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    'Advice and Consent' Takes Time

    This morning, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court of the United States. While this may seem like the culmination of a long process, it actually marks just the beginning–really, the very first step–of the confirmation process laid out in our Constitution. President … More

    Heritage Comments on President Obama’s Appointment of Sonia Sotomayor

    Today, President Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court. Any nomination for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court deserves careful review by the Senate. Nominations should be judged by a common standard: will they apply the Constitution of the United States … More

    A False Claims Payday for Trial Lawyers

    Tort lawyers are about to get another big payoff from Congress and the Obama administration for the hundreds of millions of dollars they contributed to candidates in the last election cycle (over 75% of which went to Democrats). If it reconciles the differing versions of the so-called Fraud Enforcement and … More

    Koh’s Goal for the Legal Trade in Arms: Ban It

    Harold Koh, the nominee for Legal Adviser to the State Department, supports “the global regulation of small arms” and a “global gun control regime.” And he believes it is “needlessly provocative” for any U.S. representative to refer to the right to bear arms when speaking to a foreign audience: the … More

    A Picture Perfect Double Standard

    ABC News, May 5, 2009: The White House is keeping a tight grip on photos from last week’s botched Air Force One promotional photo op over Lower Manhattan. At a press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dodged reporters’ questions about last week’s photo-op, which cost over $328,000 … More

    The Second Amendment vs International Law

    On March 23, President Obama nominated Harold Koh, former Dean of the Yale Law School, to be Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. As Heritage U.S. Senate Relations Director Brian Darling writes in Human Events, “one of the many concerns [conservatives have] with Koh is his belief that … More

    The Left's New Immigration Talking Points

    The left has learned a lot from their past immigration losses. Responding to Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) immigration hearing last week, New Democratic Networks’ Simon Rosenberg unveils the left’s new talking points on the issue and they are amazing. We’ve responded to them below: 1) Illegal Immigration and Labor Supply … More

    Judge Sotomayor on Whether Judges Make Policy


    Obama's Empathy Standard

    President Barack Obama outlined his criteria for appointing a replacement for retiring-Justice David Souter today. In Obama’s world, justice should not blind, instead: I will seek …. someone who understands justice and isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book, it is also about how our … More

    Obama’s Outcome Based Jurisprudence

    Following the news that Justice Souter will be retiring this summer after the Supreme Court’s present term ends, President Obama dropped into the White House briefing room this afternoon and commented on how what he will be looking for in a replacement. Unfortunately, his remarks were in keeping with his … More