Will Liberals and Progressives Be Pleased?
The Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Merrick Garland, is President Barack Obama’s choice to present to the U.S. Senate as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
See graphic above for Garland’s background
Garland is 63, widely considered a moderate, and was confirmed by a strong majority in 1997 to the D.C. Circuit.Â
The PresidentÂ calls him one of America’sÂ “sharpest legal minds,” and someone who is “uniquely qualified” to serve on the Supreme Court “immediately.”
JudgeÂ Garland “has won praise in the past from Republicans and Democrats and is viewed as a moderate whose legal approach was shaped by his lengthy career as a federal prosecutor,” Reuters reports.
In 2010, Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hath, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, described him as a â€œconsensus nomineeâ€ who would â€œget a lot of votes.â€
Before joining the Washington appeals court, Garland served as a senior Justice Department official and, before that, as a prosecutor and a lawyer in private practice with the Arnold & Porter firm.
His supporters often cite his role in the investigation of the 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City in which 168 people were killed as an illustration of his qualities as a lawyer.
The Wall Street Journal posted these responses to the nomination:
UC Irvine School of Law professorÂ Rick Hasen,Â writing on Election Law Blog, calls it a compromise pick, saying â€œGarland is indeed a moderate, someone who will not excite the Democratic base the way other nominations would.â€
Harvard Law School professorÂ Laurence TribeÂ said via email: â€œJudge Garland is a brilliant jurist whom Iâ€™ve admired ever since he was my constitutional law student. His modesty, humility, and moderation make him a particularly suitable choice for these divided times.â€
ErwinÂ Chemerinsky,Â dean ofÂ UC Irvine School of Law, said by phone: â€œI think President Obama could not have picked anyone with better credentials than Merrick Garland. Iâ€™ve known him since 1969, we were competitors in high school debate. Merrick is brilliant, heâ€™s impeccably qualified, he has no liberal paper trail. Heâ€™s everything Obama would want as a consensus pick. I think what Obama has done is pick somebody thatâ€™s unassailable. Whatever professional qualifications would make one suitable for the Supreme Court, Merrick has: Harvard Law School, clerked on the Supreme Court, big firm practice, prosecutor, 20 years on the DC. circuit.â€
â€” CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 16, 2016
From the White House:
â€” The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 16, 2016
Eric Holder, Obama’s former Attorney General, just posted this tweet:
Merrick Garland is an outstanding choice for SCOTUS. A protector of civil rights and individual liberties. He MUST get a vote. #Doyourjob!
â€” Eric Holder (@EricHolder) March 16, 2016
Other responses via Twitter:
These 7 GOP Senators voted to confirm Merrick Garland in 1997: Coats, Cochran, Collins, Hatch, Inhofe, McCain, and Roberts.
â€” Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) March 16, 2016
Now he refuses to even hold a hearing
â€” igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) March 16, 2016
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Experts: Trump’s Denial of Trusting Putin More Than US Intelligence ‘Sure Sounds More Like a Confirmation’
President Donald Trump kicked off Tuesday by blasting John Bolton, after numerous articles show his former National Security Advisor questioning the president’s strange allegiance to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In one, Bolton says Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki was the incident that shocked him the most.
That was in 2018, when Trump stood next to the Russian President, told the world that Putin denied “meddling” in the U.S. election, and that Trump beloved Putin – over the U.S. intelligence community.
In response, on Tuesday Trump called Bolton “one of the dumbest people I’ve met in government.” He said Bolton “states often that I respected, and even trusted, Vladimir Putin of Russia more than those in our Intelligence Agencies.” And then tries to deny it is true by making a very odd statement.
“While of course that is not true, if the first people you met from so called American Intelligence were Dirty Cops who have now proven to be sleazebags at the highest level like James Comey, proven liar James Clapper, & perhaps the lowest of them all, Wacko John Brennan who headed the CIA, you could perhaps understand my reluctance to embrace!”
Experts are saying Trump’s attempt to deny the accusations he trusts the President of the Russian Federation more than the U.S. Intelligence Community sounds more like a confirmation than a denial.
Professor of international relations, political scientist and journalist David Rothkopf:
This denial that Trump trusted Putin more than the Intelligence Community sure sounds more like a confirmation that it’s true. Perhaps that is because it is true. (This is just more evidence to that effect.) https://t.co/RSH1YerdDs
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) August 11, 2020
Bloomberg Opinion columnist, author of “TrumpNation” Tim O’Brien:
“The man has very strong control over a country. Now, it’s a very different system and I don’t happen to like the system, but certainly in that system, he’s been a leader. Far more than our president has been a leader.” – Trump on Putin, 9/7/16 https://t.co/uNLDUjBOEP
— Tim O’Brien (@TimOBrien) August 11, 2020
Former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, political commentator, and author David Frum:
Extra insults = extra confirmation of the allegation https://t.co/uwYJsRQShB
— David Frum (@davidfrum) August 11, 2020
National security lawyer Bradley P. Moss:
“So called American intelligence” https://t.co/EnfePpeiSD
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) August 11, 2020
George Conway Burns to the Ground Trump Supporters Who Are Suckered by His Lies
On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative attorney and Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway excoriated Trump supporters, by writing a parody of what one might say in defense of the president.
“I believe Joe Biden is ‘Sleepy’ and ‘weak.’ I believe Biden could ‘hurt God’ and the Bible,” wrote Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and a vocal critic of the president from the right for years. “I believe that if Biden is elected, there will be ‘no religion, no anything,’ and he would confiscate all guns, ‘immediately and without notice.’ He would ‘abolish’ ‘our great,’ ‘beautiful suburbs,’ not to mention ‘the American way of life.’ There would be ‘no windows, no nothing’ in buildings.”
By contrast, Conway wrote, when it comes to Trump, “I believe it’s normal for the president to say ‘Yo Semites’ and ‘Yo Seminites,’ ‘Thigh Land,’ ‘Minne-a-napolis,’ ‘toe-tally-taria-tism,’ ‘Thomas Jeffers’ and ‘Ulyss-eus S. Grant.’ I believe it’s Biden who’s cognitively impaired. I believe the president ‘aced’ a ‘very hard’ impairment test, and that his ‘very surprised’ doctors found this ‘unbelievable.’ I believe it was ‘amazing’ he remembered five words, such as ‘person, woman, man, camera, TV’ — in correct order. I believe he took the SAT himself.”
Conway also went after the president’s racism and incompetence fighting coronavirus.
“I believe that the president has done a tremendous job fighting the virus — and that he shouldn’t ‘take responsibility at all’ — even though about 160,000 Americans have died. I believe the virus ‘is what it is,’” wrote Conway. “I believe it isn’t racist to call the coronavirus ‘kung flu’ or ‘the China Virus.’ It isn’t racially divisive to say Black Lives Matter is a ‘symbol of hate,’ to celebrate Confederate generals as part of our ‘Great American Heritage,’ or to share video of someone shouting ‘white power,’ which, like displaying the Confederate flag, is ‘freedom of speech.’”
And above all, Conway wrote, “I believe the president won the popular vote in 2016 ‘if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.’ I believe he shouldn’t accept the election results if he loses in November.”
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Trump Again Dangerously Claims Children Are ‘Essentially Immune’ and ‘Don’t Transfer’ the Coronavirus. That’s False.
President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters that children are “virtually immune,” don’t transport or transfer the coronavirus, and just a “tiny fraction” of those who become infected die. Most of that is false, and dangerously so.
“They get better very quickly,” Trump continued. “But, as you know, the seriousness of it and what it leads to is extraordinarily small.”
Asked if he still believes children are essentially immune, as he falsely stated just five days ago, the President replied, “Yeah. I think that for the most part they do very well. They don’t get very sick, they don’t catch it easily, and according to the people that I’ve spoken to they don’t transport or transfer it to other people, or certainly not very easily.”
97,000 children across a two-week period tested positive for the coronavirus at the end of July. And while the fatality rate is lower among children, there are other diseases they (and adults) can get. Among children, “a rare but severe condition that has been reported approximately 2–4 weeks after the onset of COVID-19 in children and adolescents,” Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (AMIS), has been reported, the CDC said on its website last week.
Children, especially those ten and older, studies show, transmit the coronavirus at the same rate as adults.
REPORTER: 97,000 children tested positive for coronavirus in the last week of July. Does that give you any pause about schools reopening for in-person learning?
REPORTER: So do you still think kids are essentially immune?
TRUMP: Yeah [this is false — kids can die] pic.twitter.com/5UCuRkOuRK
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 10, 2020
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