POLITICS 10/05/2018 03:51 pm ET Updated 5 minutes ago The long-awaited announcement comes as a blow to Democrats and women’s groups. By Igor Bobic WASHINGTON ― Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Friday she plans to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, paving the way for his confirmation. Collins announced her decision at the end of blistering 45-minute speech in which she defended Kavanaugh’s judicial record, criticized his opponents, and laid to waste Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that he sexually assaulted her. “I believe that [Ford] is survivor of sexual assault and that this trauma has upended her life,” Collins said, before offering a series of criticisms of Ford’s allegations. “I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the court.” The long-awaited announcement comes as a blow to Democrats and women’s groups who view the appellate court judge as … [Read more...] about Susan Collins Gives Brett Kavanaugh Decisive Supreme Court Support
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Wide open to attackRe: "Nielsen says midterm elections not targets — Officials step up security measures for November voting," Sunday news story. I wrote a letter several weeks ago to the board of social media giants Twitter and Facebook expressing to them my grave concern for the ability of nation-states like Russia and bad actors here at home to use their platforms to disrupt our local, state and federal elections and to sow discord in our national conversation. I believe both social media companies, as well as the National Association of Secretaries of State, election officials, voter registrars and the current administration are not taking this threat serious enough. On Yahoo News' new podcast Bots and Ballots, Samuel Woolley, the research director of the DigIntel Lab at the Institute for the Future who studies bots, said that in his estimation it is "too late" to stop the impact that bots will have on the outcome of the midterm elections … [Read more...] about Letters: Security for midterm elections, Russian indictments, Supreme Court, bipartisanship
A statue of the justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision defending slavery was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House after 145 years in a process that began just after midnight Friday.It was the second statue of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney removed this week in Maryland, report the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. The city of Baltimore removed a statue of Taney and three Confederate monuments early Wednesday.Maryland Senate President Thomas Mike Miller Jr. had argued that a public hearing should have been held before a decision was made on removal. Miller had argued that, though Taney had written the decision, he also freed his slaves and had spoken against the practice.The Constitution Daily has more. Taney’s 1857 opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford held that slaves or slaves’ descendants could not be citizens. The opinion was seen as a factor helping to spur the Civil War.African-Americans whose ancestors were brought as slaves to this … [Read more...] about Statues of SCOTUS justice who wrote Dred Scott decision are removed
What are the worst decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court? Historians and court scholars agree on a pair of 19th century opinions: Dred Scott v. Sandford, the 1857 ruling that upheld slavery even in the free states, and Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, which condoned segregation as “separate but equal.”The World War II decision Korematsu v. United States (1944) is usually cited as well. There the court upheld the detention of more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans.After that, it depends on which side of the political aisle the experts occupy. Liberal court observers pick Bush v. Gore, as well as decisions viewed as setbacks to civil rights. Conservatives, meanwhile, point to the abortion rulings and those that widened the church-state separation.The debate was prompted by the publication last year of the book The Dirty Dozen: How 12 Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom. It was written by two prominent libertarians, Robert A. Levy of the Cato Institute … [Read more...] about The Worst SCOTUS Decisions Ever?
Just in time for Valentine’s Day….The regular readers of this blog might remember a case that the Iowa Supreme Court handed down last summer, Nelson v. Knight (Case No. 11-1857). It revolved around a dentist’s decision to fire his assistant because he felt that she was a threat to his marriage. As you might recall, his assistant was not romantically interested in him. He found her to be “irresistible,” though, and he was afraid of what might happen if he continued to employ her. The Iowa Supreme Court found that the dentist’s decision to fire his assistant was legal because it was based on the fact that she was a threat to his marriage rather than on the fact that she is female.We were intrigued by the decision – and we discussed it in this blog – because, at first blush, it seems to be counterintuitive. The assistant was only a threat to the dentist’s marriage because of her sex, right? So wasn’t she fired – … [Read more...] about “Too Cute” New York Yoga Instructor To Join “Irresistible” Iowa Dental Assistant? Re: Iowa and New York Employment Decisions