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  • Lisa Murkowski: I Haven’t Changed My Mind On A Confirmation Before The Election

    10/22/2020 7:19:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/22/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s more of a curiosity than a problem, but Lisa Murkowski apparently didn’t get moved off her position on confirmation despite meeting personally with Amy Coney Barrett. At the time that Donald Trump appointed her to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Murkowski threw the process in doubt by announcing her opposition to moving forward on the opening regardless of the nominee. Since then, Murkowski has been careful to parse her statements on Barrett’s specific confirmation.Until today … perhaps: The Alaska lawmaker, who met with the conservative nominee earlier this week, would join the likes of Senator Susan Collins...
  • New York Times Editorial: The Philosophy That Makes Amy Coney Barrett So Dangerous; Do we really want our rights to be determined by the understandings of centuries ago?

    10/22/2020 6:29:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/22/2020 | Erwin Chemerinsky
    In 1987, Robert Bork was denied confirmation to the Supreme Court because his originalist beliefs were deemed a serious threat to constitutional rights. Originalism is no less dangerous for those rights today, yet Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s repeated statements professing her belief in originalism have been met with little objection. Originalists believe that the meaning of a constitutional provision is fixed when it was adopted and that it can change only by constitutional amendment. Under this view, the First Amendment means the same thing as when it was adopted in 1791 and the 14th Amendment means the same thing as...
  • Biden says he'll set up commission to study reforming Supreme Court if elected

    10/22/2020 5:51:17 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 22 2020 | John Bowden
    Former Vice President Joe Biden (D) said that he would form a commission to "study" the Supreme Court when asked by CBS's Norah O'Donnell whether he would consider "packing" the court, or adding justices past the current nine seats. In an interview airing Sunday on "60 Minutes," Biden told O'Donnell that if elected he would put together a bipartisan group to provide recommendations within 180 days on how his administration should work to reform the U.S. court system. "If elected, what I will do is I'll put together a national commission of bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans,...
  • Rand Paul met with Amy Coney Barrett...

    10/22/2020 12:58:02 PM PDT · by RandFan · 12 replies
    Twitter ^ | Oct 22 | Sen. Rand Paul
    @RandPaulYesterday I returned from celebrating my 30th wedding anniversary just in time to meet with Amy Coney Barrett. I believe she will make an excellent justice that will serve our country and Constitution well, and I look forward to seeing her confirmed soon
  • Rooted in Faith: Amy Coney Barrett’s path to the steps of the US Supreme Court

    10/22/2020 9:38:57 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Irish Times via NY Times ^ | Oct 2020 | E. Dias, R.R. Ruiz and S. LaFraniere
    Amy attended St Catherine of Siena, the school associated with her family’s parish, and then, like her grandmother, mother, aunts and sisters, went to high school at St Mary’s Dominican, an all-girls Catholic school. In a course on social justice in her junior year, the girls read papal encyclicals about economic inequality, nuclear disarmament and the rights of workers, as they also learned about the church’s stance against contraception and abortion. Their teacher, Royann Avegno (70), spoke often of her eight children, seven of whom she had adopted, most with congenital conditions or special needs; three died. She brought one...
  • Amy Coney Barrett Will Be Confirmed Because Kavanaugh Battle Taught GOP To Stop Getting Played By Democrat Dirty Tricks

    10/22/2020 9:14:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2020 | Molly Hemmingway
    It took a few decades of the left playing the exact same games with most confirmation battles, but finally the right figured out how to render those attacks worthless. Amy Coney Barrett has not yet been confirmed as an associate justice of the Supreme Court by the U.S. Senate, but there is no question that her confirmation battle has gone much better than the one endured by Brett Kavanaugh and his supporters. The undervalued reason why is that Republicans and their voters are not wasting any time on dirty tricks from their opponents in the Senate and in the media....
  • Second court blocks Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from census

    10/22/2020 8:35:31 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10 22 2020 | Harper Neidig
    A federal court in California on Thursday ruled against President Trump's order to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count for apportioning congressional seats, dealing the administration its second court loss over the July executive memorandum. A panel of three judges for the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California ruled that the memo was unconstitutional and violated laws governing the census. "The policy which the Presidential Memorandum attempts to enact has already been rejected by the Constitution, the applicable statutes, and 230 years of history," the panel wrote in a 90-page decision. The order forbids the Commerce...
  • 'We Did It!' Amy Coney Barrett Nomination Unanimously Approved by Judiciary Committee; Childish Dems Skip Vote

    10/22/2020 7:39:32 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/22/2020 | Paula Bolyard
    "We did it! Judge Barrett is going to the floor,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced following the vote to send the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate. Democrats on the Judiciary Committee threw a hissy fit and didn’t even bother to show up for the vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, therefore the vote was unanimous in favor of advancing Barrett’s nomination. In a ridiculous stunt, Democrats on the committee filled their seats with human props— posters showing people Democrats falsely claim will lose all their rights if Barrett is confirmed to...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Moving Several Judicial Nominees to the Senate Floor

    10/22/2020 6:21:54 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    Good! The democrats want to boycott, then lets get these judges through committee to the floor. Then have floor votes. That's how it's done!
  • Senate Democrats will BOYCOTT SCOTUS committee vote for Amy Coney Barrett and put pictures of people with pre-existing conditions on their chairs in protest at Trump nomination

    10/22/2020 5:10:01 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 87 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 10/21/20 | Geoff Earle
    Democrats plan to skip the committee vote in protest Thursday, but do not have the power to stop the nomination from advancing. They blasted Barrett during her confirmation hearings and showed images of Americans at risk if they lose Affordable Care Act coverage. Sen. Charles Schumer called her views 'out of the mainstream', while pro-choice group NARAL called for Judiciary top Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein to lose her post for showing insufficient fight in the hearings. Democrat's move is to deny quorum. It could force the panel to change its rules. 'I will move forward. She deserves a vote,' said...
  • Symposium: Barrett’s history-first approach to the Second Amendment

    10/21/2020 6:55:47 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    ScotusBlog ^ | 10/21/2020 | Katie Barlow
    Ten years before Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the landmark Second Amendment opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller crystallizing the Constitution’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms as an individual right, he was welcoming a young clerk to chambers by the name of Amy Coney Barrett. There were no Second Amendment cases before the Supreme Court that term. In fact, before Heller, the court had not taken up a Second Amendment case since 1939 — and before then, only twice in history, both in the 19th century. The court has decided three Second Amendment cases since Heller...
  • Schumer loses 48-42 in bid to shutdown Senate…

    10/21/2020 11:21:02 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 49 replies ^ | October 21 2020 |
    Chuck Schumer @SenSchumer I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Senate until after the November election. The GOP in the middle of a national election is using an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee to rip away health care from millions. Democrats are fighting to stop it. 11:10 PM · Oct 19, 2020 Craig Caplan @CraigCaplan 48-42: Senate defeated Schumer's effort to adjourn the Senate until after the election to November 9th unless a COVID-19 relief deal is reached because of Democrats' objections to the upcoming Senate confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney...
  • Irrational Fear: Triggered Gay Couples Move Up Their Weddings Fearing Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation Will End Gay Marriage in America

    10/21/2020 8:25:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/21/2020 | Tyler O'Neil
    Many gay and lesbian couples who are legally married or considering getting legally married are freaking out, fearing that President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett may doom their marriages. Some are even rushing their legal marriages in order to get them in before Barrett can strike them down. These fears are largely irrational, however. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg led the charge. Buttigieg, a former Democratic presidential candidate who is legally married to another man, told Fox News Sunday that the legality of his marriage is on the line.“My marriage might depend on what is...
  • Senate Will Hold Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Vote on Hillary Clinton’s Birthday

    10/20/2020 5:45:53 PM PDT · by mmanager · 35 replies
    Bongino Report ^ | October 20, 2020 | Matt Palumo
    2016 presidential election silver medalist Hillary Clinton will be celebrating her birthday next Monday, and will be provided with yet another reminder that she’s not president, and the consequences that has caused for her party. President Donald Trump has already confirmed two Supreme Court justices, and Republicans have the votes in the Senate to confirm his third nominee, Amy Coney Barrett. Mitch McConnell announced earlier today that the vote on Barrett will be held on October 26th – which just so happens to be Hillary’s birthday.
  • GOP turns back Schumer motion to shut down Senate in protest of Barrett confirmation effort

    10/20/2020 7:54:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 20, 2020 | Tyler Olson
    Republicans on Monday night stalled a move by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to close down the Senate until after the presidential election as the body's top Democrat continues to protest the effort to confirm Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett before the end of the month. The vote on a motion to adjourn, forced by Schumer, D-N.Y., followed another roll call vote in which Schumer forced the Senate to consider the Trump administration's softening of a banking regulation regarding low-income borrowers. Republicans expect more such procedural roadblocks from Schumer as the Senate gets closer to confirming Barrett, likely early-to-mid-next...
  • Supreme Court Denies Republican Challenge to Mail-in Ballot Extension in Pennsylvania

    10/19/2020 4:35:11 PM PDT · by JonPreston · 108 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/19/2020 | Fox
    Judge Roberts casts deciding vote against Republicans. Pennsylvania ballots will be counted for an additional 3 days past 11/3/20.
  • I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Senate until after the November election.

    10/19/2020 4:23:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 155 replies
    Twitte@SenSchumer ^ | 10/9/20 | Sen Chuck Schumer
    I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Senate until after the November election. The GOP in the middle of a national election is using an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee to rip away health care from millions. Democrats are fighting to stop it.
  • Amy Coney Barrett hit a home run

    10/19/2020 10:09:20 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner - Opinion Editorial ^ | October 17, 2020 | Eidtorial Board
    In three days before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett did more than just prove that she belongs on the Supreme Court. She delivered one of the most effective performances ever for a nominee seeking the job. As judicial nominations have become more contentious, all recent nominees to the Supreme Court have demonstrated a depth of knowledge about constitutional law and a lawyer’s ability to field questions from senators. Barrett certainly did all of that. In days of testimony, she effortlessly recounted the issues at stake in various legal disputes, juggled questions from senators, and explained the reasoning...
  • Supreme Court to take up Trump border wall spending, asylum enforcement

    10/19/2020 9:44:59 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 2 replies
    NBC ^ | Oct. 19, 2020 | Pete Williams
    The Supreme Court said Monday that it will hear a challenge to the Trump administration's use of Pentagon money to build the southern border wall and also its appeal of a ruling that blocked a policy sending asylum applicants to Mexico while they wait for their appeals to be heard. A federal appeals court ruled in June that the government improperly diverted $2.5 billion of Pentagon counterdrug program money to build more than 100 miles of border wall... The Supreme Court will hear the case early next year, with a decision by the spring. But if Joe Biden wins the...
  • Opinion: Dianne Feinstein made a mess of the Barrett hearings, but there is a better way

    10/19/2020 3:23:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    The Washington Post via SF Gate ^ | October 18, 2020 | by Rebecca Kirszner Katz, The Washington Post
    For the past month, Democrats have been sounding the alarm over Judge Amy Coney Barrett's hurried nomination to the Supreme Court, calling it a hypocritical power grab by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; a likely death sentence for the Affordable Care Act, Roe v. Wade, environmental regulations, voting rights, LGBTQ rights and gun control; the end of the legitimacy of the Supreme Court; and a potentially vital assist in President Donald Trump's effort to steal the election. But watching Sen. Dianne Feinstein during Barrett's confirmation hearing, you'd think it was just another week at the office. As the Judiciary...