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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.
July 26, 2010 10:21 am ET filed under Blog
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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.
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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.
June 21, 2010 2:06 pm ET filed under Fact Check
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.
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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.
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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.
May 14, 2010 3:26 pm ET filed under Fact Check
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.