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Sotomayor “Meant What She Said and Said What She Meant”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:21am

Ruth Marcus is a columnist for the Washington Post. By any standard, Marcus is left-of-center, not an Obama-basher, and not hostile to liberal causes. So when Marcus rejects the White House spin on Sonia Sotomayor’swise Latina” statement, it deserves attention:

Nice try, Mr. President, but I’m not buying the poor-choice-of-words defense...
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Because I’m Entitled

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 9:21am

I did it because I’m entitled to burn a jet-load full of fuel, even though:

  • I plan to cap industry’s production of carbon emissions regardless of whether it destroys our global competitiveness
  • My carbon emission caps will cost consumers thousands of dollars per family in higher energy costs
  • I have made independence from foreign...
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Those Other “Unfortunate” Words

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 8:35am

“Scott, you said that – or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?”

CBS News Correspondent, John Roberts, at White House Press Briefing, questioning White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Roberts later apologized, saying...

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Prominent Constitutional Scholar Warns Of “Stealth Nominee”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 5:14pm

Bruce Ackerman, a prominent constitutional law professor at Yale Law School, warned against the tactic of “stealth” Supreme Court nominations, where an ideologically driven President who seeks to change the direction of the Supreme Court nomin...

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Sotomayor’s Damned Statistics

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:57am

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” So it is said. We now have reached stage three of the Sotomayor debate, because we are into statistical analysis of her opinions and dissents.

First, some backdrop on statistics as relates to Supreme Court nominees. During the confirmation process for Samuel Alito, then law...

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Misleading Sotomayor Headline Of The Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:37pm

At a 2001 conference, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor uttered these now-famous words:

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

The White House has acknowledged that Sotomayor...

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Ambassador “Vacuum Cleaner” Gets Company

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:05am

Louis Susman of Chicago was nicknamed “the vacuum cleaner” because he was so good at cleaning out the pockets of the wealthy to get them to give to Democratic causes and candidates. As noted on this blog last February, Susman was in line for ambassadorship to Britain after having raised $240 ...

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Sotomayor’s Disparate Impact

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:18am

The New York Times has an article today about Sonia Sotomayor’s board membership at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEP) starting in the 1980s until she joined the federal judiciary in 1992. According to the article, Sotomayor was far from a passive board member, and took an active...

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Release The Sotomayor Memos

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 9:31am

Barack Obama campaigned on the theme of a new era of transparency. Obama used that theme as a justification for the release of four highly classified internal Justice Department memos detailing strategies for interrogation of al-Qaeda detainees, over the objections of Obama’s own Director of the CIA.

It’s time to bring that...

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First Libby, Now Burris

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:17am

On December 9, 2008, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held an emergency press conference to announce a criminal complaint against then Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. While there were many accusations, the most prominent and inflammatory was...

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Federal Challenge to Prop. 8

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:16pm

A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Proposition 8 (via Instapundit and Volokh Conspiracy). The lawsuit was filed last Friday, May 22, 2009, by noted Republican attorney Ted Olson, and noted Democratic attorney David Boies. Olson and Boies were on opposite sides of...

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Split Decision on Prop. 8

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 12:54pm

The California Supreme Court has issued a split ruling, upholding Proposition 8 but also upholding the validity of gay marriages which took place prior to passage of Prop. 8.

Proposition 8 enshrined in the California Constitution the traditional definition of marriage, providing that only marriages...

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Playing The Nork Card

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 5:20pm

In an earlier post, I noted how one Huffington Post blogger, Allison Kilkenny, had called John Bolton “crazy” just five days ago for warning that North Korea was on the verge of another nuclear test. I wondered whether there would be an apology in light of the North Korean’s nuclear test...

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Will The Left Apologize To Bolton?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 25, 2009 at 9:21am

On May 20, 2009, John Bolton wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “Get Ready for Another North Korean Nuke Test” in which he noted that the complacency of the Obama administration about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions (and Iran’s) was misplaced:

“The curtain is about to rise again on the...
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