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  • How Cruz and Trump learned to like each other

    01/13/2017 11:07:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 13, 2017 | Eliana Johnson
    Ted Cruz was once one of Donald Trump’s most vocal critics. Now he's one of the president-elect's most important Senate allies. Ted Cruz met with Donald Trump exactly one week after Election Day. As it turned out, Cruz’s tete-a-tete with the president-elect he had spurned from the stage of the Republican National Convention just months before wasn’t the most consequential meeting he would have that day. After his talk with Trump, the Texas senator and his chief of staff, David Polyansky, then sat down with his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who sounded him out about his interest in filling the...
  • Pence to be sworn in by Justice Thomas

    01/12/2017 5:46:09 PM PST · by usafa92 · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/12/2016 | Brooke Seipel
    Vice president-elect Mike Pence will be sworn into office Jan. 20 by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Reuters reported Thursday. Thomas, a conservative legal icon, was included in the official program for Trump’s inauguration as shared online by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. Trump will be sworn in by the Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Traditionally, the chief justice swears in the president, and an incoming vice president picks someone else to administer his oath of office. Thomas, 68, is the second black justice to serve on the Supreme Court and is one of its most...
  • Conservatives press Trump to nominate Bill Pryor on Supreme Court pick

    01/12/2017 9:16:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/2017 | BY ALEXANDER BOLTON
    Influential conservatives are pressing President-elect Donald Trump to nominate Bill Pryor, a judge feared and disdained by liberals but loved by conservatives because of his “titanium spine,” to the Supreme Court. Pryor is said to be on Trump’s short list to replace the legendary conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who died almost a year ago. Trump told reporters Wednesday that he will announce his nominee within two weeks of taking the oath of office on Jan. 20. Conservatives want an intellectual heavyweight to fill Scalia’s shoes and fulfill Trump’s promise made during last year’s campaign to nominate a justice “in the...
  • Donald Trump Says He Will Nominate a Supreme Court Justice Within 2 Weeks of Inauguration

    01/12/2017 7:26:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 11, 2017 | Mahita Gajanan
    Donald Trump expects to nominate a justice to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court within two weeks of his inauguration on Jan. 20, the President-elect said during a news conference on Wednesday. The nomination will likely come in the second week of his presidency, following inauguration celebrations, Trump said.
  • The transgender bathroom case arrives at the Supreme Court

    01/11/2017 7:23:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/11/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Back in October I wrote about the announcement that the Supreme Court would be hearing the case of G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. This is the long awaited “transgender bathroom law” challenge to the Obama administration’s reinterpretation of Title IX law which sought to morph the definition of “sex” to include the SJW concept of gender identity. At the time I expressed concern over both how a split court might rule on the science behind the question as well as the possibility that they would dodge the fundamental questions entirely and choose to narrowly rule on the legal...
  • Donald Trump’s historic opportunity to remake the courts, in 1 chart

    01/10/2017 4:22:57 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2017 | Chris Cillizza
    Unlike many things that Trump said during the course of the campaign, he wasn't exaggerating about the massive impact he can have on the federal judiciary. The chart below, which comes from the must-have quarterly PowerPoint slide decks of GOP lobbyist Bruce Mehlman, makes that point starkly.
  • Conservatives plan $10M ad campaign to back Trump's Supreme Court nominee

    01/09/2017 7:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 9, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    The conservative Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) is planning to launch a $10 million national ad campaign to push Democratic senators to confirm President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. JCN said it’s planning to air ads in states that have vulnerable Democrats up for re-election in 2018, particularly those where Trump won by large margins. Senate Democrats have vowed to fight back against any Trump pick that they see as too conservative. “We are not going to settle on a Supreme Court nominee," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer(D-N.Y.) said last week in an interview on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. "If they don’t...
  • Chuck Schumer’s Supreme Court bluster

    01/08/2017 9:54:28 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 8, 2017 | New York Post Editorial Board
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer played the tough guy last week, vowing to leave a vacancy on the nation’s highest court unless President-elect Donald Trump taps a judge he and his fellow Democrats like. But trash-talk is easy. “If [Trump and his staff] don’t appoint someone who’s really good,” Schumer huffed, “we’re going to oppose them tooth and nail.”
  • Handicapping Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Shortlist

    01/06/2017 5:16:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Above The Law ^ | January 6, 2017 | David Lat
    More than a month has passed since President-elect Donald Trump told us to expect a Supreme Court nomination “pretty soon.” But even if a SCOTUS nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia gets announced forthwith, it’s unlikely that this new justice will join the Court in time to participate in any decisions for the current Term.[1] So that’s the “when” of this story. What about the “who”? In case you missed it over the holidays, Jan Crawford of CBS News, one of the most plugged-in Supreme Court reporters around, revealed Trump’s five finalists (in alphabetical order, and with thanks...
  • Schumer: Trump better pick a mainstream Supreme Court nominee, or else

    01/04/2017 11:43:26 AM PST · by Cheerio · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 4, 201 | Ed Morrissey
    Or else what? Chuck Schumer’s leverage to obstruct the next nominee to the Supreme Court was almost as incoherent as his demand for a “mainstream” nominee. Appearing on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show last night, Schumer followed that demand up with an acknowledgment that Democrats wouldn’t consider any nominee mainstream if he or she had full Republican support. That leaves us with … what, exactly? Knee-jerk obstructionism:
  • The GOP needs to send Harry Reid a thank you note

    01/05/2017 7:10:16 AM PST · by Cheerio · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | Jan, 4th, 2017 | DrJohn
    As the new Congress convenes, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) demonstrates that for some reason being a democrat leader in Congress has the unfortunate prerequisite of being an idiot. A volcano of bombast picking up right where Harry Reid left, Schumer spit out his vision of the unending obstructionism he plans forr the GP and Donald Trump. He promised to block any Trump nominee for the Supreme Court. “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support,” Schumer said in an interview Tuesday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel...
  • Supreme Court Finds Obamas Religious Tactics Unconstitutional

    01/04/2017 7:08:16 AM PST · by yoe · 30 replies
    youtube.com ^ | January 3, 2017
    Video.....Trey Gowdy blasts Obama administration for picking apart the constitution and choosing what they feel s right and wrong about separation between church and state.
  • Reid: If Hillary wins and Dems retake the Senate, expect Dems to use the Nuclear Option for SCOTUS

    01/04/2017 4:16:05 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | October 25, 2016 | Posted by William A. Jacobson
    Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is confident that he has laid the groundwork for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they win back the Senate in November. Envisioning Hillary Clinton in the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate, Reid warned that if a Senate Republican minority block her Supreme Court nominee, he is confident the party won’t hesitate to change the filibuster rules again. Such a move would be an extension of what Reid did in 2013 when he was still majority leader, eliminating filibusters (with a simple majority vote) on...
  • Chuck Schumer threatens Trump over SCOTUS nominee - endless filibuster for any nominee?

    01/04/2017 11:12:24 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 46 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/04/17 | Robert Laurie
    Dems digging the hole deeper Democrats don’t understand what happened in the 2016 election. They don’t know why they lost and they have no concept of how badly they were beaten. I’ve made this point a hundred times. We see their denial in their post-election defiance, their doubling-down on people like Pelosi, and the bitter name-calling aimed at anyone who didn’t support Hillary Clinton. They cling to popular vote totals, buoyed by left-wing superstates New York and California, so they can whistle past their electoral graveyard and their brutal 2018 map.
  • Schumer Prepared to Hold Supreme Court Seat Open

    01/04/2017 6:53:30 AM PST · by detective · 122 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Jan 3, 2017 | Bridget Bowman
    Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is preparing to block President-elect Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee if he or she is not in the “mainstream.” “It’s hard for me to imagine a nominee that Donald Trump would choose that would get Republican support that we could support,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Tuesday night. Asked if he would do his best to hold the seat open, Schumer responded, “Absolutely.”
  • Some Big News Just Broke About Trump’s Supreme Court Picks

    01/04/2017 6:44:32 AM PST · by xzins · 130 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | January 3, 2017 | John S. Roberts
    There was undoubtedly a number of Americans who voted for Donald Trump solely based on his promise to nominate a conservative justice to the Supreme Court. We’ve seen the preliminary list. Now, it has been whittled down to the final six candidates. From Newsmax: President-elect Donald Trump has whittled his list of possible Supreme Court picks down to about six finalists and is expanding his search for future nominees to the high court, Politico reported. Announcing his nomination to fill the seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia is expected to be one of Trump’s earliest acts as he...
  • Democrats to Fight Almost Any Trump Supreme Court Nominee: Schumer

    01/03/2017 9:37:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    MSNBC ^ | January 3, 2017 | Alex Johnson
    Suggesting that turnabout is fair play, the Senate's new top Democrat said Tuesday night "it's hard for me to imagine" Democratic senators' supporting a Supreme Court nomination submitted by President-elect Donald Trump. In a measured but blunt interview on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York took on Trump over a number of issues, calling him a "fake" populist who was "dumb" to continue squabbling with the U.S. intelligence community. But it was the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February that led to Schumer's strongest...
  • Short list forming for the Supreme Court — now and in the future?

    01/03/2017 5:42:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2017 | Ed Morrissey
    If Politico’s correct about the new administration’s Supreme Court strategy, Ted Cruz might have a long, long wait for a phone call. Donald Trump’s first major act as President will almost certainly be to fill the opening left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, which has remained open for a year while Republicans blocked efforts at a lame-duck appointment of Merrick Garland. However, the focus of Trump’s strategists is not this opening, but the next one to come — likely from the liberal wing of the court: While Scalia’s seat is the only current opening, Trump’s advisers are plotting...
  • Inside Trump’s strategy to remodel the Supreme Court

    01/03/2017 2:51:05 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | January 3, 2017 | Shane Goldmacher and Josh Gerstein
    Donald Trump has narrowed his short list for his first Supreme Court pick down to roughly a half-dozen finalists but the president-elect and his top advisers are already thinking about a second selection, as they seek to quickly remodel the high court with a reliably conservative bent. Trump’s team wants to make filling the seat held by the late Justice Antonin Scalia one of the earliest acts of his presidency, according to multiple transition officials, in hopes of scoring an energizing and unifying victory for the conservative movement. . . And as Trump weighs perhaps the most enduring personnel decision...
  • Another judicial dirty trick from Senate Republicans

    01/03/2017 11:09:16 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | January 03, 2017 | The Editorial Board
    One of 2016’s most spectacular examples of government dysfunction was the U.S. Senate’s outrageous refusal to consider President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. That dereliction of duty by the Republican majority not only denied a sitting president his constitutional prerogative to fill vacancies in the court (so that the appointment would go instead to a hoped-for Republican successor). It also prevented the court from resolving a handful of cases because of a 4-4 split and probably discouraged the justices from accepting other cases because of the possibility of a...
  • Is Ted Cruz Being Considered for Scalia's Supreme Court Vacancy?

    01/02/2017 4:55:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | December 27, 2016
    President-elect Donald Trump famously referred to Sen. Ted Cruz as "Lyin' Ted" on the campaign trail, but could Cruz be a contender to serve in one of the country's most honorable positions? Cruz's name has been floated as a potential replacement for the late Antonin Scalia as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump is expected to name a nominee soon after his inauguration. Cruz did not appear on Trump's official shortlist for the position, but the "Outnumbered" panel Monday debated whether he could in fact be a good fit. "I think that Senator Ted Cruz could actually be...
  • Obama could still force Merrick Garland onto court during ‘intersession recess’

    01/02/2017 7:26:23 AM PST · by Cheerio · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight. Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins. In those few moments the Senate will go into what’s known as an “intersession recess,” creating one golden moment when the president...
  • Obama could still force Garland onto court during ‘intersession recess’

    01/01/2017 3:47:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 92 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 1, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama will have one last chance to force Judge Merrick Garland onto the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday — but it’s a legal gamble and one that has so many pitfalls that even those who say he could get away with it believe it isn’t worth the fight. Mr. Obama’s moment will come just before noon, in the five minutes that the Senate gavels the 114th Congress out of session and the time the 115th Congress begins. In those few moments the Senate will go into what’s known as an “intersession recess,” creating one golden moment when the president...
  • NYT Says GOP Stole Supreme Court Seat From Obama

    12/25/2016 2:07:41 PM PST · by ColdOne · 108 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 12/25/16 | Kevin Daley
    The New York Times’ Christmas Day editorial tags Senate Republicans for “stealing” a seat on the Supreme Court that should have been filled by President Barack Obama. The Times accuses Republicans of impugning the institutional integrity of the court by a hyper-partisan charade, arguing the justices derive their legitimacy from their separation from the two political branches of government. “Mr. McConnell and his allies took a torch to that idea — an outrageous gambit that, to nearly everyone’s shock, has paid off,” the Grey Lady says. “But while Republicans may be celebrating now, the damage they have inflicted on the...
  • The Stolen Supreme Court Seat

    12/25/2016 5:37:35 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 260 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 24, 2016 | The Editorial Board
    Soon after his inauguration next month, President-elect Donald Trump will nominate someone to the Supreme Court, which has been hamstrung by a vacancy since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February. There will be public debates about the nominee’s credentials, past record, judicial philosophy and temperament. There will be Senate hearings and a vote. No matter how it plays out, Americans must remember one thing above all: The person who gets confirmed will sit in a stolen seat. It was stolen from Barack Obama, a twice-elected president who fulfilled his constitutional duty more than nine months ago by nominating...
  • Pro-Life Ted Cruz brokering Trump deal for Supreme Court

    12/12/2016 10:05:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 106 replies
    TruNews ^ | December 12, 2016
    A deal is being brokered for Senator Ted Cruz to fill a Supreme Court vacancy in exchange for a pro-Trump replacement in his Texas seat. •Source: “A deal” is being cut which would see Cruz nominated on the condition that a pro-Trump Republican could be found to replace him in the Senate. •Unclear whether Cruz would be immediately nominated to replace Justice Antonin Scalia. •Cruz was not on Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court picks vetted by Federalist Society. •Cruz is currently publicly planning to run for re-election in 2018. •Source: Privately he's ready and willing to become a Supreme...
  • For the First Time, Trump Might Nominate a Florida Native for the Supreme Court

    12/07/2016 6:50:06 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 67 replies
    Miami NewTimes ^ | November 25, 2016 | Brittany Shammas
    Since his stunning election victory two weeks ago, Donald Trump has been busy making a series of controversial appointments. First came alt-right media baron Steve Bannon as chief strategist and counselor and then Jeff Sessions, who was once denied a federal judgeship due to accusations that he made racially insensitive comments, as attorney general. This week, the president-elect announced his secretary of education will be billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos, a school-choice proponent some educators fear could dismantle public education. His most anticipated pick, though, is yet to come. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly brought up the U.S. Supreme Court...
  • Jill Stein motion to disqualify Chief Justice Young and Justice Larsen

    Jill Stein's motion to disqualify Chief Justice Young and Justice Larsen filed in the Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court Finally Makes HUGE Move Against EPA For Endangering Thousands Of Americans…

    12/07/2016 5:57:18 AM PST · by xzins · 37 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | December 6, 2016 | Andrew Mark Miller
    The EPA is without a doubt the most corrupt agency in the Obama Administration. That’s saying something when you consider the fact that there have been over a dozen scandals during his reign. Remember when the EPA accidentally dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste into the drinking water that was used by thousands of people? They’ve never been punished for it in a meaningful way and apparently that could change very soon. From The Daily Signal: “New Mexico and Colorado are both suing the EPA, and now the Supreme Court has asked the acting solicitor general of the United...
  • Manchin: Unwise to block Trump's Supreme Court pick

    12/06/2016 7:44:36 AM PST · by GonzoII · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/5/16 | Susan Crabtree
    West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Monday warned the Democratic Party not to engage in payback when it comes to President-elect Trump's nomination to the Supreme Court or they will continue to lose a significant portion of the electorate in rural states like his who helped hand Trump the presidency.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Racial Gerrymandering

    12/06/2016 2:20:24 AM PST · by SMGFan · 34 replies
    NBC news ^ | December 5, 2016
    The U.S. Supreme Court returns Monday to the issue of race in politics when it hears claims that North Carolina and Virginia packed African-Americans into a small number of voting districts to limit their statewide electoral power. Both cases present challenges to new maps drawn after the 2010 census. In North Carolina the issue is the boundaries for its congressional districts, while in Virginia state legislative districts are contested.
  • Trump Wild Cards: Lieberman Touted for State, Cruz for Supreme Court

    12/05/2016 10:29:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 5, 2016 | Mark Swanson
    At the risk of "offending" the millions of people who supported and fought for him, Donald Trump should drop Mitt Romney from consideration for Secretary of State, best-selling author and radio host Wayne Allyn Root wrote for Townhall. He added, there are two darkhorse names the President-elect should consider for his administration: Joe Lieberman and Ted Cruz. Root, an early supporter of Trump's, makes the case for Cruz for the Supreme Court vacancy, and offers up 5 reasons why Lieberman would be a solid choice for Secretary of State: •Expand the GOP tent looking ahead to 2020. •Expand the tent...
  • Supreme Court Pick Coming Soon

    12/02/2016 3:08:16 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 84 replies
    Political Wire ^ | December 2, 2016 | Taegan Goddard
    President-elect Donald Trump said he had narrowed his choices for a potential Supreme Court nominee to “three or four” candidates and that a decision would be coming “pretty soon,” Politico reports. Said Trump: “They are terrific people, highly respected, brilliant people and we’ll be announcing that pretty soon too.”
  • Nuclear option fades in the GOP Senate

    11/29/2016 7:20:25 AM PST · by kevcol · 80 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 29, 2016 | Susan Crabtree
    Key Senate Republicans say they won't support a change to Senate rules that would allow President-elect Trump to quickly get his Supreme Court nominee confirmed, a sign that Trump may find it harder than he was hoping to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. . . . Republican Sens. Pat Roberts of Kansas, Bob Corker of Tennessee, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina have all said they would not support a change.
  • 3 Reasons Trump Could Put Cruz on the Supreme Court

    11/22/2016 3:21:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 185 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | November 22, 2016 | Ciro Scotti
    On the list of surprising visitors calling on president-elect Donald Trump last week, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas ranks right up there with alleged Secretary of State candidate Mitt Romney. While Romney who called Trump a “phony” and talked openly about derailing his candidacy during the campaign had an actual job attached to the meeting with his former nemesis on Saturday, Cruz’s visit was billed as more of a drop-by. It’s true that after the name-calling between Cruz and Trump (who tagged him “Lyin’ Ted’) during the primary campaign; after Trump’s derogatory comments about Cruz’s wife; after Trump’s suggestion that...
  • White House waves white flag on Merrick Garland’s Supreme Court nomination, trade deal

    11/22/2016 12:30:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 22, 2016 | Dave Boyer
    The White House conceded Tuesday that President Obama has lost two of his most important battles, surrendering on a massive free-trade deal and the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Responding to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to withdraw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership on his first day in office, White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged the chances of the pact being approved by Congress “are not very good.” He called it “a significant missed opportunity for the American people.”
  • GOP Senators hint at nuclear option if Dems block Supreme Court appointment

    11/21/2016 7:47:22 AM PST · by Cheerio · 81 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 18, 2016 | John Sexton
    Republicans are vowing that President Trump’s appointment of a Supreme Court Justice to replace the late Justice Scalia will be confirmed no matter what Democrats do. Politico reports the unspoken threat underlying the GOP’s confidence is that, if necessary, they can end the Senate filibuster for confirmation: Republicans won’t come out and say it, but there’s an implicit threat in their confidence: If Democrats play things the wrong way, they might find themselves on the wrong end of a legacy-defining change to Senate rules that scraps the chamber’s 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees. “We’re going to confirm the...
  • Chuck Schumer threatens filibuster if Trump doesn't pick 'mainstream' court candidate

    11/21/2016 7:29:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 93 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/2016 | BY JESSIE HELLMANN
    Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned Sunday that Democrats would filibuster Donald Trump's Supreme Court candidates if they are not "mainstream." "If he doesn't nominate a mainstream candidate, we're going to go at him with everything we've got ... Because this is so, so important," Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press." While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) had suggested doing away with the filibuster, Schumer said Republicans "don't come with clean hands, having delayed Merrick Garland for a whole year." President Obama nominated Garland to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, but...
  • Schumer Threatens 'Tooth and Nail' Fight Over Supreme Court Nominee

    11/21/2016 5:42:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 85 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 21, 2016 | 5:26 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Come January, Republicans will control all three branches of government, but with only 52 Republicans in the Senate. That will not give them the 60 needed to break a Democrat filibuster. Appearing on various Sunday talk shows, Schumer was asked if Senate Democrats will filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, whoever it may be. “I would hope first and foremost that President Trump nominates a mainstream nominee capable of getting bipartisan support,” Schumer told Fox News Sunday.“If he does, then we’ll give it just a very, very thorough vetting, but we won’t ipso facto say no. If it’s out of the...
  • Schumer: Trump should pick 'mainstream' candidate to fill Supreme Court vacancy

    11/20/2016 2:26:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 157 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 20, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he wants President-elect Trump to select a "mainstream" candidate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Asked by NBC on Sunday whether he was comfortable filibustering any Trump nominee for the court, Schumer dodged answering the question directly. "I hope that President Trump picks a mainstream candidate," Schumer said. "A mainstream candidate is somebody you may not agree with on every issue, but basically believes in precedent." NBC's Chuck Todd interrupted Schumer and asked, "What does that mean? Can he nominate somebody in your mind...
  • Ted Cruz Signals Openness To Supreme Court Appointment

    11/18/2016 12:36:53 PM PST · by conservative98 · 115 replies
    DC ^ | 11/18/2016 | Kevin Daley
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz signaled willingness to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court Friday afternoon at a conference of conservative and libertarian lawyers in Washington, D.C. “What I will say is that history is long and can take unexpected paths,” he said in response to an audience question about his filling the vacancy. “I think it is absolutely vital that that seat and every other seat that comes vacant on the court be filled by principled constitutionalists who will be faithful to the law and will check their own policy preferences at the door...
  • Republicans Didn't "Steal" Scalia Vacancy

    11/18/2016 7:00:19 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    Republicans Didn't "Steal" Scalia Vacancy Thursday, November 17, 2016 Ed Whelan reminds us that Senate Republicans, in refusing to hold hearings on Merrick Garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, were only following the Democrats' advice (emphasis added): I see that some on the Left are now trying to recast their huge political loss on the Scalia vacancy as a claim that Republicans “stole” the Scalia seat. Two observations: 1. The Scalia vacancy never belonged to anyone, so it makes no sense to say that it was stolen. Or is the Left going to go beyond its “obviously fatuous” claim that...
  • Justice Thomas scolds Supreme Court while honoring Scalia

    11/18/2016 5:04:17 AM PST · by kevcol · 38 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 17, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    "Today it is the view of many that the Supreme Court is the giver of liberties—what an odd conception of governance that We the People are dependent on the third branch of government to grant us our freedom," Thomas said. "With such unchecked judicial power, the court day-by-day, case-by-case, is busy designing the Constitution—as Justice Scalia once quipped—instead of interpreting it." . . . "Whether we in this room tonight ultimately win or lose the effort to reclaim the forms of government that the Framers intended, it is our duty to stand firm in the defense of the Constitutional principles...
  • Trump, meeting with Federalist Society, indicates he won't veer from Supreme Court shortlists

    11/16/2016 11:53:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 16, 2016 | Ryan Lovelace
    President-elect Trump's advisers are indicating he will likely stick to the shortlists released during the presidential campaign when given the chance to name a Supreme Court nominee. Trump met with Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the right-leaning Federalist Society, at Trump Tower on Wednesday and discussed the evaluation process for filling the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death. Leo and top Trump aide Kellyanne Conway addressed reporters after the meeting, insisting Trump's list of 21 potential Court nominees has not changed.
  • Bloomberg Reporter: Ted Cruz Under Consideration for Attorney General

    11/15/2016 7:48:15 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 225 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 11/15/2016 | By Greg Richter
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is under consideration for attorney general in Donald Trump's administration, a Bloomberg News reporter tweeted Tuesday night.  SCOOP: Trump is discussing TED CRUZ for AG — Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 16, 2016 Cruz was seen earlier in the day visiting Trump Tower in Manhattan, where Trump's transition team is talking about Cabinet level positions.Trump himself tweeted about 30 minutes after Jacobs announced her "scoop," saying he alone knows who will get job offers.  Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who...
  • Streisand to Obama: Appoint Supreme Court Justice Now

    11/16/2016 1:42:32 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 105 replies
    WND ^ | November 15, 2016 | Chelsea Schilling
    Singer Barbra Streisand, a major Hillary Clinton supporter and one of Hollywood’s most outspoken leftist activists, is calling on President Obama to bypass Congress and unilaterally appoint his pick for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate declined to hold hearings or votes on Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination as part of its broad “advice and consent” power. Obama nominated Garland in March to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Now that Donald Trump has won the election and is set to nominate a judge, Streisand has circulated a petition urging Obama to quickly appoint Garland to the court before Trump can...
  • The Latest: Cruz meets with president-elect at Trump tower

    11/15/2016 4:58:39 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 51 replies
    Associated Press via KMOV ^ | November 15, 2016 | AP
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is departing meetings at Trump Tower but declining to provide details of what he discussed with President-elect Donald Trump and his team. Cruz tells reporters in New York that the "election was a mandate for change" and it's now time for Republicans to deliver on their conservative agenda. Asked whether he wants to be considered for a post in the Trump administration, Cruz says he looks forward to working closely with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence "to repeal Obamacare" and confirm "a strong, conservative Supreme Court justice..."
  • Appoint Garland Now (Senate Has Waived Its Rights)

    11/15/2016 3:23:27 PM PST · by the_daug · 65 replies
    We thePeople - petition at Whitehouese dot gov ^ | November 09, 2016 | Created by J.S.
    The Senate has waived its constitutional right to advise and consent; Obama should exercise his independent constitutional right to appoint. The Supreme Court vacancy opened during Obama's administration, it is Obama's responsibility and right to nominate and appoint a replacement. The Senate has a concurrent right to advise and consent, but its complete failure to schedule an up-or-down vote means it has waived that right. Obama can and should act now.
  • Republicans Stole the Supreme Court (Tantrum time)

    11/14/2016 10:04:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Slate ^ | November 14, 2016 | Dahlia Lithwick
    We are already hearing from Republicans and Democrats in leadership positions that it is incumbent on Americans to normalize and legitimize the new Trump presidency. We are told to give him a chance, to reach across the aisle, and that we must all work hard, in President Obama’s formulation, to make sure that Trump succeeds. But before you decide to take Obama’s advice, I would implore you to stand firm and even angry on this one point at least: The current Supreme Court vacancy is not Trump’s to fill. This was President Obama’s vacancy and President Obama’s nomination. Please don’t...
  • Ginsburg acknowledges Trump will fill Supreme Court vacancy

    11/14/2016 5:23:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 14, 2016 5:54 PM EST | Mark Sherman
    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hoped for a different outcome in last week’s election, but she made plain Monday that she accepts that Donald Trump will fill the Supreme Court’s 9-month-old vacancy. The 83-year-old justice said the most immediate impact on the court of Trump’s election would be to fill the seat that Justice Antonin Scalia occupied until his death in February. “President Trump will fill it,” Ginsburg said in a question-and-answer session at a meeting of the Jewish Federations of North America in a Washington ballroom. Ginsburg had criticized Trump in interviews last summer with The Associated Press and other...