November 12, 2004 |
Egos firmly in check, there was no visible gloating here as hundreds of conservative lawyers and legal scholars converged yesterday on the stately old Mayflower Hotel, a few blocks from the White House. But there was a palpable sense at the start of the annual meeting of the Federalist Society that conservatives' long-held dream of remaking the federal bench might soon be at hand. The society is a powerhouse conservative group whose members hold key positions in the Bush administration and on the federal bench.
April 5, 1992 |
President Bush took aim at a familiar target Friday in Philadelphia: the U.S. Congress. Speaking in the Old House Chamber at Congress Hall, Bush called for term limits, shorter congressional sessions, fewer committees, and limits on campaign fund-raising. His audience was the Federalist Society, a lawyers' group.
March 24, 2001 |
Whoever gave a second thought to the American Bar Association? Conservatives nursing a grudge, it turns out. And that means the White House. After a half-century as the primary independent reviewer of candidates for federal judgeships, the ABA is on its way out, the Bush administration has made clear. The Federalist Society is in. It's Bork's best revenge. Conservative animus against the ABA has built since 1987, when Robert Bork was given a mixed rating - but not the "unqualified" badge of dishonor - because some reviewers thought his jurisprudence too extreme.
June 28, 2008
The Bush administration has achieved a new low when it comes to politicizing America's top law-enforcement agency. A report from the Justice Department's inspector general shows that Bush appointees broke the law with their partisan hiring practices. It's damning evidence that the administration sought to mold the Justice Department to its conservative ideology. The report said officials under former Attorneys General John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales rejected applicants suspected of being liberal, and hired people who they believed were conservative.
April 4, 1992 |
Meet George Bush, reformer. President Bush used a historic Philadelphia backdrop yesterday to deliver a plan for reforming "a career Congress" into "a citizen Congress. " He strongly endorsed 12-year limits on the terms of senators and representatives, and advocated changes in campaign financing and congressional operations. Bush, in the city less than two hours, visited Old Congress Hall adjoining Independence Hall for a speech to the Federalist Society. The cozy room, with its mix of original and restored furnishings, was the meeting place for the U.S. House of Representatives from 1790 to 1800.
February 8, 2002 |
In response to international criticism, President Bush agreed yesterday to follow Geneva Convention guidelines for the treatment of captured Afghan fighters even though he considers them illegal combatants. Bush drew a distinction between Taliban soldiers who fought for the Afghan regime and fighters with the al-Qaeda terrorist network. He said the Geneva Conventions covered Taliban troops because they fought for a country that ratified the 1949 agreement. The legal distinction has little significance, because he did not budge from his earlier decision that all the detainees are terrorists, not prisoners of war. While he has agreed to treat Taliban soldiers humanely, he is doing so at his discretion, not because international law obliges him to, the White House said.
July 18, 2007 |
U.S. Solicitor General Paul D. Clement said in Philadelphia yesterday that the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. had taken a pronounced pro-business approach, and suggested that it could carry over into the next term. Clement, the government's chief legal advocate before the Supreme Court, said decisions limiting punitive-damage awards against corporate defendants and imposing restrictions on antitrust lawsuits suggested a distinct tilt in favor of business.
February 22, 2008
Offensive cartoon Yesterday's Tony Auth cartoon mocks the very foundation of the Catholic Church. Why are Auth and The Inquirer Editorial Board printing cartoons that are so blasphemous and deeply offensive to the Catholic community? The cartoon distorts the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew 18:16, a text of sacred Scripture that is at the heart of the identity of the Roman Catholic Church. This outrageous distortion implies that the church is founded on deception. The church in Philadelphia is openly and with great sorrow addressing the tragedies of the past.
February 25, 1994 |
Colleen Sheehan, a political outsider in the Republican Party, became the third GOP candidate to formally enter the race for the 149th Legislative District seat yesterday. "What representatives are supposed to do is be accountable to people but also to enlarge the public's views and create a consensus of the free citizenry," said Sheehan, an assistant professor of political science at Villanova University. "Representatives have a job to do, which includes communications with citizens.
February 18, 2008
President Bush is complaining again about the Senate's failure to approve his federal nominees, but he's ignoring an obvious solution: Nominate moderate candidates. More than 180 of Bush's nominations are being held up by the Senate, including 28 judicial nominees. Last year, only 56 percent of Bush's nominees were confirmed, one of the lowest rates of approval since 1989. No doubt many Democrats are now content to run out the clock on a lame-duck president, rather than approve yet another conservative ideologue for a lifetime job. But Senate Democrats are hardly the whole story.