Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MixedTimes - Ken Klukowski

Milestone: Senate Confirms 100 Trump Judges, More to Come

Milestone: Senate Confirms 100 Trump Judges, More to Come

Senators on Thursday confirmed the 100th judge nominated by President Donald Trump, marking a major milestone in the president’s pledge to replenish the federal courts with judges like the late originalist icon Antonin Scalia.

NRA Power Struggle: Wayne LaPierre Rallies Support to Remain CEO

NRA Power Struggle: Wayne LaPierre Rallies Support to Remain CEO

Longtime National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre is fighting back against NRA President Oliver North's challenge to remove LaPierre, as North announced on Saturday he will not seek to remain president when the NRA board of directors meets in Indianapolis on Monday.

Justice Department Tells Court Obamacare Unconstitutional, Could Strike Down Entire Law

Justice Department Tells Court Obamacare Unconstitutional, Could Strike Down Entire Law

The Trump-Barr Department of Justice (DOJ) informed a federal appeals court on Monday that it agrees with Texas and the other states suing over Obamacare that President Donald Trump’s repealing of the individual mandate renders the entire law unconstitutional, and therefore should be struck down in its entirety.

Senate Confirms High-Priority Trump Judges Without Any Democrat Support

Senate Confirms High-Priority Trump Judges Without Any Democrat Support

Senators confirmed three high-priority Trump judges to the federal appeals courts last week without a single Democrat voting for any of them, with one of those new judges replacing an irreplaceable conservative judicial icon, Judge Alice Batchelder.

Klukowski: Jerrold Nadler Rejects Constitution’s Limitations on Impeaching Trump

Klukowski: Jerrold Nadler Rejects Constitution’s Limitations on Impeaching Trump

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Congress can impeach PresidentTrump for matters that are not crimes, and also for alleged acts that he claims Trump committed before becoming president, rejecting key limits that the Framers of the Constitution placed on Congress’s impeachment power.

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes Constitutional Stand in Indiana SUV Seizure Case

Justice Clarence Thomas Takes Constitutional Stand in Indiana SUV Seizure Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Wednesday that the Constitution’s protection against excessive fines blocked Indiana from seizing a high-end vehicle, but Justice Clarence Thomas would have reached the same result by another route, with Justice Neil Gorsuch signaling support for Thomas’s originalist argument.

Supreme Court to Decide if Census Can Check U.S. Citizenship

Supreme Court to Decide if Census Can Check U.S. Citizenship

The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can ask every person in America if they are a U.S. citizen, granting review Friday on a legal challenge to that question and bypassing the federal appeals court in an extremely rare move not seen in many years.

Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Restrictions in Louisiana

Supreme Court Blocks Abortion Restrictions in Louisiana

The Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on Thursday night of a lower court order blocking a Louisiana law that would have required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Supreme Court to Tackle Political Redistricting in March

Supreme Court to Tackle Political Redistricting in March

The Supreme Court will tackle political gerrymanders, possibly ending a decades-long constitutional debate over whether courts can somehow take political calculations out of political redistricting.

Emmanuel: God with Us, Born that Man No More May Die

Emmanuel: God with Us, Born that Man No More May Die

While billions across the globe celebrate Christmas as a cultural event for family and exchanging gifts, for countless faithful Christians it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel – “God with Us” – whom they believe was born not only to reveal the will of God, but more importantly to die so that billions may live.

Comey Surrenders to House Republicans, Calls It ‘Striking a Deal’

Comey Surrenders to House Republicans, Calls It ‘Striking a Deal’

Former FBI Director James Comey surrendered his attempts to block a subpoena to testify under oath before the U.S. House, shortly after it became likely that a federal judge was going to humiliate him by rejecting his “brazen demand,” because Supreme Court precedent makes clear that federal courts lack the authority to block such a subpoena from Congress.

Klukowski: DOJ Should Appeal Court’s Reinstating CNN Acosta’s Credentials

Klukowski: DOJ Should Appeal Court’s Reinstating CNN Acosta’s Credentials

A federal judge ordered the Trump administration in Washington, DC, on Friday to restore the White House press credentials of CNN’s Jim Acosta. But the appellate precedent underlying that order is wrong, so the Justice Department should continue appealing it all the way to the Supreme Court, where the case should be dismissed under the political-question doctrine.

Klukowski: Donald Trump Will Win CNN Lawsuit; Constitution on His Side

Klukowski: Donald Trump Will Win CNN Lawsuit; Constitution on His Side

President Donald Trump will win the lawsuit that CNN filed against him on Tuesday after the White House revoked Jim Acosta’s press pass, both because the Constitution does not allow a federal court to issue this kind of order to the White House and because the First Amendment does not protect what Acosta did.

It Begins! McConnell Files for Cloture on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

It Begins! McConnell Files for Cloture on Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday began the final round of the confirmation battle over the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, filing for cloture to ensure a final vote on the President Trump’s nominee by the end of this week.

Federal Judge Calls Catholic Church a ‘Sect,’ Denies Higher Court’s Authority

Federal Judge Calls Catholic Church a ‘Sect,’ Denies Higher Court’s Authority

A federal judge in Texas slighted the Roman Catholic Church in a major case involving abortion and religious liberty on Wednesday, calling the world’s largest Christian church a “sect,” and suggesting that he might not obey the federal appeals court over him, criticizing the judges who voted to reverse his initial order.

Ted Cruz: Kavanaugh Confirmation an Attempt to Re-Litigate 2016 Election

Ted Cruz: Kavanaugh Confirmation an Attempt to Re-Litigate 2016 Election

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) focused his opening statement in Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court as an attempt by Senate Democrats and their leftwing allies to re-litigate the 2016 election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Grassley: Kavanaugh Might Be ‘Most Qualified Nominee I Have Seen’

Grassley: Kavanaugh Might Be ‘Most Qualified Nominee I Have Seen’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) gave the first opening statement in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to be the next justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

Democrats Denounce Kavanaugh Process They Approved for Obama and Kagan

Democrats Denounce Kavanaugh Process They Approved for Obama and Kagan

Democrats are protesting Sen. Chuck Grassley’s announcement that Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court will begin September 4, but recent history shows they have nothing to complain about, because they approved the very same process for the most recent nominee from a Democratic president.

Sessions Vows to Appeal Court Order to Reinstate DACA Amnesty

Sessions Vows to Appeal Court Order to Reinstate DACA Amnesty

Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded on Monday to a D.C. federal court’s declaration that the Trump administration cannot discontinue the Obama-era DACA amnesty program for illegal aliens, promising that the Justice Department will appeal the decision.

Kennedy Retires, Supreme Court Lets Climate Change Case Proceed

Kennedy Retires, Supreme Court Lets Climate Change Case Proceed

Wednesday marked the first day in 30 years of a Supreme Court without Justice Anthony Kennedy, with no noteworthy events from the Court’s final days aside from Monday’s order allowing a shockingly broad climate change lawsuit to proceed.

Trump Sets New 2-Year Appellate Judge Record, All Dems Oppose

Trump Sets New 2-Year Appellate Judge Record, All Dems Oppose

President Trump set a new judicial record on Wednesday when the Senate confirmed Judge Andrew Oldham to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 50-49, marking the 23rd appellate judge confirmed in the first two years of a presidential administration.

Supreme Court: Mandatory Public Union Dues Violate First Amendment

Supreme Court: Mandatory Public Union Dues Violate First Amendment

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Wednesday that requiring government employees to donate to public sector labor unions violates those employees’ constitutional rights under the First Amendment, overruling a 1977 case and dealing a blow to the power of government unions.

Supreme Court’s Historic Immigration Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

Supreme Court’s Historic Immigration Decision in Trump v. Hawaii

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump’s immigration policy in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the entry restrictions from seven terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is consistent with federal law and the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban in Trump v. Hawaii Ruling

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban in Trump v. Hawaii Ruling

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Trump and his immigration policy across the board in a 5-4 decision on Tuesday, holding that the permanent entry restrictions from various terror-prone nations codified in Presidential Proclamation 9645 is fully consistent with Congress’s Immigration and Nationality Act as well as the Establishment Clause of the U.S.

White House Adviser Leo: Trump Likely Two More Supreme Court Picks

White House Adviser Leo: Trump Likely Two More Supreme Court Picks

Fox News Sunday profiled Leonard Leo, who assists President Trump and White House Counsel Don McGahn in filling judicial vacancies. Leo predicts that President Trump will have two more opportunities to appoint originalists to the Supreme Court, which could define his presidency as a lasting legacy.

Supreme Court Rules that SEC Judges are Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rules that SEC Judges are Unconstitutional

The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that administrative law judges at federal agencies are “officers of the United States” who must be appointed by department heads, and that the judges at the SEC violate the Constitution’s Appointments Clause because those ALJs are appointed by staff employees.

Swamp Pushing Judge for Appeals Court, Could Cost Trump Historic Opportunity

Swamp Pushing Judge for Appeals Court, Could Cost Trump Historic Opportunity

Establishment politicians appear to be pushing President Trump to nominate a judge to the Fifth Circuit federal appeals court who could deflate the president’s base and deprive him of a historic opportunity to help make the Fifth Circuit the most conservative federal appellate court in the nation.

Klukowski: Trump Should Cancel Senate’s August Recess

Klukowski: Trump Should Cancel Senate’s August Recess

President Donald Trump should make history by using his constitutional power to recall the Senate (but not the House) in August, canceling the August recess, and force the Senate to stay in session five (or six?) days per week until the Senate confirms a record number of federal judges and fills key positions in his administration to enact his America First agenda.

SCOTUS Throws Out Case on Illegal Alien Teenager Right to Abortion

SCOTUS Throws Out Case on Illegal Alien Teenager Right to Abortion

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously threw out a lower court’s decision that had held that when the U.S. government has a pregnant illegal alien teenager in custody, the government must facilitate the teenager’s obtaining an abortion if she wants one.

Supreme Court Sides with Masterpiece Cakeshop in Same-Sex Wedding Ruling

Supreme Court Sides with Masterpiece Cakeshop in Same-Sex Wedding Ruling

The Supreme Court is setting aside a Colorado court ruling against a baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. But the court is not deciding the big issue in the case, whether a business can refuse to serve gay and lesbian people.

Klukowski: Sitting Presidents Cannot Be Prosecuted or Forced to Testify

Klukowski: Sitting Presidents Cannot Be Prosecuted or Forced to Testify

The Constitution makes all U.S. presidents immune from prosecution for any crime—including obstruction of justice—until after they leave office, and are permanently immune from being prosecuted for using his constitutional powers to take official acts.

Democrats Try to Block Trump’s Judicial Nominees with Blue Slips

Democrats Try to Block Trump’s Judicial Nominees with Blue Slips

Democrats are trying to resurrect a way to block President Trump’s judicial nominees with “blue slips” as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for a hearing Wednesday on the nomination of Ryan Bounds to be a judge on the U.S.

Oliver North New President of NRA, Wayne LaPierre to Continue as CEO

Oliver North New President of NRA, Wayne LaPierre to Continue as CEO

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre announced in Dallas on Monday that the NRA’s board of directors has voted to elect the iconic Lt. Col. Oliver North as the new president of the NRA, making him partners with LaPierre and NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox to lead the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States.

Trump Travel Ban Has Good Day at Supreme Court

Trump Travel Ban Has Good Day at Supreme Court

President Donald Trump had a good day at the Supreme Court on Wednesday in the “travel ban” case involving immigrants from terror-prone nations, as a majority of the justices seemed to signal their agreement with the president’s lawyers on key points.

President Trump Announces 12th Wave of Judicial Nominees

President Trump Announces 12th Wave of Judicial Nominees

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump announced his 12th wave of judicial nominees for 19 lifetime federal judgeships on Tuesday, including two short-listers for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Trump Tweets: ‘Sealing Border,’ Mattis and Nielsen Send Troops, Sessions Prosecutes

Trump Tweets: ‘Sealing Border,’ Mattis and Nielsen Send Troops, Sessions Prosecutes

Secretaries James Mattis and Kirstjen Nielsen announced on Friday that the first troops are moving to the Mexican border after Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared “zero tolerance” for illegal crossings, followed on Saturday by a tweet from President Trump making clear that these actions an interagency response to seal the border.

Conservative Leaders Stand with Scott Pruitt

Conservative Leaders Stand with Scott Pruitt

Over a hundred conservative leaders issued a movement-wide statement on Friday, which begins, “Conservatives stand behind Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and thank him for the significant actions he has taken to implement President Trump’s deregulatory agenda.

Klukowski: Chappaquiddick Movie Spotlights Kennedy Scandal that Changed America

Klukowski: Chappaquiddick Movie Spotlights Kennedy Scandal that Changed America

A new movie coming out in theatres on Friday, Chappaquiddick, is a tragic drama revealing the sordid details and political damage-control surrounding the night that Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA) car went off a bridge near Edgartown, Massachusetts, leading to the death of young Mary Jo Kopechne and devastating damage to Kennedy’s presidential ambitions.

Trump Announces Troops for U.S.-Mexican Border, Blackwell Says It Reveals ‘Unified Trump Policy’

Trump Announces Troops for U.S.-Mexican Border, Blackwell Says It Reveals ‘Unified Trump Policy’

President Donald Trump’s said on Tuesday that he would order National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border, hours after leading transition policy adviser Ken Blackwell told Fox Business Network that sending troops would show a coherent Trump policy of treating illegal immigration as a national security and homeland security issue, using all the levers of American foreign and domestic power enact his policy.

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly Attends Gun Control Event; Republicans Call Foul

Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly Attends Gun Control Event; Republicans Call Foul

Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) clapped along at a March for Our Lives gun-control event in Indianapolis on Saturday, an unusual move for a vulnerable red-state senator, one that his 2018 Republican opponents were quick to criticize as indicating Donnelly’s lack of support for Second Amendment rights.

Republicans Gaining Ground in Midterm Election Polls

Republicans Gaining Ground in Midterm Election Polls

Congressional Republicans are surging in polls against Democrats on the generic ballot, narrowing Democratic leads in a Fox News poll, presenting evidence that increasingly suggests the GOP might retain control of Congress in the U.S.

Klukowski: Second Amendment and Due Process Allow NRA-Backed White House Proposal on “Extreme Risk Protection Orders”

Klukowski: Second Amendment and Due Process Allow NRA-Backed White House Proposal on “Extreme Risk Protection Orders”

The National Rifle Association is right to support President Trump’s call for state-level Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) – under which a court can take guns in rare situations for just a few days when there is evidence that a person may be on the verge of extreme violence – because such temporary measures are consistent with the original meaning of the Constitution’s Second Amendment and Due Process Clause.

Second Circuit Appeals Court: Title VII Protects Gay People, May Go to Supreme Court

Second Circuit Appeals Court: Title VII Protects Gay People, May Go to Supreme Court

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled on Monday that it violates a federal sex-discrimination law if an employer discriminates against an employee based on sexual orientation, while dissenting judges in the case wrote that only Congress, not the courts, has the authority to change federal law.

Supreme Court May Side with First Amendment, Not Unions

Supreme Court May Side with First Amendment, Not Unions

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared skeptical of a law permitting government labor unions to extract involuntary dues from workers’ paychecks, in a case pitting the First Amendment against the power of a central pillar of the Democratic Party.

Supreme Court Refuses to Weigh into DACA Fight—for Now

Supreme Court Refuses to Weigh into DACA Fight—for Now

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) petition to decide whether the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is permitted by federal law.

Allegations Against Justice Clarence Thomas Discredited — Again

Allegations Against Justice Clarence Thomas Discredited — Again

Journalist Jill Abramson attacked Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday in the New York magazine, arguing for his impeachment. But Abramson and the women she cites in her hit piece are left-wing detractors of Thomas with credibility problems, and Abramson herself was reportedly fired from her previous job for not telling the truth.

Pence Wows CPAC with ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’

Pence Wows CPAC with ‘Promises Made, Promises Kept’

Vice President Mike Pence thrilled the assembled throngs at CPAC near the nation’s capital in a speech addressing the full range of conservative issues, declaring that “2017 was the most consequential year in the history of the conservative movement,” and that President Donald Trump’s administration is just getting started on judges, the economy, and empowering American families.

Another Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration’s End to DACA

Another Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Administration’s End to DACA

Another Democrat-appointed federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated federal law when it canceled the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty, although this decision will not have any lasting impact because the Supreme Court is certain to take up the controversy in the coming days.

Senate Committee Moves 4 More Judicial Nominees, Plans at Least 8 in February

Senate Committee Moves 4 More Judicial Nominees, Plans at Least 8 in February

Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) sent four more judicial nominees to the Senate floor and plans to pass another four at its next business meeting, advancing President Trump’s persistent march to keep his campaign promise of reshaping the federal judiciary.

Former AG Edwin Meese: AG Sessions Doing Great Job for Trump

Former AG Edwin Meese: AG Sessions Doing Great Job for Trump

Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III — perhaps the most revered icon for conservatives from the Reagan administration and one the most consequential attorneys general in American history — is praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his work at the U.S.

Trump Highlights Constitution in SOTU: Judges, Religion, Guns, Terrorists

Trump Highlights Constitution in SOTU: Judges, Religion, Guns, Terrorists

WASHINGTON, DC – President Donald Trump touted his commitment to several key constitutional issues in his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, including judicial appointments, religious liberty, the Second Amendment, and whether terrorists are entitled to constitutional protections.

Supreme Court Puts DACA Case on Track for June Decision

Supreme Court Puts DACA Case on Track for June Decision

WASHINGTON, DC – The Supreme Court on Tuesday expedited its consideration of the Trump administration’s petition to review the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the DACA amnesty program for younger illegal aliens.

Supreme Court Takes Historic Case on Trump Travel Ban

Supreme Court Takes Historic Case on Trump Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted review in the legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s permanent policy restricting entry into the United States from the residents of eight terror-prone nations, in what will be a historic case on presidential authority, national security, the role of the courts in immigration, and the Constitution’s guarantee of religious liberty.

Federal Court Orders Trump Administration to Reinstate DACA

Federal Court Orders Trump Administration to Reinstate DACA

A federal district court in California on Tuesday ordered the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to immediately reinstate DACA, in a lawsuit brought by former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano against current DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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