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  • Supreme Court reins in president's appointment powers

    03/21/2017 11:18:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 2, 2017 | By Daniel Wiessner and Lawrence Hurley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday put new restrictions on presidential powers, limiting a president's authority to staff certain top government posts in a case involving an appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. The court decided 6-2 to uphold a lower court's ruling that then-President Barack Obama exceeded his legal authority with his temporary appointment of an NLRB general counsel in 2011. In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court said that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, a person cannot serve as the acting head of a federal agency once the president nominates him or her...
  • Sens. Murkowski and Collins: We will remind your constituents how you voted on Betsy DeVos

    02/05/2017 10:11:38 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 28 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/05/17 | Herman Cain
    And we have looooooong memories I hear that Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, both Republicans who have decided to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, take a lot of money from teacher unions. That’s unusual for Republicans, but they’re unusual Republicans. They’re by no means conservative on many issues, and whenever an effort is underway to pass an important conservative legislative priority, these two are usually among the most nervous and hard-to-persuade Republican senators.
  • Democrat boycott of Price, Mnuchin hearings fails; GOP OKs both without them

    02/02/2017 9:29:53 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/02/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Petulance not rewarded today Congratulations to Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee. They have achieved an almost impossible goal: They refused to show up and do their jobs, and yet they somehow managed to fail at not doing them. As a result, that nominations of Tom Price for Secretary of Health and Human Services and Steve Mnuchin for Secretary of the Treasury are on their way to the full Senate for likely confirmation. The Democrats’ gambit was boycott the Finance Committee votes on both nominees, thus preventing the Republican majority from taking a vote because the rules say there has...
  • Kellyanne Conway Makes Mincemeat of Mike Barnicle Over Confirmation Process

    01/03/2017 7:05:09 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 74 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mike Barnicle learned a lesson the hard way this morning: expect to be embarrassed if you challenge Kellyanne Conway without having all your ducks in a row. On Morning Joe, the subject was the Trump plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Barnicle snidely asked Conway “now, do you or do you not have a replacement plan ready to go, ramped up, ready to go, say tomorrow?” When Conway pointed out that there wasn’t a confirmed HHS Secretary in place and that she hoped that the Senate Democrats would cooperate on timely and fair hearings, Barnicle sarcastically responded: “so you’re asking...
  • Senate confirms judge linked to Benghazi scandal

    05/02/2014 1:07:56 PM PDT · by kcvl · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/01/2014 | Ramsey Cox
    The Senate confirmed four of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees Thursday. Theodore Chuang and George Hazel will serve as U.S. district judges for Maryland. The Senate voted 53-42 on Chuang’s nomination and 95-0 on Hazel’s. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said he couldn’t support Chuang’s nomination because he helped the Obama administration “stonewall” Congress on the investigation of the death of four Americans at the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. “I can’t support his nomination because of the central role Mr. Chuang played in the administration’s efforts to stonewall an investigation into the situation in Benghazi,”...
  • Senate approves Obama’s nominee for UN ambassador

    08/01/2013 2:38:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 1, 2013 5:26 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    The Senate easily confirmed President Barack Obama’s selection for ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday, capping a month in which senators used a bipartisan truce on once-mired nominations to fill a cluster of vacancies in the president’s second-term administration. Senators approved Samantha Power for the post by 87-10. The vote put the former Obama foreign policy adviser and outspoken human rights advocate into the job formerly held by Susan Rice, whom the president has made his national security adviser. … Power joined a stack of nominees that senators have approved since striking a bipartisan deal in mid-July. Republicans agreed...
  • The Wrong Man for Defense Secretary

    02/05/2013 5:28:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies ^ | February 5, 2013 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Americans who are concerned about traditional freedoms and the Second Amendment have no difficulty understanding the message of the popular bumper strip: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." It should be just as easy to grasp the corollary: If nukes are outlawed, only terrorist countries will have nukes. But somehow, Barack Obama and Chuck Hagel don't get it. In a 2007 campaign speech, Obama promised: "Here's what I'll say as president: America seeks a world in which there are no nuclear weapons." Chuck Hagel is listed as one of six directors of a dangerous group called "Global...
  • Actions Speak Louder

    02/02/2013 2:17:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | | Paul Greenberg
    Washington continues to talk, but only talk, about the danger of Bashar al-Assad's increasingly desperate regime in Syria distributing its arsenal of high-tech or even nuclear weapons to terrorists throughout the Mideast. Meanwhile, the Israelis continue to act. Five years ago, they took out a nuclear reactor the Syrians were building without seeing any need to noise it about, realizing that action speaks louder than words -- and that much of the world, especially the Bush administration back then, would discreetly approve. This time the Israelis aren't saying anything official about what seems to have happened to a convoy of...
  • Obama signs bill exempting presidential appointees from Senate confirmation

    08/11/2012 6:27:58 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 80 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8-11-12 | Paul Connor
    President Barack Obama signed a bill Friday evening that would exempt some senior-level presidential appointees from Senate confirmation. Sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and cosponsored by Republicans and Democrats, the bill, now law, weakens the power of the legislature and strengthens the executive branch, critics have warned. The bill skated through the Senate three months after being introduced in 2011 and was passed by the Republican-controlled House 216-116 in July. The law now allows Obama and future presidents to name appointees to senior positions in every branch of the administration, from the Department of the Treasury to the Department...
  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • ~~~ThE oFfIcIaL fRiDaY sIlLiNeSs ThReAd~~~

    06/12/2009 5:31:14 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 136 replies · 6,214+ views
    The Peoples Cube ^ | June 10, 2009 | By Superkommissar Maksim
    Dancing with the Czars: Obama's New State-Run Show The cast of Obama Czars hit the dance floor on the new show with the highly anticipated season premiere of Dancing with the Czars . You will be introduced to twelve Czars, who hold varying positions of power within the administration. The great thing about them is that Czars operate with impunity and are "under the radar" when it comes to making policy. They are accountable to no one except the President and, oh man, can they dance.  The rules are unknown and the Czars don't have to undergo Senate Confirmation Hearings,...
  • Sebelius Confirmation Delayed by GOP Objection

    04/02/2009 2:52:07 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 33 replies · 1,452+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | 04/02/2009 | John Reichard
    Senate confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services probably won’t take place until after the coming two-week recess because at least one senator has objected to an expedited procedure to move the nomination. “I’m afraid there’s a senator who will not grant consent so that means it has to be delayed until after the recess,” Finance Chairman Max Baucus , D-Mont., said Thursday. Baucus would not name the senator other than to say he or she is a Republican. -snip- The Obama administration appears to have dodged a Senate battle over abortion...
  • 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...
  • Power to rule - How much should precedent bind judges?

    07/18/2005 1:05:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies · 741+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | July 18, 2005 | Warren Richey
    A Bush nominee to the Supreme Court may be probed about whether he or she would overturn earlier high-court rulings. Whomever President Bush nominates to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the US Supreme Court will inherit enormous power immediately upon confirmation. It is the power to assume Justice O'Connor's role of breaking deadlocks in major cases. But perhaps more important, it includes the raw judicial power to overturn many of O'Connor's decisions, should four other like-minded justices agree to take up the task. With high-court opinions on affirmative action, school vouchers, states' rights, and so-called "partial birth" abortion hanging...
  • Who's Being 'Extremist,' Black Conservative Asks

    06/08/2005 5:24:33 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 24 replies · 862+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | 8 JUN 2005 | Susan Jones
    Who's Being 'Extremist,' Black Conservative AsksBy Susan Senior EditorJune 8, 2005( -- Members of the Congressional Black Caucus reportedly plan to march into the Senate on Wednesday to show their opposition to California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown.The Senate is expected to confirm Brown's nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, following a two-year filibuster by Democrats.One black conservative says Senate Democrats are behaving like extremists: "They should stop blocking the courthouse door and vote to confirm Judge Janice Rogers Brown," said the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND, the...
  • Poll: No rubber-stamp Senate

    05/21/2005 7:22:35 PM PDT · by Stonedog · 42 replies · 721+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 5/20/2005 | Will Lester/AP
    Poll: No rubber-stamp Senate Most in survey favor scrutiny and say judges should be conservative By WILL LESTER Associated Press WASHINGTON - More than three-quarters of Americans say the Senate should aggressively examine federal judicial nominees and not just approve them because they are the president's choices. That's one of the few aspects of this divisive issue that gets widespread agreement, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Friday. Respondents favored conservative over liberal judges in general, 47 percent to 39 percent. As for a possible Supreme Court nominee, 52 percent said they felt comfortable that President Bush would pick...
  • Janice Rogers Brown and the Mainstream

    04/20/2005 2:10:43 PM PDT · by JBW · 2 replies · 281+ views ^ | April 20, 2005 | JBW
    Numerous left-of-center organizations have opposed the nomination of California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, claiming that her views are out of the mainstream. Examples include: the AFL-CIO, the Congressional Black Caucus and the People for the American Way. When these groups stoop to mention specifics, one of the cases most frequently cited is that of Oscar Aguilar v. Avis Rent A Car System, 21 Cal. 4th 121 (1999). Follow this link for an in-depth analysis of Justice Brown's dissent in this case:
  • Busted for putting glass in cop's burger

    01/31/2005 1:53:05 AM PST · by kattracks · 53 replies · 2,022+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/31/05 | ADAM LISBERG and JONATHAN LEMIRE
    When a veteran cop bit into his dinner from a Bronx McDonald's, he realized he was given a decidedly un-Happy Meal - his Big Mac was stuffed with shards of glass. As the K-9 unit cop was rushed to the hospital with cuts to his mouth and throat and a broken tooth, a cop-hating fast-food cook was arrested, police said yesterday. "Tampering with food in a case like this is an assault as sure as an attack with a knife or a gun," said an outraged Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association. The 39-year-old cop, a 17-year veteran...
  • Crisis of integrity: Hugh Hewitt blasts the New York Times for "The Politics of Judgeships"

    03/27/2002 1:44:06 PM PST · by RonDog · 12 replies · 216+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 03/27/2002 | Hugh Hewitt
    Crisis of integrity Posted: March 27, 20021:00 a.m. Eastern © 2002 The editorials of the New York Times long ago gave up any pretense to persuasion, and now serve only to illumine the Left's latest version of history. This is useful to the general public in the way windsocks and lighthouses are useful. Judging from Monday's wonderful exercise in revisionism, "The Politics of Judgeships," the folks these writers represent are digging themselves a hole from which they will not easily emerge. That hole is a series of lies and half-truths dressed up as sweeping generalizations that cannot be supported by...