Supreme Court Nominations

Confirm Merrick Garland…

By on 3.16.16 | 1:53PM

If you think that Hillary has a better than even chance of victory in November. All the usual suspects on the conservative side are advising the Republicans to hold fast and refuse to hold hearings on Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Then if Hillary wins, they say, confirm him quickly lest Hillary nominate someone further to the Left. But in that case, expect Obama to withdraw the nomination the day after the election. As usual, our pundits are too clever by half.

Garland is an excellent judge, about the best one could expect from Obama. One could do much worse, and certainly would with Hillary.

Pro-Lifers Call for Senate Investigation of Kagan Testimony

By on 7.1.10 | 8:39PM

The Senate should investigate "discrepancies" between Elena Kagan's testimony Wednesday and the record of her Clinton-era involvement in the partial-birth abortion controversy, a leading pro-life activist said Thursday.

"I urge this Committee to officially investigate the discrepancies that have arisen this week between Ms. Kagan's testimony and the written record about her actions related to lobbying the American Medical Association [AMA] and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] during her tenure in the Clinton White House," Americans United for Life (AUL) president Charmaine Yoest said in her own testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Clinton Files Show Kagan Advocated Cloning for Human Research

By on 6.10.10 | 6:05AM

White House memos from 1997, when Elena Kagan was a top domestic policy advisor to President Clinton, show that Kagan -- nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama -- recommended that the Clinton administration permit cloning of human embryos for research purposes.

Writing just months after Scottish researchers had announced the birth of a cloned sheep, Kagan and another Clinton aide recommended that the president announce a ban on cloning that would lead to the birth of human infants, but emphasized that the policy "would not ban the creation of cloned embryos for research purposes."

Pro-Life Group Asks Senate to Delay Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing

By on 5.24.10 | 10:25PM

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the committee, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life writes:

We are deeply concerned that the Senate Judiciary Committee will have insufficient time to review Elena Kagan's record before commencing her hearing on June 28, 2010. Therefore, we request that you provide whatever time is needed for members to thoroughly prepare for the hearing, even if it requires postponing the hearing date.

Yoest cites statements by the executive director of the Clinton Presidential Library that it will be "very difficult" to provide records of Kagan's service in the Clinton administration by the planned starting date of Kagan's confirmation hearing next month.