• News Wrap: Schumer denies threatening Supreme Court justices
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    News Wrap: Schumer denies threatening Supreme Court justices

    JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: Progressive champion Elizabeth Warren has ended her bid for the Democratic presidential campaign. The Massachusetts senator had led the race back in October, but she failed to win a single state, including her own on Super Tuesday. Today, she addressed supporters outside her home in Cambridge, and acknowledged there was no way forward. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): I will not be running for president in 2020. But I guarantee I will stay in the fight for the hardworking folks across this country who’ve gotten the short end of the stick over and over. That’s been the fight of my life, and it will…

  • Adam Ruins Everything – How the NRA Changed the 2nd Amendment | truTV
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    Adam Ruins Everything – How the NRA Changed the 2nd Amendment | truTV

    understood the amendment for a long time. For over 200 years, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule that the Second Amendment had anything to do with individual gun rights. Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo! I have a constitutional right to– (whistle blowing) Flag on the play! The Supreme Court will not rule on this issue! Oh, come on! Are you blind, ref?! Where the (bleep) was the NRA when all this was going down? Well, they were pretty different back then. When the National Rifle Association was founded after the Civil War, they weren’t heartland warriors. They were genteel cultured aristocrats focused on improving Yankee marksmanship. Oh, yoo-hoo, boys in blue. You have…

  • Roger Pilon: The Constitution’s Purpose Is to Discipline Rulers and the Ruled
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    Roger Pilon: The Constitution’s Purpose Is to Discipline Rulers and the Ruled

    Dr. Pilon believes that the Supreme Court has unconstitutionally delegated Congress’ legislating power to the executive branch, thus creating an ever-growing government. Does he only oppose the way the Supreme Court went about this delegation of power? Here is Dr. Pilon again. Are you opposing only the way in which they in effect, changed the Constitution, or do you believe the Constitution should be treated as it is, not like a living document? I am both opposing the way it was done, which was illegitimate. It could have been done legitimately through amending the Constitution under Article V, but I’m also opposing what was done. Because what was done was…

  • 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…

  • Consumers Lose As Republicans PACK Courts With Corporate Judges
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    Consumers Lose As Republicans PACK Courts With Corporate Judges

    Barack Obama left office with more than a hundred vacancies on the federal courts and Donald Trump and the new Republicans in the Senate did not waste any time filling these seats. But who’s picking these judges and what do they have to gain from these appointments? Joining me to answer that question is Farron Cousins from the trial lawyer magazine. Farron, this, if you take a look at this case, at this situation, I think 15 years ago on Ring of Fire, we started talking about the idea that the Democrats were paying so much attention to social issues. You know, is this judge, is this judge good on…

  • UOG Presidential Lecture Series – Paul Smith
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    UOG Presidential Lecture Series – Paul Smith

    Hafa adai! All right. Good evening. Buenas noches. And I feel like I’m in trouble with seeing all these people from the legal community here and it’s an honor and a privilege to see so many who are amassed here this evening. It’s my honor and privilege to introduce to the University of Guam and the broader Guahan legal community tonight’s presidential lecturer Attorney Paul Smith. He’s currently on the faculty of the Georgetown University School of Law. He brings over 30 years of legal experience, graduated from Amherst College in 1976 and received his law degree from Yale Law School where he served as editor in chief of the…

  • Edward Whelan: Scalia and Gorsuch on Chevron Deference
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    Edward Whelan: Scalia and Gorsuch on Chevron Deference

    The argument that Justice Scalia embraced in a noteworthy 1989 Law Review article, is that it was important and valuable to have a default rule so the courts weren’t always trying to figure out, right at the beginning, what do we do with this statute? Is this a statute that calls for us to defer it to the agencies or not? He emphasized that Chevron was not, by any means, constitutionally mandated. He believed that there was value in having a clear rule up front for Congress to choose to depart from if it wanted to, to, for the courts to have a clear rule to apply in reviewing agency…

  • Rimini Street v. Oracle: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Rimini Street v. Oracle: The Decision [SCOTUSbrief]

    In Rimini Street versus Oracle, the court addressed whether the phrase ‘full costs’ in the Copyright Act allows for a party to recover those costs of pretty much every imaginable litigation expense, or if it referred to a specific set of costs allowed for under federal law. On the one side, you had Oracle which is a giant software company, and on the other side, you had Rimini Street which sells its services to customers who have previously purchased Oracle software. Oracle sued Rimini Street in Nevada Federal District Court alleging that Rimini Street had infringed a number of Oracle’s copyrights for its software. This case ended up at the…