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  • Why I Walked Out on John Roberts

    06/30/2012 3:24:46 PM PDT · by Bratch · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2012 | Michael Filozof
    I've had doubts about Chief Justice John Roberts for a couple of years now -- doubts that were unfortunately confirmed Thursday by his decision upholding ObamaCare. In October 2010, Canisius College in Buffalo, NY hosted Chief Justice Roberts as part of the Raichle Lecture Series. The Raichle Lectures are sponsored by the college's pre-law center, and the college deserves credit for booking some real heavy hitters -- past guests have included Supreme Court Justices Rehnquist, Scalia, and O'Connor, and other notable figures like Rudy Giuliani. I was excited about the opportunity to see the head of one of the three...
  • Supreme Court Health Care Decision Energizes Republicans, Tea Party

    06/30/2012 9:57:22 PM PDT · by Marcus · 11 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | 6/30/2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    Evidence is starting to pour in that suggests that while the Obama administration may have won the battle by having health care reform declared constitutional, it may have lost the war where it concerns the president being re-elected in the fall.
  • I'm a Tea Party Nose Holder

    06/30/2012 12:35:57 PM PDT · by morethanright · 74 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | 2012-06-30 11:50:12 | mrcurmudgeon
    <p>Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress has the power to do just about anything it desires provided it's called a tax. It's hard not to notice that the Progressive march toward totalitarianism in America has a decidedly bipartisan feel. Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the high court's majority opinion, is an appointee of "compassionate conservative" George W. Bush.</p>
  • Romney website: ‘Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts’

    06/28/2012 4:30:37 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 28, 2012 | Jamie Weinstein
    Conservatives around the country may be regretting Chief Justice John Roberts’ appointment to the Supreme Court after Thursday’s ruling upholding [Alleged] President Barack Obama’s health care law, but Mitt Romney‘s campaign website still holds him up as the paradigm of a Supreme Court justice. “As president, Mitt will nominate judges in the mold of Chief Justice Roberts...
  • Madison, the Federalist, and Chief Justice Roberts

    06/30/2012 9:36:35 AM PDT · by Bobalu · 39 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jerry Pournelle
    It is time, the Chief Justice said, for the will of the people to be expressed through the political departments. You should not try to make the Supreme Court the final arbitrator of such political matters. It has not the wisdom for that. This election will now be held largely on the issue of Obama Care. If the President wins this will be seen as a vindication of that act and of the philosophy behind it. If the President fails of election the Act will be repealed, and there is an opportunity for the United States to turn back and...
  • VANITY: Justice Roberts Raped US

    06/29/2012 8:57:16 PM PDT · by privatedrive · 75 replies
    original | 6/29/12 | privatedrive
    My apologies to all whom I am about to offend. But he raped us all. The fact that he kissed us first makes it no less vile. I feel so violated. Go ahead and ban me Jim - I just don't care anymore. You are the best, privatedrive
  • John Roberts -The Worse Conservative Supreme Court Decisions In U.S. History

    06/29/2012 3:37:22 PM PDT · by joeclarke · 20 replies
    JoeClarke.Net ^ | 06/29/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Charles Krauthammeer suggested that John Roberts is playing a sort of catch-up baseball since Roberts feels he needs to protect the image (among liberals, evidently) of the Supreme Court which got bad ratings (like CNN) since 2000, when the Supremes sided with W Bush over Al Gore. Maybe, Krauthammer, the psychiatrist, has gotten into the head of Roberts, but that remains to be seen. We have expected Roberts to act more honorably, as opposed to expecting Elena Kagan, who drafted Obamacare, to recuse herself from making any decision on the matter. I am convinced that most Democrats cannot experience...
  • A ruling that’s good for the country (Commies at the Compost Love Johnny Alert)

    06/29/2012 3:01:04 PM PDT · by mojito · 2 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 6/29/2012 | The Editors
    THE SUPREME COURT’S 5 to 4 decision upholding the core of the Affordable Care Act is good news for the court and the country. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was statesmanlike in choosing to side with four more liberal justices in finding that the law’s most controversial provision, the mandate that individuals obtain health insurance, was a constitutional exercise of Congress’s power “to lay and collect taxes.” That solution allows the main provisions of the law to take effect. Even more important, it is respectful, as the court should be, of congressional authority and the democratic process that underlies...

    06/29/2012 9:58:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Peter J. Fusco
    Chief Justice John Roberts is the most hated man in the United States of America today. He will be hated forever by strict constructionalists, but he will not be hated by conservatives reasonably versed in Supreme Court rulings, they will simply dislike him. After all, Justice Roberts is on solid Constitutional ground. Most people have never heard of James Kent. He was a professor at Columbia University Law School after which he became chief justice of New York’s Supreme Court. Law students are introduced to him early in their schooling, then forget him as soon as possible. They shouldn’t, and...
  • George Will: The consolation prize (The commerce clause was rejected.)

    06/29/2012 9:40:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/28/2012 | George Will
    Conservatives won a substantial victory on Thursday. The physics of American politics — actions provoking reactions — continues to move the crucial debate, about the nature of the American regime, toward conservatism. Chief Justice John Roberts has served this cause. The health care legislation’s expansion of the federal government’s purview has improved our civic health by rekindling interest in what this expansion threatens — the Framers’ design for limited government. Conservatives distraught about the survival of the individual mandate are missing the considerable consolation prize they won when the Supreme Court rejected a constitutional... --snip-- When Nancy Pelosi, asked where...
  • Triple Lutz Report-Obamacare Upheld-Government Can Force You To Eat Broccoli--Episode 196

    06/29/2012 9:18:35 AM PDT · by appeal2 · 6 replies
    The Financial Survival Network ^ | 06/29/2012 | Kerry Lutz presents As everyone knows Obamacare was upheld today. The purported conservative Chief Justice, John Roberts, writing for the majority ruled the health insurance mandate was legal, in spite of arguments before the Court, stating that if the government can force you to buy insurance, they can force you to eat broccoli as well. Because after all, it is good for you. We've stated many times on the Financial Survival Network that any time you go to court, it's a "crap-shoot." And this time was no different. While we admit to being surprised, based upon the oral arguments presented, we're...
  • Chief Justice Roberts gets tax decision WRONG, provides Congress with unlimited power

    06/29/2012 9:00:59 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/29/2012 | Doug Book
    John Roberts is said to be quite concerned about the way in which history will view his tour of duty as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Well he doesn’t have to worry any longer, for his remarkable decision allowing Congress to impose a tax improperly and in a previously unconstitutional manner will secure his place in Court history for all time. Very few—including Obama himself—believed the scheme of presenting the individual mandate penalty as a tax would pass constitutional muster. The DOJ included a “the penalty is actually a tax” argument in an ObamaCare brief to the Supreme Court,...
  • Congress can compel action due to public necessity (Did John Roberts use Laurence Tribe's argument?)

    06/29/2012 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 17 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 3, 2011 | Laurence Tribe
    THERE’S PLENTY to be said as a policy matter both for and against the Affordable Care Act, but it’s beyond reasonable debate that it complies fully with the Constitution...[Snip]... The one provision whose constitutionality is questioned is the individual mandate...[Snip] That mandate, too, is constitutional. Congress found that the cost of providing uncompensated care to the uninsured totaled $43 billion in 2008, raising annual premiums for the average family by over $1,000. Suppose Congress had required anyone who received medical care at public expense in 2010 to purchase insurance for 2011 or face a modest increase ($750 per year) in...
  • Laurence Tribe: Chief Justice John Roberts’s Ruling Restores Faith in the Court’s Neutrality

    06/29/2012 7:16:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 06/29/2012 | Laurence Tribe
    After Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, many despaired that the Supreme Court would be able to salvage its reputation as a politically neutral arbiter. As the Senate was considering his nomination to become this nation's 17th chief justice, John Roberts—once a star pupil in my constitutional law class—famously compared the role of a judge with that of an umpire, just calling the balls and strikes. In many respects, that analogy is a deeply flawed one. Constitutional rules are not black and white; there are many shades of grey in between, and it’s up to our highest court both to...
  • John Roberts: Another Stealth Leftist

    06/29/2012 6:29:18 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | June 28, 2012 | Sher Zieve
    It appears that We-the-People, the US Constitution and the USA are now sunk. CJ Roberts has now shown his true stripes as a leftist. In order to do away with the true argument that the Congressional ruling establishing ObamaCare would be charged as a fee for being born and living in the USA, Roberts changed ObamaCare to a tax—which Obama had argued previously and intensely stated was NOT a tax—in order to mollify and please his true leader. However, during the oral arguments, Obama’s lawyers ruled it IS a tax. In what I view as an act of brazen disregard...
  • John Roberts, Big Government Scumbag - Dave Souter is BACK

    06/28/2012 1:50:25 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 56 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2012 | Lancey Howard
    I never saw this coming - Roberts lied through his teeth at his hearings and now we have another stealth socialist Democrat on the court - the new David Souter. Pray for America. Personally, I think we're toast.
  • Maybe Roberts Got it Right After All

    06/28/2012 6:54:37 PM PDT · by Alberta's Child · 296 replies
    Self | June 28, 2012 | Alberta's Child
    Upon further review and discussion here, I've concluded that the majority opinion of Chief Justice Roberts in the ObamaCare case was exactly what this country needed. He effectively took the heap of crap that had been dumped in the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court and tossed it right back out where it belongs: in the homes and businesses of every U.S. citizen who has allowed this bunch of fools in Washington to govern us this way. Think of it, folks ... Any obligation of the U.S. Supreme Court to deal with this idiocy went out the window the moment...
  • What Happened to John Roberts?

    06/28/2012 3:38:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 217 replies
    Rush ^ | June 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I want to go back to the Grooveyard of Forgotten Favorites. Our archives. By the way, I think this is important. Doesn't mean anything now. It does not have the force power, but the four judges, justices who dissented -- Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy -- made it plain in their dissent that this was nothing constitutional about this act. They found nothing in it. They plainly said, in their dissent, the whole thing should have been tossed out. You can't have a greater divide than what we had. You've got the four libs, who, it's never even...
  • Why Roberts Did It

    06/28/2012 1:47:53 PM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 104 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 28 June 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    It’s the judiciary’s Nixon-to-China: Chief Justice John Roberts joins the liberal wing of the Supreme Court and upholds the constitutionality of Obamacare. How? By pulling off one of the great constitutional finesses of all time. He managed to uphold the central conservative argument against Obamacare, while at the same time finding a narrow definitional dodge to uphold the law — and thus prevented the Court from being seen as having overturned, presumably on political grounds, the signature legislation of this administration. snip Whatever one thinks of the substance of Bush v. Gore, it did affect the reputation of the Court....
  • ObamaCare's First Death Panel

    06/28/2012 2:43:42 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 2 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-28-12 | The Looking Spoon

    06/28/2012 1:58:50 PM PDT · by Lacey · 25 replies ^ | July 20, 2005 | Ann Coulter
    After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male. So all we know about him for sure is that he can't dance and he probably doesn't know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah ... We also know he's argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt's attorney. But unfortunately, other than that that, we don't know much about John...
  • Justice Kennedy: ‘In Our View, The Entire Act Before Us Is Invalid In Its Entirety’

    06/28/2012 10:36:52 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 34 replies
    CNS ^ | June 28, 2012 | Edwin Mora
    U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, in commenting on the dissent in the Obamacare case said, “In our view, the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.” He made his remark inside the Court on Thursday. In the written dissent, it states, “we would find the Act invalid in its entirety. We respectfully dissent.” President Barack Obama’s signature legislation – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act -- including the controversial individual mandate requiring that virtually all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty, was ruled constitutional by the U.S Supreme Court (5-4) on Thursday. Chief...
  • I’m Not Down on John Roberts

    06/28/2012 10:09:41 AM PDT · by Jedidah · 143 replies
    Redstate ^ | June 28, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    . . . I get the strong sense from a few anecdotal stories about Roberts over the past few months and the way he has written this opinion that he very, very much was concerned about keeping the Supreme Court above the partisan fray and damaging the reputation of the Court long term. . . . Second, in writing his case, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. . . Third, while Roberts has expanded the taxation power, which I don’t really think is a massive expansion from what it was, Roberts...
  • Conservatives turn on Roberts

    06/28/2012 10:24:08 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 118 replies
    Salon ^ | 6-28-12 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Conservative Chief John Roberts single-handedly saved Obamacare today, siding with the liberal bloc of the Supreme Court to uphold the law, even though more moderate Justice Anthony Kennedy led the dissent. The steps of the Supreme Court this morning were packed with conservatives deeply disappointed by the ruling and hurt by the apparent betrayal of one of their own. ”I think a lot of Chief Justice Roberts. I think his whole history of jurisprudence is deserving of respect from this country — up to, and not necessarily including, this opinion today,” Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, told Salon....
  • I’m Not Down on John Roberts (RedState Letter)

    06/28/2012 10:07:53 AM PDT · by Conservative_Jedi · 33 replies
    RedState ^ | 06/28/2012 11:35 AM EST | Erick Erickson
    Dear RedState Reader, As you have no doubt heard by now, the Supreme Court largely upheld Obamacare with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority 5 to 4 decision. Even Justice Kennedy called for the whole law to be thrown out, but John Roberts saved it. Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points. John Roberts is playing at a different game than the rest of us. We’re on poker. He’s on chess. First, I get the strong sense from a few...
  • With All Due Respect To Chief Justice Roberts On ObamaCare...

    06/28/2012 8:18:24 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 80 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | The Looking Spoon
    I admit, "respect" is a term used very loosely here.I was perpetually pessimistic about ObamaCare's reversal...but I wasn't watching the other hand. I would have NEVER guessed who the law's savior would be...
  • Laurence Tribe: I think my former student, John Roberts, will vote to uphold ObamaCare

    06/27/2012 8:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via the Examiner, I've been looking for tea leaves for you all day but this, unfortunately, is the best I can do. I don't even regard it as tea leaves: I think Tribe is just pre-spinning the outcome so that, if the mandate is struck down, he can call Roberts a disappointment who betrayed his education in a fit of ideological pique, etc etc etc. But we're starving for insight and this is, in its own lame way, an insight into Roberts' thinking. As is this: Eastman, a critic of the health care law, said he wouldnÂ’t be surprised to...
  • Politico Warns Chief Justice Roberts

    06/26/2012 11:38:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 92 replies
    Rush ^ | June 26, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: The Politico has a story today warning John Roberts: "You can be lionized and be the biggest hero in this town, or we can make your life miserable. It's up to you." Now, those are my words, but that's the point of the Politico story: You can be the biggest, most prominent, most loved and revered chief justice in the history of chief justices, or you can be dirt. It's up to you, judge. He's supposed to swing Obamacare. Exactly right. I've got that story in the stack here. I'm getting way ahead of myself here. I...
  • 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 “…would amount to an unprecedented, extraordinary step of judicial activism” said the President at a rare White House news conference, adding “…I’m 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.” (1) Though someone with the hyper-arrogant mentality of the Manchurian Candidate doesn’t really need a reason to direct this sort of...
  • Chief Justice Roberts: Back off the recusal demands

    01/02/2012 7:47:14 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Has anyone taken the demands for the recusals of Supreme Court justices on the ObamaCare case seriously? As I’ve written previously, they’re not offered seriously, but as a way of shaping the post-decision political battlefield, efforts that have begun on both sides of the issue. Chief Justice John Roberts told both sides to back off in his annual report to the federal judiciary: The chief justice’s comments came in his annual report on the state of the federal judiciary. In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls...
  • Supreme Court and Obama: Go Chief Justice John Roberts !

    11/30/2011 5:43:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 83 replies
    email | 11/29/2011 | Dan Hennessy
    Our Dictator May Be In Deep Trouble...with Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court. According to sources who watch the inner workings of the federal government, a smack-down of Barack Obama by the U.S. Supreme Court may be inevitable. Ever since Obama assumed the office of President, critics have hammered him on a number of Constitutional issues. Critics have complained that much, if not all of Obama's major initiatives run headlong into Constitutional roadblocks on the power of the federal government. Obama certainly did not help himself in the eyes of the Court when he used the venue of the...
  • Analysis: Two justices may decide fate of Obama healthcare law

    08/15/2011 4:54:58 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    reuters ^ | Aug. 15, 2011 | James Vicini
    (Reuters) - The legal fate of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy. That would be a familiar role for Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often has cast the decisive vote on the most contentious issues before the nine-member high court divided between conservative and liberal factions.
  • Obama may be in deep trouble… Chief Justice John Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court

    07/02/2011 5:35:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 58 replies
    RedWhiteBlueNews ^ | 7/2/2011 | Rebel Rouser from Texas
    According to sources who watch the inner workings of the federal government, a smackdown of Barack Obama by the U.S. Supreme Court may be inevitable. Ever since Obama assumed the office of President, critics have hammered him on a number of Constitutional issues. Critics have complained that much, if not all of Obama’s major initiatives run headlong into Constitutional roadblocks on the power of the federal government. Obama certainly did not help himself in the eyes of the Court when he used the venue of the State of the Union address early in the year to publicly flog the Court...
  • Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union

    01/21/2011 1:00:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/11 | Michael M Gleason
    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito face a difficult choice on whether to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Alito and Roberts, who were both nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2005, have never missed a State of the Union address since joining the high court. Alito found himself in headlines last year after cameras caught him disagreeing with one of Obama's assertions on campaign finance reform. After that flap, both justices last year strongly criticized the tradition of having members of the Supreme Court attend the politically charged address. Alito went as...
  • Breaking: CNN’s Former Morning Host John Roberts Expected To Join Fox News

    01/03/2011 8:37:14 AM PST · by abb · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Mediaite ^ | January 3, 2011 | Colby Hall
    CNN’s John Roberts is expected to join FOX News Channel as a senior national correspondent based in Atlanta and will be reporting on major domestic and international stories for the network. Roberts came up the ranks of CBS News, often filling in for then Evening News anchor Dan Rather, and was most recently co-host of CNN’s American Morning. Roberts very recently left that show, and CNN altogether, amid major changes at American Morning. Some industry insiders are sure to see this as somewhat of a coup for Fox News, as Roberts will shore up the news side of FNC’s news...
  • CNN morning show loses Roberts, executive producer

    12/16/2010 6:16:16 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12/14/2010 | AP
    Troubled CNN is looking to give a facelift to its morning news show, seeking a more "upbeat" mix of stories and leaving anchor John Roberts behind in the process. The network said Tuesday that Roberts, a former CBS News anchor, has left the show. Roberts is engaged to CNN anchor Kyra Phillips and has requested a reporting assignment that will take him closer to her home and the network's Atlanta base. CNN also said the "American Morning" executive producer, Jamie Kraft, has left CNN to take a job at NBC News. Just like in prime time, CNN has been outflanked...
  • CNN Anchor Roberts Leaves CNN, Joins FOX

    01/03/2011 12:36:08 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    A major CNN morning news anchor who left the network last month amid a ratings slide is now set to join Fox News Channel, reports. John Roberts, who anchored CNN “American Morning,” was originally set to join CNN’s Atlanta bureau after he moved there to be closer to his fiance and fellow CNN reporter Kyra Phillips. But instead of setting up shop at CNN, he’ll be reporting for Fox from the same city. says Roberts will be “reporting on major domestic and international stories for the network.” A news veteran, he joined CNN in 2006 after spending 14...
  • CNN Anchor Roberts Leaves CNN, Joins Fox.

    01/03/2011 12:41:03 PM PST · by izzatzo · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 01/01/11 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    CNN Anchor Roberts Leaves CNN, Joins FOX Posted on January 3, 2011 at 11:45am by Jonathon M. Seidl Print » Email » A major CNN morning news anchor who left the network last month amid a ratings slide is now set to join Fox News Channel, TVNewser
  • Perjury Charge: Congressman [DeFazio] Launches Impeachment Probe of Chief Justice Roberts

    10/24/2010 11:36:36 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 45 replies
    TheBlaze ^ | 10/22/2010 | Pam Key
    The link has only a video posted. "I mean, the Supreme Court has done a tremendous disservice to the United States of America. They have done more to undermine our democracy with their Citizens United decision than all of the Republican operatives in the world in this campaign. They've opened the floodgates, and personally, I'm investigating articles of impeachment against Justice Roberts for perjuring during his Senate hearings, where he said he wouldn't be a judicial activist, and he wouldn't overturn precedents." ~ Rep. Peter DeFazio in an interview with The Huffington Post
  • CNN: What Did Kiran Chetry Do That Made John Roberts Snap at Her on the Air?

    09/17/2010 8:18:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 46 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | September 17, 2010 | P.J. Gladnick
    Take a quick break from speculating about the outcome of the elections this November. There is a new topic that is causing quite a bit of speculation: just what did Kiran Chetry of CNN's American Morning do last Wednesday that caused co-host John Roberts to pause in the middle of introducing guest David Axelrod and snap at her in a fit of extreme irritability? Almost as funny watching it on TV was the fact that the moment was officially recorded in CNN's transcripts: DAVID AXELROD, SENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you for having me. ROBERTS: Let me ask you...
  • POTUS v. SCOTUS: In John Roberts, Obama finds the perfect enemy.

    03/17/2010 7:15:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies · 1,817+ views
    New Republic ^ | March 16, 2010 | Jeffrey Rosen
    Barack Obama is gunning for a confrontation with the Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts has signaled that he welcomes the fight. Last week, the chief justice described the president’s State of the Union condemnation of the Citizens United decision as “very troubling” and complained that the speech had “degenerated to a political pep rally.” Roberts was making an argument about etiquette--dissent was fine, he said, but Obama had somehow transgressed the boundaries of civilized discourse by delivering his attack to a captive audience. But he was implicitly making a political argument as well. That is, Roberts seems to...
  • Obama Machine Sticks With Straw Man Strategy

    03/14/2010 10:35:29 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 3 replies · 395+ views ^ | 03/14/10 | CaroleL
    Yesterday it was President Obama's lead pollster employing a straw man fallacy to argue with the American people over Obamacare. Today it was two of the president's top advisers who were sent onto the Sunday morning talk shows to use the same strategy against the Chief Justice of the United States. This embarrassing, third-world style dust-up between two branches of government (with the third cheering one branch on like a bunch of drunken soccer fans) began during the president's State of the Union Address in January.
  • LAMBRO: Roberts For The Defense

    03/12/2010 6:20:14 PM PST · by raptor22 · 1 replies · 399+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    When President Obama turned his State of the Union address into an attack on the Supreme Court's ruling that ended the ban against corporate spending for political campaigns, the justices had to sit there motionless while encircled by Democratic lawmakers who cheered the president's scolding. Judicial scholars could not recall a president "taking a swipe" at the justices, as one of them put it, in such a venue, at least not since President Franklin D. Roosevelt did it in his 1937 address before he tried to pack the court with more liberals to rule in favor of his unconstitutional New...
  • Sis Boom Bah Humbug

    03/12/2010 12:02:41 PM PST · by The Pack Knight · 4 replies · 296+ views ^ | 11 March 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- The increasingly puerile spectacle of presidential State of the Union addresses is indicative of the state of the union, and is unnecessary: The Constitution requires only that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress information of the state of the union." But a reaction may be brewing against these embarrassing events. Speaking in Alabama, Chief Justice John Roberts said "to the extent that" this occasion "has degenerated into a political pep rally," he is "not sure why we're there." He was referring to Supreme Court justices. But why is anyone there? Roberts was responding...
  • Reid Remarks Intensify Spat With High-Court Conservatives

    03/11/2010 7:18:58 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 66 replies · 2,687+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 03-10-10 | JESS BRAVIN
    WASHINGTON -- Long-simmering resentment between the conservative Supreme Court and the Democratic Congress and White House approached a boil Wednesday, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow conservatives for striking down limits on corporate political spending. "Do you think John Roberts knows or cares how people get elected?" the Nevada Democrat said at a meeting of liberal bloggers. With all nine justices having been drawn from the lower courts, the Supreme Court lacks understanding of the practical impact of its decisions, Mr. Reid said, according to the Web site Huffington Post. A spokesman...
  • White House Vs. Supreme Court: It's Getting Ridiculous

    03/10/2010 2:04:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 2,279+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 10, 2010 | Jan Crawford
    For the life of me, I just don't get why the White House continues to try to pick a fight with the Supreme Court. I've suggested before that perhaps it's a sign President Obama intends to tap an outsider when John Paul Stevens retires, so he can beat the drum that the Court is out of touch with everyday Americans. But after Chief Justice John Roberts made some entirely reasonable remarks yesterday -- and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just had to respond -- it's now getting ridiculous. Whether the White House has a short-term or long-term strategy or...
  • Chief justice unsettled by Obama's public criticism of Supreme Court

    03/09/2010 8:40:28 PM PST · by Kartographer · 16 replies · 877+ views
    LATimes ^ | 3/9/10 | David G. Savage
    Reporting from Washington - Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. told law students Tuesday that he found it "very troubling" to be surrounded by loudly cheering critics at President Obama's State of the Union address, saying it was reason enough for the justices not to attend the annual speech to Congress. "To the extent the State of the Union has degenerated into a political pep rally, I'm not sure why we are there," Roberts said at the University of Alabama School of Law.
  • 'Very Troubling': Chief Justice on Obama's Court Criticism to Joint Session of Congress

    03/09/2010 6:36:44 PM PST · by kristinn · 146 replies · 5,866+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Tuesday, March 9, 2010 | Andrew Malcolm
    Some firm and unequivocal pushback today by Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to President Obama's court criticism in January. It is not at all unusual in American history for the executive branch of the federal government (the White House, under the control of either party) to disagree with the judicial branch (Supreme Court). What is considerably more unusual is for the chief executive of the executive branch (Barack Obama) to look down on the members of said Supreme Court in public at a joint session of Congress and to their faces denounce their independent actions. And then...
  • Roberts: Scene at State of Union `very troubling'

    03/09/2010 3:06:36 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 64 replies · 1,673+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 9, 2010 | Jay Reeves
    U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was "very troubling" and the annual speech has "degenerated to a political pep rally." Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case. Responding to a University of Alabama law student's question, Roberts said anyone was free to criticize the court, and some have an obligation to do so because of their positions. "So I have no problems with that," he said. "On the other hand, there is...
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    We'll wrap up the Texas Governor Primary coverage with an interview with Kelsey Orr from the Perry campaign. Plus+ Supersonic Rumor Generation, our lost milliseconds, and here come the Oscars - with twice as many movies to complain about. Live at 3pmE/2pmTX/NoonP Listen live here. Call-in number: 347-327-9710