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    Senate Sends Message in Kagan Confirmation

    Today the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court.  Yet the vote breakdown is telling.  Even with a Democrat stronghold in the Senate, Kagan received more “no” votes [37] than any Democrat Supreme Court nominee in 100 years, and with bipartisan opposition to top it off.  With … More

    Kagan, Gun Rights, and the Fourteenth Amendment

    We have posted several videos from this summer’s Second Amendment Task Force this week. Today’s final installment is of remarks by Dave Kopel, Research Director at the Independence Institute. During his address, Kopel discussed the Kagan nomination in the broader context of the fight to protect gun rights. He specifically … More

    Elena Kagan During the Clinton Years

    Yesterday, we shared a video of our own Hans von Spakovsky speaking at a Second Amendment Task Force event earlier this summer. Hans focused on Kagan’s record and how her inaction on certain Second Amendment-related issues speaks volumes about how she would deal with them on the bench. In today’s … More

    Senator Jeff Sessions' Opening Argument on Kagan

    The Senate today commenced debate on the nomination of Elena Kagan to serve a lifetime appointment on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) opened the proceedings with a strong statement of how conservatives should assess nominees to the High Court. Senator Sessions started with a discussion of “Don’t … More

    How Would Justice Kagan Approach the Second Amendment?

    At a Second Amendment Task Force held earlier this summer, Hans Von Spakovsky, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, explained that Elena Kagan’s lack of action in her current job as Solicitor General with regard to the 2nd Amendment speaks volumes about how Kagan would rule on similar cases … More

    President Obama’s Supreme Court Double Standard

    Senator Barack Obama said the following about the Harriet Miers nomination to the Supreme Court according to Greg Sargent in The Plum Line (Washington Post) in 2005: Harriet Miers has had a distinguished career as a lawyer, but since her experience does not include serving as a judge, we have … More

    Kagan's Inaction on Second Amendment Case Raises Questions

    Much of the discussion and speculation about Elena Kagan’s legal philosophy is limited by her very thin record of scholarship, along with an almost complete lack of experience in the courtroom or participation in litigation through amicus briefs prior to her appointment last year as solicitor general. So we must … More

    Kagan's Gun Problem

    Elena Kagan may be hostile to the view that the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution protects American’s individual right to keep and bear arms.  Bloomberg reports today, “Kagan Was ‘Not Sympathetic’ as Law Clerk to Gun-Rights Argument.”  With the evidence presented by the Los Angeles Times that Kagan was very … More

    Elena Kagan’s Double Standard

    President Obama’s nominated Solicitor General of the United States, Elena Kagan to be justice on the Supreme Court yesterday.  Kagan has no judicial experience and a scant record of writing, but Kagan did express a very illuminating opinion concerning the Senate’s confirmation process.  In a book review of “The Confirmation … More

    Morning Bell: Former Attorney General Ed Meese on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

    According to multiple sources, at 10 am today President Barack Obama will announce his decision to name Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Kagan, who served as the Dean of Harvard Law School from 2003 to 2009, would be the first justice without judicial experience in almost 40 … More