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  • House GOP in election-year probe of presidential 'overreach'

    01/12/2016 9:26:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2016 4:53 PM EST | Alan Fram
    House Republicans said Tuesday that they will launch an election-year study of what they say has been executive overreach by President Barack Obama and other recent presidents. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said that his panel would vote in coming weeks on creating a task force to conduct the investigation. Goodlatte said the probe would be led by Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a conservative and frequent Obama critic. Goodlatte announced the examination at a time when Republicans have repeatedly accused Obama of exceeding his constitutional powers. ...
  • ICE Director, Ted Cruz Spar Over Obama Immigration Enforcement, Amnesty

    12/02/2015 8:15:16 PM PST · by Isara · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Dec 2015 | Caroline May
    A tense exchange erupted in fireworks Wednesday between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Sarah Saldana during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing focused on the Obama administration's immigration enforcement policies.In a lengthy exchange Cruz, a Republican presidential candidate, opened his questioning of the ICE director by highlighting the criminal releases made by the Obama administration and pressed Saldana on 918,369 non-detained illegal immigrants in the U.S. that have been ordered removed but remain in the U.S.Saldana argued that there are "obstacles" to removing illegal immigrants including travel documents and final orders of removal - which Cruz...
  • Watch Ted Cruz make DOJ nominee answer for targeting firearms companies with ‘Operation...

    11/05/2015 8:37:37 AM PST · by Isara · 38 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | November 5, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    Watch Ted Cruz make DOJ nominee answer for targeting firearms companies with 'Operation Choke Point' Sen. Ted Cruz blasted one nominee for associate attorney general Wednesday for his participation in a Department of Justice scheme called "Operation Choke Point," a program that resulted in alleged attempts to run businesses the Obama administration deems undesirable into failure.The Texas Republican firebrand hammered the nominee, Stuart Delery, at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for his approval of the initiative in which DOJ lawyers intimidated banks into cutting off financial services to businesses such as gun manufacturers and dealers.The GOP presidential hopeful noted that...
  • Sen. Cruz Demands Answers from Associate AG Nominee on Operation Choke Point (Must-watch Video)

    11/04/2015 3:14:06 PM PST · by Isara · 56 replies
    Cruz.Senate.gov ^ | November 4, 2015
    The DOJ has acted as a partisan arm of the White House Sen. Cruz Questions Associate AG Nominee Stuart Delery on Operation Choke Point (video) WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today in a full Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned the Hon. Stuart Delery, nominee for U.S. Associate Attorney General. Mr. Delery approved Operation Choke Point, a Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative that unconstitutionally sought to choke off access to banking services for gun dealers and other lawful business enterprises.“The DOJ has a long and bipartisan tradition of staying out of politics, of defending the law and the...
  • House Hearing On Obama's Unilateral Action To Cease Enforcing Laws - Live Webcast

    12/03/2013 9:22:23 AM PST · by mojito · 93 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 12/3/2013 | Tyler Durden
    The House Judiciary Committee is about to discuss what it calls The Presidents Constitutional Duty to Faithfully Execute the Laws, focusing on the Obamacare delays, enforcement of immigration laws, and more. As Mediaite notes, the question of whether the president can take unilateral action to cease enforcing laws stretches back at least to last summer, when President Barack Obama said he would stop deporting young undocumented immigrants, an end-run around congressional refusal to pass the DREAM Act.
  • Congressman Calls House Judiciary Cmte. Murderers Row: They All Like Their Guns

    09/18/2013 11:21:38 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | September 18, 2013 - 12:59 PM | Jeffrey Meyer
    Apparently, being pro-Second Amendment in Congress is equivalent to supporting mass shootings in America. At least, thats the interpretation of Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) during an appearance on MSNBC today.
  • Feinstein to take over Judiciary

    12/22/2012 8:35:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/12 05:00 AM ET | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is poised to take over as chairwoman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, shifting the leadership of the partisan panel in charge of judicial nominations to the center.She will have primary jurisdiction over two of the biggest issues Congress will tackle next year: immigration reform and gun control. Feinstein has sided with Republicans on big votes, which could pave the way for landmark bipartisan compromises on divisive issues such as immigration reform. But Feinstein has sided with liberals in other battles over the judiciary. She was one of a small group of Democrats to vote...
  • DHS Stonewalls Judiciary Committee

    11/18/2011 9:45:44 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    judiciary.house.gov ^ | November 18, 2011 | Jessica Baker, (202) 225-3951
    Chairman Smith: Although officials at the Department of Homeland Security promised they would provide the data requested on criminal immigrants, they have provided (instead) information that is completely useless to the Committee. all DHS gave was a list numbered 1 through 220,995." The administration is trying to control what information the Committee sees. American people have a right to know what crimes hundreds of thousands of immigrants have committed after ICE intentionally chose not to detain them.
  • House Judiciary Committee Begins Investigation of Kagan and ObamaCare

    07/08/2011 9:13:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    New American ^ | July 8, 2011 | Michael Tennant
    Just 12 days after 49 congressmen requested an official inquiry into Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagans (left) involvement with the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (PPACA, aka ObamaCare) during her tenure as U.S. Solicitor General, the House Judiciary Committee has complied. Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a July 6 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for relevant documents and witness interviews in order to properly understand Kagans role with regard to the legislation itself and related litigation.Perhaps the committee will have better luck in wresting those documents from the Justice Departments clutches than private organizations have...
  • Senate Hearing To Protect Muslim Civil Rights

    03/23/2011 11:56:43 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 23, 2011
    In response to the spike in anti-Muslim bigotry, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has quietly scheduled a special hearing for early next week to better protect Muslim civil rights in America. Organized by Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin, who chairs the judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, the event will mark the first-ever congressional hearing on Muslim civil rights. Durbin put it together because he claims theres been a surge in anti-Muslim bigotry in the last year. As examples he offers Quran burnings, restrictions on mosque construction, hate crimes, hate speech, and other forms of discrimination....
  • EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Lamar Smith issues first DOJ oversight letter

    01/06/2011 1:52:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    WaPo/ Right Turn ^ | January 6, 2011 | Jennifer Rubin
    Right Turn has obtained the first oversight letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued to the Justice Department. While he was in the minority, Smith labored, largely unsuccessfully, on the committee to convince the Democratic chairman to investigate a range of issues, including detainee policy and New Black Panther Party case. He now has the authority to schedule hearings, call witnesses and subpoena documents. In a five-page letter, Smith notes that there has been "little oversight" as to how the civil rights division has used its budget increases ($22 million in FYI 2010 and $17 million requested...
  • Shock video: Top Dem, socialists plot '1-world' scheme

    10/17/2010 11:18:43 PM PDT · by FromLori · 34 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | 10/17/10 | Aaron Klein
    The Democratic chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee has been caught on tape meeting with a U.S.-based, Marxist-oriented socialist organization to discuss how the group can cooperate to strengthen President Obama and advance their "one-world" plans. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., who has a long history with the Democratic Socialists of America, or DSA, was recorded promoting a "one-world" government, while asking the socialist group to organize against the war in Afghanistan and in support of Obama's policies. "I see that us making him more cooperative with our plans is going to strengthen him and not weaken him," Conyers says...
  • Lead Republican on Judiciary Committee Suggests Kagan Misled on Abortion

    07/16/2010 1:51:35 PM PDT · by julieee · 5 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 16, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Lead Republican on Judiciary Committee Suggests Kagan Misled on Abortion Washington, DC -- The leading republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee has responded to a new report from Americans United for Life showing the extensive involvement Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan had in attempting to keep the three-day-long partial-birth abortion procedure illegal. http://LifeNews.com/nat6547.html
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week

    07/12/2010 2:34:07 PM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 12, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Judiciary Committee Will Vote on Pro-Abortion Elena Kagan Next Week Washington, DC -- The Senate Judiciary Committee had been slated to vote on the nomination of pro-abortion activist Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court on Tuesday. However, members of the panel will now vote on her nomination next week instead and Kagan is expected to be approved by the Democrat-controlled committee. http://LifeNews.com/nat6524.html
  • Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Obama Pro-Abortion Pick Dawn Johnsen

    03/04/2010 10:22:11 AM PST · by julieee · 226+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | March 4, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Judiciary Committee OKs Obama Pro-Abortion Pick Dawn Johnsen Washington, DC -- The Senate Judiciary has confirmed pro-abortion activist Dawn Johnsen, whom President Barack Obama appointed for a powerful Justice Department position. Johnsen's nomination now heads to the full Senate, where Democrats are battling to stop a filibuster against her. http://www.lifenews.com/nat6072.html
  • EDITORIAL: Menacing turn in Black Panther case--The Justice Department asserts tyrannical privileges

    01/13/2010 8:59:19 AM PST · by jazusamo · 69 replies · 2,822+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 13, 2010 | Editorial
    The Justice Department told the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to drop dead yesterday. The growing controversy is over a voter-intimidation case involving the radical New Black Panther Party and why Justice is carrying water for the villains. The department's intransigence should frighten Congress because Justice is asserting broad privileges that undermine congressional authority to oversee government's executive branch. That's why the timing is propitious today for the House Judiciary Committee to consider, and approve, a resolution of inquiry introduced by Rep. Frank Wolf, Virginia Republican. The Wolf resolution would direct Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to "transmit to...
  • Lindsey Graham Destroys Eric Holder (Video)

    11/18/2009 1:45:29 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 90 replies · 3,134+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/17/09 | talkradio03
    Graham vs. Holder at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Holder gets his a** handed to him (Video)
  • Bank of America Cuts Ties With ACORN

    09/28/2009 3:55:27 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 11 replies · 543+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/28/2009 | Mike Volpe
    This broke earlier this morning. Bank of America Corp. is suspending its work with the housing affiliate of embattled community organizing group ACORN. The decision comes as three Republicans in Congress ask Bank of America and 13 other financial institutions to give Congress a complete accounting of their dealings with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or its affiliates.
  • Senate Panel OKs Sotomayor for Court (Poll at source)

    07/28/2009 9:30:59 AM PDT · by xtinct · 7 replies · 671+ views
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice. The committee voted 13-6 Tuesday morning to send Sotomayor's nomination to the full Senate, where she's expected to be confirmed easily next week. Skip over this content Just one Republican, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, joined Democrats in voting for President Barack Obama's first high court nominee. The panel's chairman, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, called Sotomayor a restrained, fair and impartial judge who has not favored any one group of people over another. But the top Republican, Alabama's Jeff Sessions, said her...
  • Testimony of Linda Chavez Against Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor

    07/17/2009 12:37:19 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 1,023+ views
    Center for Equal Opportunity ^ | 07/16/09 | Linda Chavez
    Thank you Mr. Chairman. I testify today not as a wise Latina woman, but as an American who believes that skin color and national origin should not determine who gets a job, promotion, or public contract, or who gets into college or receives a scholarship. My message today is straightforward, Mr. Chairman: Do not vote to confirm this nominee. I say this with some regret, because I believe Judge Sotomayors personal story is an inspiring one, which proves that this is truly a land of opportunity where circumstances of birth and class do not determine whether you can succeed. Unfortunately,...
  • Sessions to take over top GOP slot on Judiciary

    05/04/2009 7:58:27 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 1,653+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 4, 2009 | Reid Wilson
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will take over the ranking member position on the Senate Judiciary Committee after striking a deal with his more senior colleagues over the weekend, sources confirm to The Hill. Sessions and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reached the deal that will allow the Alabama Republican to take over for Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), whose departure from the GOP last week left the committee without a ranking member. Under terms of the deal, Sessions will serve as ranking member until the 112th Congress, when he will take over the ranking member post on the Senate Budget Committee. Current...
  • 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...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Pro-Abortion Obama Pick

    02/05/2009 1:17:33 PM PST · by julieee · 6 replies · 359+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | February 5, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a pro-abortion nominee President Barack Obama has put forward for Deputy Attorney General. The panel gave the okay to David Ogden even though pro-life groups opposed him because of his pro-abortion views.
  • Rove Contempt Vote Not To Come Until Later This Month

    07/10/2008 4:05:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 25 replies · 212+ views
    The Politico ^ | 7/10/2008 | John Bresnahan
    The House Judiciary Committee is not likely to vote on a contempt resolution against Karl Rove until late this month, according to the panel's chairman. Rove, the former White House deputy chief of staff and top political advisor to President Bush, refused to appear today before a subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee to testify on the "politicization" of the Justice Department under the current administration. Citing a claim of executive privilege by Bush, Rove did not show up for today's hearing despite a committee subpoena. Conyers and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Commercial and Administrative Law subcommittee, rejected...
  • Senate Shutdown

    04/03/2008 5:56:02 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 51 replies · 77+ views
    WSJ ^ | 4/2/8
    It's not every day that a Member of the world's greatest deliberative body stops by to chat about his plans "to close the Senate down." Especially if his name is Arlen Specter. But the Pennsylvania Republican tells us he's concluded that this is the only way to prod Democrats to vote on, or even hold confirmation hearings on, President Bush's appeals-court nominees. A look at the numbers explains why the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is spitting mad. In the last two years of Bill Clinton's Administration, when Mr. Specter was in the chairman's seat, the Republican-controlled Senate...
  • Albert Gonzales Agonistes

    07/30/2007 7:26:18 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 6 replies · 368+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/30/07 | clarice Feldman
    Democrats are playing political games with national security and mongering phony scandal. It amounts to a program of harassment of the Bush Administration's efforts to defend us against attack by uncovering terror plots using intelligence agencies
  • Border agents get congressional support (Feinstein asks Senate Judiciary Committee to review case)

    08/22/2006 9:46:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 910+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 8/22/06 | Sara A. Carter
    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein is asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to fully review the case of two Border Patrol agents facing 20 years in prison for violating a drug smuggler's civil rights. Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., went even further, sending a letter to President Bush asking him to personally review the case. Border Patrol agent Ignacio Ramos broke his 18-month silence on his altercation with the drug smuggler, Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Bulletin. His co-worker, Jose Alonso Compean, has been asked by his attorney to not speak to the media while his sentencing hearing...
  • Marriage Protection Amendment: The Consequences of Failure

    05/21/2006 6:30:51 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 3 replies · 731+ views
    VirtueOnline-News ^ | 5/21/2006 | Matt Daniels
    MARRIAGE PROTECTION AMENDMENT (MPA) By Matt Daniels Senate Joint Resolution 1 in the 109th Congress THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILURE I. LEGAL CONSEQUENCES Invalidation of all state marriage amendments (Nebraska amendment invalidated in federal court) Invalidation of over 1,000 federal laws concerning welfare, education, immigration, taxation, the armed forces, federal benefits, loan programs, and other policy areas (General Accounting Office Report prepared for Senator Frist) Invalidation of thousands of state laws -- for every state in the nation -- concerning welfare, education, taxation, state benefits programs, and many other substantive state policy areas. II. CONSEQUENCES FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION Curricula in all...
  • Senate panel OKs gay-marriage ban (FINALLY!!!)

    05/18/2006 2:49:31 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 163 replies · 4,019+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2006 | Andy Sullivan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel advanced a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage on Thursday as the committee chairman shouted "good riddance" to a Democrat who walked out of the tense session."If you want to leave, good riddance," The Senate Judiciary Chairman, Republican Arlen Specter, told Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russell Feingold, who refused to participate because, he said, the meeting was not sufficiently open to the public."I've enjoyed your lecture too. See you later, Mr. Chairman," Feingold told the Pennsylvania senator before storming out of the private room where the meeting took place. The testy exchange highlighted tensions over...
  • Courting Chaos

    05/17/2006 6:47:50 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 15 replies · 485+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | May 17, 2006 | Kris W. Kobach
      Courting Chaos: Senate Proposal Undermines Immigration Lawby Kris W. Kobach WebMemo #1083 May 17, 2006 |   | Once again, the Senate Judiciary Committee has rolled out a massive amnesty for more than 11 million illegal aliens. Rewarding aliens who have violated federal law is bad enough. However, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA, S.2611) does much more than that. Buried deep inside the bill—beginning at page 540—are provisions that would radically alter our immigration courts, making them far less likely to enforce and implement the law faithfully. Not surprisingly, these items have not caught the attention of...
  • Specter Strikes NSA Deal

    05/16/2006 12:04:06 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 17 replies · 1,073+ views
    The Hill ^ | May 16, 2006 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and conservative members of his panel have reached agreement on legislation that may determine the legality of the National Security Agencys (NSA) surveillance program, GOP sources say. Specter has mollified conservative opposition to his bill by agreeing to drop the requirement that the Bush administration seek a legal judgment on the program from a special court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978. Instead, Specter agreed to allow the administration to retain an important legal defense by allowing the court, which holds its hearings in secret, to review the...
  • Comments to House Judiciary Committee on Immigration: foreign gov'ts carve US into voting districts

    04/26/2006 8:00:45 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 519+ views
    October 2005 Comments to US House Judiciary Committee on immigration: TITLE Integrating Immigrants into the American National Community; Reforming Dual Citizenship in the United States EXCERPT In Vicente Fox's 2000 presidential campaign, his National Action Party and Cardenas's Party of the Democratic Revolution organized caravans to take Mexican immigrants to polling places in Mexico from cities as far-flung as New York and Yakima, Wash. 19 With the new absentee voting law, this will no longer be necessary and energy and attention can be better paid to getting out the Mexican vote -- in the United States. Because the election process...
  • Senator Says Immigration Deal Isn't Dead (Specter = Moron Alert!)

    04/10/2006 10:04:30 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 40 replies · 672+ views
    The AP Via Yahoo! News ^ | April 10, 2006 | Hope Yen
    Despite the collapse of a bipartisan deal on immigration, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee expressed optimism Sunday that senators can pass a bill when they return from vacation. "I think tempers will cool over a two-week period," said Sen. Arlen Specter (news, bio, voting record), R-Pa. "And also, there are going to be some expressions by many people very unhappy with the Senate not passing a bill and very unhappy with the House bill" that would make being an illegal immigrant a felony. "There's a real risk of significant political fallout here, and members of the Senate think...
  • Petition to Ban Arlen Specter from the Republican Party

    04/09/2006 9:13:37 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 61 replies · 1,317+ views
    April 9, 2006 | new yorker 77
    I am sick of this dishonest media whore. 1) FAILURE TO EXPEDITE JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS 2) PROMOTING AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS 3) OPPOSING EXTENSION OF THE TAX CUTS 4) MORE PRO ABORTION THAN NARAL 5) SAYING THE TERRORIST SURVIELLANCE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL 6) SAYING IMPEACHMENT IS ALWAYS AN OPTION 7) ALLOWING FOR A HEARING ON FEINGOLD'S CENSURE OF THE PRESIDENT 8) NOW CALLING FOR BUSH AND CHENEY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON LEAKS Arlen Specter is a plague on this nation and the Republican Party. This media whore needs to hear the message from conservatives nationwide. Specter Contact Info: http://specter.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Home
  • Senate Panel Approves Immigration Bill

    03/27/2006 4:08:50 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1,101 replies · 16,411+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/27/06 | David Espo - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved election-year immigration legislation Monday that clears the way for millions of undocumented workers to seek U.S. citizenship without having to first leave the country. After days of street demonstrations that stretched from California to the gounds of the U.S. Capitol, the committee also voted to strip out proposed criminal penalties for residents found to be in this country illegally. The panel's vote cleared the way for the full Senate to begin debate Tuesday on the emotional immigration issue. "All Americans wanted fairness and they got it this evening," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy...
  • Senate hearing set on move to censure Bush

    03/24/2006 4:55:01 PM PST · by livesbygrace · 55 replies · 1,700+ views
    ABC News ^ | Mar 24, 2006 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Friday it would hold a hearing next week on a call by a Democratic lawmaker to censure President George W. Bush for his domestic spy program. In a one-sentence notice, the panel said the hearing would be held next Friday by the order of its chairman, Republican Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, who has opposed censure. Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin introduced a resolution last week calling for a Senate censure of the president, charging that Bush's warrantless domestic surveillance program was illegal. Revelation of the once-secret program...
  • House Members Urge Fight Against Multilingual Ballots

    02/06/2006 9:12:46 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 383+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | February 6, 2006 | Nathan Burchfiel
    (CNSNews.com) - Fifty-six members of the U.S. House on Friday urged House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), to fight the renewal of a provision in the Voting Rights Act that mandates multilingual ballots. "We believe these ballot provisions encourage the linguistic division of our nation and contradict the 'Melting Pot' ideal that has made us the most successful multi-ethnic nation on earth," the 56 House members wrote. Only one of those signing the letter is a Democrat - Collin Peterson of Minnesota. The letter refers to special provisions added to the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1975 that are...
  • Alito Nomination Goes to Full Senate (Judiciary Committee, party-line vote 10-8)

    01/24/2006 9:43:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 75 replies · 2,551+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/06 | Jesse J. Holland - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Judiciary Committee favorably recommended Samuel Alito's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate on a party-line vote Tuesday, ensuring prospects the conservative jurist will join the high court bench. All 10 Republicans voted for Alito, while all eight Democrats voted against him. The partisan vote was almost preordained, with 15 of the 18 senators announcing their votes even before the committee's session began. The full Senate expects to take a final vote on Alito's nomination before the end of the week. That vote is also expected to follow along party lines, with only one Democrat Ben...
  • The next extinction

    01/13/2006 7:02:42 AM PST · by Anne_Conn · 8 replies · 669+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Friday, January 13, 2006 | John Burtis
    The Democrats on the Judiciary Committee are looking at the next evolutionary stage and its not pretty. About 250 million years ago, the Permian extinction wiped out almost all creatures on the land and in the sea, ending one of the most prolific bursts of life on the planet and was thought to have been caused by a combination of glaciations, the formation of a super-continent and an enormous outpouring of lava from the Siberian traps.
  • Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy Had Racial Covenants

    01/12/2006 6:13:29 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies · 2,320+ views
    NewsMax ^ | Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006
    Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy Had Racial Covenants It's particularly ironic that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee would try to smear Samuel Alito as racist for his 1980s membership in a Princeton organization that was against affirmative action - especially given the backgrounds of Alito's leading critics on the Committee. In fact, Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden have some significant exposure of their own on the racial sensitivity front, given the fact that both their families owned homes that were restricted by "racial covenants" from being sold to blacks, Jews or other minorities. The startling news emerged in 1986,...
  • Study Reveals Joe Biden Is Judiciary Committee's Biggest Gasbag

    01/11/2006 4:05:29 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies · 496+ views
    adeimantus ^ | January 10, 2006 | Bathus
    Let's have some fun with statistics, shall we? In the senate judiciary committee hearings this morning, Ted Kennedy clumsily attempted to make use of a Cass Sunstein "study"... Writing for National Review Online two days ago, Byron York pointed out in advance that, with all its caveats, qualifications, and disclaimers, Sunstein's report is useful "to prove virtually nothing." Well, it does prove that if a bloated liberal senator gives Cass Sunstein enough money, in a very short time that scholar of unimpeachable credentials will produce a study of sufficient rigor to convince the bloated senator that what the bloated senator...
  • The Race-Card Fallback Position

    01/10/2006 10:35:18 AM PST · by wcdukenfield · 9 replies · 870+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/10/06 | Mark R. Levin
    We knew it was coming; that is, the attempt to impugn Sam Alito by using the race card against him. You see, its a given in Washington, New York, Hollywood, and other liberal enclaves that conservatives are, by nature and philosophy, racist. And conservative presidents, as a matter of course, nominate racists to the bench Bob Bork, Clarence Thomas (even though he is black, but that didnt matter), Charles Pickering, Bill Pryor, and, now, Sam Alito. Theyve all been targeted this way. Ironically, the party that defended slavery in the 19th century and segregation for much of the 20th...
  • Dianne Feinstein Urges Alito Filibuster

    01/08/2006 8:55:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies · 1,451+ views
    NewMax ^ | January 8, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Sunday that she will support a Democratic filibuster of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito if it becomes clear he'll vote to overturn Roe vs Wade. Asked if she would consider it "filibuster material" if she finds out that Alito intends to vote against Roe, Feinstein told "Fox News Sunday": "If I believe that he was going to go in there and overthrow Roe, the question is, most likely, yes." The California Democrat, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said that any High Court nominee who thought Roe had been "improperly decided" was outside the...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Profiles

    01/04/2006 8:33:23 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 2 replies · 239+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | 5 January 2006
    WASHINGTON -- The 18 senators who will question Samuel Alito at confirmation hearings next week are taking on their second Supreme Court nominee in less than four months. After voting to recommend John Roberts as chief justice in September, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are turning to a veteran federal appeals court judge who was chosen by President Bush to succeed retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. The committee holds hearings on all nominees for federal judgeships and decides whether to send their nominations to a confirmation vote in the full Senate. Last September, the panel voted 13-5 in...
  • Groups Start Final Push Ahead of Alito Hearing

    01/03/2006 5:36:28 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 6 replies · 553+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | 4 January 2006
    WASHINGTON With the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito less than a week away, his critics are making every effort to whip up opposition to Alito's joining the court. But ever since the defeat of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork a little more than 18 years ago, conservative activists have vowed not to let such critics go unanswered. The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the confirmation hearing process for Alito, an appeals court judge. Believing that most Americans are now past the diversion of the holidays, several interest groups for and against Alito are now picking up...
  • WSU grad at heart of controversy (RE: 'Able Danger' Jan 2000)

    12/07/2005 4:24:48 AM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 12 replies · 730+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | Dec 7, 2005 | Margo Rutledge Kissell
    He wants to go public on what U.S. knew before 9/11 By Margo Rutledge Kissell Dayton Daily News A Wright State University graduate is at the heart of a brewing controversy in Washington. The issue: Whether defense experts identified Mohamed Atta and three other Sept. 11 hijackers a year before the terrorist attacks.The issue: Whether defense experts identified Mohamed Atta and three other Sept. 11 hijackers a year before the terrorist attacks. Anthony "Tony" Shaffer, 43, an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel and veteran intelligence operative, claims they did. More than half the members of Congress including U.S. Reps. David...
  • Senate Judiciary Dems Take Aim at Alito (Gone Fishin!)

    11/09/2005 11:00:03 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 13 replies · 666+ views
    Senate Judiciary Dems Take Aim at Alito Nov 09 6:51 PM US/Eastern Email this story By DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON Senate Democrats issued their first coordinated challenge to Judge Samuel Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, seeking extensive records about his participation in a 2002 appeals case despite a six-figure investment with one of the defendants. In a letter to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the eight Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Alito had promised the panel in 1990 he would "disqualify myself from any cases involving the Vanguard companies." The letter...
  • Thomas Sowell: Irrelevant Questions

    11/08/2005 12:57:10 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 1,213+ views
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | November 8, 2005 | Dr. Thomas Sowell
    The recent announcement by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Arlen Specter that confirmation hearings on Judge Samuel Alito have been postponed until January was only the latest in a series of painful examples of what happens when Senate Republicans wimp out.Senator Specter did not wimp out. The Senate Republican "leadership" wimped out when they made him chairman of the Judiciary Committee after he had fired a shot across the bow of his own President, right after the election, publicly warning President Bush not to nominate anyone to the Supreme Court who would stir up controversy in the Senate.That was the time...
  • Senate Hearings for Alito to Begin Jan. 9

    11/03/2005 4:40:29 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 25 replies · 697+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 3, 2005 | DAVID ESPO
    The Republican-controlled Senate will begin hearings Jan. 9 on Judge Samuel Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court, spurning President Bush's call for a final confirmation vote before year's end. "It simply wasn't possible to accommodate the schedule that the White House wanted," Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said late Thursday. He outlined a schedule that envisions five days of hearings, followed by a vote in committee on Jan. 17 and the full Senate on Jan. 20. Bush nominated Alito on Monday to fill the seat of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who has often held the...
  • Brownback Skeptical on Miers Nomination

    10/04/2005 3:58:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 111 replies · 1,611+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 4, 2005
    Senator Sam Brownback says he and other conservatives have ``a great deal of skepticism'' about Harriet Miers, President Bush's latest nominee for the Supreme Court. The Kansas Republican is disappointed Bush did not pick a candidate with more of a track record. He had urged Bush to nominate someone who opposes the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. Brownback compared the nomination of Miers -- Bush's White House counsel -- to that of Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Souter was nominated to the high court by the first President Bush and was believed to be a conservative, but he later...