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  • Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy

    06/16/2016 7:47:43 PM PDT · by Fedora · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2016 | Julian Hattern
    President Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year. If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to...
  • Justice Kagan Performs Her First Same-Sex Wedding

    09/23/2014 7:29:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 9-22-14
    Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband. Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated. Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater...
  • 1984 Revisited: Archbishop O’Connor vs. Governor Cuomo

    06/07/2014 2:30:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 7, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    Shortly after John J. O’Connor became Archbishop of New York in March 1984, he found himself in a battle with the state’s governor, Mario M. Cuomo, which not only made national headlines but also had a profound impact on the abortion debate in America.It began when the archbishop said during a press conference: “I do not see how a Catholic, in good conscience, can vote for an individual expressing himself or herself as favoring abortion.” That didn’t sit well with Cuomo.  The governor, who in the early 1970s had been publicly pro-life, changed his position after losing a primary for lieutenant governor...
  • Sinead O'Connor pens open letter to Miley Cyrus

    10/03/2013 10:10:05 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 103 replies
    Entertainment Weekly ^ | 10/03/2013 | Grady Smith
    I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way “cool” to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked...
  • IRS Adds Lawyer To Advise on Scandal Response (former Clinton admin aide Jennifer O’Connor)

    05/29/2013 3:41:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/29/13 | Evan Perez
    More personnel news from the Internal Revenue Service: The agency is hiring former Clinton administration aide Jennifer O’Connor to help it navigate the scandal over its reviews of conservative organizations. **SNIP** Ms. O’Connor didn’t respond to a request for comment. As we wrote earlier today, Mr. Werfel is also bringing an official from outside the agency as the IRS’s chief risk officer. Read the rest of the story at WSJ’s Washington Wire blog.
  • ICE Agent Suing Obama: 'Mr. President, You've Overstepped Your Boundaries'

    05/07/2013 6:36:30 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-07-2013 | John Hill
    ICE Agent Crane to Obama: "Mr. President, you've overstepped your boundaries. It's your job to enforce the law, it's Congress' job to enact the law."- Last week, ICE union chief Chris Crane won a stunning initial court victory in his lawsuit against the Obama Administration. As we reported, Federal Judge Federal Judge Reed O’Connor told the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that they had no power to refuse to deport illegal aliens, and that he was likely to strike down Obama’s virtual “DACA” amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The ruling stunned Washington, and Crane’s lawsuit could derail Obama’s four-year...
  • O'Connor had $1 billion gambling habit (former San Diego Democrat Mayor)

    02/14/2013 6:20:58 PM PST · by BAW · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | Feb 14, 2013 | Greg Moran
    Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor took $2 million from a nonprofit foundation to feed a gambling addiction in which she lost more than $1 billion over a nine-year period, federal prosecutors said Thursday. O’Connor, 66, appeared in federal court and pleaded not guilty to a money laundering charge as part of a deferred prosecution. Under the arrangement with federal prosecutors, she has two years to repay the $2 million taken from the R.P. Foundation, a nonprofit set up by her late husband, Robert O. Peterson. Peterson was co-founder of the Jack-In-The-Box restaurant chain and later Southern California First National...
  • Sandra Day O’Connor At The Alfalfa Club Dinner

    02/02/2012 2:49:28 PM PST · by bkopto · 23 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | Feb 2, 2012 | Doug Mataconis
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor apparently got in a real zinger at last weekend’s Alfalfa Club dinner: Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor made a joke about the GOP candidates Saturday that reportedly drew much laughter. At the black-tie steak-and-lobster Alfalfa Club dinner Saturday among political and business elites in Washington, she said that of two GOP presidential candidates, “one is a practicing polygamist, and he’s not even the Mormon,” according to an Associated Press report. The remark appeared to be a comparison between Romney’s Mormon faith (which no longer allows polygamy) and thrice-married Newt Gingrich. The...
  • Cowgirl Museum Opening Sandra Day O'Connor Exhibit

    10/26/2011 1:06:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Dallas ^ | Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011
    O'Connor pleased with exhibit of her lifeIt's been 30 years since Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. An exhibit about her life opens this week at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. O'Connor is an El Paso native who spent summers on her family's Arizona ranch that initially didn't have electricity or water. She said Wednesday she was pleased with the exhibit. She said her time on the ranch taught her responsibility and how to solve problems on her
  • Former Supreme Court justice now pushing education

    10/15/2011 7:33:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 15, 2011 | Dawn Rhodes
    After more than 24 years in the U.S. Supreme Court, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor now strives to make civics and government more interesting for young children than it was for her growing up in El Paso, Texas. “I was so sick of learning about Stephen F. Austin,” she said Saturday inside a University of Chicago lecture hall, referring to the man after whom the Texas capital city is named. “All they teach in Texas is Texas!” > O’Connor argued that young people need to be better informed about the workings of their own government. To that end, she said,...
  • Ex-Giants’ employee arrested for stealing $1.5 million from players

    08/31/2011 2:52:38 PM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/30/11 | David Brown
    The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series thanks to great pitching performances from Tim Lincecum(notes), Matt Cain(notes) and Brian Wilson(notes). And they got timely offensive contributions from the likes of rookie Buster Posey(notes), Aubrey Huff(notes) and Juan Uribe(notes). You remember those guys. How could anyone forget? And what about Robin O'Connor, a payroll department manager? There's no way the Giants get past the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS without her.
  • Baltimore archbishop remembers his mentor (Cardinal O'Connor)

    02/13/2011 3:32:48 PM PST · by MDJohnPaul · 2 replies
    The Narthex at The Catholic Review ^ | Feb. 12, 2011 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    “The priest I am today is largely due to his example.” That’s how Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien remembered the late New York Cardinal John J. O’Connor during a panel discussion at the 12th annual Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life Jan. 23. Archbishop O’Brien paid tribute to his mentor’s courage in speaking out for truth and the cardinal’s pastoral sensitivity in serving priests and laity alike. “To accompany him to the bedside of a priest in the hospital who was dying was a retreat for me,” said Archbishop O’Brien, a former New York clergyman who served as Cardinal O’Connor’s first...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice shouldn't be political-Sandra Day O'Connor crosses the line(Fire her Roberts)

    10/29/2010 6:31:55 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 5 replies · 1+ views
    wash times ^ | 10/29/10
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has violated the Code of Conduct for United States judges. She should resign from her position as a roving judge on "senior status." If she doesn't resign, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. - at whose sole discretion she serves as a "pinch hitter" on lower federal courts - should no longer designate her for such duties. In a controversial case Tuesday before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Mrs. O'Connor provided the deciding vote in a 2-1 decision to throw out Arizona's requirement that new voter registrants provide...
  • EDITORIAL: Justice shouldn't be political--Sandra Day O'Connor crosses the line

    10/28/2010 5:29:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 28, 2010 | Editorial
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has violated the Code of Conduct for United States judges. She should resign from her position as a roving judge on "senior status." If she doesn't resign, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. - at whose sole discretion she serves as a "pinch hitter" on lower federal courts - should no longer designate her for such duties. In a controversial case Tuesday before a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Mrs. O'Connor provided the deciding vote in a 2-1 decision to throw out Arizona's requirement that new voter registrants provide...
  • [ECUMENICAL] Favorite Quotations

    06/26/2010 10:50:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 32 replies · 2+ views
    StudiObrien ^ | June, 2010 | Michael D. O'Brien
    I've been collecting fragments from the writings and sayings of others for nearly forty years. They have always struck me as pieces of a vast mosaic that is being slowly and painstakingly assembled. As in an actual mural mosaic (Byzantine, complex, more than the sum of its parts), if one stands too close to it the image blurs. Focus on a single component and the part becomes the whole, throwing all into misinterpretation. Stand back, find proportion, locate the range of vision, and the portrait emerges. It is my hope that through the passages quoted here a portrait of humanity...
  • O'Connor: Arizona must show it's not biased

    05/27/2010 7:26:12 PM PDT · by devane617 · 60 replies · 1,106+ views
    ..."The law will make entering the country illegally a state crime in Arizona..."
  • Reid claims O'Connor had no previous judicial experience

    05/12/2010 10:52:27 AM PDT · by Fred · 20 replies · 977+ views
    PoliFacts ^ | 051110 | PoliFacts
    In a recent Senate floor speech, Democratic Leader Harry Reid likened Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan to another woman who sat on the court, Sandra Day O'Connor. "One of my favorite Supreme Court Justices in recent years has been Sandra Day O’Connor, not because she’s a Republican, but because she was a good judge. I think one reason she was a good judge is she had no judicial experience," Reid said on May 11, 2010. He pointed out that O'Connor served in the Arizona state legislature, giving her a different perspective on legal matters. "I think Solicitor General Kagan will...
  • NY Archbishop on Outspoken Abortion Teaching: I'm Just Doing My Job

    02/27/2010 3:34:54 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 645+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 26, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    NEW YORK, February 26, 2010 ( - Following a period of relative silence since his installation last year, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan eagerly took an opportunity to set forth Church teaching on controversial points, including the forbidding of public honors for pro-abortion politicians, in a recent interview with NY1.  The bishop also asserted that his outspokenness on such issues was simply part of his job as shepherd and teacher of the faith.When NY1 News reporter Roma Torre asked whether a pro-abortion Catholic should be invited to a "Catholic event" such as the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, Dolan's...
  • John O'Connor, husband of Supreme Court justice, dies at 79

    11/11/2009 2:57:00 PM PST · by Thebaddog · 3 replies · 729+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11.11.09 | Adam Bernstein
    John J. O'Connor III, 79, an Arizona lawyer and civic leader who became active in Washington's social and charitable circles after his wife, Sandra Day O'Connor, became the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, died Nov. 11 in Phoenix. He had Alzheimer's disease. As a lawyer, Mr. O'Connor specialized in business and real estate law and commercial litigation. He represented leading companies in industries including mining, manufacturing, real estate and financial services. He was a partner at one of Phoenix's largest firms, Fennemore, Craig, von Ammon & Udall, before moving to Washington when his wife was confirmed to...
  • Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemency (Eric Holder - Thursday) Hussein & terrorists?

    01/14/2009 9:20:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies · 1,091+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | PETE YOST
    Obama pick faces questions over bombers' clemencyBy PETE YOST Associated Press Writer Originally published Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2:05 PM WASHINGTON — New York police detective Anthony S. Senft's life changed forever when a bomb set by Puerto Rican separatists exploded, blowing him 15 feet in the air and blinding him in one eye. Now, he's angry that Eric Holder, who played a key role in awarding clemency to the bombers, is in line to be attorney general. Holder, as President Bill Clinton's deputy attorney general, worked closely with the Justice Department's pardon attorney to raise the possibility of...
  • 4th US Circuit agrees Fredericksburg VA can prohibit free exercise by council member

    07/24/2008 1:52:48 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 14 replies · 239+ views
    Fredericksburg Free Lance Star newspaper ^ | 24 July 2009 | Amy Flowers Umble, newspaper
    CITY PRAYER POLICY UPHELD Fredericksburg Free Lance - Star Fredericksburg Virginia Date published: 7/24/2008 BY AMY FLOWERS UMBLE Fredericksburg City Council can keep Jesus Christ out of its prayers. The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals yesterday upheld the city's right to start its meetings with nonsectarian prayers. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor sat on the three-judge panel hearing the case and wrote the opinion. "She didn't feel my rights were being violated, but my rights are definitely being violated," said City Councilman Hashmel Turner, who filed the case. "It removed an opportunity for me to pray...
  • Retired justice developing online civics lessons (Sandra Day O'Connor)

    06/04/2008 4:56:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 8 replies · 54+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 4, 2008 | Unknown
    NEW YORK — Sandra Day O'Connor is developing a free interactive Web program for middle schoolers on the U.S. court system. The program will be called Our Courts and allow students to participate in realistic government simulations and investigate and argue actual cases. Arizona State and Georgetown universities are helping the retired Supreme Court justice develop the program. Arizona State professor James Paul Gee says the program will teach children the importance of free and independent courts in a democracy. The Web site will be launched this fall. O'Connor is the first woman to have served on the nation's highest...
  • Sandra Day O'Connor's loss, and ours [Odious LATimes editorial]

    11/23/2007 5:36:25 AM PST · by johnny7 · 23 replies · 105+ views
    LATimes ^ | November 23, 2007 | Editor
    Her spouse's Alzheimer's has exacted a toll her, and the country feels it, too.From Arizona last week came the sad news that John O'Connor, husband of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, has grown romantically attached to another patient in an Alzheimer's facility where both live. For Justice O'Connor, the pain of watching her husband drift away must at some level be balanced by the notion that his new relationship brings him some measure of happiness andpeace. Their son reported she was gratified that her husband "was relaxed and happy and comfortable living here." John O'Connor's fading connection stands...
  • Supremely Poignant: Sandra Day O'Connor Blesses Alzheimer Hubby's Affair

    11/14/2007 10:52:46 AM PST · by dead · 72 replies · 143+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/07 | Hasani Gittens
    The retired Supreme Court justice's spouse, John O'Connor, has had Alzheimer's disease for 17 years, and after moving into an assisted-living center in Phoenix, he began a romance with a fellow patient also suffering from the mind-debilitating ailment. But the justice isn't jealous - the O'Connor family believes the love has given John, 77, a new lease on life. "Mom was thrilled that dad was relaxed and happy and comfortable living here and wasn't complaining," their son Scott O'Connor, 50, told Phoenix's KPNX-TV. Scott said that when his father recently arrived at the Huger Mercy Living Center, he was depressed....
  • Justice O'Connor's Husband Finds New Love

    11/13/2007 9:44:49 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 71 replies · 243+ views
    CBS News ^ | Nov. 13, 2007
    The husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has struck up a romance with a woman who is a fellow Alzheimer's patient and lives at the same assisted living center as him, according to a television news report. The retired justice isn't jealous about the relationship and is pleased that her husband is comfortable at the center, the couple's son, Scott O'Connor, told KPNX in Phoenix in a broadcast that aired Thursday. "Mom was thrilled that dad was relaxed and happy," Scott O'Connor said. An effort by The Associated Press to reach Scott O'Connor on Tuesday morning was...
  • Disgraced (Canadian) B.C. bishop dead of heart attack

    07/30/2007 7:41:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 415+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | July 27, 2007 | TOM HAWTHORN
    Hubert O'Connor, the disgraced Roman Catholic bishop, has died of a heart attack in Toronto. He was 79. His death was announced by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. He resigned as bishop of the British Columbia diocese of Prince George after being charged with sex crimes in 1991. He was convicted in 1996 of committing rape and indecent assault on two young aboriginal women during the 1960s when he was a priest. He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison by Mr. Justice Wally Oppal, who is now British Columbia's attorney general. After serving six months, the disgraced...
  • Court ruling hints at new abortion stance

    07/21/2007 2:56:02 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 3 replies · 508+ views ^ | Jul 18, 2007 | Chris Gacek
    Undoubtedly, the most significant aspect of the Supreme Court's April decision in Gonzales v. Carhart was that it narrowly upheld Congress' "partial-birth abortion" ban. That said, Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion may affect America more for what it said about abortion than what it decreed about the law of abortion. The case appears to have opened up a new phase in abortion jurisprudence -- one in which abortion is largely permitted though disdained. This is not surprising, because Carhart represents the first recent occasion on which Kennedy set our national abortion policy. What may be surprising is how greatly both sides...
  • Jesus Is 'Like an Energy' (Sinead O'Connor)

    07/17/2007 12:53:05 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 16 replies · 359+ views
    Christianity Astray (oops I mean Today) ^ | posted 07/09/07 | By Andree Farias
    Most people remember Sinéad O'Connor one of two ways: as that angelic, lovelorn figure in the video of her smash "Nothing Compares 2 U," or for tearing up a picture of the pope on Saturday Night Live. Her 20-year career has been marked with pop stardom and accolades, but also with controversy and misunderstanding. Even as she takes the stage at Joe's Pub in New York, one can sense the polarity. The venue only seats 150, enough to house a handful of fans and some of the biggest papers in town. But O'Connor, 40, isn't there to impress anyone. Her...
  • Former Justice O'Connor Subtly Criticizes Partial-Birth Abortion Ruling

    05/22/2007 10:41:00 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 25 replies · 996+ views
    LifeNews ^ | May 22, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Sandra Day O'Connor is no longer on the Supreme Court but that doesn't mean the pro-abortion judge can't use her influence to try to shape its decisions. In an interview with Fox News, the ex-justice offered a hidden rebuke to the Supreme Court members for their recent decision upholding the federal partial-birth abortion ban. The high court's decision overturned her opinion in a similar 2000 case regarding a Nebraska partial-birth abortion ban. In the 2000 case, O'Connor wrote for the 5-4 majority saying the state's ban on the three-day-long abortion procedure was unconstitutional because it lacked...
  • Leaked Bush memo 'aimed at Kerry' (British civil servant leaked Oval Office talks)

    04/30/2007 5:09:32 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 36 replies · 2,831+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4/30/07 | BBC
    A civil servant who leaked a secret memo about George W. Bush wanted it to be seen by US presidential candidate John Kerry, the Old Bailey heard. David Keogh, 50, from Northampton, is said to have passed a highly sensitive document detailing talks between Mr. Bush and Tony Blair to Leo O'Connor. Mr. Keogh told jurors the contents of the memo had preyed on his mind. Mr. Keogh and Mr. O'Connor, 44, also of Northampton, deny three charges under the Official Secrets Act. Mr. Keogh had been asked to copy out the memo for distribution to high-ranking UK officials. The...
  • Pair are guilty of Bush memo leak

    05/09/2007 8:14:40 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 11 replies · 2,134+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/9/07 | BBC
    A civil servant and an MP's researcher have been found guilty of leaking a secret memo about talks between George Bush and Tony Blair. David Keogh, 50, from Northampton, has been found guilty of two offences under the Official Secrets Act. MP's researcher Leo O'Connor was found guilty of one Official Secrets offence. It recorded Oval Office talks between Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair about Iraq in 2004, the Old Bailey was told. Sentencing was adjourned for reports........
  • The New 5-to-4 Supreme Court

    Just seven years ago, Justice O’Connor voted with the court’s liberals to strike down a similar Nebraska law banning the procedure, known medically as intact dilation and extraction. It involves removing an intact fetus rather than dismembering the fetus in the uterus. The decision recast the court’s approach to abortion, shifting its emphasis toward fetal life and away from deference to medical judgments about women’s health. The decision last week brought into focus the greatest hopes of conservatives and the worst fears of liberals. Is the court about to make sweeping changes in important areas of constitutional law, including in...
  • Getting Beyond Race (John Fund on Affirmative Action, Sandra Day O'Connor)

    04/09/2007 7:09:31 AM PDT · by The Pack Knight · 10 replies · 440+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9 April 2007 | John Fund
    Justice O'Connor continued to defend her original position. She lamented statistics that showed that as a result of California's Proposition 209 (passed in 1996) only 2.2% of UCLA freshmen were black, and a fifth of those were on athletic scholarships. (California's overall population is 6.1% black.) She seemed strangely unaware, however, of the growing evidence that racial preferences might have actually decreased the likelihood that blacks and Hispanics will graduate from college. Put differently, if the body of evidence is correct, the whole affirmative action enterprise has been deeply and tragically flawed from the beginning, failing to achieve its most...
  • Justices defend Florida recount decision ('had no choice but to intervene' in the Florida fiasco)

    01/24/2007 11:26:25 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 116 replies · 2,496+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/24/07 | Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON - Three of the five Supreme Court justices who handed the presidency to George W. Bush in 2000 say they had no choice but to intervene in the Florida recount. Comments from Justice Anthony Kennedy and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor are in a new book that was published this week. Justice Antonin Scalia made his remarks Tuesday at Iona College in New York. Scalia, answering questions after a speech, also said that critics of the 5-4 ruling in Bush v. Gore need to move on six years after the electoral drama of December 2000, when it seemed the...
  • Now she tells us

    11/25/2006 12:34:51 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 11 replies · 1,128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | By Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • A justice gets her swing back

    11/24/2006 4:40:42 PM PST · by flixxx · 16 replies · 859+ views ^ | 11 24 06 | Paul Greenberg
    The latest critic of a Supreme Court ruling turns out to be the justice who supplied the key vote in its favor: Sandra Day O'Connor. Addressing a legal conference in Texas, the former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court had some second thoughts about her opinion in Minnesota v. White back in 2002, which struck down that state's restrictions on judges' expressing their political views in campaigns for the bench. The case was decided 5 to 4, and Justice O'Connor's concurring opinion made all the difference. Renowned in her time on the court as its swing vote, she's now...
  • Sitting ducks on the bench

    11/17/2006 6:11:10 PM PST · by Thebaddog · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Star Telegram ^ | Thu, Nov. 16, 2006 | LINDA P. CAMPBELL
    As a Supreme Court justice, Sandra Day O'Connor exasperated critics by balancing on a reed-thin beam without planting her feet firmly on either side. But in retirement, she doesn't equivocate in defense of judicial independence. She has crossed the country warning that "spurious" attacks on the judiciary -- by politicians and other talking heads -- threaten judges' doing their jobs without fear or favor. When federal appellate Judge Danny Boggs said at a Friday legal conference at Las Colinas that physical assaults aimed at judges have come mainly from "the deranged," O'Connor underscored the safety concerns. "Every member of the...
  • Latest deaths illustrates 'the evil' Canadians are fighting in Afghanistan, PM

    09/19/2006 1:28:28 PM PDT · by GMMAC · 17 replies · 567+ views
    CanWest via National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, September 19, 2006 | Mike Blanchfield
    Latest deaths illustrates 'the evil' Canadians are fighting in Afghanistan, PM says Mike Blanchfield CanWest News Service; Ottawa Citizen Tuesday, September 19, 2006 OTTAWA - The suicide bombing deaths of four Canadian soldiers Monday while trying to give candy to Afghan children illustrates the "evil" they are fighting and the nobility of their cause, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said. "Nothing more than this incident illustrates the evil that they are fighting and the goodwill and the nobleness of the cause that they are taking to the Afghan people," Harper told the Commons as his government confronted its toughest political...
  • Steelers prevail for a city in mourning

    09/08/2006 4:34:25 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 10 replies · 751+ views
    ESPN ^ | September 8, 2006 | Len Pasquarelli
    PITTSBURGH -- On a day when this city experienced the confluence of grieving and glory, burying a popular mayor in the morning and then having to turn out to support its beloved Super Bowl champions just a few hours later, it was left to a Pittsburgh Guy to turn tears into cheers. OK, so Steelers backup Charlie Batch isn't really from Pittsburgh. But Homestead, Pa., just a short drive across his city's locally well-known High Level Bridge, a span that once carried thousands of steel workers to their sooty jobs in the blast furnaces and to a livelihood in a...
  • Editorial: Favorite son / In Bob O'Connor, The City Lost More Than A Mayor

    09/03/2006 4:17:43 AM PDT · by mcg2000 · 1 replies · 329+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | September 03, 2006 | Editorial
    Mayor Robert E. O'Connor Jr. was his formal title and name, but even in untimely death it seems too pretentious. The people knew him as Bob, a Pittsburgh original, as friendly and straightforward as the city where he lived and died ... the city of Pittsburgh that now comes together to mourn him. The passing of Bob O'Connor is so freighted with irony and disappointment that calling it tragic doesn't convey the full measure of sadness. If Mr. O'Connor were a literary scholar instead of a man of the people, you might more easily call it Shakespearean in its abundant...
  • O'Connor wants Canadian troops in Pakistan- Defence Minister raises an explosive issue in Islamabad

    09/03/2006 12:26:42 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 4 replies · 355+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 02 Sep 2006 | GRAEME SMITH
    KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN -- Canadian soldiers should join local forces fighting Taliban insurgents inside Pakistan, Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor says, making a tentative first attempt at raising the explosive issue of foreign troops trespassing on Pakistani territory. Mr. O'Connor held meetings with several military and intelligence officials in Islamabad yesterday in which he urged his counterparts to step up their actions against the insurgents who emerge from hideouts in Pakistan to attack Canadian troops in southern Afghanistan. "Among other things, I suggested that some Pakistan officers be stationed with our troops in Kandahar and Canadian troops be stationed on the Pakistan...
  • Ravenstahl To Be Sworn In Tonight (Pittsburgh's New Mayor - 26 years old)

    09/01/2006 7:37:55 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 24 replies · 1,067+ views
    KDKA Pittsburgh ^ | September 1, 2006 | Webmaster
    (KDKA) PITTSBURGH The man next in line to replace Mayor Bob O’Connor will be sworn in tonight. At 10:30pm, City Council President Luke Ravenstahl will officially become the next mayor of Pittsburgh. At 26 years old, Ravenstahl will be the youngest mayor in the city’s history. Earlier today, he told reporters he was ready. “My experience and my actions on council here over the last two-and-a-half years,” Ravenstahl cited. “I’ll let the people decide that. That is an issue that many will raise. “I’m here. I’ve been the president, I have been elected by my district, I have been elected...
  • Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor Has Passed Away

    09/01/2006 6:32:30 PM PDT · by mcg2000 · 50 replies · 1,468+ views
    KDKA ^ | September 1, 2006 | Staff
    (KDKA) PITTSBURGH It's the news people in Pittsburgh and beyond have been dreading; this afternoon, Dick Skrinjar announced that Mayor Bob O'Connor has passed away. O'Connor had been hospitalized since July 10th after learning that he suffered from a rare form of cancer called primary central nervous system lymphoma. On Monday, doctors downgraded the mayor's condition after revealing that brain scans showed "seizure activity" and tests indicated an infection in his spinal fluid. The hospital stopped issuing updates on Mayor O'Connor's condition on Tuesday, which fueled rumors and speculation about his deteriorating condition. Sources told KDKA late Wednesday night that...
  • (Pittsbrugh) Mayor O'Connor Near Death

    09/01/2006 3:08:00 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 26 replies · 992+ views
    Mayor O'Connor Near Death POSTED: 11:06 am EDT August 31, 2006 UPDATED: 11:23 pm EDT August 31, 2006 PITTSBURGH -- A representative has confirmed the suspected gravity of Mayor Bob O'Connor's medical situation late Thursday night.After a nearly two-month battle with a rare form of brain cancer, O'Connor was taken off life support and is living "hour to hour," mayoral spokesman Dick Skrinjar said.The mayor was resting comfortably with family and close friends by his side at UPMC Shadyside, according to Skrinjar.As long as he is alive, O'Connor will remain the city's mayor -- a job he has held for...
  • O'Connor Still In Intensive Care (Pittsburgh Mayor called "Unresponsive")

    08/30/2006 3:29:03 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 5 replies · 515+ views
    WTAE TV ^ | 08/29/2006 | NA
    O'Connor Still In Intensive Care POSTED: 4:11 pm EDT August 28, 2006UPDATED: 6:37 pm EDT August 29, 2006PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Mayor Bob O'Connor remains in intensive care at UPMC Shadyside Hospital after doctors spent Tuesday putting him through neurological tests to find out the exact cause of his seizures and his downward turn.After undergoing surgery on Monday, the hospital's latest statement on O'Connor was that he was in serious condition."I was with my classmate, Father Terry, and Judy O'Connor was there, and some other family and friends," said Father Thomas Burke, a family friend of the O'Connors. "We had some...
  • On Eve of All-star Game new Mayor of Pittsburgh O'Connor diagnosed with cancer of nervous system

    07/10/2006 1:36:39 PM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 20 replies · 1,052+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 10, 2006 | Jeremy Boren
    Mayor Bob O'Connor was admitted to UPMC Shadyside today to begin treatment for primary central nervous system lymphoma.
  • Ask the Justices (O'Connor and Breyer to be on The Aaron Harber Show)

    07/05/2006 2:18:40 PM PDT · by NinoFan · 6 replies · 334+ views
    SCOTUSblog ^ | July 5, 2006 | SCOTUSblog
    Aaron Harber of the Aaron Harber show ( has an interview with Justices Breyer and O’Connor tomorrow afternoon, and he has solicited SCOTUSblog readers to help him formulate some questions for the two Honorable interviewees. So, if you have a query or two about the law or the Court that you think would be appropriate for either of the two Justices, post it as a comment on this post or e-mail jharrow [at] by 1:00 PM Eastern Time tomorrow, Thursday, July 6. Hopefully, we can send Aaron a few good questions and he will report back to us with...
  • 'tis the season for a Supreme Court retirement (vanity)

    06/29/2006 8:54:45 PM PDT · by dangus · 29 replies · 3,163+ views
    None ^ | 6/3/06 | Dan
    As the Supreme Court wraps up its session, there has been so far fairly little attention paid to the fact that this is when U.S. Supreme Court retirements are typically announced. All of the last 14 retirements were announced between May 14th and October 1st of their respective years; the last to retire outside of those dates was Charles Whittaker, whose doctor ordered him to retire on account of a worsening disability making it impossible for him to sit at his bench. Of those 14, 9 announced their retirement between June 12 and August 3rd, a space of only seven...
  • O'Connor decries attacks on judiciary - In a speech at the University of Minnesota

    05/24/2006 10:56:46 AM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 16 replies · 532+ views
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | May 23, 2006 | Eric Black
    Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor told a University of Minnesota audience Tuesday night that she has been "saddened and disturbed" by the verbal attacks on state and federal judges that have been made by member of Congress who disagree with their decisions. O'Connor said lawmakers, who she didn't name, have threatened retaliation against judges -- including "mass impeachments" and cutting off court jurisdictions from certain kind of cases -- for decisions that are politically unpopular. Such efforts to politicize the court jeopardize the balance of powers, O'Connor said, and defy the wisdom of the framers of the Constitution,...
  • St. Louis Jesuits: 'I don't think we're rebels at all' (liturgical music)

    05/06/2006 5:33:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 522+ views
    The Tidings ^ | May 5, 2006 | Mike Nelson
    "There are people," says Jesuit Father John Foley, with a hint of a smile, "who have complained that we wrecked the whole tradition of church music." "We" meaning the St. Louis Jesuits, whose collaborative composing efforts remain arguably the single greatest influence on contemporary liturgical music of the post-Vatican II era. Writing Scripture-based music (itself a revolution of sorts) in a style of music that was more in keeping with that of the secular world and thus more familiar to many ears (itself not just revolutionary but heretical, in the minds of some --- and nothing less than musical manna,...