Supreme Court Battles

Alito’s Views and the Right-Wing Media Machine

As galling as it may be for some readers to see how major mainstream media outlets are framing the Alito confirmation, the broader problem has been the failure of well-to-do liberals and progressive foundations to finance a media infrastructure that can act as a counterweight to the right-wing media machine, according to Robert Parry at…

Senate Debates Supreme Court Nominee Alito

The Senate debates President George W. Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court today. Tune in to C-SPAN and see if the Democrats have the guts to stand up and filibuster. Reuters: Senate Debates Supreme Court Nominee

King George, Alito and the End of ‘Unalienable Rights’

Every American school child is taught that in the United States, people have “unalienable rights,” heralded by the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Supposedly, these liberties can’t be taken away, according to Robert Parry at ConsortiumNews.Com. “But they are now gone,” he writes. Today, Americans have rights…

It Only Takes One Senator to Filibuster Alito

With the fate of the U.S. Constitution in the balance, it’s hard to believe there’s no senator prepared to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito, whose theories on the “unitary executive” could spell the end of the American democratic Republic, writes Robert Parry at ConsortiumNews.Com. If confirmed, Alito would join at least three other right-wing…

Who’s an Activist Judge?

With the spotlight on Judge Alito (if not on the entire Senate confirmation hearing), news outlets outside the South are ignoring a little ethical tempest there about judicial activism, according to the Huffington Post. Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, formerly an aide to “Ten Commandments” former Justice Roy Moore, wrote an op-ed piece in…

NSA Uses Local Cops To Track Peace Groups

The National Security Agency uses local law enforcement agencies to track members of anti-war groups as they prepare for protests, internal NSA documents show, according to the Baltimore Sun. This practice is not an entirely new thing. The Nixon administration used law enforcement in the 1960s and early 1970s to spy on groups opposing the…

Fight to Stop Alito’s Supreme Court Confirmation Not Over Yet

by Glynn Wilson While the mainstream media is reporting that appeals court judge Samuel Alito of New Jersey is likely to be confirmed by the Senate next week to the United States Supreme Court, the fight to stop him is not quite over. Fred Gray Opposition groups are still lobbying Senators to vote against Alito,…

Can You Say Dick Tater?

Alito Confirmation Would Lead to ‘Unitary Theory’ of Execuative Authority The “unitary” theory of presidential power sounds too wonkish for Americans to care about, but the confirmation of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court could push this radical notion of almost unlimited Executive authority close to becoming a reality, according to Robert Parry of…

Supreme Court to Shift Right, Abramoff Scandal Comes Home to Roost

Unless the Democrats in the Senate come up with something explosive on Wednesday, Sam Alito is going to skate onto the U.S. Supreme Court and potentially shift the court for the next generation to the extreme right. We hate to say it, but some on the left are as responsible for this as the neo-Christian…

Senate Questioning of Judge Alito Begins

The Senate confirmation hearings on President George W. Bush’s nominee to replace Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court begins today. Watch it live and learn more about it on the C-SPAN Supreme Court coverage Web page. We will be updating the headlines throughout the day on the Locust Fork News page.

Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin on Sam Alito: Ask the Nominee

Confirmation hearings on Samuel Alito’s Supreme Court nomination began today and – since the Court’s decisions affect every one of our lives – why shouldn’t each of us be able to ask him questions? Well, now we can, in a way, online. Planned Parenthood’s new online game Ask the Nominee makes it possible to ask…

Howard Dean Says Senate Should Reject Alito

A letter to the editor from Democratic Party chair Howard Dean, We now know that George Bush personally ordered American intelligence services to spy on American citizens without the consent of any court and repeatedly directed officials to take actions that explicitly violated the law. Our courts are the last line of defense against abuses…

Alito Argued to Overturn Roe v. Wade in 1985 Memo

Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito wrote in a June 1985 memo that the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion should be overturned, according to documents unearthed and released by the National Archives on Friday. In a recommendation to the solicitor general on filing a friend-of-court brief, Alito said that the government “should make clear…

Supreme Court Allows Social Security Benifits To Go For Student Loans

America’s seniors and disabled cannot escape debts from old student loans, the Supreme Court ruled this week, freeing the government to pursue Social Security benefits as part of an effort to collect billions in delinquent loans. The Bush administration had argued that the ability to withhold Social Security benefits is an important tool in the…

Ultraconservative Court Nominee Threatens Women’s Rights

While the political right does not seem particularly happy with President George W. Bush’s nomination of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, the left is out to derail the nomination too. This just in from Planned Parenthood: The group says he “poses a danger to women’s health, reproductive freedom, and the right to choose”…

Bush Picks Conservative Judge for Supreme Court

President Bush, stung by the rejection of his first choice, nominated longtime judge Samuel Alito in a bid to reshape the Supreme Court and mollify his conservative allies, according to the Associated Press. Democrats said that Alito may be “too radical for the American people.” Get ready for a serious confirmation fight in the U.S.…

In a Major Defeat for Bush, Miers Withdraws Name for High Court

Under withering attack from conservatives, President Bush ended his push to put loyalist Harriet Miers on the Supreme Court Thursday and promised a quick replacement. Democrats accused him of bowing to the “radical right wing of the Republican Party,” according to this AP story. The White House said Miers had withdrawn her name because of…

John Roberts Confirmed as Chief Justice

The Senate confirmed John Glover Roberts Jr. as chief justice of the United States, replacing the late William H. Rehnquist, the mentor for whom he clerked, according to this Washington Post story.

The Million Email March to Stop John Roberts

Thousands and of citizens are speaking out to oppose the nomination of John Roberts as chief justice of the Supreme Court, according to this announcement and action alert. They are telling our senators that they don’t want a justice who won’t let us see any of his memos for the last 20 years. They are…