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Outraged About Ginsburg’s Comments? Supreme Court Justices Have Always Voiced Political Opinions

Ginsburg has long been known for her frankness. Joan Biskupic, the journalist who reported Ginsburg’s statements on Trump, writes that, having met with her “on a regular basis for more than a decade,” he “found her response classic.”

July 13, 2016
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Cartoon: With Justice Scalia In Hell

Where is the ninth justice?

June 29, 2016
Immigration activists join hands after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge by 26 states over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrant children and parents who are in the country illegally, in Washington April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Supreme Court, Split 4-4, Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan.

June 23, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Trump Releases List Of 11 Possible SCOTUS Nominees

The list is widely seen as a strategy by Trump to placate the “movement conservatives” actively resisting his candidacy, by committing to place sufficiently conservative justices on the court.

May 18, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court building is seen in Washington, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Supreme Court’s Tie Vote Upholds Public Employee Fees For Unions

The Supreme Court announced a tie vote yesterday in what labor law experts had called a “life-or-death” case for public employee unions.

March 30, 2016
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington March 8, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

The Lies Mitch McConnell Tells

The quality of a lie is a direct reflection of the respect the liar has for the person being lied to. That will seem counterintuitive, but consider: You put effort into a lie, work to make it plausible, credible, believable, when you have regard for the recipient, when his good opinion matters or his discovery of the truth would be disastrous. That being the case, what does it suggest when you put as little effort into a lie as McConnell has?

March 23, 2016
Senate Majority Leader McConnell adjusts glasses while taking questions on the upcoming budget battleon Capitol Hill in Washington

GOP Senators Begin To Budge On Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

It’s not clear if Republicans are more worried about Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump naming the next Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

March 17, 2016
Presidente dos EUA, Barack Obama, ao lado do indicado para a Suprema Corte Merrick Garland, na Casa Branca. 16/03/2016 REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama Picks Centrist High Court Nominee; Republicans Unmoved

A handful of Republican senators including Susan Collins of Maine, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Rob Portman of Ohio said they would be willing to meet with Garland.

March 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama carries a binder containing material on potential Supreme Court nominees as he walks towards the residence of the White House in Washington

Republican Party Gears Up To Fight Obama Court Nominee

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid denounced on the Senate floor what he called a “smear” campaign against federal appeals court judge Jane Kelly, who had been on Obama’s short list of potential nominees.

March 14, 2016
U.S. President Obama meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Scalia, at the White House in Washington

21 Attorneys General Call On Senate to Hold Court Nomination Hearings

“If you apply their logic, Grassley’s vote shouldn’t count this year.”

March 10, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd R) meets with the bipartisan leaders of the Senate to discuss the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, at the White House in Washington March 1, 2016. From L-R: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA). REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

No Breakthrough In Supreme Court Dispute Between Obama, Republicans

Republican leaders rebuffed President Obama during a face-to-face meeting that failed to budge them from their vow to block any nominee he offers.

March 1, 2016
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Cartoon: Scalia’s Paper Trail

Quid Pro Court

March 1, 2016
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Late Night Roundup: Drone Strikes — ‘Precise’ And ‘Imperfect’

Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.

February 26, 2016
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval gives a welcoming address at the Skybridge Alternatives Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Republican Sandoval Withdraws As Possible Supreme Court Pick

Sandoval’s name surfaced as a possible nominee on Wednesday, but Senate Republicans quickly said they still would not hold hearings or vote on any Obama nominee.

February 25, 2016
Senate Majority Leader McConnell addresses media during event on Capitol Hill in Washington

Why Should You And I Have To Keep Paying Mitch McConnell’s Salary?

We’re paying this guy a salary of $174,000 a year, plus another $19,400 for his “service” as majority leader. It’s insulting that he won’t even go through the motions of doing his job.

February 24, 2016
Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV), official photograph.

Obama Weighs Republican Nevada Governor For Supreme Court

Brian Sandoval, a 52-year-old Mexican-American, is considered a moderate Republican, particularly on social issues.

February 24, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers statement on plans to close the Guantanamo military prison at the White House in Washington

Obama To Proceed With Court Nominee Despite Republican Defiance

“I hope they’ll move quickly to debate and then confirm this nominee so that the court can continue to serve the American people at full strength.”

February 24, 2016
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk of Illinois speaks to supporters after beating Democratic nominee Alexi Giannoulias, at an election night rally in Wheeling

Republican Kirk Breaks With U.S. Senate Leaders On High Court Seat

Kirk, who holds President Obama’s old Senate seat, is facing a tough re-election fight in Illinois.

February 22, 2016
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Sandra Day O’Connor — A Reagan Nominee — Says Obama Should Pick Scalia Replacement

“I think we need somebody there to do the job now and let’s get on with it,” she said, in an interview with Phoenix-based Fox affiliate KSAZ.

February 19, 2016
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This Week In Crazy: The Scalia Memorials

Last Saturday, Justice Antonin Scalia passed away, leaving a vacant seat in the nation’s highest court and opening a vacuum into which conservatives poured their wildest obstructionist agendas and kooked-out conspiracy theories. Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” a special Scalia-themed edition of The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing.

February 19, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks at an event sponsored by the Federalist Society in New York

The House That Scalia Built

Scalia, who often mocked “nine unelected lawyers” in democracy, sprang into action by stopping vote counting in Florida. The governor of Florida then was Jeb Bush.

February 19, 2016
President Obama meets with his national security team in Washington

Biden Says Obama Won’t Be Able To Pick The ‘Most Liberal Jurist’

Biden: “There are plenty of judges who are on high courts already who have had unanimous support of the Republicans.”

February 18, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the close of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

White House Rebuts Supreme Court Hypocrisy Charge Against Obama

Spokesman: Obama’s vote to block Alito “symbolic,” contrasted to “Republicans’ reflexive opposition” to Obama nominating new justice to replace Scalia.

February 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference after ASEAN summit in Rancho Mirage, California

GOP’s Unrelenting Campaign Of Obstructionism And Insult

It’s well and good to be even-handed and reflective, but there is a point where that becomes willful obtuseness. Obama is there.

February 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama looks up during the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage

Obama Scolds Senate Republicans For Supreme Court Threat

“I’m amused when I hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there.”

February 16, 2016