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  • Is Trump Restoring Separation of Powers?

    11/26/2017 12:00:54 PM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2017 | Josh Blackman
    Our Constitution carefully separates the legislative, executive, and judicial powers into three separate branches of government: Congress enacts laws, which the president enforces and the courts review. However, when all of these powers are accumulated “in the same hands,” James Madison warned in Federalist No. 47, the government “may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.” The rise of the administrative state over the last century has pushed us closer and closer to the brink. Today, Congress enacts vague laws, the executive branch aggrandizes unbounded discretion, and the courts defer to those dictates. For decades, presidents of both parties...
  • Gorsuch's early reviews: What right hoped for, left feared

    11/25/2017 8:26:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 25, 2017 9:28 AM EST | Mark Sherman
    More than 2,000 conservatives in tuxedos and gowns recently filled Union Station’s main hall for a steak dinner and the chance to cheer the man who saved the Supreme Court from liberal control. Justice Neil Gorsuch didn’t disappoint them, just as he hasn’t in his first seven months on the Supreme Court. “Tonight I can report that a person can be both a publicly committed originalist and textualist and be confirmed to the Supreme Court,” Gorsuch said to sustained applause from members of the Federalist Society, using terms by which conservatives often seek to distinguish themselves from more liberal judges....
  • Neil Gorsuch Is Ready to Take On Administrative State

    11/19/2017 4:45:54 AM PST · by smileyface · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Ian Mason
    Justice Neil Gorsuch gave the most significant public address of his tenure on the nation’s highest court Thursday when he addressed the Federalist Society’s annual dinner, recently named in honor of the last man to hold his seat: Antonin Scalia. The newest Supreme Court justice took square aim at one of this year’s Federalist Society Convention’s main themes: the “administrative state,” the unelected mass of executive agency staff that actually creates most of the rules and regulations by which Americans live. Resistance of the administrative state’s growth and overreach is a driving force in the emergence of populist-nationalism and the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump to stick with conservative list for next Supreme Court pick

    04/30/2017 7:19:34 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 87 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Steven Dinan
    President Trump will stick with the same list of potential nominees for the next Supreme Court vacancy, he told The Washington Times in an exclusive interview in which he also waved aside the lack of a honeymoon from Capitol Hill, saying Republicans are “going to get there” and Democrats are still smarting over losing an election they thought they couldn’t lose. .. He also said he expects the near-universal opposition to his agenda from congressional Democrats to wane. “I notice it calming down,” he said. Reflecting on his first weeks, the businessman turned statesman took pride in having upended traditional...
  • Trump, meeting with Federalist Society, indicates he won't veer from Supreme Court shortlists

    11/16/2016 11:53:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 16, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    President-elect Trump's advisers are indicating he will likely stick to the shortlists released during the presidential campaign when given the chance to name a Supreme Court nominee. Trump met with Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the right-leaning Federalist Society, at Trump Tower on Wednesday and discussed the evaluation process for filling the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Leo and top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway addressed reporters after the meeting, insisting Trump's list of 21 potential Court nominees has not changed.
  • Scalia Defends The Constitution, Questions The 17th Amendment

    05/14/2015 7:39:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 13, 2015 | Randy DeSoto
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reaffirmed his commitment to defending the Constitution while speaking to the Federalist Society in his home state of New Jersey on Friday. Scalia, the preeminent conservative firebrand of the court, told the audience it is the structure of the government under the Constitution and not the liberties guaranteed under the Bill of Rights that makes us free. As reported by The Daily Signal: “Every tin horn dictator in the world today, every president for life, has a Bill of Rights,” said Scalia, author of the 2012 book Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. “That’s...
  • HuffPo Editor: Cruz Harvard Professors Were ‘In Awe Of His Intellect’ [VIDEO]

    03/24/2015 12:03:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2015 | Alex Griswold, media reporter
    In what was no doubt a rare moment for all involved, Huffington Post editorial director Howard Fineman noted on MSNBC’s “Hardball w/ Chris Matthews” that Harvard Law School professors were “in awe” of Texas Republican Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s intellect. “At Harvard Law School, he was — the professors were in awe of his intellect,” Fineman noted. “Even if they disagreed with him, which they did vehemently, these people knew that — this guy was trained under the Federalist Society second-generation Republican wave. In other words, not the Reagan years, but these years.” The rare complement from the...
  • Republicans Hand Obama an Immigration Political Triumph

    11/22/2014 2:05:11 PM PST · by aimhigh · 90 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jonathan Chait
    There are no serious legal questions about the administration’s plan, which will temporarily legalize the status of some 4.3 million undocumented immigrants. Even lawyers for the conservative Federalist Society concede Obama’s legal reasoning. The serious questions revolve around political norms. And conservative critics have a point that Obama is stretching norms of political behavior by enacting effective changes in the law solely on his own. Immigration law, unlike other kinds of law, is explicitly designed by Congress to delegate authority to the president. "The Immigration and Nationality Act and other laws are chock-full of huge grants of statutory authority to...
  • Sharia Law: Coming to America?

    01/08/2012 10:08:06 PM PST · by OddLane · 6 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 9, 2012 | Gerard Perry
    As those of you familiar with this website well know, Pamela Hall is not only a great photographer, videographer and documentarian, but a good friend of American Rattlesnake. And like American Rattlesnake, her websites, The Silent Majority No More and No Mosques At Ground Zero, extend political discussion into the important realm of culture. One of the more recent subjects she's explored is the intersection between a highly politicized, doctrinaire interpretation of Islam with traditional American institutions, e.g. our constitutional and common law, freedom of association and religion, and national security prerogatives. The video below is the first installment of...
  • Obamacare Dialogue And Legal Predictions From Famed D.C. Lawyer

    10/07/2011 8:16:36 AM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 3 replies
    Official Wire ^ | 10/6/2011 | Staff
    Is it “game over” for ObamaCare? Can ObamaCare survive scrutiny by the Supreme Court? Lawyer, writer, and former White house counsel David Rivkin will address those questions and more as the keynote speaker at a Federalist Society luncheon tomorrow in Denver, CO. David Rivkin will invite questions about the unconstitutionality of and legal challenge to ObamaCare, specifically its so-called “individual mandate” that all persons must buy health insurance or pay a fine. The Federalist Society could not have engaged a more appropriate speaker for its Colorado Lawyers Chapter. David Rivkin was the first person to question the individual mandate’s constitutionality...
  • Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer

    06/21/2011 8:10:33 PM PDT · by Martin_Schmidt · 11 replies
    Official Wire ^ | 06/21/2011 | Brent Baldwin
    Did Obama Overstep In Libya? Noted Lawyer David Rivkin Has Answer International law expert to host Federalist Society teleforum on Libyan debate Published on June 21, 2011 by Brent Baldwin (OfficialWire) WASHINGTON, D.C. (USA) OfficialWire PR News Bureau 1 Constitutional lawyer David Rivkin Former White House lawyer, David B. Rivkin, Jr. has written extensively about the powers granted to presidents by the U.S. Constitution. Rivkin, the lawyer who successfully initiated the constitutional debate on the 2010 Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”), has achieved renown as one of the nation’s “staunchest defenders of the Constitution.” His legal opinions stem not from a...
  • Senate president wants 17th Amendment repealed

    11/12/2010 8:31:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Times-Tribune ^ | November 12, 2010 | The Associated Press
    CORBIN — LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky Senate President David Williams told a group of law students that state legislators, not voters, should choose members of the U.S. Senate — comments that drew a negative reaction from Kentucky’s two senators. Declaring himself “a tea partier,” Williams on Wednesday called for repeal of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which provides for popular election of U.S. senators, the Lexington-Herald Leader reported. Williams is seeking the Republican nomination for governor next year.
  • 7 Ways the Koch Bros. Benefit from Corporate Welfare

    09/02/2010 7:32:44 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 29 replies · 1+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | Wednesday, September 01, 2010 | Yasha Levine
    Mainstream America is finally getting to know the billionaire brothers backing the libertarian movement, thanks to a pair of dueling profiles in New York and The New Yorker. Now that we've heard about their charitable giving, David's 240-foot mega-yacht and role as patrons of the Tea Party movement, it's time to ask a more serious question: How libertarian are they? The short answer...not very.Charles and David Koch, the secretive billionaire brothers who own Koch Industries, the largest private oil company in America, have spent millions bankrolling free-market think tanks and pro-business politicians in order, as David Koch has put it,...
  • Muslim Law Students’ War Against Free Speech

    03/26/2010 8:43:31 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 5 replies · 656+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Eric Giunta
    Florida State University College of Law is rather moderate as far as law schools go. Sure, nearly all the faculty are committed leftists, but they tend to be fair in their instruction, and are always willing to engage a conservative or libertarian constructively. The student body’s a mixed bag ideologically. Most of the student organizations are oriented leftward, the campus Republicans exist in name only, and the most visible, and best-attended, student organization is our chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, for which I serve as President. The Federalist Society is the nation’s premier fellowship...
  • Citizens United v. FEC - Federalist Society sponsored debate

    01/23/2010 11:19:04 AM PST · by Mercat · 9 replies · 406+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | 1-22-2010 | Scotuscast
  • Hiring Lawyer Rejects Federalist Society Members

    12/10/2009 7:09:03 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies · 1,077+ views
    ABA Journal ^ | Dec 7, 2009 8:43 AM CST | By Debra Cassens Weiss
    A hiring lawyer from Greenwich, Conn., wrote to The Ethicist of the New York Times with this question: Is it ethical to recommend rejection of members of the Federalist Society simply because you disagree with their conservative politics? The Ethicist, Randy Cohen, said politics should not be a factor.... The lawyer, who made recommendations on summer and full-time associates, had noted the review was intended to take account of judgment and personality. The Ethicist countered that reasonable people differ over politics. “I am tempted to believe that those whose politics differ from mine lack ‘judgment and personality’ and taste in...
  • Taking on Unlikables (law firm rejects Federalist Society members for jobs)

    12/06/2009 11:56:16 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies · 1,261+ views
    New York Times ^ | Published: December 4, 2009 | By RANDY COHEN
    Believing that all the applicants were qualified, but able to hire only a few, this person recommended rejecting each member of the Federalist Society.
  • An Honest Liberal Law Professor Takes Sotomayor to Task

    07/15/2009 2:29:21 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 4 replies · 561+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | July 15, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I could not approach being nearly as eloquent as Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman in an on-line debate over at the Federalist Society.Believe me, this guy is as liberal as they come. He not only defended SS's statements about being empathetic and being a wise Latina but also the irrelevancy of not being able to find a single case in which partial-birth abortion was medically necessary.But at least the guy is calling this nomination procedure like he sees it. On July 14 he wrote:"...I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor's testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme...
  • Presidential Candidates on Judicial Philosophy

    02/06/2008 4:08:35 PM PST · by ConservativeJen · 15 replies · 189+ views
    The Federalist Society ^ | February 4, 2008 | The Federalist Society
    Senator John McCain I believe that one of the greatest threats to our liberty and the Constitutional framework that safeguards our freedoms are willful judges who usurp the role of the people and their representatives and legislate from the bench. As President, I will nominate judges who understand that their role is to faithfully apply the law as written, not impose their opinions through judicial fiat. We are a free people. This means that the rules we have agreed to live by are those made by the people themselves, not a small elite that claims to be wiser than everybody...
  • Federalist Founder Supports McCain

    Steven Calabresi, Professor of Law at Northwestern University ( and co-founder of the premiere conservative legal organization, The Federalist Society, who previously backed Rudy has now endorsed John McCain. In an e-mail to me he explained: I have endorsed Senator McCain and think he would be an excellent president because he is tough on foreign policy, committed to spending restraint which is the key to small government, and because he has consistently voted for good judicial nominees in tough fights like Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. I am not troubled by his role as a member of the gang of...