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Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to supreme court – as it happened

President names replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘Not special any more’: how the Senate failed the peopleRuth Bader Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state in US CapitolSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 11.53pm BST We’re ending our coverage for today, thanks for following along. Some links and developments: 11.47pm BST Lisa Murkowski has broken rank with Senate Republicans by saying she does not agree with Donald Trump’s decision to nominate a supreme court ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Republicans, Senate, US, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Alaska, US Senate, US Congress, US constitution and civil liberties, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court


Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to supreme court – live

President names replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg‘Not special any more’: how the Senate failed the peopleRuth Bader Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state in US CapitolSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 10.21pm BST Barrett speaks now. She says she is “deeply honoured”. She says she loves the “United States and the United States constitution”. She says she is “mindful of who came before me”. She says Ruth Bader Ginsburg led “a great American life” and “she smashe...
Tags: Law, Republicans, Senate, US, World news, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, US Senate, US Congress, US constitution and civil liberties, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump


Amy Coney Barrett set for Trump nomination to supreme court – live

President will name replacement for Ruth Bader GinsburgEvangelical leaders due in Oval Office before announcement‘Not special any more’: how the Senate failed the peopleRuth Bader Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state in US CapitolSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 8.17pm BST The presidential election takes place on 3 November, but there is plenty of time to appoint Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court by then. CNN has reported on the likely timetable for the S...
Tags: Law, Republicans, Senate, US, World news, US news, Indiana, Cnn, Democrats, US politics, US Senate, US Congress, US constitution and civil liberties, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court


Donald Trump set to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to supreme court – live

President will name replacement for Ruth Bader GinsburgEvangelical leaders due in Oval Office before announcement‘Not special any more’: how the Senate failed the peopleRuth Bader Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state in US CapitolSign up for Fight to Vote – our weekly US election newsletter 2.20pm BST In the words of the White House pool report, at last night’s rally in Newport News, Trump “called out to Virginia Republican chairman Rich Anderson he asked ‘How are we doing? I don’t want t...
Tags: Law, Obama, Republicans, Senate, White House, Virginia, US, America, World news, US news, Democrats, US politics, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, US Congress, US constitution and civil liberties


Amy Coney Barrett: spotlight falls on secretive Catholic group People of Praise

Trump’s expected pick is a member of a ‘covenant community’ that faces claims of a ‘highly authoritarian’ structureHow the Senate has failed the American peopleDonald Trump’s expected nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, is drawing attention to a secretive Catholic “covenant community” called People of Praise that both counts Barrett as a member and faces claims of adhering to a “highly authoritarian” structure. Related: Donald Trump set to nomi...
Tags: Law, Senate, Religion, World news, US news, US politics, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Trump, Barrett, Amy Coney Barrett, People of Praise


House Democrats to introduce new bill for Supreme Court term limits

With the debate over Supreme Court reform taking center stage in the 2020 election after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, three members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday will introduce a bill to establish term limits for Supreme Court justices. Democrats Ro Khanna (Calif.), Don Beyer (Va.) and Joe Kennedy III (Mass.) unveiled the bill, the Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act, on Friday. If passed, the act would institute regular appointments to the Supreme ...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Court, Joe Biden, House, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ginsburg, Roth, Gabe Roth


Empirical SCOTUS: Justice Ginsburg leaves a lasting legacy on the court

In the week since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal community has simultaneously honored her legacy with heartfelt eulogies and prepared for the upcoming battle over her vacant seat. If President Trump is able to appoint a successor to Ginsburg, we could see the court’s greatest shift to the right in modern history. This article sheds a statistical light on some of Ginsburg’s work on the court as well as what to expect now that she has died. Ginsburg kept herself busy on the co...
Tags: Featured, Law, Senate, Virginia, United States, Arizona, Mitch McConnell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Daimler, Trump, John Roberts, Porter, Scalia, Ginsburg, William Rehnquist, Stephen Breyer


The Pentagon reportedly used $1 billion in taxpayer money to fund the manufacture of jet engines and body armor instead of medical equipment

U.S. Defense Secretary Esper and Joint Chiefs Chair Milley hold news conference at Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia Reuters A fund of $1 billion in taxpayer money that was given to the Pentagon from Congress in March was allocated for a different purpose than what it was intended for. $1 billion was predominantly given to defense contractors and was also used for the manufacture of jet engine parts and body armor, the Washington Post first reported.  The $1 billion fund comes from the Defen...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington Post, Cdc, Senate, US, Trends, Department Of Defense, Military, Mitch McConnell, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, PPP, Business Insider


The upcoming nomination battle, explained

President Donald Trump is expected to announce his nominee to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on Saturday at 5 p.m. EDT. Whomever Trump selects, the nomination is certain to trigger weeks of high-stakes procedural maneuvers as Republicans try to fast-track the nomination process and Democrats try to block it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has promised a vote on the Senate floor sometime this year, but he has yet to specify whether it will take place before or af...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Barack Obama, Georgia, Democrats, Maine, Alaska, Arizona, John Mccain, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Committee


Ruth Bader Ginsburg – What Happens Now?

In the frenzied pre-electoral atmosphere South of the border, there appears to be a rush to nominate a candidate to take the place of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away less than a week ago. But politics aside, how exactly will her replacement be selected in theory? What are the procedures that need to be followed? The Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C. has published a few reports that explain how the process is supposed to unfold. The Service is an agency ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Senate, Court, House Of Representatives, Nominee, Library Of Congress, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Senate Judiciary Committee, Congressional Research Service, Supreme Court Justice, Judiciary Committee, Justice Issues, The Service


President Trump won't commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the election!

You've seen the headlines. They're the drama of the day, extracted from yesterday's press briefing where a reporter said words that Trump chose not to repeat. It was a trap, and I presume Trump could see the various ways it would function as a trap, depending on how he answered.Let's look at the original text:Speaker 2: Win, lose, or draw in this election. Will you commit here today for a peaceful transfer of power after the election... There’s been rioting in many cities across this country.......
Tags: Voting, Law, Senate, Russia, America, Cnn, Fox, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Wisconsin, Marco Rubio, Mitch McConnell, Belarus, Republican, Biden, Donald Trump


"Democrats worry Feinstein can't handle Supreme Court battle/Colleagues fear the oldest senator may struggle to lead Democrats on the Judiciary Committee."

Politico interviewed more than a dozen Democratic senators and aides" about Dianne Feinstein, 87, who might not be up to the challenge of leading the opposition to Trump's nominee.A Democratic senator, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a group of Feinstein’s colleagues want Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) or Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to serve as the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel for the upcoming nomination hearings, which are expected to be extraordinarily contentious. This senator ...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Masturbation, Mark Twain, Dianne Feinstein, Joan, James Joyce, Trump, Penelope, Democratic, Feinstein, Sheldon Whitehouse, Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin


Wednesday round-up

As the Supreme Court and the nation honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court’s regular work continues. As Amy Howe reports for SCOTUSblog (in a story first published at Howe on the Court), the Trump administration on Tuesday asked the justices to weigh in on a dispute involving the 2020 census and whether people living in the country illegally can be excluded from the count used to determine congressional apportionment. Also on Tuesday, the justices declined to grant emergency relief to Will...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Stanford, Senate, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Aba, Trump, Round-up, David Cole, Howe, Ginsburg, Steven Mazie, Wasserman, Mark Walsh


Trump administration asks court to act quickly on census appeal

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to quickly resolve another dispute related to the 2020 census and citizenship – this one involving whether people living in the country illegally must be included in the apportionment of congressional seats. Last year, the court dealt a blow to the administration’s efforts to include a question about citizenship on the census. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s four more liberal justices in ruling that the government’s justif...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, United States, Commerce, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, John Roberts, Howe, Department of Commerce


"Granted that most of the mythologizing came later, but for RBG to decide she was indispensable in 2013-14, when there was a Democratic President and Democratic Senate majority..."

"... that could have replaced her with another liberal, was a cosmic misjudgment. (As de Gaulle is supposed to have remarked, the cemeteries are full of indispensable people.) Self-confidence is fine and good, and in her case it was fully justified. But to imagine that through sheer will power you can endlessly defy age and illness is hubris, and we know from the Greeks, hubris invites nemesis — now in the form of a court that will pick apart and discard half her legacy. This is the tragedy we ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Mythology, Gop, Mitt Romney, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Nemesis, Emily Bazelon, Ann Althouse, RBG, Trump and the judiciary, replacing Ginsburg, Buzzfeed Romney


Trump says he wants supreme court seat filled 'before the election' – live

President hopes nominee will be confirmed by 3 NovemberBiden blames Covid death toll on Trump’s ‘lies and incompetence’Whether vote will occur before election remains unclearGinsburg to lie in repose Wednesday and ThursdayWho is Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s likely court pick?Sign up for our First Thing newsletter 9.30pm BST That’s it from me today. My west coast colleague. Kari Paul, will take over the blog for the next few hours.Here’s where the day stands so far: 9.24pm BST Senator Linds...
Tags: Law, Senate, World news, Joe Biden, US news, US politics, Graham, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, US supreme court, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Brett Kavanaugh, Kari Paul, Law (US


Profile of a potential nominee: Amy Coney Barrett

President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he would nominate a woman to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. According to news reports, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a judge on the Chicago-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, is on the shortlist of candidates whom the president is considering. Judge Amy Coney Barrett (University of Notre Dame) This is not the first time that Barrett’s name has been mentioned in connection with a possible Supreme Cou...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Colorado, Navy, California, Planned Parenthood, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Court, West Virginia, Indiana, Chicago


"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday and lie in state Friday at the Capitol before President Trump is expected to nominate a replacement."

"During a television appearance Monday, Trump said he would probably announce his nominee Friday or Saturday, which he said would leave 'plenty of time' for a Senate confirmation vote before Election Day."WaPo reports.And: "President Trump on Monday said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees to fill the seat held by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to five people" (Fox News): "The president’s shortlist is said to include Judge Amy Coney Barrett from the U.S. Court of Appeals fo...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Fox News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Capitol, U S Court of Appeals, Woodward, 11th Circuit, 4th Circuit, U S Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Ann Althouse, Allison Jones, Trump and the judiciary, Amy Coney Barrett


Replacing Justice Ginsburg — an assortment of tweets.

Yes, we should probably turn over the appointment of a Supreme Court justice, whose job it is to uphold the Constitution, to a group of people threatening to pack the court, impeach for pure politics, and add states willy-nilly. Can't see the downside.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 21, 2020 Morning shows conveniently ignored these clips today... pic.twitter.com/kSDaRiER4D— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) September 21, 2020 Mr. President, this is low. Even for you. No, I didn’t write...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Lindsey Graham, Ginsburg, Adam Schiff, Ben Shapiro, Jason Miller, Ann Althouse, Trump and the judiciary, Jake Schneider, replacing Ginsburg


Do you want your political power raw or cooked?

I'm reading "Joe Biden Philadelphia Speech Transcript Sept. 20: Accuses Trump & Republicans of Abuse of Power Over SCOTUS." Joe went to Philadelphia again to read from the teleprompter. I assume he goes to Philadelphia because it's so close to Wilmington, Delaware. Anyway... I was interested in his discussion of filling the vacancy on the Supreme Court:This appointment isn’t about the past. It’s about the future, and the people of this nation, and the people of this nation are choosing their fut...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Senate, Joe Biden, Philadelphia, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Joe, Trump, Wilmington Delaware, Ginsburg, Executive Power, GOP Senate, Ann Althouse


Monday round-up: Remembering Justice Ginsburg

The flags at 1 First Street are flying at half-staff, where they will remain for 30 days. A black wool crepe hangs over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s chair on the Supreme Court bench. And words of tribute and gratitude to the late justice are pouring in. Here is how the world is remembering Ginsburg’s life — and looking ahead to the battle over her seat on the court. Ginsburg obituaries: SCOTUSblog (written by Amy Howe and first published at Howe on the Court). The New York Times (written by L...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Washington, Senate, New York Times, Associated Press, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Economist, Trump, Round-up, Mark Sherman, New Republic


"They’re now saying, after Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, they said, 'Biden should release his list.'"

"It’s no wonder the Trump campaign asked that I release the list only after she passed away. It’s a game for them. It’s a play to [inaudible] up emotions and anger. There’s a reason why no presidential candidate, other than Donald Trump, has ever done such a thing. First, putting a judge’s name on a list like that could influence that person’s decision making as a judge, and that would be wrong, or at least create the perception that it would have influence. Second, anyone put on a list like tha...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Joe Biden, Democrats, United States, Philadelphia, Biden, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Trump, Aren, Kavanaugh, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Biden Biden


"Having Barrett replace Ginsberg because they are women is like having Clarence Thomas replace Thurgood Marshall because they're black."

Top-rated comment on "Who is Amy Coney Barrett, the judge at the top of Trump’s list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg?" (WaPo).From the article:A devout Catholic who is fervently antiabortion, Barrett appeals to Trump’s conservative base. But Republicans also hope that for moderates such as Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), her gender makes her a more palatable replacement for Ginsburg, a feminist icon who spent her life fighting for gender equality....Trump first nominated Barrett to the U.S. Court o...
Tags: Law, Senate, Maine, Grammar, Abortion, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dianne Feinstein, Catholics, Trump, Bush, Ginsberg, Feinstein, University of Notre Dame, Ginsburg, WaPo, Barrett


But also be clear about this: Was Barack Obama wrong to nominate Merrick Garland? You must clearly say that he was or I won't "let you" be clear.

Let me be clear: The voters should pick a President, and that President should select a successor to Justice Ginsburg. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 19, 2020 ADDED: From Barack Obama's statement on the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg:Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.A basic principle of t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Biden, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Kamala Harris, Hypocrisy, Donald J Trump, Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court, Gorsuch, Ann Althouse, Clear Speech


Let's look at Ginsburg's language: "I will not be replaced until a new president is installed."

That is the form of her dying wish, as told to us by her granddaughter Clara Spera, who is a fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union. It is hearsay, and we don't know for certain that Ruth Bader Ginsburg said those words at all — though of course we assume that the basic idea expressed is something that she did indeed wish. But did she use the verbs "replaced" and "installed"? Is that Spera's paraphrase?The words sound wrong to me, especially "installed." We normally speak of electing a Pre...
Tags: Science Fiction, Law, Senate, Wikipedia, New York City, Earth, Fish, Language, New York Times, Hearsay, Biden, Saints, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Hillary, Bernie Sanders


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, feminist pioneer and progressive icon, dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer who fought for gender equality as a lawyer and became a beloved hero of the progressive movement as a justice, died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer. When she was confirmed to the Supreme Court in 1993, Ginsburg was a reserved and relatively unknown court of appeals judge, but during the course of her 27 years on the court she became an improbable pop-culture icon, inspiring everything from an Oscar-nominated documentary film to her own action ...
Tags: New York, Texas, Featured, Sweden, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Virginia, Russia, Court, Alabama, America


Will Trump and the GOP Senate get a new Justice confirmed before the election?

My first thought was that they won't even try. They'll use the open seat as a political issue — an argument why it is so important to reelect Trump and to keep a GOP majority in the Senate. And the backup plan can be that if Trump loses, they can accomplish the appointment after the election, before the new Senate and President are sworn in. So what if they said something else before the election?!But then — in discussion here at Meadhouse — the thought came up that this election could be contes...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Senate, Gop, United States, Npr, Gore, Trump, Voting Rights, Bush, Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg, WaPo, McConnell, Will Trump


Finding a silver lining in new report on Prez Trump's disappointing nominees to US Sentencing Commission

The Marshall Project has this new mostly depressing article about the troubling slate of US Sentencing Commission nominees announced by Prez Trump last month (basics here).  Even the headline of the piece, "Before Election, Trump Tries To Stack Prison-Sentencing Agency With Right Wing Allies," is telling and depressing since the US Sentencing Commission should be a whole lot more than a "Prison-Sentencing Agency" even though this is a disconcertingly fitting descriptor.  In any event, ever eager...
Tags: Utah, Florida, Law, Kentucky, Senate, Virginia, US, Reagan, Pennsylvania, Gop, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Graham, Beltway, Mike Lee


Thursday Thinkpiece: Trump, Twitter & the Law

Periodically on Thursdays, we present a significant excerpt, usually from a recently published book or journal article. In every case the proper permissions have been obtained. If you are a publisher who would like to participate in this feature, please let us know via the site’s contact form. Trump, Twitter & The Law Author: Sheldon Burshtein ISBN: 978-1-988824-61-1 (Trade Paperback) Publisher: Durvile Page Count: 796 Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Regular Price: $49.95 (Paperback) Excerpt...
Tags: Transportation, New York, Isis, Law, Obama, Congress, Navy, California, Nsa, Senate, White House, China, Islamic State, Iraq, Defense, Court


The Public-Private Role of Federal Reserve Banks

Bozeman Financial LLC v. Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, et al. (Supreme Court 2020) The question in this case is whether the Federal Reserve Banks are people.  The Patent Act allows any “person” to file a petition for covered-business-method review (or IPR/PGR). Return Mail, Inc. v. United States Postal Serv., 139 S. Ct. 1853 (2019) held (1) the U.S. Gov’t is not a person under the statute and (2) consequently the USPS (a branch of the US gov’t) is not permitted to petition the USPTO for revie...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Senate, Court, US, United States, Usps, Uspto, Federal Reserve, AIA, Patent, Board, Freddie Mac, Alexander Hamilton, Bozeman, PTO



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