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May 11, 2010 6:30 pm ET filed under Fact Check
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.
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May 07, 2010 11:15 am ET filed under Fact Check
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.
April 22, 2010 5:06 pm ET filed under Fact Check
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.
April 12, 2010 11:49 am ET filed under Fact Check
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.