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  • GOP blocks slate of Obama judicial nominees

    04/26/2016 4:58:43 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 26, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Cameron Lancaster Senate Republicans blocked a slate of President Obama's lower court nominees Tuesday. Democratic Sens. Mazie Hirono (Hawaii),Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and Ben Cardin (Md.) asked for consent four times to bring up a total of 11 judicial nominations Tuesday, arguing that the pace of confirmation votes has created a backlog. "The judicial confirmation process has been at a crawl for years. Now it has come to a functional standstill," said Schumer, who is expected to be the next Senate Democratic leader. The Senate's top Republicans teamed up to block the Democratic efforts. Majority LeaderMitch McConnell objected to requests...
  • Don’t Bring Back the Judicial Filibuster (McConnell trying to neuter the victory)

    11/06/2014 6:12:33 AM PST · by bestintxas · 29 replies
    nat review ^ | 11/5/14 | e whealen
    In Tuesday’s elections, Republicans won control of the Senate and expanded their majority in the House. In the coming weeks and months, Republicans in Congress must focus on developing and pursuing a winning agenda over the next two years — an agenda that will help elect a Republican president in November 2016 and provide that president with a governing majority in Congress. But a small cadre of current and former Senate staffers is instead pressing Republican senators on what strikes me as a profoundly foolish and destructive diversion: reinstating the filibuster — more precisely, the 60-vote cloture threshold — for...
  • Obama and Senate Democrats Choose Politics Over Police Officers

    02/09/2014 1:35:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 9, 2014 | Scott Erickson
    It should come as no surprise that President Obama’s judicial nominees and executive appointments have been, at a minimum, left-of-center. It should be equally unsurprising that Senate Democrats would vote in lock step to support Mr. Obama’s nominees given the hyper-polarized atmosphere surrounding Washington over the past five years. But Mr. Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division did surprise me. And Senate Democrats, voting on Thursday to push Mr. Adegbile’s nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee, equally surprised and disappointed me. Mr. Adegbile has rightly been criticized over his association to, and...
  • Civil rights leaders slam Obama on judicial picks

    12/23/2013 1:12:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 23, 2013 | Ben Wolfgang
    The Obama administration is under fire from powerful House Democrats and some in the civil rights community for its recent picks to fill four judicial vacancies on Georgia’s Northern District federal bench. The rift came into the spotlight during a Monday morning press conference, where civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Georgia Democrat, and others urged the White House to withdraw its four Dec. 19 nominations. “The group cites serious concerns that the proposed candidates do not adequately reflect the diversity of the northern district and that the selection process lacked meaningful community input,” the coalition of critics said in...
  • Are Republicans really blocking Obama’s judicial nominees at ‘unprecedented’ levels?

    11/21/2013 6:43:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/21/13 | Eric Pfeiffer
    When President Obama gave his blessing to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to invoke the so-called “nuclear option,” he said the effort by Republicans to block his nominees was “unprecedented.” "Today's pattern of obstruction, it just isn't normal," Obama said. "I support the step a majority of senators today took to change the way that Washington is doing business." However, that’s only partially true. Looking at all of Obama’s nominees across his administration, he has suffered unprecedented levels of obstruction, according to the Wall Street Journal. But when it comes to judicial nominees – the process that sparked Senate...
  • Reid threatens to go nuclear - so government can function

    11/19/2013 12:51:18 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 19, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he is looking at reforming Senate rules to prevent Republicans from filibustering President Obama’s judicial nominees. “I’m at the point where we need to do something to allow government to function,” Reid said when asked if he would consider using the so-called nuclear option, a controversial procedural tactic for changing Senate rules. “I’m considering looking at the rules.” The seldom-used tactic would allow Democrats to change the Senate’s rules with a simple-majority vote. “The founding fathers never had in place in the Constitution about filibusters or extended debate,” he told reporters....
  • On Judges, Obama Tells GOP: Don't Do Unto Me As I Did Unto You

    06/12/2013 4:33:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | June 11, 2013 | Byron York
    The issue of judicial nominations causes an outbreak of hypocrisy in both political parties, and President Obama isn't immune. In fact, he seems to have come down with a particularly bad case lately. On June 4, the president went to the Rose Garden to deliver a peevish and lecturing speech announcing three candidates for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Noting that it is the president's constitutional duty to nominate judges and the Senate's duty to provide advice and consent, a clearly frustrated Obama said, "Time and again, congressional Republicans cynically used Senate rules and procedures...
  • The Most (Un)Wanted Judges (Obama’s radical judicial nominees)

    05/17/2011 10:16:45 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | May 17, 2011 | Hans A. von Spakovsky & Deborah OMalley
    A comprehensive rundown of the worst of the worst of Obama’s radical judicial nominees. The FBI’s “Most Wanted Fugitives” list has been around since 1950. President Obama’s penchant for nominating political activists and radical academics to the federal judiciary has resulted in a new list: the “Most (Un)Wanted Judges.” This list is comprised of nominees who (with two exceptions) are now pending a vote in the Senate. The federal judiciary is not the place for political agendas and academic fads. But the Left has used the federal courts for decades to advance their political goals at the expense of the...
  • Republicans Should Not Play Nice on Judicial Nominations

    03/26/2011 6:49:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | March 26, 2011 | Mario Diaz
    No, it was not a headline from the satirical newspaper, The Onion. It was just the latest scorn by President Obama toward conservatives everywhere, and conservative women in particular. The President has seriously nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Stephen Six, whose prints are all over the obstruction of justice in an investigation of an alleged systematic statutory rape cover-up at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Kansas. The people of Kansas know Steven Six well. Radical pro-abortion advocate Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas Governor and now Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services ,...
  • Sen. Specter and Sec. Clinton: Congressional Debate ‘Weakening’ America Abroad

    02/25/2010 5:00:52 AM PST · by IbJensen · 30 replies · 582+ views
    CNS News ^ | February 24, 2010 | Matt Cover – Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both said that partisan debate in Congress has hamstrung President Barack Obama’s foreign policy efforts, and weakened America abroad. Speaking before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee on Wednesday, Specter lamented that partisan debates and squabbles were keeping Obama from reaching his foreign policy potential. “I have been concerned about the gridlock in Congress for many reasons,” said Specter. “It has had an impact on our stature internationally. The president came on with a great promise and, I think, did materially change the world’s...
  • Why No Evangelical Justice?

    07/23/2009 10:06:57 PM PDT · by duckln · 10 replies · 476+ views
    Human Events ^ | 7-21-09 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Snip... Consider. In 45 years, no Democratic president has put a single white Protestant or Catholic man or woman on the court. Six nominees have been sent to Congress by Democrats since 1964: Thurgood Marshall, an African-American, four Jewish nominees -- Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer -- and one wise Latina woman. Not since JFK put All-American Byron "Whizzer" White on in 1962 have Democrats elevated a white Christian.
  • Ann Coulter: DEMS TO GOP NOMINEE: WILL THE DEFENDANT PLEASE RISE? (New "hot one in the robe")

    07/15/2009 3:02:28 PM PDT · by Syncro · 13 replies · 1,474+ views
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | July 15, 2009 | Ann Coulter
    DEMS TO GOP NOMINEE: WILL THE DEFENDANT PLEASE RISE?July 15, 2009Every time a Democrat senator has talked during the Senate hearings on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor this week, I felt lousy about my country. Not for the usual reasons when a Democrat talks, but because Democrats revel in telling us what a racist country this is. Interestingly, the Democrats' examples of ethnic prejudice did not include Clarence Thomas, whose nomination hearings began with the Democrats saying, "You may now uncuff the defendant." Their examples did not include Miguel Estrada, the brilliant Harvard-educated lawyer who was blocked from an appellate...
  • Observers see ‘double standard’ in hearings for Catholic Supreme Court justices

    07/15/2009 10:06:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 669+ views
    cna ^ | July 15, 2009
    New York City, N.Y., Jul 15, 2009 / 03:19 am (CNA).- A prominent commentator and a prominent law professor have questioned whether there is a “double standard” in the treatment of Catholic Supreme Court nominees, depending upon whether or not each nominee is faithful to Catholic teachings.William McGurn, political commentator and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, claimed in his Wall Street Journal column that Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s professed faith is being treated far differently than previous Catholic nominees to the high court.In the discussion surrounding Justice Alito’s January 2006 confirmation hearings, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal complained...
  • Remarks of U.S. Senator Barack Obama on the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown (2005)

    05/31/2009 7:04:50 PM PDT · by The Spirit Of Allegiance · 62 replies · 3,002+ views
    Senator Obama | 2005 | Obama
    Remarks of U.S. Senator Barack Obama on the nomination of Justice Janice Rogers Brown June 08, 2005 Remarks as Delivered The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Illinois. Mr. OBAMA. I thank the Chair. I rise today to speak on the nomination of California Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Now, let me begin by saying that the last thing I would like to be spending my time on right now is talking about judges. I am sure that is true for many in this Chamber. I know that I certainly do not hear about filibusters...
  • Republicans Begin to Find Voice on Racial Aspects of Sotomayor Nomination

    05/31/2009 2:51:39 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 28 replies · 1,027+ views
    Fox News ^ | 5/31/09
    Republican senators are starting to figure out how they will navigate the racial aspects of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, showing Sunday that they won't be tongue-tied when it comes to the politically tricky subject. Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic on the high court if confirmed, and just the third woman, and Republicans don't want to appear insensitive to this historic significance during summer hearings. Guarding against any criticism of racial insensitivity, Republican senators on Sunday tried to turn the table on Democrats. They repeatedly invoked the case of Miguel Estrada, President George W. Bush's 2001...
  • When Democrats derailed a GOP Latino nominee

    05/29/2009 1:42:28 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 10 replies · 1,034+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 29, 2009 | Byron York
    Estrada's nomination for a federal judgeship set off alarm bells among Democrats. There is a group of left-leaning organizations -- People for the American Way, NARAL, the Alliance for Justice, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the NAACP, and others -- that work closely with Senate Democrats to promote Democratic judicial nominations and kill Republican ones. They were particularly concerned about Estrada. In November, 2001, representatives of those groups met with Democratic Senate staff. One of those staffers then wrote a memo to Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin, informing Durbin that the groups wanted to stall Bush nominees, particularly three they...
  • Stephanopoulos: Possible Souter Replacement Sotomayor ‘Strong Centrist’

    05/01/2009 4:49:57 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 49 replies · 4,073+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It never fails. Let someone’s name be put forward as a possible Dem presidential candidate or judicial nominee, and the MSM will find a way to characterize him as a “centrist.” We didn’t have to wait long for the tradition to be honored regarding Sonia Sotomayor, who conventional wisdom pegs as the frontrunner to replace David Souter. On today’s Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos declared Sotomayor not just a centrist, but a . . . “strong centrist.” View video here.
  • Cass Sunstein for Souter slot?

    05/01/2009 1:36:01 PM PDT · by Delacon · 38 replies · 1,264+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | Brad O'Leary
    Regulatory czar nominee favors gun grab, animal rights, 'Fairness Doctrine' for Net – The announced retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter could result in Barack Obama's nomination of a man who has been an outspoken proponent of tough restriction on gun sales and ownership, a ban on hunting, animal rights and what has been characterized as a "Fairness Doctrine" for the Internet. Cass Sunstein, a law professor friend of the president and his current nominee to be regulatory czar, is on a list of eight possible names, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to replace Souter in an article...
  • Study concludes a well-worn gripe may be right: ABA ratings are biased against conservative nominees

    03/18/2009 8:22:49 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 15 replies · 863+ views ^ | 3-18-09 | Marcia Coyle
    Controversy over the American Bar Association's ratings of potential judicial nominees is likely to continue with the announcement that the bar group will resume its role of evaluating candidates before their nominations. In fact, a soon-to-be-released study by political scientists concludes what conservative groups have long charged: The ratings are biased against potential conservative nominees. Political scientists Richard Vining of the University of Georgia, Amy Steigerwalt of Georgia State University and Susan Smelcer, an Emory University doctoral candidate, will present their findings next month at the Midwest Political Science Association's 67th Annual National Conference. The three academics, all of whom...
  • Judgement Call

    03/16/2009 8:45:03 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 215+ views
    Campus Report ^ | March 16, 2009 | Daniel Allen
    Judgement Call by: Daniel Allen, March 16, 2009 By some estimates, President Obama may have the opportunity to nominate one-third of federal appellate judges in his first term alone. Presented with such a stunning figure, thinkers and analysts have naturally begun speculate on the best strategy for Obama to employ in his nominations, and to offer advice. The Heritage Foundation assembled a panel of experts on March 11th to offer their insights. One of the panel’s most interesting discussions centered on whether or not it would be beneficial for Obama to appoint liberal judges to the bench, as they would...
  • 41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees

    41 Senate Republicans Send Letter To President Obama Urging Consultation On Judicial Nominees March 2, 2009 President Barack H. Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C.  20500 Dear Mr. President: We look forward to working with you as you consider nominees for the federal judiciary.  Unfortunately, the judicial appointments process has become needlessly acrimonious.  We would very much like to improve this process, and we know you would as well.  It is in that spirit that we write early on to suggest two steps your Administration can take to achieve that shared goal.   First, in the beginning...
  • Good News on the Law: Can President Obama Change the Supreme Court?

    11/07/2008 5:44:54 PM PST · by LikeLight · 52 replies · 1,926+ views
    Good News Daily ^ | 11/7/08 | Stephen L. Bloom, Esq.
    Good News on the Law: Can President Obama Change the Supreme Court?Date 11/07/08 | Topic: Life Today By Stephen L. Bloom Esq.Good News Daily It’s no exaggeration to say that the lives, liberty, and property of Americans (especially the lives of millions of unborn Americans) rest in the hands of the nine Justices of our Supreme Court. With stakes so high, will the election of Barack Obama bring sweeping change to the delicate balance of power on the nation’s top court? Will the rise of President Obama inevitably usher in a new Liberal majority of Supreme Court Justices? With so many...
  • Who Would Barack Obama Nominate to the Supreme Court? (The Night is Coming)

    10/11/2008 12:28:54 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 23 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | February 2008
    When asked back in a November primary debate to say what kind of Justice he would want to nominate to the Supreme Court, Barack Obama responded: "I taught constitutional law for 10 years, and . . . when you look at what makes a great Supreme Court justice, it's not just the particular issue and how they rule, but it's their conception of the Court. And part of the role of the Court is that it is going to protect people who may be vulnerable in the political process, the outsider, the minority, those who are vulnerable, those who don't...
  • 100 Most Powerful Women: #72 Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Beware Obama's Supreme Court Picks)

    10/04/2008 12:51:54 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 56 replies · 1,098+ views
    Forbes ^ | 08/27/08 | Tatiana Serafin
    On the court since 1993, cast her liberal vote in high-profile cases this term, with 5-4 decisions on the rights of terrorism suspects, the rights of gun owners and the death penalty.
  • My hunch that (& why) Hillary doesn't mind that Obama didn't pick her for running mate, SCOTUS

    08/24/2008 12:16:41 AM PDT · by Sun · 29 replies · 270+ views
    It's just a hunch, mind you, but Hillary, Bill and even Chelsea will be speaking covering two nights at the Democrat Convention, so it seems they are on friendly terms with Obama, so if Hillary wasn't picked as VP running mate, or even on the short list, what else would appease her, but a promise to be the first judicial nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States.
  • The ABA Plots a Judicial Coup

    08/14/2008 3:30:25 PM PDT · by groanup · 27 replies · 489+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 14, 2008 | WSJ Editorial
    REVIEW & OUTLOOK The ABA Plots a Judicial Coup August 14, 2008; Page A12 Some bad ideas never seem to die, especially in the hands of a crafty attorney. That's the story now playing out at the American Bar Association, which voted at its annual meeting this week to endorse a version of "merit selection" for federal judges. What we have here is the latest lawyer-led attempt to strip judicial selection from future Presidents. According to the proposal, future federal judges would be selected not by an elected President, but with the aid of home-state Senators and a bipartisan commission...
  • Supreme Court nomination likely for next president

    08/08/2008 9:35:51 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 25 replies · 577+ views
    Hickory Daily Record ^ | Aug. 9, 2008 | Amy Dominello
    A president stays in office four or eight years, but his appointments to the Supreme Court can extend his impact for decades. It's likely that Republican John McCain or Democrat Barack Obama will be able to appoint one - and possibly three - justices to the court during his time in the White House. The ideological makeup of the court today is split very narrowly. Even one appointment could dramatically affect its direction. And it's not just the Supreme Court. The next president will exert his influence through the nomination of hundreds of judges to lower federal courts. Observers of...
  • McCain Should Use Supreme Court to Sway Wary Conservatives

    08/02/2008 5:03:55 PM PDT · by Bill Dupray · 65 replies · 210+ views
    The Patriot Room ^ | August 2, 2008 | Scott Martin
    There are four justices over seventy years of age: Stevens 88, Ginsberg 75, Scalia 72, and Kennedy 71. Of these, only Scalia is conservative. With McCain, the GOP can own the Court for decades with conservative replacements. But will he campaign on this issue?
  • Judges Are No Reason to Vote for McCain

    07/17/2008 10:28:15 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 145 replies · 189+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2008-07-17 | Bob Barr
    The judiciary is becoming an important election issue. John McCain is warning conservatives that control of today's finely balanced Supreme Court depends on his election. Unfortunately, his jurisprudence is likely to be anything but conservative. The idea of a "living Constitution" long has been popular on the political left. Conservatives routinely dismiss such result-oriented justice, denouncing "judicial activism" and proclaiming their fidelity to "original intent." However, many Republicans, like Mr. McCain, are just as result-oriented as their Democratic opponents. They only disagree over the result desired. Judge-made rights are wrong because there is no constitutional warrant behind them. The Constitution...
  • Obama, McCain Would Look to Women, Hispanics for Supreme Court

    07/16/2008 2:30:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 35 replies · 92+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 15, 2008 | Greg Stohr
    Gender and race will loom large when Barack Obama or John McCain has a chance to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy. ADVERTISEMENT With only one woman and no Hispanics on the court, the next president will feel pressure -- and perhaps a desire -- to diversify the nine-member court. ``Regardless of who is elected president, there will be strong sentiments in favor of appointing a woman or someone who would reflect other elements of diversity such as an Hispanic or African-American,'' said Theodore Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general who heads McCain's advisory committee on judicial appointments. Six justices...
  • A Win by McCain Could Push a Split Court to Right

    06/29/2008 4:07:14 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 104 replies · 151+ views
    Washington Post ^ | JUne 29,2008 | Robert Barnes
    A Win by McCain Could Push a Split Court to Right
  • Future Obama Court Choices: Don’t Let Constitution Stand in the Way of Liberals

    06/23/2008 7:10:21 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 5 replies · 94+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | June 23, 2008 | Gregory D. Lee
    The recent Supreme Court decision of Boumediene v. Bush concerning the habeas corpus rights of enemy combatants held at Guantanamo Naval Base illustrates the need for a president who will nominate jurists that follow the Constitution and not their own political ideology. For the first time, the Court has now extended U.S. constitutional rights to foreign nationals residing outside the country. What’s all the more galling is that the recipients of this right were engaged in killing U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Now, this same court has agreed to hear the petition of a deported Pakistani national...
  • McCain, Obama Differ on Approach to Judicial Nominees

    06/22/2008 12:06:28 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 28 replies · 69+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 16, 2008 | Michael Gryboski
    ( - The records of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) are very different when it comes to judges and courts. The Republican and Democratic candidates for president are far apart when it comes to judicial philosophy and the votes they cast on major judicial nominations during the 109th and 110th Congresses. McCain wants to appoint judges who hold a constructionist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution, according to his campaign's Web site. "When applying the law, the role of judges is not to impose their own view as to the best policy choices for society but to faithfully...
  • Obama's Supreme Court

    06/20/2008 11:28:25 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 36 replies · 66+ views ^ | June 20, 2008 | Henry Mark Holzer
    Obama's Supreme Court by Henry Mark Holzer Last week’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision in Boumediene v. Bush—holding that alien unlawful enemy combatants have a constitutional right to use habeas corpus in American federal courts to challenge their detention—came as no surprise to those of us who have watched the “Living Constitution” virus metastasize since that ideological disease first began to infect the judiciary during the Warren Court era. Those who subscribe to Living Constitution ideology believe that the founding principles of this Nation are passé, that the Declaration of Independence’s ringing endorsement of limited government and individual rights is outdated,...
  • Supreme Court Under McCain Will Shift Right (Good, I hope so)

    06/18/2008 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 70+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 18, 2008 | Ruth Markus
    Conservatives, seizing on the Supreme Court's ruling last week on Guantanamo detainees, want to turn the court into election fodder. I hope they succeed. No issue in this campaign is as simultaneously neglected and important. And the opposite reactions of John McCain and Barack Obama to the decision underscore how much is at stake for the future of the court. Obama hailed the ruling for showing that "a state can't just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process — that's the essence of who we are." McCain was initially mild,...
  • McConnell Not Satisfied with Today’s Confirmations

    06/16/2008 5:16:28 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 17 replies · 164+ views
    Confirm Them ^ | June 10, 2008
    The Senate confirmed three district court nominees today: Mark Davis of Virginia and Stephen Limbaugh and David Kays of Missouri. Sen. McConnell took the opportunity to chastise the Democrats about their obstruction of circuit nominees and to again make good on his pledge to slow down the Senate until the obstruction is eased. From McConnell’s office: Although the Majority fulfilled their commitment from last week to confirm three more District Court nominees today …, Leader McConnell did not feel these actions were sufficient in light of the continued lack of circuit court confirmations. … Therefore, Leader McConnell invoked the two-hour...
  • Stark Contrasts Between McCain and Obama in Judicial Wars

    05/28/2008 1:23:51 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 16 replies · 125+ views
    NY Times ^ | 5/28/08 | NEIL A. LEWIS
    Mr. Obama, on the other hand, is a lawyer and has had a long and deep interest in the courts and the law. Cass R. Sunstein, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School and an Obama adviser, said in an interview that because Mr. Obama had taught constitutional law for 10 years at Chicago, “he is immersed in these issues.” “The first thing to know,” Professor Sunstein said, “is that he knows this stuff inside and out, and he has the credentials to be easily appointed to the court himself.” From his remarks in the Senate opposing the...
  • SAF Blasts Brady Bunch Over Effort To Block Pro-Gun Judicial Nominees

    05/31/2008 5:53:28 PM PDT · by EdReform · 10 replies · 126+ views
    Second Amendment Foundation ^ | May 29, 2008 | SAF
    NEWS RELEASE Second Amendment Foundation 12500 NE Tenth Place  • Bellevue, WA   98005 (425) 454-7012  • FAX (425) 451-3959  • SAF BLASTS BRADY BUNCH OVER EFFORT TO BLOCK PRO-GUN JUDICIAL NOMINEES For Immediate Release:   5/29/2008 BELLEVUE, WA – In their continuing effort to destroy the Bill of Rights, the Brady Campaign has launched a joint effort with the extremist CREDO Action to block confirmation of federal judicial nominees who accept the Second Amendment as protective of a fundamental individual civil right. “If there were ever any question that the zealots at the Brady Campaign are determined to crush individual...
  • McCain will not appoint originalist judges(unless by accident)

    05/18/2008 5:14:34 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 62 replies · 170+ views
    Here's why: 1. Gang of 14. 2. Warren Rudman. 3. McCain said Alito is too conservative. 4. There is absolutely zero logic in thinking that McCain will nominate the type of judge that will overturn his signature bills.
  • McCain criticizes Obama for vote against chief justice (John Roberts)

    05/06/2008 8:31:52 AM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 34 replies · 92+ views
    AP ^ | 5-6-08 | Libby Quaid
    Republican John McCain is castigating Democrat Barack Obama for voting against John Roberts as Supreme Court chief justice. McCain offered an olive branch to the Christian right in a speech about the kind of judges he would nominate planned for Tuesday at Wake Forest University. The far right has been deeply suspicious of McCain, the expected GOP presidential nominee, because he has clashed with its leaders and worked against them on issues like campaign finance reform. McCain promised to appoint judges who, in the mold of Roberts and Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, are likely to limit the reach of...
  • Specter queries White House hopefuls on judges

    04/15/2008 1:22:53 PM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 64+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Republican Sen. Arlen Specter has a suggested question for Wednesday's Democratic presidential debate: Ask the candidates if they support faster confirmation of judicial nominations. Specter said Tuesday he sent letters to Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as Republican nominee-in-waiting Sen. John McCain posing that question. He shared the letters with ABC News, sponsor of the debate. Specter, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, wrote that he wants to take, or "discharge," three appellate court nominations from the committee and bring them straight to the Senate floor for a vote. "I write...
  • The McCain Court

    03/18/2008 9:12:53 AM PDT · by paleorite · 17 replies · 501+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | Mar. 10, 2008 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    The prospect of overturning Roe v. Wade may be only incentive powerful enough to turn a disillusioned conservative into a motivated McCain voter this November. After the betrayals of the Bush era, many on the Right still point to the ascendance of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court and proclaim, “It was worth it.” Campaigning across the country, McCain promises conservative audiences, “We’re going to have justices like Roberts and Alito.” And Sen. John Cornyn told the New York Times that judges “are the one issue that cuts across all aspects of the Republican coalition,” saying that...
  • Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C., et al.

    02/24/2008 3:47:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 333+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | February 24, 2008 | Newsmax
    <p>1. Russians Suspected in Shooting of Kremlin Critic Near D.C.</p> <p>One year ago, Kremlin critic Paul Joyal was gunned down in the driveway of his suburban Maryland home. The case remains unsolved — but some see the hand of Russia in the shooting.</p>
  • McCain Makes a Promise About Judges

    02/16/2008 7:43:07 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 74 replies · 312+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 10, 2008 | Stephen M. Bainbridge
    If a President McCain were to nominate a David Souter clone, the right’s netroots would have a collective conniption fit that would make the Miers fight look like pattycake. We might not win, but we’d at least bleed McCain of enough political capital to give even Warren Rudman second thoughts. All of which suggests that threats by conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter to take their ball and go home if McCain is the nominee make no sense (and I say this as someone who has made similar rumblings in the past). The next President likely will nominate...
  • McCain Makes a Promise About Judges

    02/10/2008 2:00:24 PM PST · by newbie2008 · 81 replies · 142+ views
    At CPAC, Senator John McCain promised: I intend to nominate judges who have proven themselves worthy of our trust that they take as their sole responsibility the enforcement of laws made by the people’s elected representatives, judges of the character and quality of Justices Roberts and Alito, judges who can be relied upon to respect the values of the people whose rights, laws and property they are sworn to defend. This promise was absolutely critical if McCain was to win over conservatives. To be sure, Presidents all too often break campaign promises. Remember George Bush 41’s “read my lips” pledge...
  • For the military, if no one else. But let's not forget Supreme Court nominees, either.

    02/10/2008 5:32:34 AM PST · by knarf · 52 replies · 112+ views
    e-mail | February 10, 2008 | knarf
    This from J.D. Pendry ... a retired Army Sgt. that you should have as a regular contributor to your e-mail.
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 02-09-08

    02/09/2008 9:22:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 167+ views ^ | 02-09-08 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryFebruary 9, 2008 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio  En Espańol       In Focus: Judicial Nominees THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. One of the most important jobs of any President is to find good men and women to lead government agencies, preside over our courts, and provide vital services to the American people. So I have nominated talented individuals for these positions. Unfortunately, the Senate is not meeting its responsibility to consider these nominees in a timely manner. More than 180 of my nominees are waiting for confirmation. Some have been waiting for more than...
  • The Haynes Disgrace (More RINO droppings from Lindsey Graham)

    01/11/2007 7:37:48 AM PST · by eartotheground · 21 replies · 537+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 10, 2007 | wsj opinion journal
    Republican officials said yesterday that four controversial appeals-court nominees have asked the White House to withdraw their names from Senate consideration. Among them is William "Jim" Haynes II, whom President Bush first nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, on September 29, 2003. -snip- Mr. Haynes is a victim of elite Washington's fickle support for anti-terror measures and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham's desire for the media spotlight. -snip- Mr. Graham joined Democrats in blocking him to settle a political score. Mr. Haynes is general counsel of the Pentagon, where his transgression in the days following...
  • Message to Religious Conservatives: Giuliani Would Appoint Solid Supreme Court Justices

    01/23/2008 10:31:44 AM PST · by jdm · 105 replies · 253+ views
    It took Nixon to go to China. It took Bill Clinton, a Democrat, to get control of the federal deficit. (Sorry, conservatives, but it’s true.) And it might take Rudy Giuliani to appoint solid Supreme Court Justices.With Fred Thompson out of the race, judicial conservatives are looking for a candidate. John McCain? Three words: Gang of 14. Mike Huckabee? He’ll never be President. Mitt Romney? Ehhhh . . . he might be OK — but I think he comes across to voters as too slick and unprincipled. And there may be a reason for that.But there’s no reason, in my...
  • Undeniably Conservative (Fred Thompson)

    12/18/2007 11:53:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 155+ views
    Let Freedom Ring ^ | December 18, 2007
    That’s the verdict rendered in this article. It’s just another example of the case conservatives should be making on Fred’s behalf. Here’s one of the key sections of the article: In short, Thompson holds the same conservative positions of all the other candidates combined, and has none of their flaws. In fact, any close observer of the campaign season would tell you that Thompson has been on the receiving end of barely any substantive attacks on policy issues. This is no coincidence. And it is the reason he has had to bear the brunt of shallow attacks about his demeanor,...