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What Scalia’s Death Means for Obama’s Climate Agenda’s Implementation

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 2:26 pm   /   Politics

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death will likely help the Obama administration implement its landmark climate change plan regulating coal emissions. The shift in momentum comes after the Supreme Court last week, before Scalia’s death, voted to temporarily block the Clean Power Plan from being enforced as it makes its way through the legal process. […]

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Ben Sasse Channels ‘Braveheart’ in Message to Obama on Supreme Court Nominee

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 1:22 pm   /   Politics

Standing outside the U.S. Supreme Court with the American flag flying at half-staff, Sen. Ben Sasse challenges President Obama to nominate a justice who will repudiate the executive unilateralism of his presidency. The video, taped this week, was released Thursday as the nation mourns the death of Justice Antonin Scalia and awaits Obama’s nomination of […]

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Obama the Obstructionist

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 3:30 am   /   Politics

What a shock. Now that he’s at the White House—and facing GOP opposition to appointing a new Supreme Court justice in the mere months before a new president is elected—President Barack Obama seems to have changed his tune a decade after serving as a U.S. senator. As we detail in the above video, Obama used […]

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Obama’s phony regret

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) More than 3,500 days after the fact, President Obama claims he regrets filibustering the nomination of Justice Alito to the Supreme Court. To be more precise, White House press secretary Josh Ernest makes this claim on Obama’s behalf. Obama himself has made no such public statement. Instead, as Scott notes, he has tried […]

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Confirmation Bias, NY Times Style

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 6:08 pm   /   Politics

(Steven Hayward) I haven’t read the New York Times editorials on the Scalia succession, and I’m not going to unless they pop up on my screen by accident. But I did happen to stumble across their 1987 editorial on why the Senate was correct to reject Robert Bork, and one of the reasons was that. […]

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Obama’s shinola

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 3:23 pm   /   Politics

(Scott Johnson) Jeff Mason covers the White House for Reuters. At Obama’s press conference in Rancho Mirage, California yesterday, Mason asked Obama an obvious question (video below). The White House has posted the transcript of the press conference here and here. In the video excerpt below, Mason asks Obama how he squares his recent lecture […]

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After Scalia’s Death, Lawyer for Teacher Challenging Public-Sector Unions Calls on Supreme Court to Rehear Case

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 1:51 pm   /   Politics

California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs had her day before the Supreme Court to challenge public-sector unions once. Now, following the unexpected passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, her lawyers are pushing for the elementary school teacher to have her day before the high court again. Oral arguments in the case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association took place […]

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Flashback to 1992: When Democrats Halted a Republican President’s Judicial Nominees

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 12:44 pm   /   Politics

If Senate Democrats get their way, Republicans won’t follow their example. That is, Senate Republicans in 2016 won’t act like Democrats did when they blocked court confirmations in 1992. Twenty-four years ago looked a lot like the inverse of today. On the eve of a presidential election, there was a Republican in the White House […]

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Confirmation Bias

Posted: February 17, 2016 at 11:24 am   /   Politics

(Steven Hayward) A lot of people think Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a mistake in saying that any Obama Supreme Court nominee wouldn’t even get a hearing, let alone a vote, but I think he was perhaps very canny. Knowing Obama’s ideology, he might have been deliberately provoking Obama, as Paul suggested over the […]

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