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What liberal judiciary? (Mother Jones, 04/18/05)
"George W. Bush's whining over the fact that a small handful of his judges are being blocked—and mostly just those who, like William G. Myers III, are wholly unqualified for the bench—sounds awfully petulant." Conservatives want "the sort of judges who will strike down labor and environmental protections, scale back minimum-wage and maximum-hour laws, and take away Congress' ability to regulate commerce."

The Unregulated Offensive (New York Times Magazine, 04/17/05)
Jeffrey Rosen's commentary on the commerce clause and the importance of nominating fair judges.

Bush's ramrod judicial nominees (Vanderbilt Orbis [TN] , 04/06/05)
With great gnashing of teeth and bellows of anguish, President Bush has continually bemoaned the fact that "his" judges haven't been approved.

Politicial dosie-do : Of life, death and filibusters (Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 03/23/05)
The majority should not simply destroy the filibuster now and forever on a point of order, which is what the Republicans in the Senate are considering.

Republicans have short memories on judicial nominations (News Journal (DE), 02/28/05)
The president and his conservative allies in the Senate intend to make martyrs of Mr. Myers and a few other rejects for top judgeships by nominating them again to provoke a big fight with Democrats.

Democrats must block activist judges (San Jose Mercury News [CA], 02/23/05)
President Bush is picking a fight on political grounds by resubmitting names of his previous nominees.

In our opinion: Courting Politics (Anniston Star [AL] , 02/18/05)
Since Bush took office in 2001, Republicans have complained that Democrats are infusing partisan politics into the picking of judges. If this were a football game, the referee would have long ago flagged the GOP for hypocrisy in the extreme.

Judicial Politics (Baltimore Sun, 01/10/05)
Even before the opening of the 109th Congress, Mr. Bush announced he would renominate 20 prospective judicial candidates whom he could not get through the Senate during his first term.

Wrong Step on Judges (Washington Post, 01/03/05)
Mr. Bush has taken the one step sure to fuel the judicial nominations fires: He announced that he would renominate the most controversial of his judicial picks.

Judicial distinction: Bush may recognize the differences between courts, even if his critics don't (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 12/27/04)
Janice Rogers "Brown, an outspoken conservative with libertarian leanings, was renominated by Bush last week for a seat on the D.C. Circuit. A Brown nomination would please true believers in the Federalist Society, an influential group of conservative and libertarian law students. But it would be an expression of contempt for Senate Democrats" "there is a case to be made against some of Bush's appeals court nominees, including Brown and William Pryor"

Editorial: Bush's bench (St. Petersburg Times [FL] , 11/06/04)
"Bush appointed Jay S. Bybee to a seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after Bybee, as an attorney in the Justice Department, authored one of the now-infamous torture memorandums, giving the administration legal cover to abuse detainees."

Of supreme importance (Boston Globe, 10/02/04)
The question of whom the next president will nominate to the Supreme Court looms over nearly every other domestic policy issue in the presidential campaign, from civil rights to the environment. . .. A president's appointments to the lower federal courts are also significant, and here there is no guesswork about what Bush intends. To the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit he nominated William Myers, a former lobbyist for the mining industry and counsel for the Interior Department who led the way in stripping environmental protections from federal lands. ... A president's appointments to the lower federal courts are also significant, and here there is no guesswork about what Bush intends. To the [9th] Circuit he nominated William Myers, a former lobbyist for the mining industry and counsel for the Interior Department who led the way in stripping environmental protections from federal lands."

Activist judges? What's in a name? (Seattle Post-Intelligencer [WA], 08/18/04)
Dahlia Lithwick: "Re-activists such as another Bush nominee, Janice Rogers Brown, have called the Supreme Court's shift toward defending New Deal legislation in 1937 the start of "the triumph of our socialist revolution." . . . [N]o one ought to be allowed to claim that the act of clubbing a live Constitution to death isn't activism."

Activist, Schmactivist (New York Times, 08/15/04)
Commentary by Dahlia Lithwick published in the New York Times on Priscilla Owen, Janice Rogers Brown, William Pryor, and the Commerce Clause.

The quality of the judiciary is at stake (Philadelphia Daily News [PA], 08/11/04)
George W. Bush has nominated a diverse group of candidates for the federal judiciary - including African-Americans, Hispanics, and women. But Bush's real idea of "diversity" in the federal courts is a nightmare judge for every progressive issue. Civil rights: Janice Rogers Brown, who ruled in one case that racial harassment is protected by the Constitution. Charles W. Pickering, who has claimed that minorities "spontaneously react that discrimination caused" any adverse effect. William Pryor, who has advocated weakening the Voting Rights Act. The environment: William G. Myers III, a former mining-industry lobbyist who has compared federal land management with the reign of King George III. . . . Common decency: Jay Bybee, who, as a lawyer in the Justice Department, argued that the president has the constitutional authority to order torture."

Editorial: Judicial truce / Citizens win with this court vacancies agreement  (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 05/23/04)
"Democrats have filibustered some of President Bush's wilder nominees, and in his frustration Mr. Bush has offended the spirit of the law (although not its letter) by making recess appointments of two flagrantly unsuitable candidates to the bench, Charles Pickering Sr. of Mississippi and William Pryor of Alabama."

Judicial Cease-Fire (Newsday [NY], 05/21/04)
Welcome deal worked out between Bush and Senate will block worst nominees and permit confirmation of noncontroversial judges.

Future generations be damned! The sorry environmental legacy of the Bush administration. (Tikkun, 05/01/04)
Bush's plan to pack the federal courts with radical anti-environmental judges is discussed.

That Old-Time "Southern Strategy": How President Bush Sent A Message With His Court Appointments (, 03/24/04)
Recess appointments by President George W. Bush of [Charles Pickering and William Pryor] two controversial Deep South Republicans to federal courts of appeals indicates that the Republican "Southern strategy" remains alive and well.

The Bush Administration Packs The Courts With Anti-Environmental Judges (Environmental News Network (ENN), 03/12/04)
Op-Ed by April Reese: For more than 30 years, environmental laws ranging from the Clean Air Act to the Endangered Species Act have provided a formidable weapon for activists and ordinary citizens trying to protect the environment. While the environment does not always prevail in court, litigation has become an essential protection tool.

Editorial: No Pryor restraint / Bush rashly puts an extremist on the bench (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette [PA], 02/27/04)
"President Bush's recess appointment of William Pryor to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ... was wrong on two levels, involving the elevation of an unfit nominee as the result of a provocative maneuver."

Hypocrisy: Senatorial Temper Tantrum (Charleston Gazette [WV] , 11/14/03)
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are throwing a giant hissy fit because Democrats are blocking the nominations of a few extremist federal judge appointees.

Politics & People: Showtime in the Senate (Wall Street Journal, 11/13/03)
The charges against Senate Democrats for filibustering judicial nominees are about as substantive as the chances of a serious debate over the judiciary -- both charades.

Filibusters let Democrats block unworthy nominees (Atlanta Journal Constitution, 11/13/03)
The Republicans' pointless pouting session may backfire when Americans learn the real facts about previous filibuster use.

Wrong for the Bench (San Francisco Chronicle [CA], 11/12/03)
In picking Janice Brown, another doctrinaire candidate for the federal bench, the White House is prolonging the congressional standoff that has already stymied four other judicial nominees.

Plug GOP 'Volcano' Senate Has Confirmed Most Judicial Nominations (Register Guard [OR], 11/11/03)
"Brown, Owen, Pryor and Kuhl hold views that are well outside the American mainstream, and these nominees shouldn't be confirmed."

A Manufactured Crisis on Judges (New York Times, 11/10/03)
Lost amid the grandstanding about a "crisis" in judicial nominations are the facts: 168 Bush nominees have been confirmed and only four rejected, a far better percentage than for President Bill Clinton.

Pickering Judged (Arkansas Times, 11/07/03)
Arkansas Sens. Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln have helped defeat President Bush's plan to elevate another inferior district judge to a federal appellate court where the wretch could more forcefully punish those who didn't support Bush for president - women, blacks, unionists, the poor, the majority.

Keep up the filibusters (Palm Beach Post [FL], 11/07/03)
Democrats in the Senate remain all that stands between the American public and a group of unacceptable nominees to the federal courts.

Bush's Court-Nominee 'Diversity' Is a Cynical Ploy (Los Angeles Times, 11/02/03)
Although he's chosen diverse nominees, Bush has also gone far, far out of his way to pick some of the most conservative nonwhite and/or female jurists in the nation.