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Archive for April 12th, 2010

Republicans say Obama’s Supreme Court pick must be mainstream

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:37 am by HL

Republicans say Obama’s Supreme Court pick must be mainstream
Senate Republican leaders declined to rule out a filibuster of President Obama’s nominee to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, if they think the pick falls outside the judicial mainstream.

In Maryland, George Clinton, Parliament-Funkadelic and a missing Mothership
This is a story about a UFO.

Political pendulum in Michigan swings away from the Democrats
What’s the matter with Michigan?

Bill to extend jobless benefits faces Senate showdown
Congress is poised for another partisan showdown over extending unemployment insurance, as concerns about the growing budget deficit have complicated the path forward for an otherwise popular program.

Justice Stevens: One Man, Two Courts

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 12th, 2010 4:32 am by HL

Justice Stevens: One Man, Two Courts
Linda Greenhouse, New York Times
THE more than 34 years that Justice John Paul Stevens has served on the Supreme Court represent not just a very long tenure, but a bridge between two eras of our domestic and judicial politics. Justice Stevens entered the court from one world, and he will emerge from it a few months from now into another.Just how different those two worlds are was brought home to me a year ago when, for a law school symposium, I was researching Justice Stevens’s contribution to the court’s abortion jurisprudence. He was the first person named to the Supreme Court after the court declared…

Steele Admits ‘Mistakes’

Worlds Without Women
Maureen Dowd, New York Times
When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women.I asked why they were not more upset about living in a country where women’s rights were strangled, an inbred and autocratic state more like an archaic men’s club than a modern nation. They told me, somewhat defensively, that the kingdom was moving at its own pace, glacial as that seemed to outsiders.