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Senior U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia
found dead at West Texas ranch

A giant has passed.
No Election-Year Confirmation
This could be good news.
White House Issues Statement in Reaction to
Justice Scalia’s Death While Obama Golfs

"There was no movement away from the golf course, according
to the White House Press traveling pool, which
monitors the president’s movements."
New Cruz Ad Goes After Trump
for Decades-Long ‘Pattern of Sleaze’

Rough stuff but we were warned about
the S.Carolina killing fields.
Kerry: Deal reached to end hostilities in Syria
Let's see how well this works out.
The Democrats’ Likely Nominee Appears to Be a Felon —
This Is Not Business as Usual

A very interesting way to look at Hillary's difficulties.
“Sexism has nothing to do with it”: Camille Paglia on
Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem— and why New Hampshire
women broke for Bernie Sanders

Must Read of the Week.
Must Read Archive [Last 60 Days]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
Our prayers for a great American, 1936-2016

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A world aflame: Obama aides
debunk the boss’s happy talk
New York Post, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Not your typical New Yorker- 2/14/2016 12:29:03 AM     Post Reply
President Obama can downplay threats to the nation’s security all he wants — but his own top staff tells a far different story. Bottom line: Start worrying. “In my 50-plus years in the intelligence business,” US spy chief James Clapper told lawmakers last week, “I cannot recall a more diverse array of challenges and crises than we confront today.” Clapper sounded alarms about: North Korea’s nukes and missiles. ?Iran’s ongoing support for terror. Russia and China’s pursuit of cybertechnology and anti-satellite weapons. ?ISIS recruitment. ?The spread of “violent extremists.” Plus chaos from “unpredictable” and “violent instability.” “Violent extremists are operationally

Flashback: Joe Biden Wrote the Obstructionist
Playbook on ‘Borking’ a President’s Nominee
Breitbart Big Government, by Rebecca Mansour    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/14/2016 12:17:52 AM     Post Reply
With news of the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the Obama White House and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton are already staking a position that President Obama, and not his successor, should appoint Scalia’s replacement. But it’s useful to remember that one member of the Obama administration – Vice President Joe Biden – once had a very different opinion on the Senate’s ability to block a president’s nominee at all costs. Following the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell in 1987, President Reagan nominated Judge Robert Bork. Not an hour after Bork’s nomination, the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)

U.K. government mulling ‘British Guantanamo’
for Islamist terrorists
Washington Times (DC), by Kellan Howell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 11:09:03 PM     Post Reply
The U.K.’s government is seriously considering placing all convicted Islamist terrorist prisoners in the country in a single secure super jail, but the idea is raising red flags among counterterrorism experts. The “British Alcatraz” would overturn 50 years of dispersing dangerous prisoners in the system and is expected to be backed by a review set up by the justice secretary, Michael Grove, to examine how the 130 convicted jihadi terrorists are dealt with behind bars, The Guardian reported. Earlier this week, Prime Minister David Cameron hinted at the idea during a speech on prison reform, saying he was ready to



My very revealing Donald diaries: Pier´s
Morgan´s most intimate conversations
with Trump offer a unrivalled insight into
the man who may soon be US President
Daily Mail (UK), by Piers Morgan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 10:59:11 PM     Post Reply
September 11, 2015-‘Can you believe this, Piers?’ chuckled a familiar voice down the phone from New York. ‘I’m actually topping the polls!’ ‘Actually, yes, I can Donald,’ I laughed, from the office of my London home. ‘Nothing about you ever surprises me. Think you can actually win the whole thing now?’ ‘Absolutely,’ roared the man who might well be the next President of the United States. ‘You know, when I entered the race, Melania just said to me, “If you run, you’ll win.” She knows how competitive I am.’ I’ve known Donald Trump for a decade and never met a more

What Scalia Taught Us
Daily Signal, by Paul J. Larkin, Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/13/2016 10:41:07 PM     Post Reply
Antonin Gregory Scalia has died. (Snip) Scalia taught us that the law matters, that the law is the written word, and that the written word takes its meaning from how history understands it, not as we wish it might mean. For him, the law was a tablet whose meaning could be discerned by focusing on the meaning of the words it contained, rather than by asking ourselves what we want it to mean. The latter, he said, was the stuff of politics, not law, and he drew a line in the sand between the two.

Rubio Blasts Cruz: ‘He Doesn’t Speak Spanish’
Breitbart Big Government, by Joel B. Pollak    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 10:39:20 PM     Post Reply
During a heated exchange on immigration policy at the GOP Debate on Saturday night in South Carolina, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% blasted rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% for not speaking Spanish. Both men are of Cuban descent. “Marco went on Univision in Spanish and said he would not rescind President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty on his first day in office,” Cruz said. Rubio retorted: “First of all, I don’t know how he knows what I said on Univision, ’cause he doesn’t speak Spanish.”(Cruz responded in Spanish, challenging Rubio to continue in that language “if you want.”) As to

Obama dines privately with DreamWorks
CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, actor Will Smith
Washington Times (DC), by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 10:21:13 PM     Post Reply
As he is wont to do when he visits Los Angeles, President Obama dined secretly with moguls and stars. Mr. Obama had dinner at a hotel Thursday night with Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks CEO and a major campaign donor; Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios; and actor Will Smith, most recently in “Concussion.” The White House didn’t disclose the dinner, nor was it on Mr. Obama’s public schedule. It was first reported by Deadline.com. White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz declined to answer questions about it Friday. “I am going to protect the president’s ability to have private conversations,



Just One Story
National Review, by Jay Nordlinger    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 2/13/2016 10:21:13 PM     Post Reply
A student wrote me, many years ago. I’m going from memory, but I think I have it. Scalia was visiting the law school at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. A student mentioned to him, “My roommates and I bought some fish. We named one after you.” Scalia said ,”Oh, so you called him Nino, did you?” “No,” said the student. “We call him Justice Scalia.” “Well, what about the other fish?” said Scalia. Replied the student, “Justice Scalia ate them.” What a great guy, Antonin Scalia. Connoisseur of the opera. Lover, and singer, of the American Songbook. Master jurist.

John Kasich Urges Obama to Nominate
Scalia Replacement We All Agree On
Breitbart Big Hollywood, by John Nolte    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 10:06:47 PM     Post Reply
During Saturday night’s South Carolina Republican debate, when questioned on the issue of replacing late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, John Kasich said that if President Obama is going to nominate someone, he hoped the president would “pick somebody that’s going to have unanimous approval, and such wide spread approval across the country that this could happen without a lot of recrimination.” I really wish the president would think about not nominating somebody. If you were to nominate somebody, let’s have him pick somebody that’s going to have unanimous approval, and such wide spread approval across the country that this could

Republican debate: Trump attacks
George W. Bush on 9/11, Iraq war
Washington Post, by Sean Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 10:00:33 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump hit former President George W. Bush hard in Saturday’s debate, directing some blame at him for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and saying he erred badly by invading Iraq in 2003. Trump also clashed sharply with Bush’s brother, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who came out swinging against Trump’s foreign policy. The fight quickly grew deeply personal. Bush accused Trump of dangerously advocating too cozy a relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Middle East. As Trump defended himself, he was booed by the crowd. He argued the people who were booing him were Bush’s “special interests and lobbyists. Trump later

Trump blames George
W. Bush for 9/11
Politico, by Katie Glueck    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 9:49:53 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump invoked the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, to criticize the George W. Bush administration as he tangled with Jeb Bush onstage at Saturday night´s debate. “The World Trade Center came down during your brother’s reign," he said as he sparred with Jeb Bush, who defended his brother, saying he secured the nation during a dangerous time. "Remember that." "The World Trade Center came down during the reign...that´s not safe," Trump continued in a later exchange, to loud boos.



Trump under pressure to show
more presidential side at debate
Reuters, by Steve Holland    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 2/13/2016 9:39:00 PM     Post Reply
Donald Trump will face pressure on Saturday night to show a more presidential side to his personality at a debate with his rivals where he may draw more fire than in previous encounters. With a week to go until South Carolina´s Republican primary vote on Feb. 20, the 9 p.m. EST debate comes at a time of high anxiety for Trump´s opponents. The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a champion of conservatives, was likely to be a prime topic at the debate. The prevailing opinion among the Republican candidates was that Scalia´s replacement should be left up to

Cruz stares down debate moderator
The Hill (Washington DC), by Jesse Byrnes    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 9:38:33 PM     Post Reply
(Video) Ted Cruz stared down CBS News host John Dickerson during the GOP debate Saturday night as the moderator corrected the Texas senator on past nominations for the Supreme Court. "We have 80 years of precedent of not confirming Supreme Court justices in an election year," Cruz started, arguing President Obama shouldn´t appoint a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. "I´m sorry to interrupt – were any appointed in an election year?" Dickerson interjected, before Cruz acknowledged he meant to say there was lengthy precedent of "not confirming" in an election year. "But Kennedy was confirmed in ´88,"

Senate Judiciary Chairman: ´Standard practice´
to avoid high court noms in election year
Washington Examiner, by Susan Ferrechio    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 9:35:26 PM     Post Reply
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Saturday that "it only make sense," to wait until 2017 to confirm a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Antonin Scalia. Grassley issued a statement calling Scalia "an intellectual giant," who was devoted to upholding the Constitution. Grassley also signaled that he won´t be taking up President Obama´s nominee to replace Scalia this year."The fact of the matter is that it´s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year." Grassley said in a statement Saturday. "Given the huge divide

Dems demand action
on SCOTUS nominee
The Hill (Washington, D.C.), by Lydia Wheeler    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 9:30:59 PM     Post Reply
Senate Democrats moved quickly Saturday to demand action on a Supreme Court nominee following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called Scalia a “brilliant man” and “dedicated jurist” in a statement and said the work on filling his vacancy should begin immediately. “The President can and should send the Senate a nominee right away. With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the Senate has a responsibility to fill vacancies as soon as possible," Reid said. "It would be unprecedented in recent history for the Supreme Court to go a year with a vacant seat.



Obama to Nominate Scalia
Successor ´In Due Time´
Associated Press, by Kathleen Hennessey & Donna Cassata    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 2/13/2016 9:22:24 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama declared Saturday night he would seek to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, charging into a heated and likely prolonged election-year fight with Republicans in Congress. Obama said a nomination was "bigger than any one party." With a half-dozen or more major cases before the court, Obama said he pIanned "to fulfill my constitutional responsibility to nominate a successor in due time." The Senate should have "plenty of time ... to give that person a fair hearing and timely vote," he said. The court has already heard — but not decided —

ABC’s Moran: ‘Towering’ Scalia ‘Didn’t Win
That Much’ While on the Supreme Court
Newsbusters, by Curtis Houck    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 9:14:42 PM     Post Reply
During the ABC News Special Report on Saturday concerning the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, chief foreign correspondent and longtime Supreme Court reporter Terry Moran opined that while Scalia was “a towering figure,” the conservative Justice “didn’t win that much” and thus was relegated to dissents that were “scathing and sarcastic but were loud and clear.” On the phone in Mexico City since he’s covering Pope Francis’s visit to Mexico, Moran began by telling anchor Tom Llamas that “Scalia was just a towering figure on the Supreme Court and in America law through the force of his

Bernie Sanders confronted by supporters
demanding slavery reparations as he courts
the black vote
Daily Mail (UK), by Francesca Chambers    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 9:11:22 PM     Post Reply
Bernie Sanders was repeatedly pressed to endorse reparations tonight by his own supporters at a ´Black America´ community forum. ´I know you’re scared to say ‘black,’ I know you’re scared to say ‘reparations,´ panelist Felicia Perry said, then told him, ´Can you please talk specifically about black people and reparations?´ Sanders replied, ´You and I may have a disagreement on this,´ but ´it´s not just black. This is Latinos. There are areas of America, more rural areas where its whites, OK? As he talked about income inequality and poverty in the ´African-American community an audience member interrupted to urge him

10 of Antonin Scalia’s quirkiest
and most scathing quotes
Washington Post, by Peter W. Stevenson    Original Article
Posted By: Lalo- 2/13/2016 9:09:19 PM     Post Reply
Antonin Scalia was certainly one of the most outspoken Supreme Court justices in American history. He always had something to say, and his angry, sometimes-furious, and often-sarcastic dissents produced some of the most memorable quotes of any Supreme Court decisions. Scalia´s penchant for the colorful was evident throughout his tenure on the court. Below are 10 of his most memorable, quirky, scathing and pithy quotes. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” (In reference to the court having upheld the law for the second time, over his objections.) “This case requires us to decide whether someone who buys insurance on an Exchange established

Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016
Washington Free Beacon, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 9:00:20 PM     Post Reply
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died at the age of 79. The San Antonio Express News first reported that Scalia had been found dead at a West Texas ranch, evidently as a result of natural causes. “Scalia arrived at the ranch on Friday and attended a private party with about 40 people. When he did not appear for breakfast, a person associated with the ranch went to his room and found a body,” the paper reported. John Roberts, the chief justice of the Supreme Court, confirmed the news in a statement. “On behalf of the court and retired justices,


Donald Trump’s latest ad features father
of teen killed by an illegal immigrant
Washington Post, by Jenna Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 8:56:52 PM     Post Reply
(Video) TAMPA — Donald Trump´s latest campaign ad starts with the photo of an African American teenager in a football jersey, grinning for the camera and holding a football. “Jas Shaw was a 17-year-old football star who was gunned just outside his home,” a narrator says as the words “gunned down” appear in white bold letters against a red background on top of the photo. “His killer? An illegal immigrant gang member who just got out of prison.” The 30-second ad, which will soon air in South Carolina ahead of the Feb. 20 Republican primary, features Jas Shaw’s father, Jamiel

Justice Antonin Scalia´s death
quickly sparks political battle
CNN, by Stephen Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 8:48:59 PM     Post Reply
Washington Justice Antonin Scalia´s death immediately triggered a monumental election-year battle in Washington over whether President Barack Obama should choose a successor who could tilt the Supreme Court toward liberals. Within two hours of Scalia´s death being reported, presidential candidates along with Republican and Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill were feuding over whether Obama should appoint a replacement for the eloquent and outspoken Scalia or wait for the next administration to make a decision. The battle lines underscored the huge political stakes in the 2016 election, which could cement the ideological balance of the court for years to come. Sources tell CNN

Sri Srinivasan, who is he?
Scalia´s possible replacement?
Sinclair Broadcasting Group, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 2/13/2016 8:48:36 PM     Post Reply
Shortly after news broke that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had passed many started speculating who his successor would be if President Barack Obama were to nominate the next Supreme Court Justice. One name floated frequently was Sri Srinivasan, who The New Yorker described as "the nominee in waiting." Srinivasan, according to The New Yorker is "the Obama Administration´s principal deputy solicitor general." "He´s had twenty or so arguments in the Supreme Court, including part of the Administration´s attack on the Defense of Marriage Act last month." (Tweet) Srinivasan was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. in

Can Republicans really block Obama’s Supreme
Court nomination for a year? Probably.
Washington Post, by Amber Phillips    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 8:39:08 PM     Post Reply
Come January 2017, Republicans have a chance at controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House. So it stands to reason that Republicans have very little incentive to even consider President Obama´s suggestion for who should replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday. There´s some historical precedent for them to do just that. A hazy rule dating back decades that congressional experts say is really more of a tradition suggests senators of the opposition party of the White House can oppose some judicial nominations in the months before a presidential election. It´s known as the "Thurmond Rule," for reasons we´ll

There’s Ample Precedent For
Rejecting Lame Duck Supreme
Court Nominees
The Federalist, by Gabriel Malor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 2/13/2016 8:35:19 PM     Post Reply
Historically, many Supreme Court nominations made in a President’s final year in office are rejected by the Senate. That started with John Quincy Adams and last occurred to Lyndon B. Johnson. It is critically important that the Senate hold pro forma sessions, since President Barack Obama would be able to make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court if the Senate goes out of session. Currently, there is a five-day recess this week and a two-week recess scheduled for April. There have been twelve such recess appointments to the high court. A recess appointment would last until the end of the

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