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Senate Democrats Say GOP Will Back Down on Supreme Court Nominee

Posted: February 24, 2016 at 2:42 pm   /   Politics

Senate Democrats are predicting with certainty that Republicans will fold on their pledge not to hold a hearings on President Obama’s eventual Supreme Court pick. “We’ve been here with Republican leadership before,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said at a press conference Wednesday. Schumer and other Democrats say they see the GOP’s current strategy as a […]

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House Conservatives and Mitch McConnell Make Nice

Posted: February 24, 2016 at 10:09 am   /   Politics

A regular target of conservatives, Mitch McConnell often takes flak for political hesitancy and his willingness to cut bipartisan deals in the Senate. But Tuesday night, the Senate majority leader won high praise from leaders of the House Freedom Caucus for promising to block the confirmation of any new nominees to the Supreme Court until […]

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Why One Justice Wanted Senate to Stop Appointments

Posted: February 23, 2016 at 8:10 pm   /   Elections, Features, Politics, Top Stories

It is now popular to quote politicians on either side of the aisle to expose their hypocrisy and flip-flopping on whether the Senate should consider a nomination to fill the empty seat left by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing. These quotes, though amusing, are ultimately meaningless. Statements by politicians tend to be more of […]

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Republicans on Judiciary Committee Slam Door on Any Obama Supreme Court Nominee

Posted: February 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm   /   Politics

All Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee promised Tuesday to block any candidate nominated by President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. In an open letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the 11 Republican senators said they plan “to exercise our constitutional authority to […]

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Judges Say Catholic Network’s Employee Health Plan Must Cover Contraceptives

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm   /   Politics

A federal appeals court has ruled that Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a global Catholic TV channel, must cover contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs in employee health plans, as mandated by Obamacare. In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Thursday that the U.S. government has “a compelling interest” to ensure EWTN employees are […]

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Why Senate Republicans Plan to Follow Joe Biden’s Advice on the Supreme Court Vacancy

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 3:39 pm   /   Politics

Months before the 1992 presidential election, Joe Biden urged fellow U.S. senators to shut down the nomination process and block President George H.W. Bush’s judicial picks from a confirmation vote. Today, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, called on the Senate to follow what he dubbed “the Biden Rules.” The lawmakers should leave Antonin Scalia’s […]

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This Pro-Choice GOP Governor Wants to Succeed Scalia

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 3:08 pm   /   Politics

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has risen as a rumored Supreme Court successor to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, but conservative lawyers say the “unqualified” governor’s nomination is highly unlikely. “This guy is a lightweight,” Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told The Daily Signal. “He’s not remotely qualified to […]

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Biden’s 1992 advice: Don’t nominate Supreme Court Justice in election year

Posted: February 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) Speaking on the Senate floor in 1992, Joe Biden stated that if a Supreme Court vacancy were to arise while the “political season [i.e., the presidential campaign] is underway,” President George H.W. Bush should follow the “practice of the majority of his predecessors” and not nominate anyone to the vacancy until after the […]

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“Confirmation” bias

Posted: February 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm   /   Politics

(Paul Mirengoff) We have observed before that the American left never gives up. That’s admirable when it comes to matters of principle and policy. Here, conservatives also fight hard, though they probably could take a page or two from the left’s playbook. But when it comes to he-said-she-said type factual disputes about personalities or events […]

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