Obama’s Would-Be “Rule of Law” Counselor Calls Bradley Manning’s Treatment Unconstitutional

By: Sunday April 10, 2011 7:01 pm

In Charlie Savage’s story from last year on the sidelining of Laurence Tribe as head of an “Access to Justice” program at DOJ, he reported that Tribe originally believed he would serve as counselor for “rule of law” issues in Obama’s Administration. There was also concern over how his presence might play out internally, several [...]

Should Elena Kagan Really Be Getting Shooting Lessons from the Koch-Addled Hunting Buddy of the Guy Who Shoots People in the Face?

By: Monday October 25, 2010 9:16 am

I admit I’m no big fan of Elena Kagan. But tell me whether I’m justified in worrying about this? Data point 1: On at least one occasion, Antonin Scalia participated in the Koch brothers’ secret sessions plotting to advance the Koch agenda. Data point 2: Antonin Scalia is hunting buddies with Dick Cheney. Data point [...]

This Raid on Peace Activists Brought to You By Elena Kagan

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 6:02 am

This article not only describes the hundreds of people who protested FBI raids of peace activists last week, but it provides more detail on what the FBI was looking for. Agents were seeking “evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism,” the FBI said. Chicago FBI spokesman Ross Rice declined on Monday to [...]

Lindsey Graham Predicts Successful Terrorist Attack Followed by Harsh Resolution of Gitmo

By: Monday September 20, 2010 7:40 am

Josh Gerstein provides Lindsey Graham a soap box to complain that his efforts to craft a grand compromise with the Administration on Gitmo stalled in May. “I thought we were close to getting a deal,” Graham told POLITICO last week. “I had some meetings where I walked out of the White House and said, ‘This [...]

With Kagan On SCOTUS, We Are Still Down A Justice

By: Friday September 10, 2010 5:17 pm

With the long anticipated retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens, it was important for President Obama to appoint and get confirmed a new justice so there would not only be a full compliment of justices on the court, but to insure the ideological balance of the court was maintained. By selecting Elena Kagan, Obama certainly [...]

Why Isn’t Obama Clearing Brush on PDB Day?

By: Friday August 6, 2010 5:17 am

Nine years ago today, George W Bush was informed that “Al Qaeda [was] determined to strike in US.” And then he went out to clear more brush at his pig farm in Crawford. Obama is showing no such presidential manliness in the second year of his term. Yesterday, his Justice Department actually indicted 14 of [...]

Even the Crusades Weren’t “Forever”

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 10:20 am

I’m going to assume John Cole was asking sincerely when he posted this request. Can someone explain this reaction from Emptywheel: After prompting Kagan to deliver the standard justification for detaining enemy combatants during war and rewarding her with a condescending compliment, Lindsey starts by getting Kagan to agree that the war on terror will [...]

Amy Klobuchar Shreds Coburn’s “Concept of Freedom”

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 2:58 pm

Senator Coburn spent about 20 straight minutes today whining to Elena Kagan about how much less freedom we have today than we did 30 years ago. Which Amy Klobuchar promptly shredded–by far the highlight of today’s hearing. As she points out, back in Coburn’s idyllic free time, women were not represented on the Supreme Court–and [...]

Elena Kagan on Illegal Wiretapping

By: Wednesday June 30, 2010 5:31 am

From Elena Kagan’s first comments about Cheney’s illegal wiretapping program yesterday (at 2:10), it sounds almost like she’d vote for rule of law in the al-Haramain case (though the case is probably in the gray area of cases on which she should recuse herself). DiFi: And we have just had a case. It came–by a [...]

Elena Kagan and Lindsey Graham on the Global Battlefield, the Sequel

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 4:58 pm

This exchange is one of the most telling from the entire Kagan hearing today (note; we’ve edited this exchange for length; here’s the full exchange; also, while you’re watching, keep an eye on the body language of the bearded man sitting behind Kagan, White House Counsel Bob Bauer). It’s striking, first of all, because Lindsey [...]

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