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  • Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees

    02/19/2018 4:16:21 PM PST · by SMGFan · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2018
    The battle between Senate Democrats and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) over the “blue-slip rule” escalated this week, after another one of President Trump’s judicial nominees advanced without the approval of both of their home-state senators The blue-slip rule — which Democrats describe as a long-running Senate tradition Grassley has taken to ignore — has become a flashpoint for members on the Judiciary Committee. The committee has been tasked with considering the slew of nominees from the Trump administration, many of which have been controversial. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s top Democrat, said that Grassley’s decision to...
  • Grassley under fire for planning vote on 17 judicial nominees

    01/17/2018 2:47:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 17, 2018 | Lydia Wheeler
    Judicial and LGBT advocates are slamming Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for scheduling a vote on a horde of judicial nominees ahead of a possible government shutdown. The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote Thursday on 17 judicial nominees, who were re-nominated by President Trump at the beginning of the month. Under Senate rules, nominees have to be approved by the full Senate in order to carry over into a new session of Congress. But advocates are accusing Grassley of trying to avoid public scrutiny by slipping controversial candidates opposed by Democrats into an already stacked agenda....
  • Senate Judiciary to vote on a slew of nominees tomorrow

    01/17/2018 2:04:19 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
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  • Religious Jews Celebrate as Trump Commutes Sholom Rubashkin’s Sentence

    12/22/2017 2:53:36 PM PST · by familyop · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 21 DEC 2017 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    The judge, Linda Reade, handed down an unusually long sentence that critics suspected had been motivated by antisemitism. Critics pressed President Barack Obama for clemency, without success...In the cheering crowds, a few red “MAGA” hats could be seen among the traditional black fedoras. Speaking to the throngs at 770 in English, Yiddish, and Hebrew, Rubashkin thanked Trump effusively: “God bless him,” he said, prompting loud cheers. Rubashkin also noted Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Ninth Wave of Judicial Nominees

    12/20/2017 10:43:09 PM PST · by Impy · 19 replies
    The White House, Office of the Press Secretary ^ | 12-20-2017 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Today President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate a ninth wave of judicial nominees and a tenth wave of United States Attorney nominees as follows: If confirmed, Joel M. Carson III of New Mexico will serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Joel Carson currently serves as a part-time Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and as a partner in the Roswell-based firm Carson Ryan, LLC. Prior to being selected as a Magistrate Judge in 2015, and starting his own firm in 2014,...
  • GOP preps contempt resolution for top FBI, DOJ officials after missed Monday deadline

    12/05/2017 10:56:30 AM PST · by detective · 39 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 5, 2017 | Susan Ferrechio
    The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will begin writing a resolution holding top FBI officials in contempt of Congress after the agency missed a Monday deadline to turn over key evidence the committee has been seeking for months.
  • California Court Rejects Attempt to Throw Out Lawsuit Against San Francisco’s Sanctuary Policies

    12/04/2017 5:16:26 PM PST · by x1stcav · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 12/4/17 | Stafff
    Judicial Watch today announced that the Superior Court of California, San Francisco County overruled San Francisco Sheriff Vicky Hennessy’s move to end a Judicial Watch taxpayer lawsuit challenging the Sheriff’s sanctuary policy. The lawsuit challenges restrictions on the ability of sheriff’s deputies to communicate freely with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) about inmates’ citizenship, immigration status, and release dates (Cynthia Cerletti v. Vicki Hennessy, Sheriff (No. CGC-16-556164)). The November 21, 2017 ruling came in a December 2016 lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch on behalf of California taxpayer Cynthia Cerletti. The lawsuit alleges Sheriff Hennessy’s restrictions on communications with ICE conflict...
  • GOP threatens weekend work on judicial nominees

    10/30/2017 4:07:17 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 30, 2017 | Jordain Carney
    Republicans are digging in ahead of a looming battle over President Trump's judicial nominees. Senate GOP leadership wants to clear four picks this week for the circuit courts—which are second in line to the Supreme Court—amid pressure from conservatives to pick up the pace. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that Republicans would confirm all of the nominees, even if it meant keeping lawmakers in town through a rare weekend session. “We'll confirm all of them this week no matter how long it takes,” McConnell said from the Senate floor. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the No. 2 Senate Republican,...
  • Elena Kagan: The Supreme Court Adopted Scalia’s Textualist Judicial Reasoning

    10/19/2017 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Sopater · 46 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 18, 2017 | Andrew Kugle
    Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan said Monday the high court has adopted much of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's textualist judicial reasoning. Kagan was speaking to an audience at the Chicago-Kent College of Law when she said that Scalia's judicial reasoning has come to dominate the court, the Washington Examiner reported. Scalia, who sat on the Supreme Court for 30 years before his death in 2016, was a proponent of textualism, a theory in which the interpretation of law is based on the meaning of legal text as it would be commonly understood at the time of its passage, and...
  • Federal Judge Blocks Texas Anti-Sanctuary Law

    08/31/2017 8:35:32 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2017 | Will Racke
    A federal judge on Wednesday night temporarily blocked most of a Texas immigration law that bans sanctuary jurisdictions throughout the state. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia in San Antonio issued a temporary injunction against Senate Bill 4, which was set to go into effect Friday, reports Associated Press. SB4 is widely regarded as the toughest statewide anti-sanctuary city law in the country. The bill allows police officers to inquire about the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and requires local law enforcement agencies to honor detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It also allows Texas to...
  • A federal appeals court just upheld a nationwide block on Trump's travel ban

    05/25/2017 2:40:30 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 60 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5/25/17 | Michelle Mark
    The 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday largely upheld a nationwide block on President Donald Trump's travel ban, arguing that it "drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." The Trump administration will most likely appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
  • American Revolution 'pointless' because judges now rule (Horowitz)

    05/21/2017 12:40:45 PM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 19 May 2017 | Daniel Horowitz
    Americans have already lost their right to self-government. Every issue of importance is decided by unelected judges. And while the Republican majority and President Trump seem without power, the country is gripped in nothing less than a “foundational crisis.” That’s the charge of Daniel Horowitz, author of “Stolen Sovereignty,” who outlined the existential stakes facing the American people in an interview with Stefan Molyneux. [snip] “Even with this system, there is a remedy to take back jurisdiction. Article III, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution, the entire jurisdiction of the courts are the subject matter. The Supreme Court, much less...
  • Hundreds Vote Illegally in North Carolina after Court Bans Election Integrity Law

    04/28/2017 5:02:40 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | APRIL 26, 2017 | Judicial Watch
    Less than a year after a federal appellate court sided with the Obama administration to strike down North Carolina’s election integrity reforms, a state audit reveals that hundreds of votes were illegally cast by felons and non-citizens in just one election. Voter impersonation, double voting and irregularities in absentee ballots sent via mail also tainted the election, according to the investigation conducted by the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE). The probe analyzed records from the 2016 general election. State auditors found that about 500 ineligible people voted in 2016, more than 440 of them felons. Dozens of non-citizens...
  • How Strong was the Judicial Filibuster?

    04/06/2017 9:34:25 PM PDT · by confederatecarpetbag · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | April 6, 2017 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    In 2003, when Chuck Shumer began filibustering Bush’s nominees to the lower courts — a departure that tested what was a relatively new “norm” — the GOP came close to getting rid of it. In 2013, after the GOP had successfully filibustered 5 — yes, just 5 —
  • Pay attention! But only to the stuff that really matters

    03/20/2017 10:17:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/20/17 | Herman Cain
    Don't lose sight of how things work This will probably be one of the most not-read commentaries on this site, because it is not politically sexy or provocative. It’s just a reminder of how our political process works, but too many people seem to go brain dead when patience is required, or get emotionally stressed over the small stuff. We have three co-equal branches of government, the Executive (headed by the president), the Legislative consisting of the House and the Senate, and the Judicial. It’s called a system of checks and balances even if we do not always agree with...
  • Federal Judge: U.S. Constitution Is Outdated, Judges Should Stop Studying It

    06/27/2016 4:26:07 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 140 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 27th, 2016 | Alex Griswold
    According to 7th Circuit Judge Richard Posner in a post published to Slate, U.S. judges should stop studying the Constitution. “I see absolutely no value to a judge of spending decades, years, months, weeks, day, hours, minutes, or seconds studying the Constitution, the history of its enactment, its amendments, and its implementation,” Posner argued. “Eighteenth-century guys, however smart, could not foresee the culture, technology, etc., of the 21st century,” he continued. “Which means that the original Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the post–Civil War amendments (including the 14th), do not speak to today.”
  • How Scalia and Ted Cruz Saved the 2nd Amendment

    02/19/2016 2:36:03 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    THe American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Since the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the GOP presidential field has, in a rare show of unity, supported Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that Scalia's replacement should be determined by the results of the November election. Democratic hypocrites like Sen. Chuck Schumer accuse the GOP of obstructionism, the memory of their blocking of George W. Bush nominees having faded. They, while insisting that President Obama has the Constitutional right to nominate a replacement, which he does, forget the Senate's Constitutional role to advise and consent -- or not consent. They can say no -- or even...
  • Cruz's proposal to end lifetime tenure for justices likely to get scrutiny after Scalia's death

    02/19/2016 1:39:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | February 13, 2016 | Elizabeth Koh
    WASHINGTON-Ted Cruz has long proposed, as part of his presidential campaign,ending lifetime tenure for all Supreme Court justices.Cruz proposed a constitutional amendment last June after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act and legalize same-sex marriage nationwide,saying the court had become a source of "judicial tyranny."Such ideas are likely to become a prominent part of the presidential campaign now that Justice Antonin Scalia has died,leaving a vacancy on the court during an election year."The court's hubris and thirst for power have reached unprecedented levels," wrote Cruz in the National Review[June 26, 2015], quoting Scalia multiple times. "And...
  • How Obama Denied Conservative Judges a Vote

    02/18/2016 11:08:40 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Front Page ^ | February 19, 2016 | Daniel Greenfield
    On a hot day in June, the grandson of a bank president took to the floor of the Senate to denounce the daughter of sharecroppers. "I feel compelled to rise on this issue to express, in the strongest terms, my opposition to the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit," Senator Obama said. Born in segregated Alabama, Janice Rogers Brown had been a leftist like Obama before becoming conservative. When Obama rose to denounce the respected African-American jurist for her political views it had been almost a full two years since President Bush had nominated her in the...
  • Cruz disciples take aim at Obama's immigration orders

    02/11/2016 6:52:33 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | February 11, 2016
    A pair of Texas litigators are following Cruz's lead as they gird for a Supreme Court battle this April. On the campaign trail, Ted Cruz has vowed to rescind President Barack Obama's controversial executive actions on immigration - but it's two of his former aides who could actually kill it. Scott Keller and Chip Roy - who served in top roles in Cruz's Senate office - are now litigators on behalf of Texas, leading the lawsuit against Obama's unilateral actions, which are at the cornerstone of the president's immigration legacy. The duo's positions also underscore Cruz's enduring influence and reach...