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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 13, 2009 / 20 Tamuz 5769

What the GOPers will ask Sotomayor

By Byron York




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There's been a lot of discussion about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's views on affirmative action, quotas, and the role of federal judges. But with confirmation hearings set to begin this morning, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are becoming increasingly concerned about Sotomayor's positions on gun rights.


At issue is Sotomayor's opinion in a recent Second Amendment case in New York. Sotomayor held that even though the Supreme Court has ruled the federal government cannot deny the right to bear arms, state governments are still entitled to do so — in other words, that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.


"This is a huge issue, one of monumental importance," Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, told me during a wide-ranging discussion previewing the issues likely to come up at the hearings. "The Second Amendment case is troubling because there's no doubt that the Supreme Court will hear another important Second Amendment case soon, and it will turn on whether the Second Amendment applies to the states."


Sessions calls it "common sense" that the Constitution protects the right to keep and bear arms. But he notes that the federal gun case was decided by a 5-to-4 margin, and a Justice Sotomayor could change the mix. The National Rifle Association says Sotomayor's position raises "very serious concerns," and Republicans on the Judiciary Committee hope some red-state Democratic senators share those concerns.


Sessions says GOP senators will also press Sotomayor on the controversial issue of quotas and her now-reversed decision in the Ricci case. Her ruling against Connecticut firefighters who had passed a race-neutral promotion test raised "a hugely important constitutional issue," Sessions says, and the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Sotomayor "was a pretty serious reversal of her approach."


Republicans will also explore whether Sotomayor's Ricci position was the product of a long and deeply held belief in racial preferences. GOP lawyers have been looking through Sotomayor's work on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund and note that the group, with Sotomayor's help, filed a number of lawsuits challenging promotions at various public service agencies.


By the way, Sessions is still not sure whether he has gotten all the relevant material relating to Sotomayor's time at the PRLDEF. "We were told that there were 300 boxes of material, and the documents we've received amounted to about 1,000 pages, or about one box, so I'm uneasy about that," Sessions says. But with Democrats rushing to get the hearings done, there's little time to check on the rest of the material.


Beyond quotas, Republicans intend to question Sotomayor extensively about her public statements on the larger issue of bias in judging. "Her speeches are really troubling," Sessions says. "She basically says that she willingly accepts that a judge can and should allow their opinions É to be affected by their experience." Such a stance, Sessions believes, "goes contrary to the concept that a judge should set aside his personal biases and prejudices and political views and religious views and try the parties before him fairly and justly."


Sotomayor's beliefs, Sessions says, extend far beyond the "wise Latina" speech that caused controversy shortly after she was nominated. "I think because some of these matters came out early, statements like how judges set policy and the 'wise Latina' comment, that people apparently thought that was all there was to it," Sessions says. "But the speeches go very deeply into those concepts, which are very much outside the traditional American legal approach to judges."


In recent days there has been a lot of commentary to the effect that Republicans have essentially given up on any effort to oppose Sotomayor and that her hearing will likely be smooth sailing. Sessions is not convinced.


He's fully aware that Democrats have 60 votes and are determined to notch a win for President Barack Obama. But the issues — guns, quotas, judicial philosophy — remain. "Some people may think that because we're not participating in the politics of personal destruction and mean-spirited attacks, that these issues are not serious," Sessions concludes. "I consider them very serious. If a judge is not committed to setting aside their sympathies and prejudices and background biases when they take the bench, then they shouldn't sit on any bench."

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Previously:



06/29/09 Serious questions remain for Mark Sanford
06/22/09 How GOPers can crack the AmeriCorps scandal
06/16/09 Worried about Sotomayor? Consider Andre Davis
06/08/09 Can Mitch Daniels save the GOP?
06/01/09 When the Dems derailed a Latino nominee
05/26/09 Why the GOP will defeat Obama on healthcare
05/19/09 Rosy report can't hide stimulus problems
05/12/09 The Reagan legacy is the man himself
05/05/09 Sen. Specter, meet your new friends
04/27/09 Ted Olson: ‘Torture’ probes will never end
04/20/09 Who's Laughing at the ‘Axis of Evil’ today?
04/14/09 Congress needs Google to track stimulus money
04/06/09 Beyond AIG: A bill to let Big Government set your salary
03/30/09 On Spending and the Deficit, McCain Was Right
03/24/09 It's Obama's crisis now
03/17/09: Geithner-Obama economics: A joke that's not funny



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