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  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Abu Ghraib Inmates Claiming War Crimes Violations

    06/27/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Lee Ross
    Seven years after the release of shocking images of tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Supreme Court has turned back the appeal of 26 inmates from that infamous facility who wanted to sue two military contractors for damages. The military's official investigation revealed "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" committed by military personnel and civilian contractors who provided support services at the prison. More than two dozen soldiers were reprimanded or court-martialed for their conduct. But those who were tortured want to sue two firms that hired the civilians who helped the military with...
  • No Deference Is Called For on Judicial Nominees

    02/19/2016 10:55:38 AM PST · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    I'm sorry that the crucial importance of Justice Scalia's now-vacant seat on the Supreme Court meant that the heated battle over filling it was already well underway while most of us, reeling from the profound loss, craved a respectable interval to console his loved ones and reflect on his epic legacy.
  • Surprise: Obama nominee for Office of Legal Counsel withdraws

    04/09/2010 4:58:44 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 8, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    We didn’t write much about her but lefty bloggers wrote plenty, and they shall not be pleased to learn that an ardent opponent of Bush’s counterterror apparatus somehow isn’t fit for high-level government work. With Justice Stevens and Stupak owning the weekend headlines, the timing for the White House was finally right: Ms. Johnsen, an Indiana University professor, was a strident critic of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies and the legal theories used to create them. Those views and her past work for a group that supports abortion rights led stiff opposition from Republicans and some Democrats. The opponents made...
  • State Department can't find emails of top Clinton IT staffer

    12/11/2015 2:13:19 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/15 | Rachael Bade
    The State Department has told Senate investigators it cannot find backup copies of emails sent by Bryan Pagliano, the top Hillary Clinton IT staffer who maintained her email server but has asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions on the matter. State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Pagliano's work during Clinton's tenure, which would have included copies of the tech expert's emails, according to a letter Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was obtained...
  • Alissa Starzak Can Explain Much More Than Alissa Starzak

    12/25/2014 10:20:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 36 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | Sundance
    When asked to explain my belief that Obama’s presidency was a construction created from approximately 10 years of pre-thought exquisitely planned detail, many people are puzzled by my reasoning. If you peel back the layers to the Milli Vanilli roadshow – what you will notice is the strategy of putting specific ideologies into the legal affairs offices of all the “non-political” constructs. The Pentagon office of legal counsel, for example, can handcuff the activity of the Pentagon with legal opinion in opposition to the traditional goals of the organization (See Jeh Johnson). Likewise the CIA office of legal counsel, can...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • Liberal Groups Want Longer Lame Duck to Confirm Nominees

    12/03/2014 6:47:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 1, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    A coalition of largely liberal organizations has written a letter asking the Senate to extend the lame duck to allow as many of President Barack Obama’s nominees to win confirmation before Republicans take control of the chamber. The 33 signatories of the new letter include the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Communications Workers of America, the NAACP, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Public Citizen. The letter, sent Monday to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calls for prolonging the second session of the 113th Congress to help clear the...
  • Dems push parade of Obama nominees through Senate

    12/11/2013 5:48:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 3:30 AM EST | Alan Fram
    Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama’s court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president’s nominees than they used to. The Democratic-led chamber planned Wednesday to consider Obama’s choice of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That debate was allowed after senators voted 56-42 on Tuesday to end GOP delays that had prevented a vote on her confirmation. Her approval was expected in the next day or so. …
  • Obama Gives Senate One Day to Vet NLRB Nominees; Nuclear option deal provided little time

    07/22/2013 9:01:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama gave the Senate just one day to vet his new nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. The White House presented the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) with vetting documents for former AFL-CIO lawyer Nancy Schiffer and NLRB Democratic lawyer Kent Hirozawa on the eve of their confirmation hearing, according to Senate sources. Federal law mandates that NLRB nominees undergo tax, criminal, and conflict of interest background checks performed by the IRS, FBI, and Office of Government Ethics, respectively. The HELP committee rules require the White House to turn over vetting documents at...
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...
  • Rejecting Chuck Hagel (no longer under consideration?)

    12/19/2012 11:09:35 AM PST · by Perdogg · 19 replies
    Former Republican Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel may no longer be President Obama’s favored pick to run the Defense Department, sources told the Free Beacon. Hagel immediately drew a frosty reception from observers who criticized him for advocating in favor of direct unconditional talks with Iran and for backing sizable cuts to the defense budget.
  • Why the 11th Commandment was important, or Et Tu, Brute... (or Mitt, or Rick, or Ron)?

    03/04/2012 10:52:07 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/2012 | Ron Reale
    Once again, we have Newt Gingrich show why we need this year’s primary season to continue into the Republican Convention. While some of the others are trying to jump into Newt’s shoes, and go after the media for their lies and twisting of the facts we all know, Newt not only points out the medias misrepresentations, he also demolishes the policies of this failed, (from an American’s point of view), president. Newt realizes who the real target is. He, from the inside of the electoral process, and Sarah Palin from the outside, is more interested in bringing down Obama than...
  • 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards Nominees

    12/14/2011 5:43:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies ^ | 12/14/2011
    The 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards was announced this morning in Hollywood. The winners will be presented on January 29, 2012 on TNT/TBS. Here’s the list of this year’s nominees: 18th ANNUAL SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® NOMINATIONS THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role DEMIÁN BICHIR / Carlos Galindo – “A BETTER LIFE” (Summit Entertainment) GEORGE CLOONEY / Matt King – “THE DESCENDANTS” (Fox Searchlight Pictures) LEONARDO DiCAPRIO / J. Edgar Hoover – “J. EDGAR” (Warner Bros. Pictures) JEAN DUJARDIN / George – “THE ARTIST” (The Weinstein Company) BRAD PITT / Billy Beane...
  • Grassley to White House: Cough up LightSquared docs or I’ll block FCC nominees

    11/07/2011 9:19:14 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/7/11 | Michelle Malkin
    GOP watchdogs on Capitol Hill continue to chip away at White House stonewalls. When last we visited the LightSquared scandal, one of the shady company’s partners was going under here in Colorado despite a $267 million fed loan and officials at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration were playing disclosure-ducking games. The FCC is engaging in hide-the-docs, too. Sen. Charles Grassley has vowed to block Obama’s FCC nominees until the panel coughs up requested info: The controversy over satellite-LTE carrier LightSquared could prevent the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from filling two vacant seats if a U.S. senator follows through on...
  • Obama Nomination of Six For Appeals Court Shows Abortion Extremism

    03/26/2011 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | March 18, 2011 | Bradley Mattes
    Demonstrating allegiance to the pro-abortion agenda, Stephen Six successfully captured the attention of President Obama and recently received a judicial nomination to the Federal Appeals Court. That’s bad news for America and here’s why: Mr. Six is notorious for using political powers to protect the abortion industry. As Kansas Attorney General, he personally thwarted the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed by Planned Parenthood. The state’s abortion centers knowingly took advantage of more than 160 minors, covering for rapists and turning a profit off of pain. In addition, Planned Parenthood blatantly conducted at least 39 illegal late-term abortions. A shocking...
  • 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 ,...
  • Obama launches new fight over nominees

    01/27/2011 8:29:24 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 11 replies ^ | 01/27/11 09:44 AM ET | Kevin Bogardus
    President Obama has triggered a new fight with Republicans by re-nominating two controversial officials to key administration posts. Obama on Wednesday re-nominated former labor lawyer Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board, and Donald Berwick to serve as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • "Obama Bypasses Senate Process, Filling 15 Posts"

    03/27/2010 8:42:52 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 6 replies · 555+ views
    nytimes ^ | 03272010 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    Yeah, skrew the traditional process, I is the president, so take that!! “The United States Senate has the responsibility to approve or disprove of my nominees,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “But if, in the interest of scoring political points, Republicans in the Senate refuse to exercise that responsibility, I must act in the interest of the American people and exercise my authority to fill these positions on an interim basis.”
  • Obama to force through extremist nominees

    02/11/2010 11:56:15 AM PST · by aquapub · 46 replies · 1,442+ views
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 2-11-10 | Robert Moon
    Frustrated with such pesky nuisances as the Constitution, Obama now says he intends to circumvent the entire Senate confirmation process to railroad through 177 radical left-wing nominees--many of whom are opposed by both parties--while Congress is still in recess...
  • US Senator blocks all Obama nominees amid tanker feud

    02/05/2010 10:47:01 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies · 722+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/5/2010 | Breitbart
    A US Senator has taken the extraordinary step of blocking more than 70 of US President Barack Obama's nominees amid a dispute over a lucrative US Air Force tanker deal, senate aides said Friday. Senator Richard Shelby, the top Republican on the Senate Banking Committee, placed a blanket "hold" in part because of the feud pitting Airbus parent EADS and its partner Northrop Grumman against Boeing, his office said. "Senator Shelby is holding all of the president's nominees pending on the Executive Calendar," a total of "70-plus" people, said a spokeswoman for Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Regan Lachapelle....
  • Obama nominee praised polygamy

    10/05/2009 3:32:02 PM PDT · by Michel12 · 13 replies · 723+ views
    Obama nominee praised polygamy ^ | 5 october 2009 | World net daily
    President Obama's nominee to become commissioner for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signed a manifesto praising polygamy and arguing traditional marriage should not be privileged above other forms of union. Chai Feldblum, an outspoken homosexual rights activist and Georgetown University law professor, is a signatory to an online petition entitled "Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision For All Our Families and Relationships." The organization defines itself as "a diverse group of nearly twenty LGBT and queer activists [who] came together to discuss marriage and family politics as they exist in the United States today." The manifesto, first noticed by...
  • Advice to President Barack Obama on Judicial Nominees

    03/12/2009 6:06:58 AM PDT · by ToddThurman · 1 replies · 178+ views
    The Right Voice ^ | 3/11/09 | Todd Thurman
    Today at The Heritage Foundation I had the opportunity to attend a panel hosted by former Attorney General Ed Meese. The panel was put in place to give President Barack Obama advice when he chooses his nominations for the Judicial system (the Supreme and Appellate courts). On the panel were Walter Dellinger, Stuart Taylor, and Jonathan Adler.
  • Unprecedented Level of Tax Evasion Among Obama Appointees

    03/11/2009 1:59:08 PM PDT · by Fenix Guy · 12 replies · 1,759+ views
    Intellectual Conservative ^ | March 10, 2009 | Rachel Alexander
    A list of Obama's potential high-level appointees who have withdrawn from consideration - mostly for failure to pay taxes - since Obama took office in January.One of the most interesting phenomenons of the Obama administration so far is the difficulty he has had finding honest people to fill top-level positions. Every few days since he has been in office, another potential cabinet appointee is in the news for tax evasion or other financial corruption.Let's rehash the list so far.New Mexico Democratic Governor Bill Richardson, nominated for Commerce Department Secretary. He withdrew on January 4 after it emerged that he was...
  • Two--no--THREE more people bail out of the bail-out team

    03/08/2009 3:41:55 PM PDT · by slomark · 5 replies · 520+ views
    Team Obama just can’t seem to set its starting line-up. Nominees, potential nominees, and rumored nominees continue to drop like flies. Annette Nazareth, a former commissioner with the SEC, made “a personal decision” and pulled her name from consideration to be Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s top aide. Then, in a huge blow to TV viewers around the world, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, said he no longer wanted to be considered for the Surgeon General job because of “personal reasons.” Seems to us that “personal reasons” has now become Liberalese for “I haven’t paid my taxes for the...
  • Train Wreck: Obama Nominates 4th Tax Cheat to Cabinet

    02/05/2009 4:57:06 PM PST · by Bill Dupray · 27 replies · 1,034+ views
    The Examiner ^ | February 5, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Remember that 9 page information sheet all the Obama nominees had to fill out before they would be considered for a job? The press made a huge deal about the new, ethical tone Obama was bringing to Washington. The One was not going to be blindsided like Clinton with a Zoe Baird problem. And it specifically asked about tax problems. This is turning into a farce. First we had Geithner, then Daschle, then Nancy Killefer, and now Labor Secretary nominee Hilda Solis also has a tax problem. More . . .
  • Republicans & The Courts

    11/21/2008 7:24:47 AM PST · by The_Tick_01 · 1 replies · 329+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | November 21, 2008 | AJ DiCintio
    Let’s face it. It’s always about “the economy,” stupid or not. And for the foreseeable future it will be so in spades, a fact, by the way, that demands Republican leaders follow main street conservative principles as they devise economic policies that put the American people first. However, like the executives of our auto companies, Republicans must understand they can’t survive by fixing one thing at a time; for especially in politics, issues have a way of coming up when least expected — taking a stance on a judicial nominee, for example. I mention the judiciary because with regard to...
  • Many Holes in Disclosure of Nominees’ Health

    10/19/2008 7:36:14 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 18 replies · 953+ views
    nyslimes ^ | 10/20/08 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D.
    Fifteen days before the election, serious gaps remain in the public’s knowledge about the health of the presidential and vice-presidential nominees. The limited information provided by the candidates is a striking departure from recent campaigns, in which many candidates and their doctors were more forthcoming.
  • Condiment (Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice for VP?)

    03/12/2008 2:27:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 1,853+ views
    The New Yorker | The March 17, 2008 Edition | Hendrik Hertzberg
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  • Presidential Roundup: New Hampshire Debates to Spring Forth, Ron Paul mulls bid, candidates

    01/13/2007 5:38:49 AM PST · by bushfamfan · 18 replies · 436+ views ^ | 1/13/07 | Michael Roberts
    The following is a roundup of candidate developments in the 2008 presidential race, from • Debates to Spring Forth Early in New Hampshire: CNN and two prominent New Hampshire news organizations announced Friday that they will join forces to stage back-to-back presidential candidate debates this April in that crucial “first-in-the-nation” primary state. Television station WMUR and the Union Leader newspaper — both based in Manchester, New Hampshire’s largest city — are partnering with the cable news network to produce the debates, scheduled for April 4 and 5. Contenders for the Democratic nomination will meet in one debate, while the...
  • Help Wanted: Conservative in '08

    01/11/2007 4:09:31 AM PST · by bushfamfan · 21 replies · 555+ views ^ | 1/11/07 | Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
    It's getting to the point where the conservative - dominant - wing of the Republican Party needs to take out a want ad in the newspaper or post a listing on to find a candidate for president. In the field taking shape before our eyes, none of the top four contenders is likely to satisfy their delicate palates - made more arrogant and discerning by decades of victories. Rudy Guiliani? Pro-choice, pro-affirmative action, pro-gay rights, pro-immigration, pro-gun control Rudy? Righties will vote for him only if they have lobotomies first. Remember how the New York City Council prohibited the...
  • Bush Judicial Nominees Withdraw

    01/09/2007 9:49:04 AM PST · by SmithL · 290 replies · 4,997+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/9/7 | David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a concession to the Senate's new Democratic majority, four of President Bush's appeals court appointees have asked to have their nominations withdrawn, Republican officials said Tuesday. These officials said that William Haynes, William Myers and Terrence Boyle had all decided to abandon their quest for confirmation. Another nominee, Mike Wallace, let it be known last month that he, too, had asked Bush to withdraw his nomination.
  • Conservatives Say Miers Is Obstacle to Judicial Nominees

    05/08/2006 4:42:02 PM PDT · by Cautor · 96 replies · 1,761+ views
    HumanEventsonline {Blog} ^ | May 8, 2006 | Robert B. Bluey
    White House Counsel Harriet Miers, the Supreme Court nominee who withdrew after a conservative revolt last fall, has allegedly vetoed several recommendations offered by conservatives to fill vacancies on federal courts. The White House would not directly respond to the charge, which was made this morning during a conference call with more than 40 conservative leaders. Two people on the call—whose identities I promised to keep confidential—said they had inside knowledge of the recommended nominees whom Miers nixed.
  • Whack-A-Pol: The Sport Of Bloggers

    01/11/2006 8:55:38 PM PST · by formercalifornian · 15 replies · 460+ views
    This week's Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Samuel Alito appear to have given rise to a new sport in the blogosphere: Whack-A-Pol. Here's how the game is played: Every time a senator pops up with a comment on Alito, bloggers whack 'em down with a rhetorical hammer. But unlike the game Whack-A-Mole, where the nimble moles often avoid the blows by ducking into their holes, no senator -- regardless of party or popularity outside the realm of mouth-to-mouth combat over judicial nominations -- can escape the jabs of bloggers. Even worse, bloggers tend to prefer hammers of the sledge...
  • Bush names Greenspan successor

    10/25/2005 2:48:42 PM PDT · by FreeKeys · 234+ views
    Cafe Hayek ^ | 10/24/05 | Russell Roberts
    In a surprise announcement that shocked the economics community, President Bush named Robert McCleskey, his personal tax accountant, to succeed Alan Greenspan. McCleskey, who has little or no track record in the area of monetary policy, will now face the rigors of a grueling confirmation process. Given the defining nature of the appointment and the challenges of filling Greenspan's legendary shoes, some observers were surprised the President chose McCleskey, a man who has never written on anything vaguely related to the Federal Reserve or monetary issues. When asked about why he chose McCleskey the President responded aggressively. "He's a heckuva...
  • CST: Bush envoy picks snubbed - Rule by Whim: Tales of Senate excess

    10/13/2005 5:22:22 AM PDT · by OESY · 10 replies · 717+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 13, 2005 | ROBERT NOVAK
    Senate confirmation of President Bush's choice to be U.S. ambassador to the European Union has been delayed for several weeks, and the nominee may not take his post until well into November. Bush's choice as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is serving under a recess appointment and may never be confirmed. The reason: the individual whims of two Republican senators. Freshman Sen. Mel Martinez of Florida last week temporarily blocked the confirmation of longtime GOP stalwart C. Boyden Gray to the EU for petty political reasons. Much more serious because its effect looks permanent, Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio...
  • Do you solemnly swear... (Vanity)

    10/10/2005 8:41:37 PM PDT · by pickrell · 6 replies · 636+ views
    10-October-2005 | Ron Pickrell
    The commotion surrounding the President's two nominations for the Supreme Court illustrates far better than any other recent mediastorms the extent of the damage that has already been done to the institutions of the United States. The pundits, both theirs and ours, in their arguments about how the nominee will rule, have apparently utterly lost sight of the objective. During the Clinton Administration the Republican Senate abdicated their sworn responsibilities to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, when they acquiesced in the installation of Judge Ginsburg on the court. The accepted concept was that each President should...
  • Fear and Loathing in Washington, DC (Over Harriet Miers)

    10/10/2005 5:55:27 AM PDT · by JamesP81 · 22 replies · 415+ views
    Southern Pundit ^ | 9-10-2005 | James P
    I am a bit confused. Bush was re-elected by his conservative base on the understanding that he would appoint strict constructionist judges with traditional values. Bush chose Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor. Miers is pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, and is definitely not a judicial activist. Exactly the kind of person Bush’s base wanted. And all I have heard over the last week is wailing, crying, moaning, sulking, and general hell-raising from conservatives...... -- excerpt --
  • Applying the Principles of War to Harriet Miers SCOTUS Nomination

    10/06/2005 12:42:21 PM PDT · by Mr.Atos · 6 replies · 421+ views
    My Sandmen ^ | 10.05.05 | Major Mike
    MOOSEMUSS. Yes, MOOSEMUSS. That is what came to mind when the discussion amongst the right about the Harriet Miers nomination went into full tilt yesterday…MOOSEMUSS. Hat tip to Mr. Atos for planting the seed with his Bangalore Torpedo piece, and after all the rancor yesterday, I thought, MOOSEMUSS. I don’t buy the theory that in an instant, that the President, who incidentally, got the GWOT right, and the John Roberts nomination right, who has Dick Cheney as his VP and Condi Rice as his SOS…blew a gasket and has gotten this completely wrong. I thought…maybe …MOOSEMUSS. I think that the...
  • Before voting on Roberts, insist on second nominee

    09/08/2005 1:52:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies · 1,504+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 8, 2005 | JAMES E. COLEMAN JR. and ERWIN CHEMERINSKY
    Democrats must insist that the Senate not vote on John Roberts' confirmation to be chief justice until after Sandra Day O'Connor's successor is also named. The Senate needs to evaluate both picks together in assessing their impact on the Supreme Court, now and for years to come. Also, Democrats need to make clear that since President Bush has already picked a conservative in Roberts for one vacancy, the other selection needs to be a more moderate Republican in the mold of O'Connor. Otherwise, a court that currently reflects a moderate mainstream view could become one that would be significantly further...
  • German Chancellor (and Powell) nominated for Nobel peace prize

    08/23/2005 9:09:37 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 12 replies · 422+ views
    German Chancellor Gerhard Schroederhas been nominated for the 2005 Nobel peace prize, the German press agency (DPA) reported on Tuesday. Guenter Grass, Germany's 1999 Nobel literature laureate, told DPA Monday that he considered Schroeder a candidate for the peace award because of his strong opposition to the US-led war against Iraq. Other names mentioned included former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, Indian musician Ravi Shankar, and former Czech president Vaclav Havel.
  • NYT: Roberts's Files From 80's Recall Big Debates of Era

    08/16/2005 5:29:23 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 409+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 16, 2005 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    Only an indistinct portrait of the young John G. Roberts Jr. emerged in thousands of pages released... from the Supreme Court nominee's years in the Reagan White House. But the documents do provide a vivid reminder of the debates that consumed official Washington in those days. Some of the issues remain pertinent, while others are long forgotten. Anyone expecting the nearly 5,400 pages of documents, dating from late 1982 to mid-1986, to contain the key to the kind of Supreme Court justice that Judge Roberts would be is likely to be disappointed. Whether abortion opponents should be permitted to bury...
  • WSJ: Mr. Levin's Obsessions - A case study in the collapse of 'advice and consent.'

    08/16/2005 5:07:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 955+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2005 | Editorial
    ...From his perch as ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Mr. Levin has been running a one-man assault on civilian appointees fighting the war on terror. He currently has a "hold" on no fewer than four nominees selected by President Bush for key national security posts: Eric Edelman for Undersecretary of Defense of Policy, the No. 3 position at the Pentagon; Peter Flory, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; Alice Fisher, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; and Benjamin Powell, general counsel in the office of new Director of National Intelligence. Keep...
  • WSJ: NARAL v. Roberts - The ad practically screams: We're desperate to find something

    08/10/2005 4:56:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,143+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 10, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    We suppose NARAL Pro-Choice America has to do something with the funds it's raised for an anticipated battle over President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, but it may find that the vicious national TV ad that starts airing today may backfire. The ad practically screams: We're so desperate to find something to pin on John Roberts that we're not above making things up. The ad focuses on a friend-of-the-court brief then-deputy Solicitor General Roberts filed in 1991 in the Supreme Court case Bray v. Alexandria Women's Health Clinic. It accuses Judge Roberts of siding with "violent fringe groups and a convicted...
  • Not "Borking", but "Estradification" - (legal minds say unreasonable to demand internal memos)

    07/22/2005 12:39:40 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 629+ views
    VOLOKH.COM ^ | JULY 22, 2005 | Todd Zywicki
    "Estradification": In the spirit of confirmation battles spawning a new lexicon (e.g., "Borking") the Washington Times reports today [] on what some Republicans are calling "Estradification"--requiring the Justice Department to turn over internal legal memoranda written by Roberts while he worked in the SG's office. The refusal by the White House to surrender these sorts of documents was the basis for the Estrada filibuster (hence the name) as well as the current Bolton stalemate. Regardless of the merits of the request, it seems highly unlikely that the White House will surrender these documents. The tone of the article suggests that...
  • SCOTUS shmotis? - (most SCOTUS opinions on Bush nominees coming from political windbags!)

    07/21/2005 8:56:04 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 324+ views
    For those not news junkies, the overwhelming majority, SCOTUS is the acronym for Supreme Court of the United States. As to getting excited about the coming debate over the latest appointment to this bench, most people's reaction is SCOTUS shmotis. I'm what some partisans of absolutist positions might call wishy-washy on their issues. I prefer to call my attitude rooted in absolute principles and then seeking their practical application. To just take three of the hottest buttons: Abortion is not an absolute "right." It is the taking of a life. I agree with my traditional Jewish laws that allow it...
  • A Supreme Battle: For the Heart and Soul of America - (libs waging war vs. Bush on SCOTUS nominees)

    07/16/2005 12:34:01 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 3 replies · 543+ views
    The retirement of Justice O’Connor didn’t ignite the battle for the heart and soul of America, but it sure will kick it into high gear. The impending retirement of Chief Justice Rehnquist will shift that battle into overdrive and the political mental midgets’ pomposity into overload. [Balderdash from a pompous ass, for you sadly educated left-wing-nuts.] The first thing one must ponder on this topic is how the Supreme Court of the United States became the front line of this battle in the first place. According to one of my favorite founders Thomas Jefferson, "A free people claim their rights...
  • Originalism Above All Else - (Thomas, Scalia the models for new justices!)

    07/15/2005 4:54:42 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 9 replies · 538+ views
    FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE.COM ^ | JULY 15, 2005 | Steven Geoffrey Gieseler
    Like killer bees they will swarm in droves. No nominee will be safe. Ultra-Conservative. Stealth Liberal. Anti-(insert special interest here) Ideologue. Extreme Judicial Activist. The labels ascribed to whoever President Bush nominates to the United States Supreme Court will be legion. And they will be entirely useless in assessing whether that man or woman is fit for the Court. This is no postmodernist-gibberish screed on how words don’t mean anything. Indeed, the usual carping about labels in the law and in politics is considerably overwrought. Justice Rehnquist is generally conservative, and Justice Stevens is generally liberal. Labels often fit. But...
  • John McCain Will Play Ball?

    07/13/2005 12:59:01 PM PDT · by HallowThisGround · 5 replies · 288+ views
    Opinion Times ^ | 7/12/05 | Jim Pfaff
    Looks like John McCain may have come to his senses about Supreme Court nominees: DrudgeReport: Sen. McCain [R-AZ] Strong Words On Supreme Ct Nomination at Dallas Fundraiser: 'During the campaign, President Bush said he will appoint judges who will strictly interpret the constitution... thinking anything else is either amnesia or ignorance... elections have consequences... whomever he nominates deserves an up or down vote and no filibuster... and an up or down vote is what we will have'Strong words indeed. But they were given out of the mouth of one of the ringleaders of the Gang of 14. This gives me...