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  • Ginsburg: Having only 8 justices hamstrings Supreme Court

    05/26/2016 5:53:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 26, 2016 6:06 PM EDT | Michael Vertanen
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Thursday that having only eight high court justices isn’t good, resulting in some 4-4 splits this year that denied litigants an opinion. That that means no precedents are set and essentially a Supreme Court review has been denied, Ginsburg told a gathering of court officials in upstate New York. […] “Eight is not a good number,” she said. “Next year I anticipate reporting on the decisions of a full bench.” …
  • Donald Trump Releases List of Potential Supreme Court Appointments

    05/18/2016 2:21:53 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | May 18, 2016 | Sundance
    Today Donald J. Trump released the much-anticipated list of people he would consider as potential replacements for Justice Scalia at the United States Supreme Court. This list was compiled, first and foremost, based on constitutional principles, with input from highly respected conservatives and Republican Party leadership. Mr. Trump stated, “Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I...
  • Trump's 11 potential Supreme Court Justices (bio and Wiki link)

    05/18/2016 12:48:45 PM PDT · by justlurking · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 2016-05-18 | Me
    Don Willett is a Texas Supreme Court justice:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Willett David Stras is an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Stras Allison Eid is a justice on the Colorado Supreme Court:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allison_H._Eid Joan Larsen is a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Larsen Steven Colloton is a federal judge who has served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Colloton Raymond Gruender is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Gruender Thomas Hardiman is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardiman Raymond M. Kethledge is a federal judge...
  • Trump unveils list of his top Supreme Court picks

    05/18/2016 11:31:12 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 13 replies
    AP ^ | May 18, 2016 | JILL COLVIN
    Trump's picks include Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri. Also on the list are: Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, Diane Sykes of Wisconsin and Don Willett of Texas. Trump had previously named Pryor and Sykes as examples of kind of justices he would choose.
  • Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute

    05/16/2016 11:20:52 AM PDT · by Dacula · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 5/16/16 | AP
    The Supreme Court failed to resolve a knotty dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control on Monday, the latest indication of the shorthanded court’s struggle to find a majority for important cases taken up before Justice Antonin Scalia’s death.
  • Supreme Court sends ObamaCare contraception mandate case back to lower courts

    05/16/2016 9:53:07 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/16/17 | ap/fox
    The Supreme Court punted Monday on a challenge by religious-affiliated employers to ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, sending the election-year dispute back to the lower courts. ADVERTISEMENT The justices had been considering whether religious-affiliated institutions like the Little Sisters of the Poor, a Catholic charity of nuns, can be exempt from having to pay for -- or indirectly allow -- birth control and other reproductive coverage in their health plans. But the court did not rule on the merits. Instead, the justices sent the cases back to the appeals courts to make new decisions based on recent statements. “The Court expresses no...
  • Congress controls the Appellate Jurisdiction of Supreme Court

    05/15/2016 11:51:45 AM PDT · by Pfesser · 7 replies
    05/15/2016 | David Whitaker
    The Constitution already gives Congress power over the Supreme Court's Appellate power in Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution. " In all the other Cases before mentioned, the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make." The Heritage organization explained this. "The seminal decision on jurisdiction-stripping statutes under the Appellate Jurisdiction Clause came shortly after the Civil War. Ex parte McCardle (1869) involved a newspaper editor in military custody, who had appealed a lower federal court's denial of habeas corpus relief to the...
  • Cruz: No interest in Supreme Court position

    05/13/2016 1:15:38 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 94 replies
    politico.com ^ | 05/13/16 11:33 AM EDT | NICK GASS
    Ted Cruz on Friday said he has no interest in becoming a Supreme Court justice, present or future. “I’ll tell you that that is not a desire of my heart," the Texas senator said in an interview on WBAP 820 AM. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/ted-cruz-no-supreme-court-223162#ixzz48ZLP5Su1 Follow us: @politico on Twitter | Politico on Facebook
  • PPP Poll: Americans Don’t Trust Trump on Supreme Court Vacancy; 65% Want Hearings

    05/09/2016 12:19:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 05/09/2016 | Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling
    From: Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling To: Interested Parties Subject: Americans Don’t Trust Trump on Supreme Court Vacancy; 65% Want Hearings Date: 5-9-16 A new national Public Policy Polling survey finds Americans don’t trust Donald Trump to nominate a new Supreme Court justice, and would much rather have that decision in the hands of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Beyond that, there is growing support for filling the seat this year and failure to do so could result in strong backlash for Senate Republicans this fall. Key findings from the survey include: -Only 38% of voters nationally...
  • 120 nations accuse US top court of violating law over Iran

    05/05/2016 5:06:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2016 7:17 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement headed by Iran accused the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday of violating international law by ruling that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets can be paid to victims of attacks linked to the country. A communiqué issued by the NAM’s Coordinating Bureau follows an Iranian appeal to the United Nations last week to intervene with the U.S. government to prevent the loss of their funds. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called the ruling an “outrageous robbery, disguised under a court order.” The NAM, comprising mainly developing countries, called the U.S. waiver of “the sovereign...
  • US Supreme Court approves expanded hacking powers

    05/01/2016 10:15:00 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | April 29, 2016 | BBC Staff
    Snooping on a tablet computerImage copyrightThinkstock The US Supreme Court has approved a rule change that could allow law enforcement to remotely search computers around the world. Previously, magistrate judges could order searches only within the jurisdiction of their court, often limited to a few counties. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said the change was necessary to modernise the law for the digital age. But digital rights groups say the move expands the FBI's hacking authority. The DoJ wants judges to be able to issue remote search warrants for computers located anywhere that the United States claims jurisdiction, which...
  • Tom Coburn, Ex-Senator, Says Merrick Garland Should Get a Vote

    04/27/2016 1:10:57 PM PDT · by Cyberman · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04/27/2016 | Emmarie Huetteman
    Dr. No seems to have become Dr. Yes. Kind of. Tom Coburn, the former Republican senator from Oklahoma known for his often contrarian views, said Wednesday that Judge Merrick B. Garland should get a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee, going against his old colleagues who have staunchly opposed even considering President Obama's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year....
  • Anita Hill: the Left’s Modern Alger Hiss

    04/22/2016 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mark Paoletta
    On Saturday night, HBO debuted its account of the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings. While it was billed as “meticulously researched” by the leftist screenwriters and Hollywood executives behind the film, Confirmation rewrites history to advance the myth that Anita Hill was a victim of sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas. The fictional “docudrama” that twists and omits key facts, and in some cases, outright makes things up, is yet another attempt by the left to establish through persistence what could not be established through evidence. At the end of Clarence Thomas’s confirmation hearings, polling done by Pew and others showed that...
  • The President, the Court and Immigration

    04/21/2016 9:20:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult immigrants illegally present in the United States if they are the parents of children born here or legally present here and if they hold a job, obtain a high-school diploma or its equivalent, pay taxes and stay out of prison. Unfortunately for the president, the conditions he established for avoiding deportation had been rejected by Congress. In response to the executive orders, 26 states and the House of Representatives sued the...
  • Obama Administration Tells Supreme Court 'Lawfully' Doesn't Mean 'Legally'

    04/20/2016 2:56:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 20, 2016 | 4:44 AM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    “Lawfully” does not mean “legally.” Welcome to what Solicitor General Donald Verrilli told the Supreme Court on Monday is the “immigration world.” Or, more accurately, welcome to the new world President Barack Obama — through his solicitor — is asking the Supreme Court to join him in declaring. […] “Aliens with lawful status under the [Immigration and Nationality Act] are here lawfully; their presence therefore is not a basis for removal,” said Obama’s solicitor in his brief. “By contrast, mere ‘lawful presence’ occurs when the Executive ‘openly tolerate[s] an undocumented alien’s continued presence in the United States for a fixed...
  • Deadlocked Supreme Court likely means Obama’s executive amnesty is dead

    04/19/2016 6:02:21 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/19/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Don't tell anybody what I want to do. If they find out you know that they'll never let me through. Just so you know, when a case reaches the Supreme Court and the Justices deadlock, that means the lower court ruling stands. That was bad news last month when it meant California teachers unions got to continue their shameless extortion racket. But sometimes it’s good news, and that appears to be the case when it comes to Obama’s executive amnesty. If The Hill’s sources are reading the Justices correctly, a lower court ruling halting the practice appears to be generating...
  • Lord Acton, Call Your Office

    04/19/2016 4:44:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Bill Murchison
    It's a bad sign when you get halfway through a presidential campaign with no sages wagging their heads sagaciously as they cite Lord Acton. No wonder the politicians get away with so much. Their consciences have not had to reconcile with the most profound political sagacity of modern times. To wit: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The great English historian delivered this pronouncement in a letter to his friend Bishop Mandell Creighton. I'm not aware of any instance in which the words have suffered intellectual rebuff -- probably because they illuminate such occasions as the Supreme...
  • Vanity: Dear 'Justice' Roberts

    04/18/2016 6:21:16 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 24 replies
    4/18/16 | Originalbuckeye
    Do not let 'Justice' Kagan manipulate you again, like she did on Obamacare. Do NOT let a President create Law. That is not his position. Do not 'tweak' his Law or you will be creating Law and that is not your position either! Congress didn't act because we already have Laws to deal with immigration. It's just that this Administration isn't bothering to follow the Law. And they sue States who try to enforce the Laws on the books. Our immigration system isn't broken, it is simply that the IMMIGRATION LAWS AREN'T BEING ENFORCED!
  • Battle over Obama immigration actions lands before Supreme Court

    04/16/2016 8:50:58 AM PDT · by Innovative · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | Apr. 16, 2016 | Bill Mears
    The impassioned election-year debate over President Obama’s immigration executive actions lands Monday before a short-handed Supreme Court, where justices will consider a fundamental question: how much power does the president truly have? The justices plan to hold 90 minutes of oral arguments dealing with Obama’s bid to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. A coalition of states calls it an executive power grab. "President Obama's executive action is an affront to our system of republican self-government," said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who supports those states. But the White House contends the president’s authority is clear, and the policies humane...
  • DC Madam Case going to Supreme Court Conference - April 29, 2016

    04/13/2016 7:09:57 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 22 replies
    Supreme Court ^ | April 13, 2016 | Supreme Court
    This case was denied by Justice Roberts. The DC Madam's attorney refiled and asked Justice Thomas to hear it. Justice Thomas has held it over for conference.
  • Bad news, atheists. Federal Court rules ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ not a real religion

    04/13/2016 6:15:56 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 29 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/13/16 | Robert Laurie
    Tough luck, pastafarians. You'll just have to go back to being annoying, dressing like pirates, and pretending to worship a wad of noodles without any of the protections of a real religion As Dan and I have written several times, militant atheists are so obsessed with a thing they don’t believe in - namely faith - that they spend much of their time thinking up creative ways to mock it. This makes them feel clever, superior, and better than the neanderthals that believe in a higher power. If they actually got their wish, and religion became a thing of the...
  • Sonya Sotomayor: What the Supreme Court really needs is more diversity

    04/11/2016 7:30:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Not everyone is a fan of putting Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court and we’re not just talking about Senate Republicans here. Though the complaints are a bit veiled, it sounds as if Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor isn’t exactly leading the Garland cheering section either. In an address she delivered at the Brooklyn School of Law, Sotomayor made an oblique reference to Garland when she bemoaned the lack of “diversity” on the bench and why it would be important to judge prospective nominees, at least in part, on factors other than their judicial bona fides. (Time) U.S....
  • Evenwel v Abbott: A Good Day for Democracy

    04/10/2016 10:25:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 10, 2016 | James V.DeLong
    In Evenwel v Abbott, the recent Texas legislative apportionment case, the plaintiffs argued that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that the boundaries of legislative districts be drawn so as to equalize numbers of CVAPs (“Citizens of Voting Age Population”), not total population. A unanimous Supreme Court rejected the argument and upheld Texas’ use of total population. The Court refused to go further, and left open the question whether Texas could, consistent with the Constitution, use CVAP if it so chose. Two concurrences (Thomas and Alito) emphasized that the choice of population base -- total numbers or CVAP...
  • Your utility bill is safe, for now ( EPA )

    04/09/2016 10:11:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Grand Junction Media ^ | February 12, 2016 | Greg Walcher
    the U.S. Supreme Court .. issued an injunction blocking the EPA from implementing its Clean Power Plan, which would end America’s use of coal, its cheapest and most abundant source of electricity. ... Western Colorado’s economy is so dependent on coal. It employs more than 2,000 people and generates $58 million in federal and state royalties, $28 million in private landowner royalties, $4.5 million in reclamation funds, and pays $28 million in property, severance, and sales taxes — all of it on the Western Slope. EPA has never tried anything so unpopular in its 45-year history, and that is saying...
  • Justice Scalia's Greatest Dissent

    04/08/2016 2:42:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    How strange. The brass-knuckle, bare-fisted, no-holds bout to determine who will succeed the late Antonin Scalia as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court has been throwing off sparks at every turn. But I can remember wondering what all the fuss was about when he handed down his lone dissent in Morrison v. Olson decades ago. It was in the summer of 1988 and Antonin Scalia was still a junior member of the court. But both political parties were united in deploring his youthful indiscretion, and so was popular opinion. For that was after the notorious Saturday Night Massacre...
  • Obama: ‘I Have Transformed the Federal Courts from a Diversity Standpoint’

    04/08/2016 1:49:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 8, 2016 | 4:21 PM EDT | (CNSNews.com Staff)
    Speaking at the University of Chicago Law School on Thursday, President Barack Obama was asked by an audience member how his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court would bring “diverse characteristics” to that court. In answering, Obama argued: “I have transformed the federal courts from a diversity standpoint with a record that’s been unmatched.” He also said: “But at no point did I say: ‘Oh, you know what, I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot. Can you find me one?’” …
  • Obama on Merrick Garland: ‘Yeah, He’s a White Guy’ But He’s an Outstanding Jurist

    04/07/2016 4:08:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 4/7/16 | David Rutz
    President Obama defended his pick of Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court on Thursday, acknowledging he was a “white guy” but adding that he was an “outstanding jurist.” Obama defended the diversity of his federal appointments during a conversation in Chicago, Illinois, about nominating Garland. However, Senate Republicans have largely been steadfast in saying they will not hold hearings for him, since it’s an election year. Obama contended he had appointed more African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and LGBT judges than any president before. He quipped he never felt he needed a “black lesbian from Skokie,” saying that was...
  • Obama at Old Law School: 'It Used to be That People Read the Constitution'

    04/07/2016 6:09:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 7, 2016 | Bridget Johnson
    At the school where he used to teach constitutional law, President Obama declared today that "in some ways the judicial process is a casualty of some broader trends in our democracy." Obama's discussion at the University of Chicago was intended to needle a reticent Congress on holding confirmation hearings for his Supreme Court nominee, Chicago native Merrick Garland. He was joined at the event by House Dems representing Illinois and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). The president said his decade teaching classes and seminars at the law school was "really fun." "It used to be that people read the Constitution and...
  • Obama: GOP jeopardizing judicial integrity with Garland

    04/07/2016 2:39:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2016 5:04 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    President Barack Obama accused Senate Republicans on Thursday of jeopardizing the “integrity of the judicial branch” by refusing to consider his “extraordinary” nominee to the Supreme Court. Holding court before Chicago law students, Obama argued that the treatment of judge Merrick Garland will cause the public to lose confidence in the ability of courts at all levels of government to fairly judge cases and resolve controversies. “Our democracy can’t afford that,” Obama said. …
  • Republican Senator Calls for Hearing for Obama's Supreme Court Nominee [Susan Collins]

    04/07/2016 9:23:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 5, 2016 | 3:08 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Tuesday that she met with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, and she is “more convinced than ever that the process should proceed” despite the GOP leadership’s assertion that the next president should nominate the next Supreme Court justice. “I’ve just concluded a more than hour-long meeting with Judge Garland. It was an excellent meeting that allowed us to explore many of the issues that I would raise with any nominee to the Supreme Court as well as some of the criticisms that have been levied against him. The meeting left me...
  • Contortionist (Trump Has More Flip-Flops than Old Navy)

    04/04/2016 1:27:17 PM PDT · by newgeezer · 37 replies
    The Qualified Opinion ^ | April 4, 2016
    Three days. Five categorically different statements about abortion. Donald Trump officially has more flip-flops than Old Navy, and yet his supporters stand by him because they feel the economy is more important. More important to trust a man who has bankrupted several of his businesses because he borrowed too much money at too high of rates because bankers didn’t have enough faith in his business plans to give him normal lending rates. More important to trust a man who “stands” against illegal immigration despite being fined for hiring illegal immigrants to work on his projects and having hired illegal immigrants...
  • Control of state courts becomes a top political battleground

    04/03/2016 4:14:27 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2016 3:05 PM EDT | Christina A. Cassidy
    Much attention is being paid to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, but equally partisan battles are being waged for control of state courts around the nation. In states where voters elect Supreme Court judges, millions of dollars are being spent to reshape the courts for years to come. Judicial watchdogs say spending by national groups overwhelmingly favors judges on the right of the political spectrum, and is mostly aimed at maintaining or improving the courts’ responses to corporate interests while countering state-level spending by labor unions and other interest groups. Lawmakers are busy too, debating proposals to tip the balance...
  • The Real Difficulty with Filling Scalia’s Seat

    04/01/2016 3:14:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | Kevin Ring
    In 2012, US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was asked if he would time his retirement so that a conservative president could appoint his replacement. Scalia responded, “I would not like to be replaced by someone who immediately sets about undoing everything that I’ve tried to do for 25 years, 26 years.…I shouldn’t have to tell you that. Unless you think I’m a fool.” Well, no one thought Justice Scalia was a fool. Nor, however, did everyone understand exactly what Justice Scalia achieved in his nearly three decades on the Supreme Court. Now that President Obama has nominated a potential...
  • Ted Cruz for Supreme Court

    03/30/2016 2:01:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2016 | George Mano
    With the vacancy on the Supreme Court unlikely to be filled before the end of the year, and with Donald Trump likely to be the Republican nominee for president, one way to fill the highest court’s vacancy with a superb jurist and reduce tensions within the Republican Party would be for the Donald to announce that he plans to appoint Ted Cruz to the Supreme Court. Ted Cruz is a smart guy and right on most of the issues. He’s solid on abortion and the Second Amendment, and we wouldn’t have to worry about where he would come down...
  • Missing Scalia: 4-4 SCOTUS decision leaves mandatory union fees in place

    03/29/2016 1:34:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/29/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    A years-long process by California teachers to free themselves of the yoke of mandatory dues fees even when the teachers refused to join the unions came up one justice short at the Supreme Court. That justice, of course, was the late Antonin Scalia, who would have almost certainly chosen to affirm the First Amendment and property rights of the plaintiffs. Instead, a 4-4 split at the Supreme Court on Friedrichs v California Teachers Association has the impact of affirming the lower court ruling that kept the requirement to make those payments in place: BREAKING: Supreme Court "divided equally" in...
  • Supreme Court Fight: A Quarter of Republican Senators Now Back Meetings for Merrick Garland

    03/28/2016 9:56:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | Mar 29 2016, 12:01 AM ET | Ari Melber
    When President Obama first nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, Senate Republicans were united in their wall of opposition — no meetings, no hearing, no vote. And while Garland’s path remains a very uphill battle, some Republicans are starting to shift their tone. Two weeks into the nomination fight, 16 Republican senators now say they will meet with Garland — over 25 percent of the GOP caucus — according to a running count by NBC News. That includes senators up for re-election in Blue States, such as New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte and Illinois’ Mark Kirk, who will be the...
  • Reid predicts Senate will confirm Garland after Clinton win

    03/25/2016 2:57:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 25, 2016 5:29 PM EDT
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid predicts the Senate will confirm Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court after Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election in November. The Nevada Democrat says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal to consider a high court nominee until a new president offers a nomination for the vacancy is “dumb advice” for Republican senators. …
  • Obama: GOP could break judicial nominations 'beyond repair'

    03/25/2016 8:34:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 25, 2016 10:53 AM EDT
    President Barack Obama says Republicans’ refusal to consider his Supreme Court nominee will threaten the integrity of the justice system and prove that the judicial nomination process is “beyond repair.” In an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle, Obama says the fight is bigger than “a single election.” He argues that the election-year blockade could make it impossible for future presidents to install judges on the court. He says that would “betray the vision of our founding.” …
  • Little Sisters' Religious Liberty Goes On Trial

    03/25/2016 7:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 25, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    This is the kind of case the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia liked to sink his judicial teeth into -- whether the federal government can compel a religious entity like the Little Sisters of the Poor to violate their religious beliefs and acquiesce to the ObamaCare contraceptive coverage mandate. As LifeSite News reported on Wednesday’s hearing: This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor, a 175-year-old religious order of women who have vowed their lives to care for the elderly poor.
  • Who are the Little Sisters of the Poor, and why should you care?

    03/25/2016 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | March 23, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    If you were totally avoiding the internet today, or if you live under a particularly pleasant and comfortable rock, maybe you don’t know that the federal government and a bunch of nuns are duking it out before the Supreme Court over birth control. More to the point, they’re fighting over the Little Sisters of the Poors’ refusal to subsidize contraception and abortion-causing drugs for their employees via their health insurance coverage, all of whom, by the way, are mandated by the President Obama’s signature eponymous government overreach law to purchase their own health insurance. Well, fair’s fair, right? I mean,...
  • Biden: 'There is no Biden rule' on Supreme Court nominations

    03/24/2016 9:39:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 24, 2016 7:31 PM EDT | Kathleen Hennessey
    Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday tried to clear his name and tout his record on Supreme Court nominations, calling Republican branding of his past remarks on the subject “ridiculous” and casting himself as a longtime advocate of bipartisan compromise in filling seats on the high court. In a speech at Georgetown Law School, Biden issued a broad warning that Republicans’ election-year blockade of President Barack Obama’s nominee “can lead to a genuine Constitutional crisis” and sought to distance himself from the strategy. He argued Republicans have distorted a 1992 speech in which he seemed to endorse the notion of...
  • America Deserves a Better Choice to Replace Justice Scalia

    03/24/2016 8:46:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 24, 2016 | Susan Combs
    News of Antonin Scalia’s death left me shocked and sad. For nearly three decades, he had been a fixture on our nation’s highest court, holding tight to the founding fathers’ constitutional vision and fending off encroachments on our freedom, whether they came from plaintiffs or his fellow, more liberal justices. He will be missed. His passing leaves a gaping hole in a Supreme Court that has caused quite the tiff over the past month. The media (social and otherwise) has been the battlefield, with one side defending the president’s prerogative to appoint a replacement immediately (including his own VP who...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case [Worst Ever Supreme Court Appointment!]

    03/23/2016 6:42:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    YahoNews ^ | March 23, 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case Noah Feldman Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped...
  • 8 person SCOTUS hits first 4-4 tie. World fails to end

    03/23/2016 9:00:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/22/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Democrats hoping to use the death of Antonin Scalia to their political advantage hit upon what they mistakenly thought was another piece of “evidence” in their favor yesterday. To the shock of many with little understanding of the history of the Supreme Court, the justices are back in business and doling out decisions from the current session. On Tuesday, while the world was focused on the awful events in Brussels, SCOTUS delivered the first of what may turn out to be several deadlocked votes, delivering a 4-4 tie in the case of Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. This...
  • A Liberal Garland for Garland

    03/22/2016 5:36:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    Whenever I hear the words "centrist" or "moderate," especially when they come from The New York Times and The Washington Post, the words "liberal" and "cover-up" immediately come to mind. Since President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a confirmed conservative, the words "centrist" and "moderate" have been repeated ad nauseam. They were repeated so often, in fact, that they resembled the sound of a skipping needle across a vinyl LP with dust in its grooves. Even the reliably liberal New York Times, while repeating the centrist and moderate line, acknowledged that Garland's addition to the...
  • Judge Garland and the Left’s Disdain for Truth

    03/22/2016 2:09:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 22, 2016 | Dennis Prager
    The mainstream media — that is, the liberal media — share all the views and characteristics of the Left. Among these is the Left’s view of truth. There are honest individuals with left-wing views and dishonest individuals on the right. But truth is not a leftist value. Everything the Left believes in is more important than truth — social justice, economic equality, reducing carbon emissions, expanding the power of the state, battling sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and above all of these, destroying its conservative opposition. The media’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme...
  • The Senate Must Deny Obama’s Bid to Transform the Supreme Court

    03/21/2016 11:32:51 AM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 21, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    I think very highly of Merrick Garland, whom President Obama has nominated to fill the Supreme Court seat of the late, legendary Justice Antonin Scalia. Merrick was a voice of reason and sound judgment as a top official in the Clinton Justice Department during the Nineties when I was prosecuting terrorists.
  • After Saying Republicans Should Follow Biden Rule, Reid Now Says ‘There Is No Biden Rule’

    03/21/2016 9:01:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    In 2005, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke on the Senate floor and insisted he and his colleagues had no constitutional duty to approve President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominee. Fast forward to 2016, he’s changing his tune. In a Washington Post article, Reid writes, “The Senate’s constitutional duty to give a fair and timely hearing and a floor vote to the president’s Supreme Court nominees has remained inviolable.” “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd felt compelled to point out the senator's hypocrisy on Sunday:Meet The Press confronts Harry Reid with past hypocritical postures on Supreme Court nominations “I guess I’m confused....
  • Trump says he'll release list of judges to ease concerns

    03/21/2016 8:43:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2016 10:06 PM EDT | Jill Colvin
    Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he’s planning to release a list of judges that he would select from to fill Supreme Court vacancies if he’s elected president in an effort to ease concerns about his picks. “I am going to give a list of either five or 10 judges that I will pick, 100 percent pick, that I will put in for nomination. Because some of the people that are against me say: ‘We don’t know if he’s going to pick the right judge. Supposing he picks a liberal judge or supposing he picks a pro-choice judge,’” Trump told...
  • Kasich on Nominating Merrick Garland If He Were President: ‘Of Course We’d Think About It’

    03/21/2016 8:08:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 21, 2016 | 10:49 AM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that as president, he would consider nominating D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick. “Well, you know, he received overwhelming support, I think even from Senator Hatch. So, of course we’d think about it,” Kasich said when asked if he would “take a look” at Garland if he were president. […] “I don’t care about their peccadilloes 30 years ago, but, yes, we have a process. I have appointed over 100 judges in Ohio, including a woman that, fortunately,...