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  • August 6, 2010 8:34 pm | By Marge Baker

    Celebrating Elena Kagan’s Confirmation

    I'm just back from a reception at the White House celebrating the confirmation of Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The mood was truly upbeat, with everyone thrilled at the reality of three women sitting…

  • August 6, 2010 4:16 pm | By Miranda Blue

    The Party of No Lives Up to Its Name

    Last night, in the latest episode of their passive-aggressive crusade to keep President Obama’s judicial nominees off the bench, the Senate GOP put on a mind-boggling display of obstruction. As the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, 21 other…

  • August 6, 2010 3:03 pm | By Deborah Liu

    Conservatives Against Religious Tolerance

    Recently the right wing, including Sarah Palin and other prominent Republicans, has been loudly protesting the proposed construction of an Islamic center and mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero. The center is intended to help build an interfaith community…

  • August 5, 2010 8:49 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Back to the Future?

    Why, asked Senator Chuck Schumer of New York before Elena Kagan's confirmation today, were so many conservatives opposed to the nominee, despite her record of achievement and mainstream credentials? Because conservatives are attached to right-wing judicial activism, and see Kagan…

  • August 5, 2010 8:27 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Fiorina’s Supreme Court Extremism in Disguise

    Is this the best impression of a political moderate that Carly Fiorina can do?The California senatorial candidate announced yesterday that if she were currently a member of the Senate she would not vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme…

  • August 5, 2010 8:06 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Senate Sends Kagan to the Supreme Court

    The Senate just confirmed Elena Kagan to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The vote was 63-37, with five Republicans voting to confirm her, and one Democrat (Ben Nelson of Nebraska) opposing her.People For’s President, Michael Keegan, said:“Americans…

  • August 5, 2010 5:41 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Empathy vs. Sympathy

    As the Senate debate continues on Elena Kagan’s confirmation, Republicans have used this opportunity to blast Obama for previously stating that judges should have the empathy to understand the lives of ordinary Americans. Republicans argue that possessing “empathy” is synonymous…

  • August 5, 2010 5:15 pm | By Paul Gordon

    Proposition 8: Just the Facts

    Yesterday afternoon, federal Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Proposition 8 violated the United States Constitution. This is an important milestone. One reason it is so important is the factual record that was compiled for the case. Judge Walker developed an…

  • August 5, 2010 3:53 pm | By Miranda Blue

    A Win for Fact Over Prejudice

    California federal judge Vaughn Walker’s opinion yesterday in the case of Perry v. Schwarzenegger—in which he struck down the state’s ban on gay marriage—was a strong defense of the values embodied in the Constitution. But it was also something more.…

  • August 4, 2010 10:47 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Federal Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

    A federal judge in California today ruled Proposition 8, the state’s ban on gay marriage, unconstitutional. Judge Vaughn Walker’s opinion declares the marriage ban a violation of the Constitution’s equal protection and due process clauses, and debunks the arguments of…

  • August 4, 2010 8:44 pm | By Miranda Blue

    McCain Recites the Harvard Argument

    Sen. John McCain just used his time on the Senate floor to speak extensively about Elena Kagan’s actions involving military recruitment when she was dean of Harvard. A dean who reveres the military, McCain said, would not put up with…

  • August 4, 2010 6:39 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    GOP Obstructionists turn on 9/11 Victims

    This video of Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) losing his temper on the House floor has been making the rounds in the blogosphere recently. What I find most compelling about the story, though, isn’t that Weiner raised his voice; it’s that…

  • August 4, 2010 6:21 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Senate Republicans: Just Say No to Participating in the Legislative Process

    A well-researched, provocative piece in The New Yorker this week explores the increasingly dysfunctional nature of the US Senate. In particular, the article draws attention to the unprecedented obstructionism of the current Republican minority: Under [Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell, Republicans…

  • August 4, 2010 3:26 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Hatch: Defense of Thurgood Marshall is “Offensive”

    Watching the Senate debate on Elena Kagan’s nomination yesterday afternoon, I wasn’t sure I heard correctly when Sen. Orrin Hatch called the backlash against the GOP’s anti-Thurgood Marshall campaign “offensive.” I heard correctly. Here’s the transcript:While Ms. Kagan has not…

  • August 3, 2010 9:50 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    The Far-Right Agenda Rolls On In the Courts

    Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson refused to dismiss a lawsuit, filed by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, challenging the constitutionality of the recently passed healthcare reform bill. This procedural ruling will likely lead to years of litigation surrounding…

  • August 3, 2010 9:48 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    A true non-partisan

    During her confirmation hearing, Elena Kagan promised not to go into any case rooting for one “team” or the other.But as Senator Dorgan pointed out today, it sometimes seems that the current court is inappropriately divided into “teams” – and…

  • August 3, 2010 9:28 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    A Justice Who Listens to Ordinary Americans

    Senator Mikulski, herself a groundbreaking pioneer for women’s place in politics, re-affirmed Elena Kagan’s qualifications today. The current Court, noted Senator Mikulski, is increasingly out of touch with the majority of the American people. Elena Kagan, meanwhile, has spent her…

  • August 3, 2010 8:40 pm | By Miranda Blue

    Cornyn Twists Kagan Remark, Comes Out Against “Judgment”

    Sen. John Cornyn, in his boilerplate remarks about the “judicial activism” conservatives like to associate with Elena Kagan, attempted to throw the Solicitor General’s own words back at her. Kagan, Cornyn insisted, would not rely on the “Constitution ratified by…

  • August 3, 2010 8:05 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Senator Cornyn Still Thinks “Judicial Activism” is a Liberal Phenomenon

    Senator Cornyn’s sound bite today: “A judge who presumes to be a lawmaker becomes a lawbreaker.” That is, a Justice who decides based on a desired policy outcome rather than a correct interpretation of the Constitution is a “judicial activist”…

  • August 3, 2010 7:30 pm | By Rhee-Soo

    Franken: Roberts Court is Activist

    Senator Al Franken was right on about the Roberts Court this afternoon. For years, he said, conservatives have complained that progressives engage in “judicial activism” from the highest court. Most conservatives on the judiciary committee seemed to agree with Elena…