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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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GOP Tries to Remain United on Strategy to Fight Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee

Posted: February 21, 2016 at 9:58 am   /   Politics

The fight over the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court is spilling over into a second week, with most Senate Republicans uniting around the idea that the American people should be left to decide the future fate of the high court. Using the hashtag #NoHearingsNoVotes, conservatives spent Friday building support around the idea that the […]

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The Times Does Supreme Court History

Posted: February 20, 2016 at 8:38 am   /   Politics

(John Hinderaker) On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article on the impending nomination of a replacement for Justice Scalia headlined Should Obama Pick Nominee? Your Answer May Depend on How Much History You Know. The point of the piece was to suggest that better-informed people–those who know the most about history!–want the choice […]

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6 Supreme Court Rulings That Could Be Overturned If a Liberal Replaced Scalia

Posted: February 19, 2016 at 2:12 pm   /   Politics

If President Barack Obama or a future Democratic successor were to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia with a liberal, a host of prior high court decisions that favored conservatives could be revisited, and possibly be overruled completely. The reach of cases that could get a relook by a liberal majority Supreme Court touch […]

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