIím confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected congress.Ē (1) Though someone with the hyper-arrogant mentality of the Manchurian Candidate doesnít really need a reason to direct this sort of...
  • Does Elena Kagen have a $20 million commitment to destroying the American Republic?

    05/01/2012 4:52:27 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 158 replies
    Yahoo Answers ^ | 4/24/2012 | Alan M Gottlieb
    What would you say if you learned that a member of the highest court in the land has spent the last 30 years openly advocating for the destruction of the US Constitution and even went so far as to accept $20 million from Shariah Law proponents to accomplish her goal? That Supreme Court Justice is Elena Kagan. The year after Ronald Reagan entered the Oval Office with the goal of restoring America to greatness; Elena Kagan penned a telling and disturbing senior thesis titled "To the Final Conflict: Socialism in New York City, 1900-1933." In that body of work, Kagan...
  • RINO Orrin Hatch forced into first ever primary; Lugar's situation worsening

    04/24/2012 11:31:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 29 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/24/2012 | Doug Book
    After 6 terms in the United States senate, long time RINO Orrin Hatch will face his first primary battle after failing to attain the necessary 60% of delegate votes at Saturdayís Utah Republican convention. After falling 32 votes short of the required total on the final ballot, Hatch will take on conservative Republican Dan Liljenquist on June 26th. In 2010 Hatch watched nervously as Utah colleague Robert Bennett was removed from the Senate in his own primary contest, a victim of having too often sold-out the conservative Republican base. Concerned with mounting criticism of his own predilection for confirming Marxists...
  • ELENA KAGAN'S $20 MILLION COMMITMENT TO DESTROYING THE REPUBLIC (Saudi BHO Link)

    04/17/2012 11:42:03 AM PDT · by robowombat · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | April 16, 2012
    ELENA KAGAN'S $20 MILLION COMMITMENT TO DESTROYING THE REPUBLIC What would you say if you learned that a member of the highest court in the land has spent the last 30 years openly advocating for the destruction of the US Constitution and even went so far as to accept $20 million from Shariah Law proponents to accomplish her goal? That Supreme Court Justice is Elena Kagan. TELL CONGRESS: REMOVE KAGAN FROM THE COURT! SELECT HERE NOW! The year after Ronald Reagan entered the Oval Office with the goal of restoring America to greatness; Elena Kagan penned a telling and disturbing...
  • Barack Obama already knows Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare

    04/03/2012 10:13:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 30 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/3/2012 | Doug Book
    If the Supreme Court has followed long standing tradition, the preliminary decision as to the Constitutionality of the ObamaCare individual mandate and perhaps the fate of the law itself was known to the Justices on Friday of last week. After oral arguments it is common practice for the Justices to meet Friday morning in a conference room where each Justice votes on the case, beginning with the Chief Justice and proceeding according to seniority. Shortly thereafter Justices will be assigned the writing of majority and minority opinions and comment on various case issues. Decisions can change over the months until...
  • Has Kagan or another liberal Justice leaked SCOTUS Friday Obamacare vote to Obama?

    04/03/2012 5:19:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 78 replies
    Bluegrass Pundit ^ | April 2, 2012 | Bluegrass Pundit
    President Obama has taken a very risky course if the Supreme Court voted Friday to uphold Obamacare. If he believed that were true, he would likely have said he has confidence in the judgement of the Supreme Court Justices. If he were unsure, he would also tread lightly. Instead, he fired a verbal barrage at the Court. US President Barack Obama on Monday challenged the "unelected" Supreme Court not to take the "extraordinary" and "unprecedented" step of overturning his landmark health reform law. In a highly combative salvo on a case which could have a critical impact on his reelection...
  • The ObamaCare Free Lunch

    03/29/2012 5:59:26 PM PDT · by agee · 41 replies
    Supreme Court Ė 03.28.12 An exchange between Justice Kagan and Lead Plaintiff Attorney ClementÖ Clement had barely finished his first sentence when Kagan immediately asked him why it was coercive for the federal government to give billions of dollars in additional aid to the states. ďThere are no matching funds requirements, there are no extraneous conditions attached to it, itís just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend on poor peopleís healthcare,Ē she declared. ďIt doesnít sound coercive to me, I have to tell you.Ē To that, Clement said the governmentís money was still coercive because...
  • Kagan: ĎItís Just A Boatload Of Federal Money,í ĎIt Doesnít Sound Coercive To Meí

    03/29/2012 10:05:34 AM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 53 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 28, 2012 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams Jr.
    Video in Story... Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan defended the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare today by arguing that "It's just a boatload of federal money for you to take and spend" and concluding "It doesn't sound coercive to me." Kagan made her comments at today's Supreme Court hearing while questioning attorney Paul D. Clement who was presenting an oral argument on behalf of 26 states seeking to have the federal health care law declared unconstitutional: Mr. Clement: "Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court. The constitutionality of the actís massive expansion of Medicaid depends on the answer...
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, March 29, 2012

    03/29/2012 8:22:20 AM PDT · by IMissPresidentReagan · 78 replies
    The EiB Network ^ | 03/29/ 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    AND NOW . . . amidst billowing clouds of fragrant, aromatic first- and second-hand premium cigar smoke. . . it is time for . . . that harmless, lovable little fuzz ball, the highly-trained broadcast specialist, having more fun than a human being should be allowed to have, from behind the golden EIB microphone, firmly ensconced in the prestigious Attila-the-Hun chair at the Limbaugh Institute of Advanced Conservative Studies, serving humanity simply by showing up, and heís not retiring until every American agrees with him, do NOT doubt him, with shrieks of joy at the mere mention of his name...
  • Kagan Sits in Judgment of ObamacareóDespite Cheering Its Passage and Assigning Lawyer to Defend It

    03/28/2012 4:06:09 PM PDT · by yoe · 54 replies
    CNSNews ^ | March 26, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    When the Supreme Court on Monday began hearing oral arguments in the cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActóAKA ďObamacareĒóSupreme Court Justice Elena Kagan showed up to hear the arguments and gave no indication she would recuse herself from judging the cases even though she had cheered enactment of Obamacare as an Obama political appointee and had personally assigned her top deputy in the Obama Justice Department to defend the law in federal court. A federal law, 28 USC 455, says a Supreme Court justice must recuse from ďany proceeding in which his impartiality might...
  • Kagan Defies Judicial Ethics and Sits on Obamacare Case

    03/27/2012 10:37:09 AM PDT · by traumer · 15 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Freedom Watch Only Group to Raise Issue in Amicus Brief Today, the Supreme Court began oral arguments on the constitutionality of one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in the past fifty years. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, referred to as "Obamacare," stretches the power of the federal government to a level never before seen. Yet this is not the most important decision the Court faces. Justice Elena Kagan, the former Solicitor General, is continuing to illegally preside over a case in which her impartiality has been seriously called...
  • HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor hanging out at Restaurant

    03/26/2012 7:48:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies · 148+ views
    Fire Andrea Mitchell ^ | 3/26/12 | staff
    What an amazing coincidence. After the first day of the ObamaCARE hearings, and the night before the most important day in the hearings, Obamaís Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Obama appointed far left Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor happen to be dining for dinner at Nora Restaurant, at the same time of night. Of all the restaurants in the Washington DC area, I find quite fishy. Does Nora Restaurant serve fish? I donít know if they were sitting together or not, but it still is just another amazing coincidence. Katie Harbath @katieharbath Sec Sibelius and Justice Sotomayor...
  • Justice Kagan breaks federal law in order to force ObamaCare on American people

    03/26/2012 10:25:07 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/2012 | Doug Book
    Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan will be in clear violation of federal law by virtue of her decision to hear the Affordable Care Act case coming before the Supreme Court today. Upon joining the other justices to hear oral arguments she will fracture the federal statute which DEMANDS that judges recuse themselves from participation in a case ďwhere he has served in governmental employment and in such capacity participated as council, adviser or material witness concerning the proceeding or expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy.Ē (1) And according to emails obtained by the Media...
  • What Happened to Harvardís ĎVeritasí?

    03/20/2012 5:20:23 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 20, 2012 | David Meir-Levi
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - What Happened to Harvard‚Äôs ‚ÄėVeritas‚Äô?Posted By David Meir-Levi On March 20, 2012 @ 12:16 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The official seal of Harvard University bears the four Latin words ¬ďVeritas Christo et Ecclesiae¬Ē (‚Äúthe truth of Christ and the church‚ÄĚ). Today, most reproductions of Harvard¬ís seal omit the last three words. But it seems that all too many of Harvard¬ís faculty and governance have decided to ignore the first one as well.The present writer¬ís assessment of Harvard¬ís hosting extreme anti-Israel hate-fest events, and of its programs that provide almost exclusively anti-Israel...
  • The Vetting: Cassandra Butts - Bell Devotee, Obama Advisor, Judicial Scout

    03/15/2012 7:22:28 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/15/2012 | Charles C. Johnson
    The story of Cassandra Butts is an important example of how Critical Race Theory and its adherents continue to shape President Barack Obama's worldview and his administration. At Harvard Law School from 1988-1991, Butts was one of the student advocates of Professor Derrick Bellís strike for "faculty diversity." She was also a fast friend of Obamaís, whose career she has helped to promote from the halls of the Harvard Law Review to the White House. Her role in the Obama White House is not a mystery. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. noted on MSNBC on January 22, 2009--shortly after Obama's inauguration--that...
  • Bell, via Kagan, on Critical Race Theory: The Constitution Is the Problem

    03/11/2012 3:49:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Big Government ^ | 3/11/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    In November 1985, the Harvard Law Review published an article by Derrick Bell that was a "classic" in the development of Critical Race Theory. The article was edited by then-student Elena Kagan, and was cited by Prof. Charles Ogletree in support of her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in 2010. The article makes clear that Critical Race Theory sees the U.S. Constitution as a form of "original sin"--a view later embraced by Obama as a state legislator, and reflected in his actions and appointments. The following is an excerpt from the non-fiction portion of the...
  • New White House Visitor Database: Professor Ogletree has Visited 14 Times

    03/08/2012 9:37:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 3/8/12 | Bridget Johnson
    The White House today launched a website at which the public can search through visitor records, Office of Government Ethics travel reports and Lobbying Disclosure Act data. The new Ethics.gov also includes Department of Justice Foreign Agents Registration Act data, Federal Election Commission individual contribution reports, Federal Election Commission candidate reports and Federal Election Commission committee reports. Itís quite user friendly. For example, putting Charles Ogletree into the search reveals that the Harvard professor who held onto the President Obama video now making the rounds has been to the White House 14 times in Obamaís term (15 visits are listed,...
  • Kagan Must Recuse Herself from Obamacare Case

    02/25/2012 6:54:55 PM PST · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | February 23, 2012 | Sen. Jeff Sessions
    Kagan Must Recuse Herself from Obamacare Case -Sen. Jeff Sessions February 23, 2012 As solicitor general of the United States, Justice Elena Kagan served as the head of an office responsible for formulating the Obama administrationís legal defense of its domestic agenda priority ó Obamacare. It could be no surprise to President Obama who appointed her to the Supreme Court that any former solicitor general would have many conflicts for years to come. Now, the Court will soon hear a constitutional challenge to the health-care law. Despite mounting evidence of her substantial participation in the administrationís legal defense of that...
  • Elena Kagan and Question 3

    12/14/2011 10:05:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    Considering the debate around President Barack Obama's health care plan and the lawsuits filed against it, then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan's written answers to some of the 13 written questions relating to Obamacare that Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans submitted to her during her Supreme Court confirmation process were remarkably simple and straightforward. "No," she said. That was how she answered question No. 2, which inquired if she had ever been asked her opinion about the merits or underlying legal issues in Florida's lawsuit against Obamacare. That was also the way she answered question No. 3, which asked: "Have you ever been...
  • Internal DOJ Email: Kagan Was Brought Into Loop on Mark Levinís Obamacare Complaint

    12/12/2011 6:34:12 PM PST · by hellbender · 20 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Dec. 12, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Internal Justice Department email communications made just days before the House of Representatives passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act show that then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan was brought into the loop as DOJ began preparing to respond to an anticipated legal complaint that Mark Levin and the Landmark Legal Foundation were planning to file against the act if the House used a procedural rule to ďdeemĒ the bill passed even if members never directly voted on it. In another internal DOJ email communication that same week, Kagan alerted the chief of DOJís Office of Legal Counsel to the constitutional...
  • The White House needs to come clean on Elena Kagan and the Affordable Care Act

    12/02/2011 11:23:44 AM PST · by mojito · 10 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12/2/2011 | Rep. Lamar Smith
    The Supreme Courtís current session is likely to prove one of the most important in many years. At the heart of a case the justices will consider is the individual mandate in President Obamaís Affordable Care Act, which requires every American to purchase health insurance. If the Supreme Court upholds the individual mandate, it will set a precedent for future Congresses and expand the federal governmentís reach into our everyday lives. But the outcome of the case is not the only issue of concern to the American people. Interest groups on both sides are calling for the recusal of two...
  • Justice Kagan - Fingers and Toes Are Crossed Today! (sent entitled Email day of Obamacare vote)

    11/30/2011 5:18:12 PM PST · by opentalk · 26 replies
    director blue ^ | Novembe 29, 2011 | Doug Ross
    In early 2010, then-solicitor general of the United States, Elena Kagan wrote an email to Laurence Tribe cheering for the passage of Obamacare. ...Kagan sent [an email] to Harvard Law Prof. Larry Tribe, who was then working at the Justice Department. This email was sent on March 21, 2010, the day the health-care bill would pass the House. "In an email entitled, 'fingers and toes crossed today!', ... Ms. Kagan happily says to Professor Tribe, 'I hear they have the votes, Larry!! Simply amazing." The Judicial Crisis Network describes the case for Kagan's recusal in no uncertain terms. ...For the...
  • Judge Will Not Recuse Herself on Obamacare

    11/27/2011 1:09:27 PM PST · by John Semmens · 16 replies
    Expectations that her previous work in getting Obamacare passed might compel U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to abstain from participating in the Courtís hearing of a case challenging the law were disappointed this past week. ďI have worked long and hard to see that this reform of our nationís health care system is implemented, I am not going to sit aside as it is imperiled by the presidentís enemies,Ē Kagan announced. ďAs one of the nine most powerful people in America, I would be wasting an opportunity to promote the transformation of the country toward a new paradigm of...
  • Thomas, Kagan asked to sit out health care case

    11/26/2011 10:37:39 AM PST · by Enosh · 43 replies · 1+ views
    WASHINGTON Ė Conservative interest groups and Republican lawmakers want Justice Elena Kagan off the health care case. Liberals and Democrats in Congress say itís Justice Clarence Thomas who should sit it out. Neither justice is budging ó the right decision, according to many ethicists and legal experts. None of the parties in the case has asked the justices to excuse themselves. But underlying the calls on both sides is their belief that the conservative Thomas is a sure vote to strike down President Barack Obamaís health care law and that the liberal Kagan is certain to uphold the main domestic...
  • Justice accused of withholding records on Kagan's role in healthcare defense

    The Justice Department withheld records about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kaganís role in healthcare reform, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Tuesday. Smith pressed Attorney General Eric Holder to provide documents and witnesses about Kaganís time as solicitor general and her role in preparing to defend President Obamaís healthcare reform law in court. Republicans have clamored for Kagan to recuse herself when the Supreme Court takes up a case challenging the law. Smith said in a letter to Holder that the Justice Department has refused to comply with his requests for documents and interviews about Kaganís involvement. But...
  • 85 Call for Kagan Recusal on Obamacare

    11/19/2011 4:20:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2011 | Bob Beauprez
    The call for Congress to hold hearings on the need for Justice Elena Kagan to recuse herself from the ObamaCare case now on the docket of the Supreme Court has exploded.† The number of organizations signing on to a letter to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has more than tripled in just 48 hours since our original blog post calling for her to stand aside.† Following is a link to the final draft of the letter signed by the leaders of 85 citizens organizations and related other articles and documents. Leader's to House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith Judicial Action Group's...
  • Elena Kagan Must Be Recused In ObamaCare Case

    11/15/2011 5:00:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | November 15, 2011 | Editor
    Supreme Court: Should a justice who participated in ObamaCare's creation recuse herself from the court's review of that law? Of course. But then a nominee who lies in confirmation hearings shouldn't be on the court anyway. If Justice Elena Kagan were a person of character, she would sit out the Supreme Court's hearing of the challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But during her confirmation hearings in June of last year, she indicated she would not. And since this Monday, when the court announced it would take the case, she has done nothing to suggest she will...
  • Emails show Elena Kagan gushing over Obamacare passage: ďI hear they have the votes, Larry!!Ē

    11/15/2011 12:17:34 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Nov.15, 2011 | Dan Cleary
    Double-exclamation point!! This, on top of the fact that we already know Elena Kagan huddled with the White House to help craft the legal defense for Obamacare just five months prior to being sworn in as a Supreme Court justice. A case for recusal doesnít get much more clear-cut than this. Donít hold your breath though waiting for Kagan to recuse herself when the Obamacare challenge lands in the Supreme Court; this is exactly why Obama nominated her. (CNSNews.com) Ė On Sunday, March 21, 2010, the day the House of Representatives passed President Barack Obamaís Patient Protection and Affordable Care...
  • Elena Kagan emails show she was 'excited' about Obamacare passage

    11/15/2011 7:11:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/15/2011 | Rick Moran
    div class="article_body"> The case for Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan recusing herself from voting on the upcoming decision regarding Obamacare would seem to be an open and shut one. Emails show that she harbored definite opinions about the law while serving as Obama's solicitor general.The Examiner: At her confirmation hearing in 2010, now-Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan that she "was not" asked at any time to give her opinion on the merits of the Obamacare legislaton. Newly released emails suggest that whether or not she was asked, Kagan was not shy about her enthusiasm for the bill that eventually...
  • New info indicates Justice Kagan's conflict of interest on ObamaCare

    11/11/2011 12:33:32 PM PST · by Driftwood1 · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11-11-11 | Anthony Martin
    When former Obama Administration attorney Elena Kagan was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Barack Obama, conservatives warned that the nominee was perhaps the most politically partisan Justice that has ever served on the high court. Kagan had served as Obama's Solicitor-General and was responsible for defending his policies in court cases.But new information has surfaced today that may indicate a stark conflict of interest when it comes Kagan and the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. As a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch and CNSNews in response to the Justice Department's refusal to...
  • New Documents Show Supreme Court Justice Elena Kaganís Comments on Obamacare

    11/11/2011 10:43:16 AM PST · by OPS4 · 12 replies
    Judicalwatch ^ | 11/10/11 | Judicialwatch
    Washington, DC -- November 10, 2011 Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained three new documents that provide additional information about Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) while she served as solicitor general. Justice Kagan has said she was not actively involved in the Department of Justice (DOJ) discussions regarding Obamacare. Moreover, the Supreme Court justice did not recuse herself from the High Court decision in April 2011 not to ďfast-trackĒ for Supreme Court review Virginiaís lawsuit challenging Obamacare. Here is...
  • Time For A Constitutional Convention?

    10/06/2011 11:11:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2011 | Ralph Benko
    Last week the unthinkable happened.† While you were distracted by the banal and only marginally important presidential primaries, the lion, Harvard Law School, publicly lay down with the lamb, the Tea Party Patriots.† The long-term political implications are, potentially, far more potent than a mere presidency. The SuperElite and the SuperPopulists convened at Harvard for a ďConference for a Constitutional Convention.Ē† It was co-hosted by Lawrence Lessig, from Harvard, and by Mark Meckler, co-founder of the 850,000 member Tea Party Patriots. Lessig is a leading figure on the social democratic left, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for...
  • Dems want probe of Justice Thomas as health law ruling looms

    09/30/2011 10:11:19 AM PDT · by BradtotheBone · 69 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 09/29/11 05:22 PM ET | Julian Pecquet
    Twenty House Democrats are demanding a judicial ethics investigation into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas just as the high court is poised to issue a ruling on the healthcare law that could make or break President Obamaís reelection. The lawmakers on Thursday asked the U.S. Judicial Conference to formally request that the Department of Justice look into Thomasís failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars his wife has received from groups that want the healthcare law repealed. Their letter comes after 75 House Democrats in February asked Thomas to recuse himself from the case following reports that heíd failed...
  • Judiciary Committee Launches Probe of Kaganís Involvement in Obamacare

    07/06/2011 8:18:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 7/6/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The House Judiciary Committee is launching an investigation to probe the involvement that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan had in ďhealth care legislation or litigationĒ when she was serving as President Barack Obamaís solicitor general and was responsible for defending the administrationís position in federal court cases. The investigation will look at whether Kagan is required by law to recuse herself from judging cases challenging President Obamaís health-care law and whether her answers to questions posed by the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation process were accurate.
  • House panel probe urged of Kagan health care role

    07/01/2011 3:43:23 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    The Washingtin Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    Forty-nine Republican members of Congress have asked the House Judiciary Committee to ďpromptly investigateĒ Supreme Court Justice Elena Kaganís role in preparing a legal defense for President Obamaís health care law when she served as solicitor general. In a letter to committee Chairman Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, and the panelís ranking Democrat, John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the lawmakers said that ďcontradictory to her 2010 confirmation testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee,Ē recently released Justice Department documents show that Justice Kagan ďactively participated with her Obama administration colleagues in formulating a defenseĒ for the law. The lawmakers, including 10 doctors...
  • Evidence 'Contradictory' to Kagan's Confirmation Testimony, 49 Lawmakers Call for Investigation

    07/01/2011 3:46:34 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 1, 2011 | By Terence P. Jeffrey
    Full title: Citing Evidence They Call 'Contradictory' to Kagan's Confirmation Testimony, 49 Lawmakers Call for Judiciary Committee Investigation Forty-nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives--including the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee and two presidential candidates--are pointing to evidence they say is "contradictory" to Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan's confirmation testimony and calling for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate the matter. The lawmakers also say they believe that evidence already made public shows that Kagan must recuse herself from any court cases involving the health care bill signed into law by...
  • 49 House members demand probe of Elena Kagan involvement in ObamaCare

    07/01/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair ^ | 07/01/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    Did Elena Kagan mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing when answering questions about her level of involvement in ObamaCare? Forty-nine House members have signed a letter to the House Judiciary Committee demanding an investigation of that question, as new documents suggest that the now-Supreme Court Justice helped the Obama administration craft legal defenses for the law. The signatories argue that this should require Kagan to recuse herself from considering the appeals that will likely arrive at the Supreme Court from three different appellate circuits: Forty-nine members of the U.S. House of Representatives are calling for the House...
  • Elena Kagan's Telltale Recusal

    06/08/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    When Elena Kagan became solicitor general of the United States in March 2009, she applied a high standard in recusing herself from her job as the administration's top advocate in federal court disputes. This standard was exemplified by the case of Horne v. Flores. Horne v. Flores, in which a school superintendent contested the efforts of federal courts to micromanage how his state's public schools helped Spanish-speaking students learn English, came out of Arizona. Kagan came out of Cambridge, Mass. -- a long way geographically and philosophically from Arizona. So why did Kagan recuse herself from representing the Obama administration...