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Advise and Consent

This Precedent Must Not Stand: Thoughts on the Crisis Over the Supreme Court Vacancy

Andy Schmookler | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

As the Senate's conduct has placed us in new territory, the system should be open to breaking new ground in how the Constitution should be applied. There's a new question that might admit of a new answer.

For a Normal Supreme Court Confirmation Process

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

Such a normal process allows the American people to learn about and assess the president's nominee and the performance of the nominator and of the advisers and consenters. That's how our democracy is supposed to work and how it has worked.

Hey Republicans! We Won't Stand for Your Stealing What We Won Fair and Square

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In 2012, Americans engaged in the constitutional process for deciding who would get the powers of the presidency. In that election, millions of us Americans won an important right: to have our guy name the person to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court if any were to open up. We won it fair and square.

Reid's Nuclear Disarmament Meeting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

An extraordinary meeting is taking place today, which all 100 senators have been invited to attend. This should really not be an extraordinary thing -- you'd think that all senators meeting together would just be an actual floor session in the Senate -- but it is because it's actually a political meeting, with the doors closed.

I Saw Homos At The Movies... Not!

Rev. Mel White | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Mel White

It wasn't enough that my religious background misused the Bible to "prove" that homosexuality was a sin. It took Hollywood to make clear the tragic consequences of "giving in" to my "sinfulness": suicide (Advise and Consent), unhappiness (Boys in the Band), and unfulfilled longing (Death in Venice).

Obama Can Now Replace Bryza With a New Nominee as Ambassador to Azerbaijan

Harut Sassounian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Harut Sassounian

At this point, the ideal option for Obama would be to abandon Matthew Bryza's flawed candidacy for ambassador to Azerbaijan and name another less controversial nominee who could be confirmed by the Senate.

Break Up the Harvard/Yale Monopoly on the Supreme Court

Susie Hoeller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susie Hoeller

As part of the "advise and consent" power, the Senate could require that nominees be selected on a rotating basis from each of the twelve federal judicial circuits.