Kagan helped shield Saudis from 9/11 lawsuits

ABA Ratings of Kagan

Kagan Called ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ A ‘Moral Injustice of the First Order’

Young Kagan’s socialism thesis

Newsweek: “Gay Rights a Flashpoint in Kagan Nomination”

Alarm bells sounding over Kagan’s agenda

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan Attacked Pro-Life Advocates in 1980 Essay

Memo Misread: Elena Kagan Did Not Tell Clinton to Back Partial-Birth Abortion Ban

Kagan’s New View of Confirmation Hearings?

Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Steers the Court Sharp Left

    Phyllis Schlafly writes at Townhall: “The liberal double standard is undeniable. Liberals who insisted that Clarence Thomas was too inexperienced to be on the Supreme Court now defend a nominee who has written little, litigated even less and not decided a single case. Instead, Obama tries to force on Americans someone whose background shows she is more interested in remaking the law than in applying it impartially. A baseball umpire would be a better selection — and probably fairer, too . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/11/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: townhall.com

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Biden: Kagan will have strong bipartisan support

Kagan’s lack of legal experience raises serious questions

Does Kagan agree with Thurgood Marshall’s “defective” Constitution view?

    Rusell Berman writes at The Hill: “She quoted from a speech Marshall gave in 1987 in which he said the Constitution as originally conceived and drafted was ‘defective.’ . . . Yet Republicans made plain their disagreement with the view of judging expressed by Marshall and endorsed by Kagan — that ‘it was the role of the courts, in interpreting the Constitution, to protect the people who went unprotected by every other organ of government — to safeguard the interests of people who had no other champion.’ ‘Elena Kagan’s endorsement of this empathy standard,’ Heye wrote, ‘has been rejected by the American people.’” . . .


  • Posted: 05/11/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: thehill.com

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Former Harvard Law Dean: “Kagan and the Military: What really happened”

    Robert C. Clark writes in the Wall Street Journal: “When Ms. Kagan became dean in July of 2003, she upheld this newer policy. Military recruiters used OCS services, but at the beginning of each interviewing season she wrote a public memorandum explaining the exception to the school’s nondiscrimination policy, stating her objection to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ and expressing her strong view that military service is a noble and socially valuable career path that should be encouraged and open to all of our graduates.”


  • Posted: 05/11/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: online.wsj.com

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SBC’s Richard Land: Ask Kagan whether she believes “LGBT rights” trump religious freedom

Kagan in ’97 urged Clinton restrict late abortions

On Kagan: Where the GOP Might Attack

Sestak seizes on Specter’s past vote against Kagan

U.S. Senator Inhofe (Okla. – R) Opposes Kagan to Supreme Court

Will Republicans Filibuster Kagan’s Nomination?

Biden Aide Bolsters Kagan’s Liberal Credentials

    Blog of the Legal Times: “Vice President Biden’s chief of staff Ron Klain said the nominee is ‘clearly a legal progressive’ whose ‘pragmatic perspective’ will be an important addition to the Court. Asked to elaborate, Klain cited aspects of her resume, not any expressed views. She clerked for appeals judge Abner Mikva and Justice Thurgood Marshall and for Presidents Clinton and Obama, Klain noted, so “I don’t think there’s any mystery” to the fact that she is a progressive . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: legaltimes.typepad.com

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ADF on Supreme Court nomination: Judges should rule according to the Constitution

Kagan admired lawyers and judges at least since 8th grade

    AP:  ”There were a lot of smart girls at Hunter College High School, but only one of them posed for the yearbook in a judge’s robes, quoted a Supreme Court justice and is remembered for playing a tough attorney in an eighth-grade trial . . . In our yearbook, each girl got to choose a quote to run with her picture. . .  Elena quoted a Supreme Court justice, Felix Frankfurter, in words that seem now to prefigure her successful career: ‘Government is itself an art, one of the subtlest of the arts.’”


  • Posted: 05/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: hosted.ap.org

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Ed Whelan: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

NOM: “A vote for Elana Kagan is a vote to impose gay marriage on all 50 states”

“Gay activists applaud Kagan – tepidly”

Maggie Gallagher: “A Vote for Kagan Is a Vote for Gay Marriage”

Kagan and Obama Go Way Back: U. of Chicago in the 90s

Elena Kagan: “Come out, come out, wherever you are! . . . White House has painted her into a closet”

Andrew Sullivan: Her Sexual Orientation Above All

Elena Kagan, Goldman Sachs Adviser

Supreme Court nominee has never been a judge and has limited experience practicing law

ACLJ Calls on Senate Judiciary Committee to Closely Examine Elena Kagan’s Judicial Philosophy as Supreme Court Nominee

AP: “Kagan should have quick path to Supreme Court” – early August vote possible

CWA: “Kagan Considers Her Own Views More Important Than National Security”

Liberty Counsel: Probe Kagan’s philosophy and views, especially on transnational law and policy

Salon: “The liberal case against Kagan is overstated: President Obama’s Supreme Court pick is mainly guilty of muting her progressive ideals in the service of ambition”

    Salon: “Even if Kagan’s judicial beliefs don’t align with Marshall’s in all particulars, her willingness to praise his general judicial principles suggests that she, like Marshall, sees the Constitution as a dynamic bulwark against majoritarian tyranny and political persecution. This contrasts not only with the beliefs of Marshall’s antagonists like Scalia, who view the Constitution as static and unchanging, but even with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who stated blandly at her confirmation hearing that her only interpretive guidepost was “fidelity to the law.” . . . The evidence we have from Kagan’s life and works might not be abundant, but on the whole, it shows her to be a conventional Democrat who is comfortable with at least certain progressive uses of judicial power . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.salon.com

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Pro Abortion Kagan was Instrumental in Clinton Policy on Hate Crimes

“If Elena Kagan Is a Lesbian, She Should Say So because Public Has a Right to Know”

    Americans for Truth About Homosexuality: “According to some reports it is an open secret that Kagan is a practicing lesbian — to which AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera responds: ‘If Kagan is practicing immoral sexual behavior, it reflects on her character as a judicial nominee and her personal bias as potentially one of the most important public officials in America. The popular mantra — even among conservatives — is that Kagan’s sexuality is ‘irrelevant.’ But a Justice Kagan would help decide some critically important constitutional issues dealing with: homosexual ‘marriage’ as a supposed civil right; religious liberty and freedom of conscience; and the First Amendment as applied to citizens’ right to oppose homosexuality. So it certainly matters if she, as a lifetime judge, could emerge as a crusading (openly) ‘gay’ advocate on the court.’”


  • Posted: 05/10/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: americansfortruth.com

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NOW Applauds President Obama’s Historic Nomination to Supreme Court

Former Attorney General Ed Meese on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Obama picks Elena Kagan as Supreme Court Nominee

Obama Expected to Pick Pro-Abort Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

    LifeSiteNews: “Kagan is known for strongly favoring taxpayer funded abortion, and is a critic of the 1991 Supreme Court decision Rust v. Sullivan, which upheld federal regulations prohibiting Title X family planning fund recipients from counseling on or referring for abortion. Americans United for Life also reports that Kagan once suggested that faith-based groups operating pregnancy care centers should not counsel pregnant youths, for fear that they would include their religious beliefs in the counseling process . . . CBS News, declared that Kagan would be the “first openly gay justice” on the U.S. Supreme Court . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/07/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.lifesitenews.com

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A Great Law School Dean Doesn’t Have to be a Great Scholar

Conservative Legal Expert Warns That Obama’s Court Pick Does Matter, but Not Everyone on the Short List is ‘Equally Bad’

    CNSNews: “‘One seems to have compiled a pretty solid record as a D.C. circuit judge,’ Whelan said. ‘I’m speaking of Merrick Garland, who’s nowhere like the sort of jurist that would be on my short list, and there’s no question that he would be on the wrong side of a lot of issues, but he does seem to be at least a much more modest judge than some of the others who are on President Obama’s list . . . ‘Look, what we need are nine justices who are faithful to the Constitution. There is no reason why any seat should stay bad simply because it has been bad,’ he said . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/07/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.cnsnews.com

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Obama’s court pick likely to come on Monday

What you need to know about the top Supreme Court contenders

Sen. Jeff Sessions: Americans look for Supreme Court to restrain federal power, not expand it

Republican would back Garland for Supreme Court

GOP Senators Delay Vote on Liu

Since Bork, a Long War Over the Court

A look at Leah Ward Sears

    Daily Report: “For the second year in a row, an opening on the U.S. Supreme Court has generated talk about whether Leah Ward Sears, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, would be tapped for the job. The Daily Report has covered her career since she was a judge on the Fulton County Superior Court and was appointed to the state high court in 1992. We have followed her in elections during which opponents focused on her writings about hot-button social issues such as statutory rape, sodomy and gay marriage. In 2004, Sears gave us a list of what she found to be her 10 most important decisions. In 2009, we analyzed her impact on the court she was about to depart, finding she was helpful to criminal defendants in cases that split the court but was a hard-to-predict vote in close civil cases . . . ”


  • Posted: 05/05/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.dailyreportonline.com

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Bishop won’t let voters become pawns on D.C. marriage

Nominate Leah Ward Sears to the high court

Senate Committee to Vote on Pro-Abortion Obama Judicial Pick Goodwin Liu

Short list gets shorter

“Diverse Obama picks changing face of federal judiciary”

Tim Chandler: A look at Justice Stevens’ impact on our first liberty

Poll affirms a vote for judicial know-how; 22% view “gay” nominee as “negative factor”

Obama Says Liberal Courts May Have Overreached

Is Judge Diane Wood too risky a choice for Obama?

GOP Senators Hammer Nominee on Death Penalty Case

“Openly gay man nominated to fed appeals court”

Newt Gingrich: How America became a ‘secular-socialist machine’

The Potential Nomination of Merrick Garland: Analysis of His Record

    Tom Goldstein writes at SCOTUS Blog: “In 1995, President Clinton nominated Garland for an opening on the D.C. Circuit, and he received a hearing in December of that year. During that confirmation hearing, Garland was asked about ‘judicial activism.’ He answered that ‘[f]ederal judges do not have roving commissions to solve societal problems. The role of the court is to apply law to the facts of the case before it – not to legislate, not to arrogate to itself the executive power, not to hand down advisory opinion on the issues of the day.’ . . . Judge Garland is also the ‘short list’ candidate to replace Justice Stevens who is least likely to prompt a polarizing confirmation fight. He has broad support on both sides of the aisle, and he has few ideologically controversial rulings.”


  • Posted: 04/27/2010
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.scotusblog.com

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“Bloomberg calls for pro-choice court nominee”

‘Cushy’ Job, or ‘Isolated’ Hell? Life as a Supreme Court Justice

‘Liberal’ Reputation Precedes Ninth Circuit Court