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Trump, McConnell

Mitch McConnell Didn’t Just Steal A Supreme Court Seat

When history gathers the men who made the presidency of Donald Trump possible, lingering in a corner behind the blinding glare of Julian Assange and the massive 6’8” frame of James Comey will be Mitch McConnell, his corners mouth shaped into a smile that resembles a twisted mustache. McConnell will want you to believe that history […]

April 10, 2017
filibuster

Senate Republicans Rewrite Filibuster Rules To Ensure Gorsuch Confirmation

The rules change means nominees will need only a bare majority of votes to reach the high court, instead of the 60 required for cloture, or limiting the endless debate known as a filibuster.

The Senate’s rules revision, enacted through what many call the “nuclear option,” sets Gorsuch up for confirmation Friday. All 52 Senate Republicans will vote for the Colorado native, as will a handful of Democrats. The GOP lawmakers changed the rules following an earlier vote Thursday, in which 44 Democrats maintained their anti-Gorsuch filibuster.

April 6, 2017
Gorsuch filibuster

Senate Democrats Amass Support For Gorsuch Filibuster

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on Monday amassed enough support to block a U.S. Senate confirmation vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but Republicans vowed to change the Senate rules to ensure the conservative judge gets the lifetime job. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines to send Gorsuch’s […]

April 3, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

How Neil Gorsuch Snowed One Side Of The Senate Aisle

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) noted that millions of “dark” dollars had been raised to buttress the nomination of Gorsuch, without names attached. “They obviously think you will be worth their money,” Whitehouse said bluntly.

March 26, 2017
Comey testimony, Gorsuch nomination, Trumpcare vote this week

Hectic: Comey Testimony, Gorsuch Nomination, And Trumpcare Looming This Week

A potentially crucial week in Congress begins with James Comey’s testimony in the House on Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearings in the Senate.

March 19, 2017
Gavin Grimm, Transgender Rights

Supreme Court Puts Off Ruling On Rights Of Transgender Students

The justices asked an appeals court in Virginia to reconsider the case of Gavin Grimm, a transgender boy who was denied the right to use the boys’ restroom in his high school.

March 7, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

Gun Lobby May Have Their Man In Neil Gorsuch

There are many issues to consider in confirming the next Justice, but the issue of gun safety alone makes the stakes of this confirmation too high to ignore: the impact of decisions in major future gun cases will be measured in lives.

March 4, 2017
Equal Rights

Why It’s Time To Revive The Equal Rights Amendment

If women were considered full equals, if they had the Constitution firmly behind them, the nation would not have seen fit to elect a man with heinously backward views of women.

March 4, 2017
Trump, Putin, Russia

The State Of The Union: Trump Confronts These Hard Political Truths

An imperiled president says the state of the union demands radical change and asks the help of a supine Congress, while an imperiled administrative state seeks to protect constitutional government with the help of a burgeoning civil society protest movement and unknown allies in the FBI and CIA.

March 2, 2017
Trump, Supreme Court

Trumping Judicial Review

Given the hard-right boundary-pushing of this White House, there is good reason to expect that the administration will press, subvert, and ignore the Court as it deems necessary, daring the House to draw up articles of impeachment in order to maintain checks and balances in Washington.

March 1, 2017
Iran threatens retaliation if Trump violates nuclear deal

Why Are So Many In The ‘Resistance’ Ignoring Trump’s Iran Warpath?

What use is that opposition when it cares only for Trump’s excesses at home but ignores—if not welcomes—excesses abroad? Consider this not an indictment on the whole of their ideology, but an honest question from a potential anti-Trump ally: why does the “Resistance” not seem to care about Trump’s Iran war path?

February 21, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

The Supreme Court Wasn’t The Only Seat Stolen By Senate Republicans

Besides the open Supreme Court seat that Republicans refused to act on during Obama’s last year in office, there are currently 112 vacancies across the federal bench. Obama made 54 nominations to those seats that Republicans refused to confirm, including several dozen where they never held a final vote. In short, the GOP mounted a judicial coup.

February 21, 2017
Abortion, Texas

Texas Legislators Double Down On Next Abortion Fight

Eight months after the Supreme Court struck down abortion restrictions in Texas, state legislators appear to be doubling down in a renewed effort to make the procedure difficult, and ultimately impossible, to obtain. On Wednesday, the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held a public hearing in Austin on three bills—SB 8, SB 258, and SB 415—all of which were filed by male representatives.

February 19, 2017
Abortion

Norma McCorvey, Plaintiff In Roe v. Wade Abortion Ruling, Dies At 69

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died on Saturday at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said. McCorvey lent her real name to supporters of the abortion-rights movement in the 1980s. However, she did an about-face and later spoke out on behalf of anti-abortion campaigners.

February 19, 2017
Supreme Court

Supreme Court To Set Guidelines For Trump Treatment Of Non-Citizens

The most pertinent of the three cases in terms of Trump administration priorities involves whether immigrants in custody for deportation proceedings have the right to a hearing to request their release when their cases are not promptly adjudicated. The other immigration cases to be decided concern whether U.S. government officials can be sued over mistreatment of non-citizens.

February 17, 2017
Miller

White House Official Attacks Court After Legal Setbacks On Immigration

Legal experts said the Trump administration statements could undermine respect for the constitutional division of powers. Cornell University law professor Jens David Ohlin said that accusing the judiciary of usurping the president’s powers demonstrated “an absurd lack of appreciation for the separation of powers.”

February 13, 2017
Trump TV Ratings

Trump’s TV Star Fades: He’s No Longer A Ratings Magnet

President Trump, who spent 2016 chronically boasting about his ability to spike TV news ratings, clearly falls short of the ratings successes Obama posted early in his presidency. As the least popular new president in modern American history, Trump seems to having trouble connecting with the masses.

February 12, 2017
Gorsuch and Trump

Trump Falsely Claims That Supreme Court Pick’s Criticism Is ‘Fake News’

Gorsuch’s remarks describing Trump’s attacks on the judiciary as “demoralizing” and “disheartening” were first disclosed on Wednesday by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal. Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist hired by the White House to guide Gorsuch’s nomination through the U.S. Senate, also said that the judge had made the comments to Blumenthal.

February 9, 2017
AFP Photo/Tim Sloan

The Meaning Of Life — According To Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself…something to repair tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is – living not for oneself, but for one’s community,” said Ginsburg, who is only the second woman ever to be appointed as a justice of the country’s highest court.

February 8, 2017
Gorsuch, Trump

Democrats Question Independence Of Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Democrats have expressed worry that Gorsuch could act as a rubber stamp for the Republican president’s policies on a nine-seat Supreme Court poised to revert to a conservative majority. With four liberals and four conservatives now on the court, Gorsuch’s confirmation would restore the conservative majority that had existed for decades until the death last year of Justice Antonin Scalia.

February 7, 2017
Travel Ban

Trump Faces Uphill Battle To Overcome Court’s Hold On Travel Ban

Any appeals of decisions by U.S. District Court Judge James Robart in Seattle face a regional court dominated by liberal-leaning judges who might not be sympathetic to Trump’s rationale for the ban, and a currently shorthanded Supreme Court split 4-4 between liberals and conservatives.

February 5, 2017
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Can The Democrats Be As Stubborn As Mitch McConnell?

Can Democrats, who are more philosophically invested in showing that government can function, really bring themselves to replicate McConnell’s obstructionist methods? If Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrats choose a path of obstructing President Trump’s agenda, they will have learned from the best.

February 3, 2017
Planned Parenthood rally, women protesters

Rightward Turn By Supreme Court Will Greatly Affect Women

A Trump court could conceivably outlaw abortion altogether, which would take us into new political (and medical) terrain. You doubt that would happen? Let’s hope you’re right. But the tides of ultraconservative authoritarianism are rising, and those high waters will change the landscape, especially for women.

February 3, 2017
Gorsuch, Republicans, Senate, Democrats, Obstruction

It’s Time For Outrageous Obstruction Against Gorsuch

Republicans have spent decades weaponizing the Supreme Court as a political tool and are on the brink of a payoff that Trump’s creditors never could have imagined. But they also did something dangerous: They proved there is no price for creative obstruction. Democrats need to understand they have the people on their side. And to keep them there, they have to be willing to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous obstruction. Our democracy depends on it.

February 3, 2017
Gorsuch, Gun Lobby

Neil Gorsuch Is Supremely Qualified, And Must Not Be Confirmed

Gorsuch, unfortunately, must be sacrificed on the altar of obscene partisanship erected by the Republicans in recent years. Temper tantrums designed to undermine the Constitution for naked political purposes cannot be rewarded. Our government cannot survive the short-term games-playing that has replaced fidelity to the intent of the founders’ work in forming this once-great nation.

February 2, 2017