Miers Updates

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* The mainstream media has had the story line:  This Reuters article was originally titled "Bush Pick For High Court Outrages Conservatives".  It’s been watered down a little (conservatives are now just "wary"). * Powerline speculates a deal with Dems: Check out the NARAL and PFAW web sites. Nothing but bland press releases adopting a wait-and-see attitude. What did happen … Read More

On Harriet Miers

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I really don’t get it.  Did Bush learn nothing from the Mike Brown/FEMA flap? I’m sure Harriet Miers is a nice person.  But what is it with this administration appointing people to high positions just because they are nice people — people that you would want to have a beer with?  Or, in Ms. Miers case, tea? This is the … Read More

Roberts Confirmation FAQ

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You’re a lawyer (the card-carrying ACLU kind) and a progressive… Yes.  What’s your question? So why aren’t you writing about the Roberts confirmation hearings? Quite simply, it’s a non-event.   Roberts is qualified to sit on the bench.  That’s all there is to it.  End of story.  Do you like his apparent political views?    No. Don’t you think his political … Read More

Bush Nominates Roberts For Chief Justice Slot

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President Bush nominated Judge John Roberts to replace Chief Justice William Rehnquist, "whose death late Saturday opened a second vacancy on the Supreme Court and a new front in the ideological battle over the judiciary," the New York Times reports. The Washington Post focuses on the upcoming confirmation hearings, noting "the degree to which Roberts’s religious beliefs may inform his … Read More

Bush, Roberts and Government Secrecy

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The Bush White House is once again play hide-and-seek, this time with memos written by Supreme Court nominee John Roberts.  While they are turning over some documents from Roberts’ past, they are refusing to turn over documents from 1989 to 1993, when Roberts was deputy solicitor general.  The stated reason?  Attorney-client privilege. A-C privilege is a sticky wicket, but it … Read More

Lying As A Natural Habit

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So Scottie sez that Supreme Court nominee John Roberts “doesn’t recall ever paying dues or being a member” of the conservative Federalist Society. But John Roberts himself said that participatws in Federalist Society events and gave speeches for the organization.  And the Washington Post reported Monday that it had obtained from a liberal group a 1997-98 Federalist Society leadership directory … Read More

Timing Is Everything

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Bush is close to a decision on his first nominee to the Supreme Court and could make his announcement as early as Tuesday, Republican sources said. Wow.  Okay. "The time is now,” said a Republican strategist close to the White House of Bush’s announcement. Why is the time “now”, Mr. Republican-Strategist-Close-To-The-White-House? Sources said the timing of … Read More

Supreme Court Rules On Valerie Plame Journalists

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The Supreme Court ruled today that journalists cannot avoid grand jury subpeonae asking them to reveal their sources (or, put another way, that journalists can face jail time for failing to reveal their sources in response to a grand jury subpoena). This puts the plaintiffs, Time magazine’s Matthew Cooper and The New York Times’ Judith Miller, in a precarious position.  … Read More