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  • Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy

    06/16/2016 7:47:43 PM PDT · by Fedora · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2016 | Julian Hattern
    President Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year. If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to...
  • Sister of former Supreme Court Justice O'Connor killed in Arizona car crash

    05/08/2016 7:12:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | May 8, 2016
    The sister of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor was killed in a car accident Saturday in Arizona. Pima County sheriff’s spokesman Ryan Inglett said Ann Day, 77, suffered fatal injuries after her vehicle was struck by two other cars near Tucson. Day was a former Arizona Republican state senator and Pima County supervisor. Day was driving eastbound on Ina Road around 7:40 a.m. when an oncoming car crossed the median. Day’s vehicle was struck head-on, Inglett said. A truck traveling behind Day then rear-ended her. She was alone in the vehicle. Paramedics transported Day to the hospital, where...
  • Reagan Rediscovered

    06/08/2004 3:25:08 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 8 replies · 170+ views
    TAS ^ | 6/8/2004 | Paul M. Weyrich
    WASHINGTON -- This may shock you. During the eight years of the Reagan Presidency I was not his biggest fan. I looked not so much at what he accomplished but what he didn't accomplish. My expectations were that government would get smaller under President Reagan. It didn't. I was disappointed. I looked at the agencies left in place -- the National Endowment for the Arts, the Legal Services Corporation (which has done so much damage) and A.I.D. -- and I felt that the Reagan Administration did not make a real effort to curtail them. I was disappointed. Also there was...
  • A new gun rights issue arises (NY)

    02/01/2013 7:13:28 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    SCOTUSBLOG ^ | January 29th, 2013 | Lyle Denniston
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, sitting temporarily on a federal appeals court, suggested in an opinion on Tuesday (PDF)that it might be unconstitutional for a state to deny handgun licenses to individuals who have only temporary homes in the state, when they want a gun to protect their home there. And, in discussing the need for care about gun safety, the O’Connor opinion cited the Newtown school childrens’ massacre as a reason to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” The comments came as she wrote for a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court, as it asked...
  • How O'Connor Got Job

    07/05/2005 5:52:20 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 15 replies · 1,359+ views ^ | 07-05-05 | Farah, Joseph
    How O'Connor got job -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: July 5, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 Sandra Day O'Connor is stepping down as a Supreme Court justice after 24 years, and most Americans still have no idea how she got the job in the first place. She got it through deception. She fooled President Reagan into thinking she was a supporter of the Constitution as written, and she did it with the help of a conservative Republican icon named Kenneth Starr. Starr is best known as the independent counsel who investigated Bill Clinton's crimes as president. As such, he set himself...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice shouldn't be political--Sandra Day O'Connor crosses the line

    10/28/2010 5:29:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Editorial
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has violated the Code of Conduct for United States judges. She should resign from her position as a roving judge on "senior status." If she doesn't resign, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. - at whose sole discretion she serves as a "pinch hitter" on lower federal courts - should no longer designate her for such duties. In a controversial case Tuesday before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Mrs. O'Connor provided the deciding vote in a 2-1 decision to throw out Arizona's requirement that new voter registrants provide...
  • Effort Begun to Abolish the Election of Judges (Sandra Day O'Connor)

    12/23/2009 5:45:14 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 1,138+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | John Schwartz
    A group of judges, political officials and lawyers, led by the retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has begun a campaign to persuade states to choose judges on the basis of merit, rather than their ability to win an election. As a state legislator in the 1970s, Justice O’Connor helped Arizona create a merit selection system for judges. She is now chairwoman of the O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative, announced this month by the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, to help make judges more than “politicians in robes,” as she has...
  • Property Rights Are No Slam-Dunk

    12/03/2009 5:44:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies · 1,013+ views ^ | December 3, 209 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY staff
    Eminent Domain: Four years after the Supreme Court told a Connecticut homeowner that no one's house is safe from developers, Brooklyn homeowners may lose their homes to a pro basketball team. On June 3, 2005, by a 5-4 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively repealed the 5th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, deciding that your constitutional right to be secure in your home didn't matter if your state or community decided your property could produce more revenue as a shopping mall or condominium development. Pfizer coveted Susette Kelo's working-class neighborhood for an office park and condominium complex. The city fathers...
  • Supremely Poignant: Sandra Day O'Connor Blesses Alzheimer Hubby's Affair

    11/14/2007 10:52:46 AM PST · by dead · 72 replies · 143+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/07 | Hasani Gittens
    The retired Supreme Court justice's spouse, John O'Connor, has had Alzheimer's disease for 17 years, and after moving into an assisted-living center in Phoenix, he began a romance with a fellow patient also suffering from the mind-debilitating ailment. But the justice isn't jealous - the O'Connor family believes the love has given John, 77, a new lease on life. "Mom was thrilled that dad was relaxed and happy and comfortable living here and wasn't complaining," their son Scott O'Connor, 50, told Phoenix's KPNX-TV. Scott said that when his father recently arrived at the Huger Mercy Living Center, he was depressed....
  • Ignorance threatens judicial independence, former justice says

    07/24/2007 6:15:10 AM PDT · by indcons · 21 replies · 539+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Judicial independence is under attack from voters and politicians who don't understand that court rulings must be based on the law instead of what is popular. That's according to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. She spoke today in Traverse City during the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. O'Connor urged the governors to push for improved civics instruction in public schools. She said assaults on judicial authority have surfaced around the country. They include efforts to strip the courts of jurisdiction over certain types of cases. O'Connor warned that American democracy will...
  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor: Attacks on judges 'appalling'

    06/02/2007 8:58:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 109 replies · 2,465+ views ^ | Fri June 1, 2007 | unattributed
    Recent attacks on "activist judges" by legislative bodies could be putting the concept of an independent judiciary at risk, retired Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said Friday. "These are appalling times," O'Connor told a crowd of 700 during a moderated discussion about her career at the University of Tulsa. "There is so much rancor and dislike going on." O'Connor asked the crowd if it heard of the attacks on so-called "godless, secular humanist, activist judges," and cited cases in several states where people attempted to introduce ballot measures that would toss judges in jail for making the wrong...
  • Retired Justice, Active-Duty Chicken Little [Justice O'Connor w Chris Wallace]

    05/21/2007 5:17:20 AM PDT · by syriacus · 20 replies · 810+ views
    Bench Memos on National Review Online ^ | May 20, 2007 | Matthew J. Franck
    In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this morning, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor continued her pet campaign of persuading Americans to stop chafing under the yoke of judicial supremacy. Convinced, for some odd reason, that "in many, if not most, high schools today, civics education is no longer required," Justice O'Connor plans to lend her name to a website that would instruct young people that they do not really govern themselves—judges do: Indeed, when we got a Bill of Rights giving every citizen the right to due process of law, to freedom of speech, and freedom...
  • Now she tells us

    11/25/2006 12:34:51 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | By Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • A justice gets her swing back

    11/24/2006 4:40:42 PM PST · by flixxx · 16 replies · 859+ views ^ | 11 24 06 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • The New Face Of America's Highest Court (Sandra Day O'Connor Op-Ed)

    05/01/2006 1:32:54 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 15 replies · 1,236+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | May 1, 2006 | Sandra Day O'Connor
     The stars must have been aligned that January morning in 1955 when John G. Roberts Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y., because almost everything thereafter led him straight to the Supreme Court of the U.S. He graduated from Harvard College, then excelled at Harvard Law School as well as in his work at the U.S. Attorney General's office. It was there that our paths first crossed, for he helped prepare briefing papers for my confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court in 1981. He was later a successful litigator and partner at the Washington firm of Hogan & Hartson. He argued...
  • Texas legislators take issue with O'Connor's warnings

    03/19/2006 3:03:06 AM PST · by flattorney · 25 replies · 1,370+ views
    Dallas News ^ | Sunday, March 19, 2006 | Todd J. Gillman
    <p>WASHINGTON – Now that she's left the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor has a few things to get off her chest. One of the first was to warn that the nation could slide into dictatorship if harsh critiques of the judiciary – from the likes of Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Rep. Tom DeLay – go unanswered.</p>
  • Ex Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Bashes Pro-Life Advocates on Terri Schiavo

    03/13/2006 12:30:47 PM PST · by EternalVigilance · 162 replies · 3,614+ views ^ | March 13, 2006 | by Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor used a speech at Georgetown University to attack pro-life lawmakers who sided with Terri Schiavo's parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter's euthanasia death. She claimed a Congressional effort to have federal courts review the case was a first step towards a dictatorship. O'Connor, who backs abortion, announced her retirement last year and was recently replaced by federal appeals court judge Samuel Alito, who pro-life advocates hope will be more open to upholding laws that protect the right to life. "We must be ever-vigilant against those who would...
  • Former Top Judge Says US Risks Edging Near To Dictatorship

    03/12/2006 6:49:12 PM PST · by blam · 122 replies · 2,983+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-13-2006 | Julian Borger
    Former top judge says US risks edging near to dictatorship · Sandra Day O'Connor warns of rightwing attacks · Lawyers 'must speak up' to protect judiciary Julian Borger in Washington Monday March 13, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Sandra Day O'Connor, a Republican-appointed judge who retired last month after 24 years on the supreme court, has said the US is in danger of edging towards dictatorship if the party's rightwingers continue to attack the judiciary. In a strongly worded speech at Georgetown University, reported by National Public Radio and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms O'Connor took aim at Republican leaders...
  • O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again

    03/12/2006 1:09:09 PM PST · by NinoFan · 72 replies · 2,385+ views ^ | March 13, 2006 | Tony Mauro
    O'Connor May Sit on Bench Again By Tony Mauro Legal Times March 13, 2006 The next stage of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's public life began taking shape last week: a combination of speaking out, receiving accolades and even, she hinted, sitting as a judge again. In a talk Thursday at Georgetown University Law Center, she demurred when it was suggested she could be more candid now that she's no longer a justice: "I've retired, but I'm still a federal judge." Retired justices can sit by designation on any federal court, but O'Connor did not indicate where she hopes to...
  • O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts

    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor showed Thursday that she's not absent from judicial issues. During a speech in Washington, she said Republican leaders' attacks on the courts threaten the constitutional freedoms of Americans.So now the Supreme Court can't be criticized. I hate judges...
  • Swing Time: Anthony Kennedy is the new Sandra Day O'Connor.

    01/18/2006 9:59:57 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 42 replies · 1,114+ views
    Slate ^ | 01/18/2006 | Dahlia Lithwick
    Anthony Kennedy—the new Sandra Day O'Connor. Lost in last week's cacophony about the critical role of Sandra Day O'Connor as sole and exclusive swing voter on the U.S. Supreme Court was any sign of respect for the other sole and exclusive swing voter on the U.S. Supreme Court: Anthony M. Kennedy. Kennedy's majority opinion in today's big physician-assisted-suicide case serves as the perfect reminder of who's going to call the shots in the near future. The 6-3 opinion in Gonzales v. Oregon—a decision upholding Oregon's physician-assisted-suicide law from attack by the Attorney General's Office—sharply outlines the court's Anthony Kennedy-shaped future....
  • Alito expected to move court to right

    01/15/2006 3:41:36 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 35 replies · 1,110+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 16 January 2006
    Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. is poised to join a tradition of pragmatic justices who have moved the Supreme Court to the right in measured steps. Eighteen hours of questions over four days showed President Bush's nominee to be a judge respectful of legal precedent but hardly starry-eyed. Judge Alito also displayed a strong inclination toward executive authority, a trait not surprising for a lifetime government employee and former Reagan Justice Department lawyer. By the design of Bush administration officials and despite Democratic efforts to smoke him out, almost nothing was learned in Senate confirmation hearings about Judge Alito's views...
  • Miers' Withdrawal Reignites Supreme Court Guessing Game

    10/27/2005 10:19:11 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 19 replies · 628+ views ^ | 28 October 2005 | Jane Roh
    Lawmakers and special interest groups started positioning themselves for President Bush's next pick for U.S. Supreme Court justice the same day a fumbled nomination ended in Harriet Miers (search) withdrawing from the confirmation process. Miers, who will remain as White House counsel, made a surprise announcement Thursday morning that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (search), who announced over the summer that she wanted to retire from the bench. O'Connor agreed to stay on while her replacement was vetted through the confirmation process. In her withdrawal letter dated Thursday, Miers...
  • Justice O'Connor Faces Major Cases as She Awaits Successor

    10/27/2005 5:34:57 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 4 replies · 513+ views
    AP ^ | 10/27/5 | Gina Holland
    Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement has been delayed again, putting her at the center of upcoming Supreme Court debates on abortion, the death penalty and gay rights. Until Thursday, the White House had been pushing to have Harriet Miers confirmed before the court took up some of the most contentious cases of the year. Miers' withdrawal means O'Connor will hear those cases - and could control the outcome. O'Connor said Thursday of her stay on the high court, "It sounds like it may go on a little longer." She is a moderate who has backed abortion rights and limits on...
  • Bush Mum on New Supreme Court Pick

    10/02/2005 7:09:14 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 740+ views ^ | 3 October 2005
    WASHINGTON — President Bush returned from Camp David Sunday to attend Red Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington. The mass is held each year on the Sunday before the Supreme Court session begins. Bush and first lady Laura Bush were joined by newly confirmed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and several of the other justices in the centuries-old Roman Catholic prayer session held for justices, judges and government officials of all faiths. At the Red Mass, named after the vestments worn by the priests, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the principal celebrant, delivered a homily wishing wisdom and greater civility...
  • Next Pick May See Tougher Fight

    09/29/2005 6:50:00 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 30 replies · 1,001+ views ^ | 30 September 2005 | Jane Roh
    President Bush's pick for chief justice of the United States was confirmed and sworn in as expected on Thursday, but Bush's next nominee to be a Supreme Court justice is unlikely to get as smooth a ride. Beneath the bluster over John G. Roberts' positions on abortion and civil rights, Democrats found very little to squabble about, owing largely to Roberts' pristine resumé, breadth of legal precedent and scant divulgence of personal views. Most if not all of the 22 Democrats who voted against Roberts' confirmation on Thursday had no quarrel with the judge's qualifications. They said they opposed him...
  • WSJ: Bush Picks May Tip Court Against McCain-Feingold - Campaign Finance Reform & Free Speech

    09/28/2005 5:42:31 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 712+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 28, 2005 | JESS BRAVIN
    ...[T]he Supreme Court agreed to hear campaign-finance and tax cases whose outcome could hinge on the candidate filling the court's second vacancy.... Campaign-finance cases have revealed a philosophical split on the court, with more conservative justices, such as Antonin Scalia, considering political expenditures the functional equivalent of speech, and thus beyond state restriction. More liberal justices, such as Stephen Breyer, have viewed such regulations as lawful means to fight political corruption and keep moneyed interests from drowning out other voices. One of the political cases challenges a provision of the McCain-Feingold law that prohibits corporations from direct expenditures on electioneering...
  • Excuse Me, Justice Ginsburg, But Your Politics Are Showing

    09/26/2005 6:12:00 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 64 replies · 2,102+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 9/26/05 | Stephen Crampton
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has announced that while she does not like being the only female on the Court, just "any woman will not do" to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Apparently merely being appointed for life with authority to declare what is and is not law in America is not enough anymore; sitting Supreme Court Justices should now be allowed to dictate who will become future Justices, as well. Justice Ginsburg fumed, "I have a list of highly qualified women, but the president has not consulted me." How dare him! I expect the White House will...
  • O'Connor Mum on Rehnquist and Roberts

    09/09/2005 8:09:21 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 362+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 9/9/05 | AP
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor steered clear of directly discussing the big issues facing the nation's highest court while visiting the University of Florida's law school Friday. O'Connor spoke before a crowd of 500 but did not mention the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, the nomination of John Roberts to replace him, or her own delayed retirement plans. What she did address was political influence on the judiciary. "I am against judicial reform driven by nakedly partisan, result-oriented reasons," O'Connor told the group. "The experience of developing countries, former communist countries and our own political culture teaches...
  • Preparing for World War III (Replacing Rehquist First)

    09/08/2005 1:27:04 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 32 replies · 1,204+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 8, 2005 | John Hinderaker
    Replacing Rehnquist before O'Connor makes matters tougher on the Bush administration and guarantees a showdown with liberal interest groups.A FEW MONTHS AGO, most observers expected Chief Justice William Rehnquist's failing health to trigger President Bush's first Supreme Court nomination. But Rehnquist hung on, to the surprise of many, and it was Sandra Day O'Connor whose resignation brought about the first vacancy on the Court since 1994. If that seems like a long time, it is: never before in American history have so many years elapsed between vacancies on the Supreme Court. President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts to replace O'Connor,...
  • Kristol: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory? (Will Bush nominate a conservative?)

    09/06/2005 4:14:43 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 87 replies · 2,198+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 6, 2005 | William Kristol
    WITH JOHN ROBERTS sailing toward confirmation last week, President Bush had the O'Connor seat "won." The Court was set to move one click to the right (so to speak). Then Chief Justice William Rehnquist died. The president chose to move Roberts over to fill the Rehnquist slot--thereby re-opening the vacancy created by Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement.One understands the attraction of Roberts as chief. But with this action, in one fell swoop, the president deprived himself and his supporters of the easiest argument for his next nominee: that surely a reelected conservative president is entitled to replace a conservative justice--Rehnquist--with another...
  • The Next Justice

    07/22/2005 6:43:57 AM PDT · by JBW · 1 replies · 373+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 22, 2005 | Manuel Miranda
    Just after the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat, was not very successful in garnering support in the Senate for American membership in the League of Nations. Opposition was led by Republican Sen. William Borah of Idaho. Years later Borah was asked why he thought the League was such a bad idea. "I didn't," he answered. "I was against it because it was Wilson's idea." So far the opposition on the left to President Bush's nominee as the next associate justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts Jr., has mustered no more intellectual firepower than that.
  • What Kind of Justice will we get?

    07/22/2005 5:06:41 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 34 replies · 877+ views
    Townhall ^ | 7/22/05 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>WASHINGTON -- Having learned the lessons of the Bork fiasco, when Teddy Kennedy libeled Robert Bork on the floor of the Senate within minutes of Bork's nomination -- a speech that became the reference point for the entire nomination fight -- this White House put its new man out front first. The television tableau was perfect. President introduces attractive, boyish-looking, hornless judge to the nation, with wife in the wings and two adorable kids in tow. A John Edwards moment.</p>
  • SCOTUS Power: Teaching kids about Marbury v. Madison

    07/19/2005 2:18:27 PM PDT · by IMAO-Podcast · 5 replies · 798+ views
    IMAO Podcast ^ | July 19, 2005 | IMAO
    President George W. Bush will announce his nomination to replace outgoing Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor at 9pm EDT tonight. Unfortunately, many American children aren't taught in public schools the importance of the Supreme Court or the role they've played in shaping (and sometimes perverting) U.S. law since Marbury v. Madison
  • Radio Address by the Presidient to the Nation, 07-16-05

    07/16/2005 8:44:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 904+ views
    WhiteHouse.gove ^ | 07-16-05 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryJuly 16, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Under the Constitution, I have the responsibility to nominate a successor to Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. This past week I met with Democratic and Republican leaders in the United States Senate and sought their views on the process, and their thoughts on the qualities to look for in a potential nominee. Also, my staff has talked with more than 60 members of the United States Senate. Members of the Senate are receiving a full opportunity to provide their opinions and...
  • Dems Float Names of Hispanics for Court

    07/12/2005 9:20:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 20 replies · 954+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 12, 2005 | DEB RIECHMANN and DAVID ESPO
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Senate Democrats floated the names of potential candidates for the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a meeting with President Bush, describing them as the type of nominee who could avoid a fierce confirmation battle. Several officials familiar with the discussion said Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge Ed Prado of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, both of whom are Hispanic, were among the names mentioned as Bush met with key lawmakers from both parties to discuss the first high court vacancy in 11 years. The officials spoke on condition...
  • Tancredo Issues Statement on Supreme Court Vacancy

    07/09/2005 11:03:20 AM PDT · by arnoldpalmerfan · 16 replies · 692+ views
    Office of Congressman Tom Tancredo ^ | July 1, 2005 | Will Adams
    Congressman Tom Tancredo (R-CO) issued the following statement about the Supreme Court vacancy following Sandra Day O’Connor’s resignation: “I’m baffled by Senators demanding that President Bush reach out to them in appointing a justice to the Supreme Court. Last time I read it, the Constitution says ‘advise and consent’ not ‘complain and filibuster.’ The Salazar-McCain liberal 14 can’t be allowed to control a judicial branch again.” “I hope the President steps up to the plate and delivers on his mandate. More than 62 million Americans didn’t show up at the voting booth to put an ACLU lefty on the bench.”
  • USCCB Head Writes President Bush On Supreme Court Vacancy

    07/07/2005 8:27:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 27 replies · 688+ views ^ | 07-06-05 | Most Reverend William S. Skylstad
    USCCB Head Writes President Bush On Supreme Court Vacancy WASHINGTON (July 6, 2005)—Spokane Bishop William S. Skylstad, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written to President Bush about “the qualities that I hope you would contemplate” as Mr. Bush considers the appointment of a successor to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor who announced her retirement from the Supreme Court on July 1. In his letter, dated July 1, Bishop Skylstad wrote that “the legacy of a Supreme Court Justice is long and the influence of the Court on the life of the country and the...
  • The vigilantes get ready to pounce

    07/07/2005 11:20:53 AM PDT · by JZelle · 1 replies · 441+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-7-05 | Suzanne Fields
    Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty, as we all know, but sometimes vigilantes have to invent bad guys to keep their franchise alive. You could ask some of our Democratic senators or the ladies at the National Organization for Women. The Democrats in the Senate who must confirm a successor to Sandra Day O'Connor have wasted no time in signaling that they're spoiling for a fight, and no sooner had Justice O'Connor announced that she would resign when a successor was confirmed — note that she hasn't retired yet, so technically there isn't yet a vacancy on the Supreme...
  • Judicial Havoc: Part II

    07/07/2005 3:24:50 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 6 replies · 957+ views
    Townhall ^ | 7/7/05 | Thomas Sowell
    When it comes to judicial nominees, especially nominees to the Supreme Court, you might think that the only thing that matters -- the thing that trumps all other considerations -- is whether the nominee is for or against legalized abortions. Many people are too young to realize that there was never a federal ban against abortions before Roe v. Wade created a "Constitutional right" to abortion out of thin air. Before that, the federal government had nothing to say about the subject and the various states had a variety of laws regulating abortions. Political hype has long since drowned out...
  • Newsweek: Gonzales Pick Will Doom Jeb Bush

    07/03/2005 8:02:04 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 115 replies · 2,556+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/3/05 | NewsMax
    f President Bush chooses Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, that might well doom the GOP Senate incumbents, those on the religious right say, by infuriating the party's fervent, evangelical grassroots, Newsweek reports in the current issue. "If the president is foolish enough to nominate Al Gonzales, what he will find is a divided base that will take it out on candidates in 2006," says Manuel Miranda, who heads a coalition of conservative groups called Third Branch Conference. A former legal counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Miranda went on to threaten...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (July 2, 2005): photos

    07/02/2005 12:08:49 PM PDT · by Wolfstar · 222 replies · 3,466+ views
    PRESIDENTIAL NEWS OF THE DAY: President Bush is spending the weekend at Camp David. He will travel to Morganstown, West Virginia, on Monday to participate in 4th of July celebrations there. The First Lady has been away from Washington recently. However, she will be traveling with the President to Europe this coming week. Our beloved Dubya will mark his 59th birthday on July 6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRESIDENT! And a rousing HAPPY 229TH BIRTHDAY to our great nation. Laura Bush to visit Tanzania 2005-07-01 07:09:58 By Guardian Reporter US First Lady Laura Bush will visit Tanzania later this month. She...
  • Cornyn: Justice for the Next Justice

    07/02/2005 11:37:23 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 602+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2005 | Senator John Cornyn
    This week marks a historic occasion, not only for the U.S. Supreme Court, but for America -- the retirement announcement of our nation's first female Supreme Court justice. The process in the U.S. Senate for considering her successor should reflect the best of the American judiciary -- not the worst of American politics. Justice O'Connor has provided a voice of judicial restraint on a number of important issues on which the court was closely divided. Throughout her 24 years on the nation's highest court, Sandra Day O'Connor worked to restore common sense to our criminal justice system and foster due...
  • O'Connor's Retirement Causes 'Ominous Vacancy,' Liberals Say

    07/02/2005 3:34:12 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 46 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 7/1/05 | Randy Hall
    ( - Liberal organizations reacted quickly and strongly to Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement on Friday, referring to her departure as creating "an ominous vacancy" that could lead to "terrible changes" on the U.S. Supreme Court. "The battle for the Supreme Court has begun," declared a release from NARAL Pro-Choice America that featured a picture of President George W. Bush. "Don't let his choice end yours. "Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement gives President Bush and the radical right the chance they've been waiting for to overturn Roe v. Wade," according to the group's website. "They're pulling out all the stops to...
  • Fred Barnes: The Bork Precedent (What the defeat of Bork's nomination taught the Bush White House)

    07/01/2005 7:17:33 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 36 replies · 2,326+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 1, 2005 | Fred Barnes
    When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, the Reagan White House was not prepared to fight effectively for his confirmation. Indeed, Bork was such a respected judge and admired legal scholar that President Reagan and his aides assumed Bork would have a relatively easy time winning Senate approval. He lost 58-42. In preparing now for a vacancy on the high court, the Bush White House has studied the Bork confirmation fight. And it has learned lessons it hopes will help when President Bush picks a nominee to replace Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first justice to...
  • Rewriting the Constitution (James J. Kilpatrick)

    07/01/2005 9:43:19 AM PDT · by blitzgig · 12 replies · 635+ views ^ | 6/29/05 | James J. Kilpatrick
    The Supreme Court ended its current term on Monday with more of a whimper than a bang. In the Ten Commandments cases, the justices further muddied the muddy waters of the First Amendment. In a Colorado case, they found no way to compensate a victim of grossly incompetent cops. They refused even to hear the appeal of two reporters who face prison for doing their job. Then they doffed their robes and departed for the summer. One is reminded of Oliver Cromwell's farewell to the Rump Parliament of 1653: "You have sat too long for any good you have done....
  • Bush to speak at 11:15 EDT (O'Connor)

    07/01/2005 8:01:28 AM PDT · by cll · 180 replies · 6,645+ views
    Per banner
  • FAREWELL, SANDRA DAY (Alberto Gonzales to Supreme Court?)

    07/01/2005 8:28:34 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 72 replies · 1,997+ views ^ | July 1, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    Bill Kristol called it on O'Connor's retirement. Let's hope he is wrong about her replacement: President Bush will appoint Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to replace O'Connor. Bush certainly wants to put Gonzales on the Supreme Court. Presidents usually find a way to do what they want to do. As National Review put it: [T]he president has to know that conservatives, his supporters in good times and bad, would be appalled and demoralized by a Gonzales appointment. It would place his would-be successors in the Senate in a difficult position, forcing them to choose between angering conservatives by voting for Gonzales...
  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Retiring

    07/01/2005 8:40:16 AM PDT · by bigsoxfan · 8 replies · 599+ views ^ | July 01, 2005 | Susan Jones
    ( - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her resignation on Friday. She said she will stay on until her successor is named and confirmed. The White House said President Bush would make a statement in the White House Rose Garden sometime after 11 a.m., but press reports said he was not expected to nominate O'Connor's successor at that time. The timing of O'Connor's announcement, coming on a slow news day before the long holiday weekend, caught much of Washington by surprise; but for weeks, press reports have speculated that either O'Connor or Chief Justice William Rehnquist -- or...
  • Fox News reporting that Sandra Day O'Connor retiring!

    07/01/2005 7:14:03 AM PDT · by SueRae · 1,296 replies · 27,577+ views
    Fox News | 7/1/05 | SueRae
    Hearing on Fox News