This campaign of pressure is no doubt motivated both by Democrats' exaggerated fears of what the Court's post-Kennedy center-right majority will do and by the relatively large number of hot-button cases before the Supreme Court this term. Among the most important such cases are the New York gun case and today's employment cases.
Their embarrassing overreach could have been avoided had they bothered to read the Times piece, which openly relied on hearsay provided by anonymous sources concerning a supposed witness who just happened to be an adversary of Kavanaugh during the Ken Starr investigation. Likewise if the would-be presidents had, like others, requested an advance copy of the book on which the story is based. The book reveals that the alleged victim has no memory of the incident.
Chief Justice John Roberts disappointed conservatives today – to a degree not seen since he saved ObamaCare in 2012 – when he sided with the Court's four liberals to second guess the Trump Administration's reasons for adding a citizenship question to the census, likely ensuring that the question will not be on the census given the looming deadline for printing the forms.
The following is a statement from the Committee for Justice on the Supreme Court 9-0 ruling today in Kisor v. Wilkie, upholding but limiting the doctrine of Auer deference, which instructs courts to defer to an administrative agency’s reasonable interpretation of its own ambiguous regulations. The case involved the Veteran Administration's denial of disability benefits.
While the Mueller report, released today, concluded that there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, it described a "social media campaign" dating back to 2014 that was run by Russia's Internet Research Agency (IRA) and was designed to interfere in American elections. "By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts," the report concludes.
As calls for data privacy in the United States echo those heard in Europe, it is important to remember the fate of the European Union’s digital economy at the hands of a strict regulatory regime. Our recommendations emphasize the need to prioritize economic prosperity and preserve the United States' role as leader in technological innovation instead of making America more like Europe.
Some of the demands by Ford's attorney are baffling, like the objection to a female outside counsel after Ford's supporters insisted she could not get a fair hearing if questioned by a bunch of white male senators. Nonetheless, Sen. Grassley is doing the right thing by going the extra mile to make accommodations he believes will enable Ford's testimony.