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  • Kellyanne’s husband co-founds group of anti-Trump lawyers to defend 'truth' and 'rule of law' (Ugh)

    11/14/2018 7:51:29 AM PST · by BurgessKoch · 83 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 14, 2018 | David Martosko
    George Conway, a conservative attorney whose wife is Donald Trump's senior White House counselor, has formed an organization whose goal is to push back against the president. Charter members of the group, called Checks and Balances, include former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, former acting Attorney General Stuart Gerson, former Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and former Deputy White House Counsel Phillip Brady. Missing from its mission statement is any mention of Conway's wife, who helmed Trump's White House quest and became the first woman to successfully bring a presidential campaign across a November finish line. 'We believe in the...
  • Trump defies DiFi and Kamala, nominating 3 Federalist Society members for Ninth Circuit

    10/12/2018 9:43:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/12/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is about to become about ten percent less crazy.  President Trump has nominated three new judges for the 29-seat circuit court, over the objections of the two senators representing their home state of California.  Until Trump discarded the practice, home state senators were allowed to veto judicial nominations for courts in their states, a custom known as the "blue slip."  That seems quaint these days, a relic of a bygone era in which actual qualifications, not ideology, were the issue in Senate confirmation votes that, anyway, required a filibuster-proof 60 votes.As a result, President Trump and...
  • Trump Defies California Senators With 9th Circuit Judge Nominations

    10/12/2018 2:10:20 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 164 replies
    sacbee.com ^ | October 11, 2018
    After months of negotiations and delays, the White House is moving to fill California’s three vacancies on the influential 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — over the strenuous objections of the state’s two Democratic senators. President Trump’s nominees for the appeals court — litigators Daniel Collins and Kenneth Lee and Assistant United States Attorney Patrick Bumatay — are all based in Southern California, are prominent members of the conservative Federalist Society, and have worked for Republican administrations. None of the three were approved by Feinstein or Harris via a process known as a “blue slip,” the senators’ offices confirmed...
  • Justice Elena Kagan’s Scholarly Connection With Brett Kavanaugh

    09/30/2018 4:22:48 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | Jul 12, 2018 | Ken McIntyre
    “I teach that the Constitution’s separation of powers protects individual liberty, and I remain grateful to the dean who hired me, Justice Elena Kagan,” Kavanaugh said, prompting an audible gasp or two in the East Room, according to one account. It turns out that Kagan, during her stint as dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009, made it part of her mission to seek out and hire more conservative faculty at the overwhelmingly liberal school. “She definitely made an effort to reach out to the conservative community, and made several conservative hires while she was there,” said Carrie...
  • US threatens to arrest ICC judges who probe war crimes

    09/10/2018 11:57:35 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/10/18 | AFP
    The United States threatened Monday to arrest and sanction judges and other officials of the International Criminal Court if it moves to charge any American who served in Afghanistan with war crimes. White House National Security Advisor John Bolton called the Hague-based rights body "unaccountable" and "outright dangerous" to the United States, Israel and other allies, and said any probe of US service members would be "an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation." "If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly," Bolton said. He said the US was prepared to slap financial sanctions and...
  • Dem senator: ‘Smelly special interest network’ involved in Kavanaugh nomination process

    08/21/2018 7:35:26 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/21/18 | Megan Keller
    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) on Tuesday said that he thinks a “smelly special interest network” of dark money was involved in Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination process. “There is a very smelly special interest network that is operating through this nomination process and I think we’ve gotta put a spotlight on that as well,” Whitehouse told CNN Tuesday. Kavanaugh has been under the Democrat’s scrutiny since President Trump nominated him to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy in July. Whitehouse told CNN, “I think that to the extent that the focus in these proceedings is entirely on Kavanaugh and misses the...
  • 'F*** the Law!': CUNY Law School Students Disrupt Professor's Lecture on Free Speech

    04/20/2018 9:07:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 43 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | April 19, 2018 | As Seen on Tucker Carlson
    Video: A law professor was (heckled and shouted down) during a recent speech at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law by students who opposed his conservative views. Josh Blackman, a professor at the South Texas College of Law, was invited last month by CUNY Law’s Federalist Society chapter to give a lecture on “The Importance of Free Speech on Campus.”[snip]"I tried to come on campus to talk about free speech, and I was shouted down," Blackman said on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." "They yelled at me, they screamed at me, they called me a fascist, a white...
  • Leonard Leo live at Hillsdale on 'Judicial Power and Virtue'

    04/04/2018 5:11:20 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    Dr. Leonard Leo is Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society, an organization of around 65,000 individuals advancing limited, constitutional government. Most recently, he has advised President Trump on judicial selection, helped to manage the Gorsuch selection and confirmation process, and served as a member of the Trump transition team. He organized the outside coalition efforts in support of the Roberts and Alito U.S. Supreme Court confirmations, and, in 2004, was the Bush-Cheney presidential campaign’s Catholic Strategist. Dr. Leo, along with the other founders and directors of the Federalist Society, received the 2009 Bradley Prize. He is the coeditor of...
  • 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.