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I read this headline, Justice Department asks Supreme Court to allow… and something just seems wrong to me: Regardless of the issue. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Originalism and the Constitution

 

“Our cases acknowledge the [option of imposing a lesser sentence than the death penalty], but they say that the content of the Eighth Amendment changes from age to age, to reflect (and I quote) ‘the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.’ You will note the wide-eyed, youthful meliorism in this sentiment: every day, in every way, we get better and better. Societies always mature; they never rot. This despite the twentieth century’s evidence of concentration camps and gas ovens in one of the most advanced and civilized nations of the world. Of course the whole premise of a constitution in general, and of a bill of rights in particular, is the very opposite of this.” — Antonin Scalia, Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith and Life Well-Lived

Justice Scalia was a widely lauded originalist in his understanding of the Constitution, and his explanation of originalism in this book is enlightening. But his comment about the Left trying to justify their interpretations of the Constitution is profound. They demonstrate, over and over again, their naivete, arrogance, and ignorance about human nature that dominates their thinking in a way that endangers our Constitutional democracy.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Kavanaugh Report: Never Forget

 

Monday, November 5, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley released a 414-page report (a 28-page report with 386 pages of appendices) regarding the Judiciary Committee’s investigations of various 11th-hour allegations against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings. It is the most comprehensive single document regarding the various allegations and the actual investigations undertaken and facts found by the Committee for each issue.

In addition to the Blasey-Ford allegations, the report includes the steps taken and all the information the Committee obtained regarding the Deborah Ramirez/Yale allegations, the Swetnick/Avenatti allegations, the Jane Doe allegations, and one or two others. For each and every one of these allegations, the Committee found “…no verifiable evidence to support…” the allegation. The report notes that criminal referrals to the Department of Justice have been made by the Committee regarding Swetnick/Avenatti and Jane Doe, and that the Committee is continuing to investigate others, such as Blasey-Ford’s long-time friend and former FBI agent Monica McLean, for possible criminal violations.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Founders Series #3: John Marshall

 

Historian Richard Brookhiser returns to the podcast for our third conversation on a Founder–in this case, the man most responsible for the Supreme Court–John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice, a log cabin Federalist, a patriotic soldier in the Revolution and a very successful lawyer, who then served in all three branches of government. (You read that right: The first three CJs thought the job wasn’t worth it…) Mr. Brookhiser is just publishing his biography of Marshall, the last of the great Federalists, out the week after the election, so go order it, buy it, read it, and let everyone know! We’ve already covered two great Federalists — Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris — so by now we can show fairly well what it was like to be the first party in government in American history.

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I worked with Sandra Day O’Connor; she was one of my nine bosses at the Arizona Court of Appeals where I was a Staff Attorney. I’d like to share my experience of her on a personal basis. My judicial inclination is that of Scalia and Thomas; this is not the place for me to talk about my many disagreements with Justice O’Connor; it is to share a bit of my experience of her.

Sandra Day O’Connor was born on March 26, 1930. She was third in her class at the Stanford College of Law when she graduated in 1952, at the age of 22. She was Presiding Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Law Review. She could not get a job. She offered to work for no salary as a Deputy County Attorney in San Mateo County, without an office, where she shared space with a secretary. She was active in Young Republicans and served as an Assistant Attorney General in Arizona representing the Arizona State Hospital, our facility for mentally ill people. In 1979 she was appointed to the Arizona State Senate to fill a vacancy. She became the State Senate Majority Leader, second only to the President of the State Senate. She ran for the Superior Court and was elected.

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Mitch McConnell: I’m proud of our vote to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh By Mitch McConnell October 17 at 8:24 AM More

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Problem: judicial confirmation hearings have turned into a circus, especially when it’s a Republican president making the nomination.

Solution: let’s ditch the public hearing.

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Per a discussion I had with @midge, in which she disputed the frequent labeling of Judges as “Vultures” (more on that in a moment), I thought I should open the question to floor, and in fact expand the question to this: What are the proper taxonomies for government workers? Or, to put it another way, […]

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SEATTLE – Washington state leaders share their thoughts on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next Justice of the Supreme Court. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell: More

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Will wonders never cease on this amazing day? Not only are we looking at Kavanaugh’s approval along with an increase in Trump’s approval numbers, but, the most amazing thing is this this article on CNN by Stephen Collinson titled “Trump’s Winning Streak. The first 2/3 of the piece is devoted to Trump’s accomplishment since becoming president while […]

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For this week’s Big Ideas with Ben Weingarten podcast, my guest was Rich Higgins. Higgins, an expert in unconventional warfare and combatting terrorism with over 20 years experience at senior levels of the Defense Department, and early supporter of President Trump, served as director for strategic planning in President Trump’s National Security Council (NSC). More

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club, number (O.M.G.) 194!!! for October 3, 2018 (Happy Birthday R.) it is the Elevator Operators edition of the show with your rising and falling hosts, radio guy Todd Feinberg and A.I. maven Mike Stopa. Each week we bring you the best in discourse, the flesh of the political apple and the angles that Minnesota Fats wouldn’t even consider! And we come to you out of that little box you carry around in your pocket.

Anyway, we proceed (following the followers) with the Supreme Court harlequinade – like, you just can’t avert your eyes no matter how you try! – and the latest blow by blow including Jeff Flake getting mugged by some Soros sirens in the Senate elevator.

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Kavanaugh Kavanaugh Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh Ford Kavanaugh Ford Ford Kavanaugh. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Unbridgeable Kavanaugh Gap

 

Author and cartoonist Scott Adams colorfully describes one of the lamentable features of our current society as “two movies, one screen.”

The concept is that our reality has, for practical purposes, split into two. Everyone has access to the same information, but we divide into two groups, each coming to believe in a version of reality that is mutually exclusive of the other.

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We’re in the fight of our lives right now to protect the integrity of the United States Constitution. Where is Ronna McDaniel, the head of the RNC? I just googled her name on Google news for the last week. What’s missing here? Do you see her interviews on any television news shows? Do you see […]

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I was unable to listen live to the Senate hearing, but I have listened to all of Ford’s testimony and I want to correct myself from a comment I made last night: Rachel Mitchell did a great job.

I am glad the Republicans used her to expose Ford.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 28, 2018 it’s the Tooth and Claw edition of the podcast, number 193! (Phew, are we getting old or what???)

Today we talk about…well, yeah. Is there anything else going on in politics today? We talk about the Blasey Ford – Kavanaugh rumble in the jungle. It was indeed a day of high drama. And here are we, your humble observers of all things political, here are we hanging out twisting in the wind. By which I mean, the vote is tomorrow. How’s it going to go? By the time you hear this the deed will have been done.

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Senator Diane Feinstein and Christine Blasey Ford have direct responsibility for the trauma, abuse and harm that will follow Brett Kavanaugh and his family from now on. They have perpetrated a malicious character assassination attempt that will do a lot of direct and collateral damage to people and to institutions of this Republic. They did […]

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for September 19, 2018, it is the Supreme Gall Edition of the show (number…are you ready for it?? 192!!!!) with your galling hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa (right and left coast, respectively).

Today we discuss it. Yah, you know. Gotta do it. The Brett-man. He of the giant Kavs. Our next Supreme Court Justice if the wheels don’t completely fall off the cart…and his sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Is it *only* any-means-is-justified for the proper end action by the Democrats or is their a shred of legitimacy in their claim that – now that the R’s have agreed to a hearing for BF – the hearing now has to be postponed until the FBI has done a full investigation? Mika Brzezinksi (*Mika Brzezinski*, for heaven’s sake!!!) says the Dems are moving the goal posts. What do we think? Gotta listen to hear.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America surprisingly find three good martinis for conservatives on Wednesday. First, they find it interesting that Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser is suddenly refusing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until an FBI investigation on her accusation is completed. They also appreciate Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono admitting what a big part of the agenda is for Democrats in this fight, keeping the Supreme Court seat vacant until 2021. And they get a kick out a Wisconsin man cutting an ad for the opponent of his own brother in a Wisconsin congressional race, leaving Jim and Greg to consider how much more fun it would it would be to conduct sibling fights through 30-second attack ads.

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