• How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone
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    How do US Supreme Court justices get appointed? – Peter Paccone

    There’s a job out there with a great deal of power, pay, prestige, and near-perfect job security. And there’s only one way to be hired: get appointed to the US Supreme Court. If you want to become a justice on the Supreme Court, the highest federal court in the United States, three things have to happen. You have to be nominated by the president of the United States, your nomination needs to be approved by the Senate, and finally, the president must formally appoint you to the court. Because the Constitution doesn’t specify any qualifications, in other words, that there’s no age, education, profession, or even native-born citizenship requirement, a…

  • Nina Totenberg on Breaking the Anita Hill Allegations
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    Nina Totenberg on Breaking the Anita Hill Allegations

    So let’s start with Bork. Let’s start with the environment that exists on the court and in the perception of the court by Democrats or liberals and conservatives at the moment that Bork is announced. Why all the hullabaloo about Bork? He’s replacing Powell, right? Right. So at that moment, Lewis Powell was the centrist vote on the court, the swing vote. The court was not nearly as conservative as it is now, and the Reagan administration, and President Reagan in particular, they didn’t play “hide the ball.” They campaigned on the notion that they were going to transform the court and make it much more conservative. So when Bork…

  • Steve Bannon’s Mixed Feelings on Sen. Mitch McConnell
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    Steve Bannon’s Mixed Feelings on Sen. Mitch McConnell

    … [Sen. Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.), the president, president really lets him have it after the Obamacare thing fails in the Senate. … What’s up with McConnell from your point of view? Is he the leader of the opposition party? Where is he then and now? Well, first off, he’s—look, there’s nobody I’ve had bigger disagreements [with than] Mitch McConnell, because to me he’s the epitome of the establishment. That being said, if you’re a conservative, he essentially saved the country. He fought for all those years and kept 140 federal judges, I mean, and the Supreme Court. This was why the campaign was so important when I stepped in there.…

  • Scalia: Portrait of a Man & Jurist [Excerpt]
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    Scalia: Portrait of a Man & Jurist [Excerpt]

    My hand is on a, if you get real close you can see the title, it’s The Federalist and above that is uh, uh Webster’s Second International Dictionary. I don’t like the Third. And behind that is the wedding portrait of Maureen. And down at the bottom is uh, is uh, uh a well-known, uh, portrait of Thomas More. He is one of my, one of my heroes. It’s a tradition, uh, at the Court, to have the law clerks of the justice commission a portrait which will be hung at the Court when the justice dies or retires. He was a principled man. He was a man of faith,…

  • Kellyanne Conway on Brett Kavanaugh: “The Good Guys Won”
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    Kellyanne Conway on Brett Kavanaugh: “The Good Guys Won”

    Let’s talk first about [Antonin] Scalia. Scalia dies. That night, [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell (R-Ky.) immediately sort of says that there will be no hearings during the presidency of Obama. That night there was a debate, and candidate Trump, at that point, comes out and makes a comment about it, and basically tells McConnell to hold the line. And delay, delay, delay is what it’s all about. Talk about that moment, what his attitude about it is and why Scalia’s seat was so important, why the courts were so important, what the campaign—I know you weren’t there yet, but what the campaign understood about why this is so important.…