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What the Heck, Over?

By on 1.10.06 | 5:13PM

So now we know who is the Republican equivalent of Joe Biden: Lindsay Graham, aside from preening for the cameras, has done more to corner Alito today than all of the Dems put together. His entire line of questioning on enemy combatants should have elicited from Alito the "can't answer because it may come before the court" response. Unfortunately, the judge may be a bit tired after a long day and got into issues of the Hamdi case more than he should. Graham is supposed to be a Republican, but he is acting like someone who wants to corner Alito and sink him. Can't anyone shut Graham up?

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Catching Up

By on 1.10.06 | 3:30PM

Sorry, we've been busy with Alito hearing stuff. A few things for the late afternoon roundup:

1. The White House is extremely happy with the proceedings in the Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Samuel Alito.

2. Democrats are not. They are so frustrated by their members' poor performance and inability to get traction that they have indicated a willingness to Chairman Specter to cancel a third day of questioning by members (the 20-minute followup question round) and go right to the panels.

3. Look for the conservatives in the House to put formally press Rep. John Shadegg into the House Leader race. There is growing concern about both both Reps. Roy Blunt and John Boehner, and conservatives are looking for a third option.

4. Rep. Jerry Lewis is not that option.

More on all of this going into tonight and tomorrow morning.

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Big Chief Crook Abramowich

By on 1.10.06 | 11:52AM

Expert source Fergus Bordewich identifies the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act as the primary virus that has infected all of Congress and transformed business as usual graft into a national threat. It is moments before we become the United States of America versus the United Casinos of America, and guess who, with 228 tribes and 405 gambling operations in 30 states, has bought dozens of members of both Federal houses and hundreds of members of state legislatures to protect its interests and silence the opposition? Confessed big chief crook Abramowich was working for Congress-created Big Chief Crook. The sham of Indian gaming rights is the same sham as one for the road rights. There is no rationality in granting the abused native American descendants a license to endorse lawlessness and suicidal vice; and there is no excuse for pretending not to notice that organized crime and ravenous state legislatures now exploit the casinos as robber kingdoms preying on the elderly and stupid. Abramowich exploited the exploiters; he was not much more than a disease carrier like Typhoid Mary.

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Most Fevered Brow of the Week

By on 1.10.06 | 10:58AM

I know. I know. It's only Tuesday, and most fevered brows are scowling at Judge Alito. But none compare with Bob Fitrakis of the Columbus Free Press, who offers the following:

"The Bush administration’s utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the specific information we now know about its use of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance network should further call into question Bush’ 2004 presidential “election.” In a recent revelation, we have learned that the NSA shared the fruits of its illegal spying on behalf of Bush with other government agencies.

"What are e-voting machines and central tabulators that pass the voting results over electronic networks from the internet to phone lines? No more than data easily spied on and tapped into...

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Finally, a Question

By on 1.10.06 | 9:46AM

Pat Leahy drones about his own biography... "with that in mind," and asks about the Concerned Alumni of Princeton. This is the biggest ammo these guys have. So Sam Alito opposes Ivy League liberals. Next question?

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Watch Mrs. Alito

By on 1.10.06 | 9:35AM

She's facially expressing what her husband can't as Leaky Leahy waxes poetic about his frequent diatribes against tyranny on the Senate floor

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No Super-Duper?

By on 1.10.06 | 9:03AM

Specter called Casey v. Planned Parenthood a "super precedent" and "super stare decisis." What, not "super-duper precedent," as he termed it in the Roberts hearings?

Alito: "I personally wouldn't get into categorizing precedents, or super precedents, or super-duper precedents."

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Browbeating the Nominee

By on 1.10.06 | 8:58AM

Arlen Specter is coaxing Sam Alito into affirming the "living Constitution" (that is, the meaningless Constitution). So much for no ideological litmus test.

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