Search Results:
Summary  |  Headline Only

August 03, 2010 3:40 pm ET

About Those "Errors" In Your Kagan Testimony, Sen. Sessions...

In his floor speech this morning opposing Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) "ask[ed] and challenge[d]" Kagan supporters "to point out any errors in my remarks as we go forth so that we can, above all, get the facts straight." He then launched into an account of Harvard Law's policy toward military recruiters during Kagan's tenure as dean which contained errors of fact. We submit to Sen. Sessions' attention that then-Dean Kagan did not in fact bar recruiters from the campus (as he twice said she did this morning), and that his insistence that anti-gay discrimination in the armed forces is a matter of law and not military policy is misleading at best.

Continue reading

July 26, 2010 10:16 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 25, 2010

On Fox News Sunday, former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich defended his year-old "Latina woman racist" attack against Justice Sonia Sotomayor by insisting that a white man would have been pilloried had he made similar remarks. Read in their full context, Sotomayor's remarks do not assert any inherent superiority of judgment for Hispanics — or any other race for that matter. It's worth remembering that Sotomayor was praising the way greater diversity of experience leads to more fully-informed decisions. Later, Gingrich misled viewers to believe that Democrats can extend the Bush tax cuts without changing the law (Republicans wrote the bill to sunset after 2010). Elsewhere, Civil Rights Commissioner Abigail Thomas claimed that polling shows Tea Partiers are reflective of America at large. In fact, polling shows that's just not true.

Continue reading

June 28, 2010 9:44 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows — June 27, 2010

On Sunday's political talk shows, Republicans were hard at work managing expectations for this week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Elena Kagan nomination. Senators Cornyn (TX), Graham (SC) and McCain (AZ) each pushed the false notion that Kagan banned military recruiters from Harvard Law School while she was Dean there. A number of Kagan's former students have defended her against such charges, and the fact is recruiters had access to the Harvard campus and Harvard Law students throughout Kagan's tenure. Elsewhere, Sen. Graham raised the red herring of Kagan's praise for an Israeli judge as a reason to oppose her nomination, and Sen. Cornyn reiterated the tired Republican lie that clean energy legislation will kill jobs.

Continue reading

June 21, 2010 2:06 pm ET

FLASHBACK: Republican Senators Claimed Judicial Filibusters Are Unconstitutional

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is "possible" that Republicans will attempt to filibuster Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.  However, while filibustering is within the GOP's rights, at least eight Republican senators have publicly argued that judicial filibusters are unconstitutional.

Continue reading

June 10, 2010 6:34 pm ET

Sen. Coburn's Bogus Attacks On Sotomayor, Kagan And International Law

Continue reading

June 08, 2010 2:50 pm ET

Rep. Poe Repeats Falsehood That Kagan "Banned" The Military From Harvard's Campus

Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) argued against Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's confirmation, claiming that she "banned" the military from Harvard's campus for "personal and biased reasons."  In reality, Kagan upheld longstanding university policy, facilitated military recruitment through the law school's Veterans Association, and complied with court rulings.

Continue reading

May 17, 2010 10:07 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - May 16, 2010

On Sunday's political talk shows, Republicans echoed the fierce, false criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan that we heard throughout last week.  Newt Gingrich claimed that Kagan is "anti-military." Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) parroted Gingrich's lie that the military's prohibition on homosexuals began under President Clinton. And Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that Kagan wants the government to ban books. Meanwhile, Gingrich advanced false narratives about health care reform and President Obama's attitude toward free enterprise, and Sen. McConnell attacked the Recovery Act.

Continue reading

May 14, 2010 3:26 pm ET

New Ad Falsely Claims Solicitor General Kagan "Kicked The Military Off Campus" At Harvard

On May 14, 2010, the conservative Judicial Crisis Network (formerly the Judicial Confirmation Network) released an ad opposing Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court.  The ad dishonestly claims that Kagan "kicked the military off campus" during her tenure as dean of Harvard Law School.  In reality, Kagan upheld longstanding university policy, facilitated military recruitment through the law school's Veterans Association, and complied with court rulings.

Continue reading

May 11, 2010 6:30 pm ET

Top Republicans Hypocritically Target Solicitor General Kagan's Experience

Republican Senators Mitch McConnell, Jeff Sessions, and John Cornyn have all criticized President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, for her lack of experience as a judge. However, in 2005, all three Republican leaders touted President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers, who also lacked both judicial experience and Kagan's impressive credentials.

Continue reading

May 07, 2010 11:15 am ET

Sen. Sessions Delivers GOP Talking Points On Potential SCOTUS Nominee

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) repeated a litany of false Republican talking points about the president's upcoming Supreme Court nomination.

Continue reading

April 22, 2010 5:06 pm ET

Ed Whelan & The Ethics And Public Policy Center

The fight over President Obama's nomination to fill Justice Stevens' soon-to-be-vacant seat on the Supreme Court has begun.  As conservatives begin to fill the airwaves with their lies and misinformation about potential nominees, one of the most prominent voices will undoubtedly be Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.  Unfortunately, the opinions of Whelan - who has both called Roe v. Wade "the Dred Scott of our age" and referred to justices as "judicial knaves" writing "gobbledygook" - are taken seriously and repeated throughout the right-wing echo chamber.

Continue reading

April 12, 2010 11:49 am ET

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - April 11, 2010

Sunday's political talk shows focused squarely on the newest opening on the Supreme Court, but guests also discussed the Nuclear Posture Review and its impact on foreign policy. Sen. Lamar Alexander appeared on Fox News Sunday to continue the Republican misrepresentation of President Obama's criteria for Supreme Court nominees, ignoring the fact that "empathy" has been seen in the past as a qualification for the high court by Republicans and Democrats alike. Later, Sen. Alexander claimed that last week's Nuclear Posture Review "takes away the ambiguity about our use of nuclear power" and implied it will prevent America from using nuclear weapons against Iran and North Korea. Neither statement is true. Finally, Rep. Michele Bachmann used her appearance on Fox News Sunday to repeat her misleading claim that the health care reform package passed last month is a "government takeover" of the medical and student loan industries.

Continue reading

of 1