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  • Meet Samuel Alito, the Most Important Conservative in America Today

    06/30/2014 2:24:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/30/2014 | Dustin Volz and Emma Roller
    Easy to forget but hard to ignore, the 64-year-old justice is leaving an indelible mark on the Supreme Court. And giving liberals a lot to complain about. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito enraged liberals twice on Monday, handing down two potentially wide-reaching opinions that weakened Obamacare's contraception mandate and severely undermined public unions. Alito is a reliable member of the Court's conservative flank, though he often earns less attention than his irascible counterpart Antonin Scalia, whose opinions are regularly dotted with sensational rhetorical flourishes that easily seize media attention. Alito is less waffly than either Chief Justice John Roberts or...
  • High Court Allows Disputed Home Search

    02/25/2014 4:59:06 PM PST · by Altariel · 127 replies
    AP ^ | February 25, 2014 | Mark Sherman
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that police may search a home without a warrant when two occupants disagree about allowing officers to enter, and the resident who refuses access is then arrested. The justices declined to extend an earlier ruling denying entry to police when the occupants disagree and both are present. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the court's 6-3 decision holding that an occupant may not object to a search when he is not at home.
  • The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives

    03/07/2011 7:58:32 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    The liberal campaign against SCOTUS conservatives By: Kenneth P. Vogel March 7, 2011 04:43 AM EST Still reeling from a 2010 Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to an explosion of political ads from corporate interests, and fearful the court could overturn President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, liberal groups have launched an aggressive – and at times personal – attack on the court’s most conservative justices. The sharp questioning of the impartiality and ethics of Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and to a lesser extent Samuel Alito represents the most concerted attack on a bloc of justices since the...
  • Roberts, Alito face tough choice on whether to attend State of the Union

    01/21/2011 1:00:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/11 | Michael M Gleason
    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito face a difficult choice on whether to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Alito and Roberts, who were both nominated by former President George W. Bush in 2005, have never missed a State of the Union address since joining the high court. Alito found himself in headlines last year after cameras caught him disagreeing with one of Obama's assertions on campaign finance reform. After that flap, both justices last year strongly criticized the tradition of having members of the Supreme Court attend the politically charged address. Alito went as...
  • White House Vs. Supreme Court: It's Getting Ridiculous

    03/10/2010 2:04:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies · 2,279+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 10, 2010 | Jan Crawford
    For the life of me, I just don't get why the White House continues to try to pick a fight with the Supreme Court. I've suggested before that perhaps it's a sign President Obama intends to tap an outsider when John Paul Stevens retires, so he can beat the drum that the Court is out of touch with everyday Americans. But after Chief Justice John Roberts made some entirely reasonable remarks yesterday -- and White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just had to respond -- it's now getting ridiculous. Whether the White House has a short-term or long-term strategy or...
  • Axelrod: No House outburst to Obama speech unusual

    01/31/2010 11:56:06 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies · 1,642+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 31, 2010
    A top White House adviser says it's gotten to the point where almost any unusual reaction or outburst to a speech by President Barack Obama in the House chamber isn't really that unusual. Obama aide David Axelrod was talking about Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's reaction to Obama's State of the Union address last week. The justice made a dismissive face, shook his head repeatedly and appeared to mouth the words "not true" or possibly "simply not true" when Obama criticized the high court over a campaign finance ruling. Axelrod says that "in this weird political season, we have become...
  • Supreme Court Gets a Rare Rebuke, in Front of a Nation (barf alert)

    01/29/2010 6:24:04 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 1,057+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 28, 2010 | Adam Liptak
    It is not unusual for presidents to disagree publicly with Supreme Court decisions. But they tend to do so at news conferences and in written statements, not to the justices’ faces. President George W. Bush, for instance, did not hesitate to criticize a 2008 ruling recognizing the rights of prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba — but he did it at a news conference in Rome. President Richard M. Nixon said he was disappointed with a 1974 decision ordering him to turn over the tapes that would help end his presidency — in a statement read by his lawyer. President...
  • Historian: After President’s “Insult,” Won’t Be Surprised SCOTUS Doesn’t Attend Next SOTU

    01/28/2010 5:27:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 3,331+ views
    ABC News ^ | January 28, 2010 | Jake Tapper
    A noted Supreme Court historian who “enthusiastically” voted for President Obama in November 2008 today called President Obama’s criticism of the Supreme Court in his State of the Union address last night “really unusual” and said he wouldn’t be surprised if no Supreme Court Justices attend the speech next year. “It was really unusual in my mind to see the president going after the Supreme Court in such a forum,” said author and Law Professor Lucas Powe, the Anne Green Regents Chair in Law, and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas-Austin School of Law. “I’m willing to...
  • Justice Alito’s Reaction (from NY Times)

    01/28/2010 11:06:26 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 29 replies · 1,654+ views
    NY Times ^ | 01/28/10 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    There was the president, and there were six members of the Supreme Court. The few words from the one to the others went by quickly. The president’s tone was mild compared to the animation in some other parts of the speech, and I thought he looked momentarily awkward. But maybe I was just projecting. Mr. Obama’s words were sharp, echoing his earlier criticism of the court’s decision last week in the Citizens United case to strike down the limits that the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law placed on independent political expenditures by corporations and unions. The decision would “open the floodgates...
  • VIDEO: Alito on empathy and experience (talks about immigrant family and decision-making)

    05/28/2009 6:44:37 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 12 replies · 1,101+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/28/09 | Eric Zimmerman
    Daily Kos dug up some video from Samuel Alito's confirmation hearings that might take some wind out of the sails of Sonia Sotomayor's opponents. Conservatives have criticized Obama for seeking an "empathetic" justice and have lamented that Sotomayor says her life experiences will inform her judicial decisions. Here's an exchange between Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Alito that comes pretty close to endorsing the empathy-and-experience concept: [VIDEO AT LINK]
  • Nominations: Haughty Kerry Hypocritical Too

    03/11/2009 10:55:56 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies · 620+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    As attention focuses on the lack of people at Treasury to help the beleagured Tim Geithner, Dems–with a helping hand from the MSM– naturally try to shift the blame to Republicans, accusing them of holding up nominations. We just had a perfect example of the phenomenon as—with an assist from Andrea Mitchell—John Kerry decried the intrusion of “partisan politics” into the confirmation process. Mitchell wanted to “clear up what you’re talking about” by explaining to viewers that “it’s probably Republicans” who have put holds on nominees. Thanks, Andrea. But I found myself wondering: has the great junior senator from Massachusetts...
  • Justice Alito Notes Eugene McCarthy Used ‘Hope And Change’ Mantra In 1967

    12/05/2008 1:48:04 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 1 replies · 820+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | December 4th | Kerry Picket
    Justice Samuel Alito was the featured keynote speaker at the American Spectator’s annual Robert L. Bartley dinner at Washington’s Mandarin Oriental hotel last night. Along with taking a crack at the new vice-president elect (h/t Politico), he also joked about the famous 2008 Obama campaign mantra of “Hope and Change.” (Eyeblast.tv has the audio uploaded here:)
  • Justice Alito Sounds Off on 'Sopranos'

    02/13/2008 8:16:00 PM PST · by kellynla · 28 replies · 277+ views
    newsmax.com ^ | February 13, 2008 9:30 PM | staff
    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has convicted "The Sopranos" of spreading what he says are stereotypes about Italian-Americans. During a visit to Rutgers University on Wednesday, Alito complained that the hit HBO television drama not only associated Italian-Americans with the Mafia, but New Jerseyans, as well. "You have a trifecta _ gangsters, Italian-Americans, New Jersey _ wedded in the popular American imagination," Alito said at an event sponsored by the Italian studies program at Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. Alito, himself an Italian-American, lived for nearly two decades in a West Caldwell home...
  • McCain Vs. The Base

    01/28/2008 2:43:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies · 173+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 28, 2008 | Kevin Drum
    The conservosphere is up in arms over John Fund's report in the Wall Street Journal that John McCain would be squishy on conservative appointments to the Supreme Court: More recently, Mr. McCain has told conservatives he would be happy to appoint the likes of Chief Justice John Roberts to the Supreme Court. But he indicated he might draw the line on a Samuel Alito, because "he wore his conservatism on his sleeve." Over at The Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez has Fund's back: For what it's worth, I've been told the same thing John F. reported — that at a private...
  • Candidates on Second Amendment Case

    11/21/2007 8:30:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 526+ views
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 21, 2007 | Jonathan Adler
    Yesterday, Senator Fred Thompson issued a statement on the Supreme Court's decision to grant certiorari in the District of Columbia gun ban case. It reads, in part: I’ve always understood the Second Amendment to mean what it says – it guarantees a citizen the right to “keep and bear” firearms, and that’s why I’ve been supportive of the National Rifle Association’s efforts to have the DC law overturned. In general, lawful gun ownership is a pretty simple matter. The Founders established gun-owner rights so that citizens would possess and be able to exercise the universal right of self-defense. Guns enable...
  • Thompson Campaign Adds Veteran Social Conservative Coalitions Director(Shannon Royce)

    11/05/2007 9:20:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 186+ views
    Earned Media ^ | Monday, November 5, 2007 | Jeff Sadosky
    MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 5 /Standard Newswire/ -- Today the Fred Thompson campaign announced the addition of Shannon Royce, an experienced social conservative coalitions director and former Executive Director of The Arlington Group, who will be joining the Thompson Campaign to serve as Grassroots and Special Projects Director. Shannon Royce most recently served as Executive Director of the Arlington Group where she managed a coalition of over 70 organizations advocating on numerous pro-family initiatives. In that capacity, she coordinated coalition efforts on behalf of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. A former Legislative Assistant to Senator Slade Gorton and...
  • How to take back America (GOOD READ)

    09/17/2007 11:02:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 235+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 18, 2007 | Joel Himelfarb
    It is an honor and privilege to live in the United States, the greatest country in the world. Yet for all its blessings, American society is beset by serious problems, including jihadists seeking weapons of destruction who want to create a world caliphate; a violent, sexually loaded popular culture that targets our children; unelected judges who ignore the Constitution and abuse their powers; and a disrespect for human life that has resulted in tens of millions of abortions. It is possible to become demoralized and conclude that everything is hopeless, and that we should withdraw from the political and cultural...
  • Schumer regrets not leading an Alito filibuster ("we should not confirm a 'SCOTUS' nominee EXCEPT")

    07/27/2007 10:50:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,739+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/27/2007 | Paul Kane
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared that his decision not to lead a successful filibuster in January 2006 of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's nomination was one of his "greatest failings" as a senator. In an address to liberal legal scholars of the American Constitution Society, Schumer said that after watching the work of the newly constructed "Roberts court" the past 18 months, he would block any future Supreme Court nominee of President Bush's should a vacancy arise between now and January 2009. Schumer's address covered his views on the confirmation processes for Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts. Conservatives have...
  • Alito Calls Free-Speech Limits 'Dangerous' as Court Considers Cases (McCain/Feingold overturned?)

    06/15/2007 3:22:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies · 1,411+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | June 14, 2007 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. made it clear as he began taking questions at yesterday's National Italian American Foundation luncheon that he couldn't reveal any of the Supreme Court's forthcoming opinions. But did he at least give a hint? Two of the court's biggest remaining cases focus on the First Amendment, and while Alito didn't mention either, he did make it clear that any restrictions on speech face a high hurdle with him. "I'm a very strong believer in the First Amendment and the right of people to speak and to write," Alito said in response to a question of...
  • Top court, abortion seen as 2008 campaign issue

    05/20/2007 4:01:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies · 1,036+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 20, 2007 | James Vicini
    The next U.S. president could reshape the Supreme Court, where the two oldest members are liberals and volatile decisions like abortion now hinge on a single swing vote. The possible sea change has already surfaced 18 months before the November 2008 election and could develop into a major campaign issue for Democrats who want to move the court to the left and Republicans who hope to plant it firmly in the conservative camp. The U.S. high court is now evenly split between conservative and liberal justices, who have been divided by 5-4 votes on abortion rights, the death penalty and...
  • The Other Big Story This Week (Cheerleading for Hillary on Abortion "Rights")

    04/25/2007 2:14:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies · 744+ views
    Newsweek ^ | April 20, 2007 | Eleanor Clift
    It was buried in the avalanche of coverage of the horrible shootings at Virginia Tech. But the Supreme Court's partial-birth ruling will likely have a much bigger impact on Campaign. The human toll is unfathomable. And the heartfelt debate triggered by the slaughter at Virginia Tech—over why America allows such easy access to guns, and how best to determine when a troubled student might turn into a psychopath—will rage on for years. But as a political matter, the killings in Blacksburg, Va., will likely have little impact—on the presidential campaign of 2008, at least. That race will, however, be affected...
  • The Democrats' Partial Pro-Lifers (Robert Novak)

    04/22/2007 11:44:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies · 1,165+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 23, 2007 | Robert D. Novak
    After the Supreme Court upheld the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said at a news conference: "I would only say that this isn't the only decision that a lot of us wish that [Justice Samuel] Alito weren't there and [former justice Sandra Day] O'Connor were there." Does that mean Reid was repudiating his 2003 Senate vote in favor of the bill? No, he told me Thursday, he was talking about other decisions by Alito. Reid, an effective legislator and canny politician, reflects a dilemma on abortion among Democrats, currently flying high against dispirited...
  • Alito describes 'out of body experience' of court appointment (during speech at Reagan library)

    09/12/2006 8:43:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 719+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/12/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    SIMI VALLEY How does Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito describe the last year, when he endured a bruising confirmation fight in the Senate to land a seat on the nation's highest court? "I sometimes feel as if I had an out of body experience," he said. Speaking Tuesday to a capacity crowd at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Alito described the highs and lows that came with being plucked from the relative quiet of a seat on the federal bench in New Jersey and landing in the spotlight of Washington politics. It was, he said, "certainly quite a change." Hounded...
  • Supreme Court reschedules Kansas death penalty case - Alito Tie-Breaker Sought

    03/25/2006 4:07:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 355+ views
    AP ^ | March 24 2006 13:07 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court said Friday that it would hear arguments a second time before ruling on the constitutionality of a Kansas death penalty law, apparently so new Justice Samuel Alito can break a tie. The case is the second one that deadlocked the court following Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement in late January. The other one involves government whistleblowers. Justices heard arguments on Dec. 7 in the Kansas case, which involves rules for how juries weigh evidence for and against the death penalty. The 1994 law says if the evidence for and against imposing a death sentence...
  • FR member 'JustAWoman' Radio highlights from her first show (audio from 4 interviews)

    02/09/2006 5:29:07 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 3 replies · 448+ views
    'Just A Woman' ^ | Wednesday February 8th, 2006 | Lores Rizkalla
    All audio from these interviews is here --- What's up with Alito? Lawyer and blogger Chris Price (aka Layman) breaks down what you need to know about the new Supreme Court Justice. --- Conservative African American: oxymoron?African American President of the Southern California Republican Club , Austin Dragon, tells his story of crossing the political spectrum. What happened to turn this man from a liberal to a conservative? He also had a thing or two to say about Julian Bond and the NAACP! :) --- Who is being "abused" at UCLA: Students or Professors? Bruin Republican President Faith Christiansen gives...
  • Alito ... Boo!

    02/01/2006 3:33:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 74 replies · 2,852+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Feb 01, 2006 | Ann Coulter
    There now ... nominating a conservative to the Supreme Court wasn't that scary, was it? Hey, who wants to go again? Democrats have the most exaggerated reputation for fearsomeness since Saddam Hussein's vaunted "Elite Republican Guard" -- the ones who ran like scared schoolgirls when U.S. forces toppled Iraq in 17 days flat. A few years ago, the Democrats wouldn't allow a vote on Bush's Hispanic, black and female judicial nominees. Sen. Bill Frist was afraid of what the Democrats might do, so he backed down. Scary Democrats! And not just Joe Biden's hair plugs -- all of them were...
  • Justice Alito Is Not Enough

    01/31/2006 7:42:00 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 176+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 1/31/06 | Purple Mountains
    Conservatives of all stripes have certain desires concerning the makeup and evolution of the Supreme Court. We may not agree on all details, but we are united in wanting the Court to act as a court should act – that is, interpreting and applying the laws as passed by representatives of the people, the House of Representatives and the Senate. To be specific with regard to widely discussed issues, we want to see Roe vs. Wade and Kelo vs. New London overturned, and we want the “establishment” clause of our Constitution to be interpreted and applied as it was...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos) - 1.31.06

    01/31/2006 4:00:09 PM PST · by ohioWfan · 1,130 replies · 10,583+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com; Reuters | 1.31.06 | ohioWfan
    WELCOME to the first, RNC officially sanctioned, CYBER GOP House Party for the President's STATE of the UNION speech! There are 1375 Parties nationwide, and WE are the biggest and the best! Tonight, President Bush, in his STATE of the UNION speech, will discuss America's leadership in the world and share his vision to lead America forward. To seize opportunities here at home, the President will outline the policies needed for the American people to continue to compete in the global economy. Earlier today, the President sat with Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito in the Roosevelt Room at the White...
  • PHOTO THREAD: Dem senators meltdown after Alito confirmation

    01/31/2006 11:13:33 AM PST · by Wolfstar · 142 replies · 7,467+ views
    Feingold, Schumer and Durbin as they went down to defeat in the Judiciary Committee Tuesday. [Snicker...] White House aid Jamie Brown, right, listens to Di-Fi answer reporters' questions for reporters outside the Senate Chambers
  • In Alito, G.O.P. Reaps Harvest Planted in '82

    01/30/2006 1:30:00 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 37 replies · 1,461+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK
    Last February, as rumors swirled about the failing health of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, a team of conservative grass-roots organizers, public relations specialists and legal strategists met to prepare a battle plan to ensure any vacancies were filled by like-minded jurists. The team recruited conservative lawyers to study the records of 18 potential nominees — including Judges John G. Roberts Jr. and Samuel A. Alito Jr. — and trained more than three dozen lawyers across the country to respond to news reports on the president's eventual pick. "We boxed them in," one lawyer present during the strategy meetings said...
  • The Lessons of Alito (It's important to remember one thing: quality matters)

    01/28/2006 11:24:16 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 29 replies · 1,008+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 6, 2006 | Terry Eastland, for the Editors
    WITH SAMUEL ALITO ABOUT to be confirmed, it's time to take stock of this particular episode in the making of a justice, the nation's 110th. Bear in mind that Alito was not President Bush's first choice to succeed Sandra Day O'Connor. The estimable John Roberts was, but when Chief Justice William Rehnquist died, Bush decided to redesignate Roberts for the center seat. That meant finding another nominee for O'Connor's seat.As it happened, Bush surprised the world by naming White House Counsel Harriet Miers. The Miers nomination proved a major blunder. Bush had opted for a person he knew well who...
  • Alito filibuster? ‘Not likely,’ Democrat says (Biden, Reid, Akaka, Dorgan Don't Support Filibuster)

    01/27/2006 7:28:38 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 48 replies · 1,306+ views
    MSNBC ^ | January 27, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Senate GOP leaders plan to confirm Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito early next week after dealing with a filibuster threat from Democratic die-hards who worry that the conservative judge would swing the court too far to the right.A final vote making the New Jersey jurist the nation’s 110th Supreme Court justice was scheduled for Tuesday morning, only hours before President Bush begins his State of the Union address to Congress and the nation, if Alito’s bipartisan supporters succeed in rounding up 60 votes to cut off debate on Monday.<SNIP>A Democratic senator who plans to vote against Alito’s confirmation,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-27-06 ("Source tells me Kerry is now openly in favor of a filibuster" ---Pitt)

    01/27/2006 6:02:07 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 127 replies · 1,477+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 27, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    EVERYTHING you need to know about John Kerry's LAUGHABLE attempt to organize a filibuster attempt against the confirmation of Samuel Alito as Supreme Court justice can be summed up in the first paragraph of this New York Times ARTICLE: WASHINGTON, Jan 26 — Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts could not attend the Senate debate on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Thursday. He was in Davos, Switzerland, mingling with international business and political leaders at the World Economic Forum. Yeah, this filibuster is so vitally important that Kerry won't even be leaving the Swiss...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-26-06 ("I am very, very disappointed...")

    01/26/2006 3:52:29 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 239 replies · 2,529+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 26, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The impending Alito nomination has driven the DUmmies into a greater crazed frenzy than that of Rambo Cat above. It is starting to dawn on them that the filibuster, if ever tried, will FAIL. Despite the too little, too late support of such a filibuster by Jean Kerry from the ski slopes of Switzerland, the votes for filibuster are just NOT there. Plus we now have word that Sheets Byrd SUPPORTS the nomination of Alito. Game over for the DUmmies thus their INTENSE anger as you can see in this THREAD titled, with SUPREME understatement, "I am very, very...
  • RNC Response To John Kerry’s Call For A Filibuster Of Judge Alito’s Nomination To The SCOTUS

    01/26/2006 3:38:26 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 59 replies · 2,628+ views
    Contact: Press Office 202-863-8614  “To even suggest a filibuster against a nominee as qualified as Judge Alito reflects a philosophy so out of touch that it’s bordering on reckless. The judicial confirmation process, particularly one for the nation’s highest court, should be insulated from such thoughtless bomb throwing in an effort to remain relevant. One can't help but wonder if the consummate candidate was for Judge Alito, before he was against him.”-Tracey Schmitt, RNC Press Secretary SEN. JOHN KERRY (D-MA) CALLS IN ALITO FILIBUSTER FROM SWITZERLAND“Sen. John Kerry Has Decided To Support A Filibuster To Block The Nomination Of Judge Samuel...
  • Jeffords says he will oppose Alito

    01/26/2006 9:36:37 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 74 replies · 2,056+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 26, 2006
    (Washington - AP) — US Senator Jim Jeffords says he will oppose the nomination of Samuel Alito to the US Supreme Court. Jeffords says that while he believes Alito is qualified to serve on the court, he does not believe the country would be served by his judicial philosophy. The independent senator says that he does not believe Alito fully appreciates the limits on the power of the presidency.
  • DUmmie FUnnies 01-26-06 ("Expose the 'Alito 8' Democratic Senators Who Are Blocking a Filibuster")

    01/26/2006 6:41:52 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 161 replies · 1,827+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | January 26, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The coming ApocAlito is hitting my DUmmie Ants HARD. They are scurrying about the circular mill with ever more furious and DESPERATE speed. Some of them are talking about leaving the country. Others about leaving the Democrats. Pied Piper Pitt wants the Democrats to stand up and WALK OUT of the President's State of the Union Address. And more are now talking about taking out retribution against the Democrats for not filibustering (despite cheerleading support for this antic by the NY Times) the Alito nomination as you can see in this THREAD titled, "Expose the 'Alito 8' Democratic Senators...
  • Majority of Senate Backs Alito (Squeal, 'rats! SQUEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAALLLLLLLL -- !)

    01/26/2006 2:15:52 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 32 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Daily News Online ^ | 01/25/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won commitments from a majority of senators Tuesday, assuring his eventual confirmation and making a rightward tilt of the court likely. On the same day Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, five Republicans announced that they would vote for his confirmation in the full Senate, pushing him over 50 votes in the 100-member chamber. Fifty Senate Republicans, plus one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, have publicly committed to vote for Alito through their representatives, interviews with The Associated Press or news releases. No Republicans have opposed him...
  • Nail-Biting Times for Women (Lib Abortion Apologist Wails That "Right" To Butcher Babies "At Risk")

    01/26/2006 12:56:05 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 13 replies · 709+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 01/26/2006 | Nicole Brodeur
    My fingernails are bleeding. I had pretzel nuggets for breakfast. Must be getting close to the Alito confirmation. For those who wonder why women pace like caged animals every time they hear "Supreme Court" and "nominee," consider the news. Samuel Alito Jr. is reaching for the robe to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This is the guy who, in his 1985 application to become deputy to then-Attorney General Edwin Meese, wrote that "The Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion." And if anyone wondered if he still felt that way, here's Alito's 90-year-old mother on the horn from...
  • Partisan Divide Evident as Alito Debate Opens (Partisan Rag's Naked Bias Evident -- BARF ALERT!)

    01/26/2006 12:50:39 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 1 replies · 229+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 01/26/2006 | Mayra Reynolds/Los Angeles Times
    WASHINGTON — In an exchange of speeches that increasingly focused on presidential powers and whether President Bush had exceeded them, the Senate on Wednesday began formal debate on the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. No firm date has been set for a Senate vote, although both Democrats and Republicans say they expect it to be before the president's State of the Union address Tuesday. With no Democratic filibuster expected, Alito's confirmation on a largely party-line vote appears all but certain. Almost all of the Senate's 55 Republicans and one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, either have...
  • [Senator George] Allen Warns Against Alito Filibuster (Dares Shrieking 'Rats: "Make My Day!")

    01/26/2006 12:24:13 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 22 replies · 1,039+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 01/26/2006 | Peter Hardin
    WASHINGTON -- In praising Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr., Sen. George Allen came close yesterday to daring Senate Democrats to filibuster. "My reaction is, if they move forward with such a filibuster, 'Make my day.' We will enjoy pulling the constitutional trigger to allow Judge Alito a fair up-or-down vote," Allen, R-Va., warned in a speech on the Senate floor. He was alluding to what some have called the "nuclear option." That is a Republican-threatened procedure to eliminate filibusters of judicial nominees.
  • Alito Takes Victory Lap Around Capitol Hill

    01/26/2006 12:09:23 AM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 5 replies · 427+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 01/25/2006 | Charles Babington/Washington Post
    WASHINGTON - On the verge of a second successful Supreme Court appointment, the White House flexed its judicial muscles Wednesday, sending Samuel Alito to the Capitol for an early victory lap and renaming a contentious appellate court nominee whom Democrats managed to block in past years. Just hours after Senate debate opened on his nomination to the Supreme Court, Alito posed for photographs and congratulations with Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and other senior GOP senators. Although a Senate confirmation vote is not expected until Friday at the earliest, the group acted as if the result was not in doubt....
  • Senators in Need of a Spine (NY Times Editorial Board Urges Filibuster Alert)

    01/25/2006 9:18:51 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 85 replies · 1,788+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 26, 2006 | The Editors
    Judge Samuel Alito Jr., whose entire history suggests that he holds extreme views about the expansive powers of the presidency and the limited role of Congress, will almost certainly be a Supreme Court justice soon. His elevation will come courtesy of a president whose grandiose vision of his own powers threatens to undermine the nation's basic philosophy of government — and a Senate that seems eager to cooperate by rolling over and playing dead.It is hard to imagine a moment when it would be more appropriate for senators to fight for a principle. Even a losing battle would draw the...
  • Majority of Senators Vow to Vote for Alito

    01/25/2006 1:12:44 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 40 replies · 1,456+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 25, 2006 | JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON - Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won commitments from a majority of senators Tuesday, assuring his eventual confirmation and making a rightward tilt of the court likely.  On the same day Alito won a 10-8 party-line approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee, five Republicans announced that they would vote for his confirmation in the full Senate, pushing him over 50 votes in the 100-member chamber. Fifty Senate Republicans, plus one Democrat, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, have publicly committed to vote for Alito through their representatives, interviews with The Associated Press or news releases. No Republicans have opposed him and...
  • In Case You Missed It: Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) Supports Judge Alito

    01/24/2006 6:49:28 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 41 replies · 892+ views
    From Fox News' "Fox News Live" January 24, 2006Former DNC Chairman, Governor Ed Rendell [D-PA]: "I Believe He's A Qualified Judge. He Sits On The Third Circuit Court Of Appeals In Philadelphia. I Don't Know If You Know This ... My Wife Is A Third Circuit Court Judge."Fox News' Bill Hemmer: "I'm Aware Of That, And Your History In Philadelphia Should Give You Pretty Good Knowledge Of Him."Rendell: "Right. She Has A High Opinion Of His Integrity And His Academic Standards. She Disagrees With Him On A Number Of Cases And Agrees With Him On Some. I Disagree With A...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush - (photos) - 1.24.06

    01/24/2006 4:07:23 PM PST · by ohioWfan · 259 replies · 3,140+ views
    Whitehouse.gov, Yahoo.com | 1.24.06 | ohioWfan
    Today, President Bush welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to the Oval Office where the two discussed the relationship between the two countries, and made a joint statement to the press. Later in the day, President Bush welcomed 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart to the South Lawn of the White House where they posed for a photo op with the Nextel Cup Champion team (and the winning Chevrolet !) He also met with West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin in the Oval Office, whose legislative proposals to improve mine safety have passed by the West Virginia Senate unanimously. Today,...
  • Judge Alito's Radical Views (NY Times Whines and Cries)

    01/22/2006 11:46:10 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 88 replies · 1,755+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 23, 2006 | The Editors
    If Judge Samuel Alito Jr.'s confirmation hearings lacked drama, apart from his wife's bizarrely over-covered crying jag, it is because they confirmed the obvious. Judge Alito is exactly the kind of legal thinker President Bush wants on the Supreme Court. He has a radically broad view of the president's power, and a radically narrow view of Congress's power. He has long argued that the Constitution does not protect abortion rights. He wants to reduce the rights and liberties of ordinary Americans, and has a history of tilting the scales of justice against the little guy. As senators prepare to vote...
  • This year's award for hypocrisy goes to . . . Gore!

    01/22/2006 10:13:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 880+ views
    THE OREGONIAN via The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 22, 2006 | David Reinhard,
    Hypocrisy, thy name is . . . Not an easy call in the first month of 2006. If you thought 2005 was a banner year for political hypocrisy — if you thought watching Democrats berate President Bush for lying about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction after they cited the same intel was one for the record books — well, get ready. Two old Democratic warhorses — OK, anti-warhorses — are in a red-hot race for this year's Golden Globe for Political Hypocrisy after this last week. First, there was Sen. Ted Kennedy's double-barreled offering in the hearings for Judge Samuel...
  • Ginsburg in the "Balance"

    01/22/2006 9:44:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,132+ views
    Reason ^ | January 19, 2006 | David Boaz
    It didn't matter then—it shouldn't nowRemember all those news stories in 1993 about how the nomination of former ACLU lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg to replace conservative Justice Byron White on the United States Supreme Court would "tilt the balance of the court to the left?" Of course you don't. Because there weren't any. In the past three months, the major media have repeatedly hammered away at the theme that Judge Samuel Alito Jr. would "shift the Supreme Court to the right" if he replaced retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. According to Lexis/Nexis, major newspapers have used the phrase "shift the...
  • Frist calls Alito Democrats' "nightmare"

    01/20/2006 6:19:56 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 97 replies · 2,096+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/06 | Richard Cowan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist told Republican Party activists on Friday night that U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito was the "worst nightmare of liberal Democrats." Frist, a Tennessee Republican, made the remark to fellow Republicans during a private tour he gave them of the Senate chamber when the Senate was not in session. Frist was not available for comment following his remarks. Asked about the senator's remark, Frist spokesman Bob Stevenson said that Alito "is a thoughtful mainstream conservative jurist who is well respected by his peers, by Democrats and Republicans alike." Stevenson added, "There are...