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CSPAN @cspan, Twitter • Tue 2020 Sep 22, 2:30pm

President Trump on death of Justice Ginsburg: "She just died? Wow. I didn't know that...She led an amazing life. What else can you say? She was an amazing woman, whether you agree or not. She was an amazing woman who led an amazing life. I'm actually sad to hear that."

Man has class. Twitter video, 0:50
joe | Ace of Spades • Thu 2018 Oct 4, 1:40pm

…So here's a funny tidbit. I know someone who works for SCOTUS on their administrative staff.

Apparently, justices on the court have to serve on the various administrative committees, and the committee that they're on is determined by their tenure.

Guess what committee is reserved for the junior-most justice?

The Party Planning Committee.

I swear I'm not making this up.

Cult of the 1st Amendment • Thu 2018 Sep 20, 1:19pm

…They are a testament to the incredible power these girls had over their teachers, parents and the boys of Georgetown Prep, Landon and other schools in the area. In the pages below, you will see multiple photos and references to binge drinking and the accompanying joy of not being able to remember any of it.…

Somebody did the right thing and got the screen grabs.
Jim Hoff, Gateway Pundit • Tue 2018 Sep 18, 12:12am

…On Monday CNN released the letter from activist Christine Blasey Ford to Senator Feinstein — dated July 30, 2018, WEEKS BEFORE Feinstein released the documents.…

Text of the letter
Steven Hayward, Powerline • Fri 2018 Jul 6, 4:11pm

…Have liberals ever had a worse week than this (since November 8, 2016 that is)?…

Good graphics, week of Jun 30.
Tom Servo, Ace of Spades • Fri 2018 Jun 29, 4:29pm

…BUT we should note that Kennedy knew exactly what he was doing with the timing of his retirement, he knew quite clearly the political gift he was handing to Trump with this. …

Good comment, worth the read.
Tom Servo, Ace of Spades • Fri 2018 Jun 22, 1:03pm

Lucia was the ruling yesterday that held that Administrative Law Judges (ALJ's) are subject to the Appointments clause of the constitution, and thus they can hold no judicial power unless they are appointed by the President, and approved by the Senate.…

You can read the whole comment at the link. I appreciated Tom Servo's overview.
Tom Servo, Ace of Spades • Tue 2018 Apr 17, 12:01pm

…Just read through the opinion, and Gorsuch was right. I'm a bit disappointed that it wasn't 9-0. Gorsuch actually made a very judicially conservative ruling.…

An interesting analysis I was tempted to quote in full, but it's a bit long.
Bare Naked Islam • Fri 2016 Sep 9, 11:23am

…Barack Hussein Obama has appointed the first Muslim federal judge, a Pakistani immigrant who has practiced law in the United States for 10 years and was educated at American universities, but it’s his ties to Islamic jihadists, including those in the Saudi Arabian government, that should be enough to get the Senate to reject the nomination.…

Alex Swoyer, Breitbart • Thu 2016 Jul 14, 9:44pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg… issued a statement on Thursday saying she regrets her “ill-advised” remarks about presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“On reflection, my recent remarks in response to press inquiries were ill-advised and I regret making them,” Ginsburg stated on Thursday. “Judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office. In the future I will be more circumspect.”…

Too Little, Too Late
Dave Boyer, The Washington Times • Wed 2016 Mar 16, 6:09pm

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network… plans to spend at least $2 million on an advertising campaign to oppose Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination… JCN chief counsel Carrie Severino said… Judge Merrick’s record on the bench since 1997 “leads to the conclusion that he would vote to reverse one of Justice Scalia’s most important opinions, D.C. vs. Heller, which affirmed that the Second Amendment confers an individual right to keep and bear arms.”…

Chris Casteel, Examiner-Enterprise / TNS • Thu 2016 Mar 10, 6:18pm

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. James Lankford accused Democrats of hypocrisy Wednesday for insisting that the Supreme Court vacancy be filled during a presidential election year.

Lankford, R-Oklahoma, also vowed that Republicans would ensure President Barack Obama can’t appoint someone to the high court during a Senate break.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Lankford said, “We will also not allow a recess appointment.

“That has been floated multiple times in the media — that the president will just do a recess appointment and go around us. The Senate chooses when the Senate is in recess. Not the president. So we can do this. We can remain in continuous session without recess to prevent a recess appointment by this president through the rest of this year.…”

Gabriel Malor / Ace of Spades • Thu 2014 Jun 26, 7:19pm

…Noel Canning v. NLRB, the Court in a majority opinion by Justice Breyer held that President Obama exceeded his authority when he claimed to recess appoint NLRB members while the Senate was holding pro forma sessions….

…McCullen v. Coakley, the Massachusetts abortion clinic speech-free zone case. In another unanimous rejection (although with three justices concurring only in the judgment because they would have gon further), the Court held that the Massachusetts law was an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment….

AP/CBS • Mon 2012 Oct 8, 10:58am

"The death penalty? Give me a break. It's easy. Abortion? Absolutely easy. Nobody ever thought the Constitution prevented restrictions on abortion. Homosexual sodomy? Come on. For 200 years, it was criminal in every state," Scalia said at the American Enterprise Institute.

Jan Crawford at CBS News • Mon 2012 Jul 2, 4:54pm
Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court's four conservative justices to strike down the heart of President Obama's health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with liberals to uphold the bulk of the law, according to two sources with specific knowledge of the deliberations. Roberts then withstood a month-long, desperate campaign to bring him back to his original position, the sources said. Ironically, Justice Anthony Kennedy - believed by many conservatives to be the justice most likely to defect and vote for the law - led the effort to try to bring Roberts back to the fold.
Chris Cillizza at Washington Post • Tue 2012 Apr 24, 12:43pm
A majority of people don’t know the name of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court United States. More frightening? Eight percent named Thurgood Marshall, who not only was never the Chief Justice but also died in 1993. And let’s not even talk about the four percent who think Harry Reid, a Senator not a member of the Supreme Court, is the Chief Justice. • Thu 2011 Apr 7, 11:43am

We have to police the police. Who could have imagined that police unions would join protesters and engage in acts of political intimidation? Who could have imagined that a county Sheriff would declare that his officers would not act as "palace guards" when protecting the State Capitol? Public sector unions are more than economic issues, they are central players in whether voters or unions control government.