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Brett Kavanaugh’s High School Reunion

November 1, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh's High School Reunion

Mark Judge and “Squi” didn’t show up, but Justice Brett Kavanaugh hung out at Georgetown Prep’s Reunion last weekend, attending Friday’s Stag Night and the Homecoming game on Saturday. There was plenty of beer, but not for the judge:

“At one point during the football game, Justice Kavanaugh prepared to pose for a picture with former classmates. First, though, he instructed everyone to put down their beers, according to a person who witnessed the exchange (Justice Kavanaugh didn’t appear to be drinking.). “

— “Back at Georgetown Prep, Kavanaugh Is Hailed as a Hero,” Kate Kelly, New York Times

More:

“Justice Brett Goes To High School Reunion, Class Praised For Its ‘Loyalty,’” Elie Mystal, Above the Law

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Fraternity Pledge Inducted Into the Supreme Court

October 6, 2018
Fraternity Pledge Inducted Into the Supreme Court

Judicial Temperament Tantrum

The shouting is over. Brett Kavanaugh (of Georgetown Prep, Yale legacy admissionsDelta Kappa Epsilon member, and the Federalist Society) was secretly sworn in as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. If you’re keeping score at home, Mr. Kavanaugh is the first justice nominated by a president who lost the popular vote and confirmed by senators representing less than half of the country while a majority of Americans opposed his nomination. God Save the Republic.

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Showtime!

July 9, 2018

Showtime!

It’s spectacle showtime for charlatan-in-chief Donald Trump, who’ll select his prime-time pick for America’s next top model Supreme Court justice tonight at 9PM Eastern. Suspense mounts! Which conservative ideologue will win? Who will go home with a consolation prize?

More:

“How Trump turned the US Supreme Court into prime time television,” Ephrat Livni, Quartz

“Trump pushing for another reality-show reveal of Supreme Court pick,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico

“A ‘Supreme’ show: Trump savors big reveal for court choice,” BY Catherine Lucey and Zeke Miller, AP via Charlotte Observer

“Trump’s New Pageant: SCOTUS Pick Will Have To Look ‘All-American,’ Jibe With Trump,” Nicole LaFond, TPM Livewire

“Trump Is Picking His Supreme Court Nominee Like He’s Casting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

“The Supreme Court Show,” Ross Douthat, New York Times

“The most interesting late development in Trump’s Supreme Court derby,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Inside Baseball:

“The Five Frontrunners,” Adam Feldman, Empirical SCOTUS

“Trump’s 2018 Supreme Court Shortlist and Their Views on Administrative Law,” Chris Walker, Notice & Comment

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Trump Narrows Supreme Court Picks Down to Three

July 6, 2018

Trump Narrows Supreme Court Picks Down to Three
Drama! Suspense mounts on the reality-TV show known as the Trump presidency as we near the prime time Monday night announcement of Mr. Trump’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Whatshisname. The president has narrowed the list prepared by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society to three possible nominees, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and Raymond Kethledge. While Republicans argue about which one is the most stalwart conservative ideologue, Mr. Trump makes personnel decisions based on a candidate’s looks. That’s certainly worked out well for him so far!

More:

“Trump pushing for another reality-show reveal of Supreme Court pick,” Andrew Restuccia, Politico

“Trump’s New Pageant: SCOTUS Pick Will Have To Look ‘All-American,’ Jibe With Trump,” Nicole LaFond, TPM Livewire

“Trump Is Picking His Supreme Court Nominee Like He’s Casting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition,” Bess Levin, Vanity Fair

“The Supreme Court Show,” Ross Douthat, New York Times

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Supreme Court on Muslim Ban: So What?

June 26, 2018

Supreme Court on Muslim Ban: So What?

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the 3rd version of the Trump ban on travel from 5 Muslim counties without Trump business ties. North Korea and Venezuela were added to this version for camouflage, and the ruse seems to have worked. Now that Mr. Trump is besties with Kim Jong-un, we expect NK to drop off the list any day.

Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Roberts held that President Trump’s tweeted and blustered statements about the ban’s anti-Muslim intent were not indications of the measure’s anti-Muslim intent. Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagrees, as does common sense.

More:

“The anti-Muslim travel ban is constitutional, say Supreme Court conservatives,” Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post

“’Motivated by Anti-Muslim Animus’: Must-Reads From Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent on Trump’s Travel Ban,” San Spinelli, Mother Jones

“The Supreme Court’s Green Light to Discriminate,” Adam Serwer, The Atlantic

“John Roberts just validated religious discrimination,” Dana Milbank, Washington Post

“The surprisingly low standard the Supreme Court used to review Trump’s travel ban,” Ana Campoy, Quartz

“An awful, constitutional travel ban: The Supreme Court says a terrible Trump policy is within his authority to implement,” NY Daily News

“The Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban by pretending Trump isn’t the president,” Dara Lind, Vox

“A Failure of Judicial Independence,” Garrett Epps, The Atlantic

“The travel ban decision echoes some of the worst Supreme Court decisions in history,” Aziz Huq, Vox

“A Decision That Will Live in Infamy,” Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

“Move over, Dred Scott,” David D. Cole, Washington Post

“Supreme Court Confirms That We Are A Bigoted Nation,” Elie Mystal, Above The Law

“Bigoted and Feckless, the Travel Ban Is Pure Trump,” New York Times editorial

“Opinion analysis: Divided court upholds Trump travel ban,” Amy Howe, SCOTUSblog [long]

Related:

“The US Supreme Court finally overruled the case that justified Japanese internment,” Ephrat Livni, Quartz

“One Really Good Thing in the Supreme Court’s Travel-Ban Ruling: Korematsu Is Gone,” Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker

“Travel-ban ruling could embolden Trump in remaking the U.S. immigration system,” David Nakamura, Washington Post

“The Supreme Court’s travel ban decision is a reminder: midterm elections matter,” Ezra Klein, Vox

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Judge Thomas Hardiman: Miss Congeniality

February 3, 2017

The suspense is over: President Donald Trump named Federal Appellate Judge Neil Gorsuch as “Man Most Likely to Be Cast as a Supreme Court Justice in a TV Movie.” “I have selected an individual whose qualities define — really, and I mean closely define — what we’re looking for,” said the president, a devotee of central casting.

Judge Gorsuch is no stranger to DC. While a high school student at $30,000-a-year Georgetown Prep, he founded the Fascism Forever Club. That certainly would get the alt-right nod from the Commander-In-Fact, Mr. Steve Bannon.

Mr. Trump handled the Big Reveal with the decorum he became known for in his beauty pageants and reality TV shows. Rumor had it that SCOTUS runner-up Judge Thomas Hardiman would come to DC to heighten the suspense, but it was just fake news back-channel hype.

More:

“It’s ‘The Apprentice, Supreme Court Edition,’ as Trump Summons Finalists to White House,” Maggie Haberman, Michael Grynbaum, and Ron Nixon, New York Times

Related:

“Behind the Smoke Screen: What Reality-TV Veterans Think of Donald Trump’s Presidency,” Julie Miller and Josh Duboff, Vanity Fair

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Supreme Court: Love Wins, 5 to 4.

June 27, 2015

Supreme Court: Love Wins, 5 to 4.
On Friday the Supreme Court of the United States announced its ruling in Obergefell v. HodgesThe majority (Justices Kennedy, Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan) held that the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment guarantee marriage equality for same-sex couples in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the territories of the United States. The USA is now one of 21 countries with nationwide marriage equality.

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Supreme Court: Freedom of Speech = ‘Money Talks!’

April 4, 2014

Supreme Court: Freedom of Speech -- Money Talks!

In McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that money is speech, so the Constitution means rich guys can shout loud and long enough to drown out their political opponents. Why wouldn’t the Roberts Court justices claim money is speech? After all, they ruled that corporations are people.

More:

“Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Political Donation Cap,” Adam Liptak, New York Times 

“Supreme court strikes down cap on overall campaign contributions,” Dan Roberts, The Guardian

Supreme Court Defends Wealthy’s Right to Own Government,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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The Rolling Stones Are Older Than the Supreme Court

February 26, 2014

The Rolling Stones Are Older Than the Supreme Court

“The average age for the four living members of The Rolling Stones is about two years older than the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have an average age of 68 years and 297 days, while the Supreme Court justices’ average is 66 years and 364 days. That makes the rock band one year and 10 months older than the members of the highest court of the United States.”

—  “On Average the Stones Older Than US Supreme Court,” Associated Press

The Supremes’ lineup includes rookies Roberts (57), Alito (62), Sotomayor (58) and Kagan (52). Whippersnappers.

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Who Elected You God? Oh Right, John Roberts.

July 7, 2013

Who Elected You God? Oh Right, John Roberts.

The 11 judges of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court meet in secret to approve or deny (mostly approve) government surveillance requests. All judges of this secret court were appointed by Chief Justice Warren G. Roberts.

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