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  • Supreme Court possibilities if Romney wins election

    10/01/2012 4:25:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | October 1, 2012 | Bill Mears, Supreme Court Producer
    Here is an unofficial list of potential nominees for the Supreme Court if Mitt Romney is elected president in November. This list was compiled from a number of sources, including those serving as informal advisers to the Romney campaign. The Republican nominee has not specified publicly on favorites for the court. Many names mentioned are relatively young judges named to the federal bench by President George W. Bush. Paul Clement, former U.S. Solicitor General Born 1966. Considered by many as one of the best lawyers of his generation. The Wisconsin native went to Harvard Law School where he was a...
  • Judicial confirmation process 'broken,' federal appeals judge says

    10/28/2007 8:03:21 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 8 replies · 154+ views
    The Arkansas News Bureau ^ | October 26, 2007 | John Lyon
    The judicial confirmation process is "broken" and needs an overhaul, a federal appeals court judge whose confirmation process lasted three years said Thursday. Senate confirmation of a president's judicial nominees should be rigorous but should not be allowed to drag on for years, said Brett Kavanaugh, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Kavanaugh was a guest speaker Thursday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. President Bush nominated Kavanaugh was appointed to the federal bench in July 2003 but Kavanaugh was not confirmed until May 2006. "It's a problem...
  • President Bush’s victories receiving little attention

    06/07/2006 7:19:31 AM PDT · by george76 · 65 replies · 2,109+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Jun 7, 2006 | Bill Sammon
    When President Bush nominated Gen. Michael Hayden to run the CIA, the press focused on disapproving Democrats and even some Republicans who were dubious about confirmation. A month later, when the Senate confirmed Hayden by a 78-15 vote, the story was given much less emphasis in the media, which had moved on to other stories critical of the Bush administration. Similarly, when Bush nominated one of his aides, Brett Kavanaugh, to the federal judiciary, the press was filled with reports about Democrats threatening a filibuster because Kavanaugh once worked for special prosecutor Kenneth Starr in the case against President Clinton....
  • Avoiding Clash, Senate Sends Judicial Nomination to Floor

    05/25/2006 9:23:03 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 6 replies · 445+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 5/26/06 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON, May 25 — The Senate cleared the way on Thursday for a top aide to President Bush, Brett M. Kavanaugh, to be confirmed for the federal appeals court, avoiding a partisan showdown over a nomination that had been stalled for three years. Senators voted, 67 to 30, for a floor vote on the nomination, expected on Friday. Democrats said Mr. Kavanaugh, who was on the staff of Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton, was too partisan and lacked the experience for the appellate bench. But the senators were unwilling to block the nomination using...
  • Senate Clears the Way for Kavanaugh Vote

    05/25/2006 4:30:15 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 381+ views
    AP ^ | 5/25/6 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The Senate cleared the way Thursday for the confirmation of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh to a federal appeals court judgeship, over Democratic complaints that he is unseasoned and partisan. By 67-30, senators approved a confirmation vote, set for Friday. Democrats, however, complained that Kavanaugh has a long record of loyalty to President Bush and too short a record in the courtroom. They highlighted the American Bar Association's recent downgrading of its rating of Kavanaugh from "highly qualified" to qualified. The White House and Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter say Kavanaugh's Ivy League education, Supreme Court clerkship...
  • Kavanaugh just cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee 10-8

    05/11/2006 9:09:48 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 10 replies · 996+ views
    K-Lo reporting. Great news.
  • Three Years and One Hearing Later, Kavanaugh's Back for More Grilling (Specter Failing Bush Nominee)

    05/10/2006 3:38:31 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 4 replies · 315+ views
    CNS News via ^ | May 9, 2006 | Susan Jones
    ( - Judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh, nominated to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia three years ago, faces an unusual second hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Critics, including People for the American Way, describe Kavanaugh as an "ultraconservative political operative." Conservatives say he's a pawn in the ongoing campaign to discredit President Bush and derail his administration. On Tuesday, Democrats are expected to ask Kavanaugh if he was involved in shaping the NSA wiretapping program and whether he helped form policies regarding the interrogation of enemy combatants. "Kavanaugh will need to demonstrate tomorrow...
  • Live on C-SPAN 3 - Brett Kavanaugh Judicial Hearing

    05/09/2006 11:15:56 AM PDT · by Chuck54 · 125 replies · 2,068+ views
    C-Span 3
    The Judicial Hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to a circuit judge is playing on C-SPAN 3
  • GOP rips lowering of nominee's ABA rating

    05/08/2006 11:24:06 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 6 replies · 570+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 9, 2006 | Charles Hurt
    Republicans yesterday blamed bias for the American Bar Association's decision to downgrade a Bush judicial nominee's rating from "well-qualified" to "qualified," before a second hearing demanded by Democrats. "It's telling that the only thing that lowered his rating was his service in the Bush White House," a Republican aide on the Senate Judiciary Committee said yesterday. "And the group that lowered it is more partisan than the ABA represents itself." A 14-member ABA committee changed Brett M. Kavanaugh's rating last month in part because six members downgraded their rating from the last time the White House aide was reviewed, panel...
  • The Next Filibuster?

    05/04/2006 2:41:59 AM PDT · by mathprof · 5 replies · 614+ views
    It's merely taken three years, but Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to come for a vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Democrats are likely to oppose him in lock-step, and some on the left are urging them to use the F-word. Anything is possible, but it's hard to believe Democrats are nuts enough to launch a judicial filibuster in the middle of an election year with a GOP President so low in the polls. Talk about a get-out-the-vote gift for Republicans. Then again, no one ever got rich overestimating the intelligence of...
  • Specter Gives Judicial Nominee New Hearing

    05/04/2006 8:30:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies · 804+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/4/06 | Laurie Kellman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter on Thursday granted Democrats a hearing to question White House aide and judicial nominee Brett Kavanaugh on his role in the administration's secret wiretapping program, its torture policy and any relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The move put off, for now, a repeat of last year's parliamentary showdown over President Bush's nominees. "I don't want to place the Senate in the position we were in a year ago at this time," Specter, R-Pa., said. Democrats lauded the decision. "It's the least that can be done for the nominee to the second highest...
  • The Next Filibuster? Republicans should welcome a judicial brawl.

    05/04/2006 6:03:37 AM PDT · by conservativecorner · 9 replies · 638+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 4, 2006 | Editors
    It's merely taken three years, but Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to come for a vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Democrats are likely to oppose him in lock-step, and some on the left are urging them to use the F-word. Anything is possible, but it's hard to believe Democrats are nuts enough to launch a judicial filibuster in the middle of an election year with a GOP President so low in the polls. Talk about a get-out-the-vote gift for Republicans. Then again, no one ever got rich overestimating the intelligence of...
  • Novak: Showdown over judges moving back onto Senate's agenda (nuclear option)

    04/30/2006 4:01:10 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 15 replies · 1,068+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 04/30/06 | Robert Novak
    Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats on Thursday quietly blocked consideration of President Bush's three-year-old nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh as a federal appeals court judge, beginning a process that may trigger a constitutional test. Under committee procedures, the Democrats can automatically block such a nomination only once. Kavanaugh is expected to be voted out of Judiciary on a straight party-line vote this coming week. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid will come under heavy pressure to conduct a filibuster. Assuming that Republicans cannot get the 60 votes needed for cloture, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist then intends to invoke the...
  • Judge Fights: The Politics of Petulance

    05/03/2006 9:16:46 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 503+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 4, 2006 | Ronald A. Cass
    After the high-profile confirmations of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sam Alito, judicial nominations went into limbo. Today, we'll see the opening gambits on when and whether that will end.The reason the confirmation process came to a standstill is simple: Senate Democrats don't want additional conservatives on the bench and hope to stall votes long enough to keep them off until Democrats can reach the Holy Grail of a Senate majority. That could be a very long time coming, though Democrats always are hopeful that their day is at hand.It's less clear why Republicans let the nominations wallow in...
  • Reid Mulls Filibuster of Judicial Nominees

    05/02/2006 6:11:18 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 30 replies · 860+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2006 | LAURIE KELLMAN
    WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat on Tuesday said he is considering a filibuster of two of President Bush's judicial nominees, saying one may have been involved in the administration's policy on torture and the other ruled in a case in which he had a clear conflict of interest. "The answer is yes, a possible filibuster, of course," Reid told reporters in answer to a question about the nomination of White House aide Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The other nominee is federal judge Terrence Boyle, who Bush wants to send...
  • Senate Republicans Renew Judicial Fight

    04/26/2006 3:36:57 PM PDT · by boryeulb · 5 replies · 393+ views ^ | Apr 26, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R.-Tenn.) has settled on D.C. Circuit Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as the first judicial nominee to get a floor vote this year, Frist aides announced today. Kavanaugh, the current White House staff secretary, will be ushered through the Judiciary Committee within the next few weeks and then proceed to a vote on the Senate floor. A final confirmation vote will come before the Memorial Day recess, Frist aides said. Frist formulated the strategy after meetings with several Republican senators, his aides said. Talks with Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R.-Pa.) and Majority Whip Mitch McConnell took...
  • Whitewater Payback?

    01/17/2006 7:43:57 AM PST · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 1,413+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 17, 2006
    Now that Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito seems headed for confirmation, it's a good moment to ask: What about the rest of them? We refer to President Bush's six stalled nominees for the appeals courts. Several nominations -- including, most notably, that of White House staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh -- have been languishing for years. Mr. Kavanaugh was first nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 23, 2003. He had a hearing on April 27, 2004, but no vote. The President renominated him on February 14, 2005, shortly into his second term, but again no vote; by...
  • Hillary Behind Kavanaugh Obstruction

    01/10/2006 5:11:12 AM PST · by yoe · 7 replies · 827+ views
    Urban Elephants ^ | January 9, 2006 | Scott Sala
    It is being confirmed that Hillary has tried to pull a gigantic behind-the-scenes deception into the blocked nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Nine days ago Hillary's camp denied it was the anonymous Senator blocking his appointment. But now it has been revealed she pulled the strings of the Senator who did block Kavanaugh. From John Fund's Political Diary: Senate Democrats are threatening to delay the confirmation vote for Samuel Alito as long as possible, though they are unlikely to be able to sustain a veto in the highly visible Supreme Court contest. For lower-level...
  • Hillary's Offensive Holding (Why isn't she being penalized? She Nixed Bush Appointee)

    01/02/2006 10:59:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,189+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/3/2006 | The Prowler
    STEALTH PAYBACKSources on both sides of the Senate aisle say that, her denials aside, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was at the very least the most influential voice in sending the D.C. Circuit Court nomination of White House adviser Brett Kavanaugh back to the desk of President Bush. "She has had a hold on his nomination in the past," says a Senate Democratic leadership source. "At the time that Senate Frist asked that the nomination be extended, I don't know that it was her hold, but she surely had influence over the decision. Everyone on our side knows why she was...
  • Democrats Try To Block Kavanaugh Bid (President's nominee for D.C. circuit. A Hillary "hold"?)

    12/30/2005 4:33:43 PM PST · by frankjr · 36 replies · 1,253+ views
    NY Sun ^ | 12/30/05 | BRIAN McGUIRE
    With so much attention focused on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, President Bush’s lower-court nominees have drawn relatively little notice in recent months. But a quiet maneuver last week by Senate Democrats aimed at blocking one of the president’s closest advisers from the federal bench has set the stage for a potentially ferocious battle early next year. Mr. Bush’s staff secretary and a former clerk to Justice Kennedy, Brett Kavanaugh, is one of six federal 2005 Circuit Court nominees nominated in who have yet to be voted on by the Senate. Mr. Kavanaugh is the only one whose nomination was...