Peabody Coal's long-awaited concession that bankruptcy lies ahead signals the curtain fall on the long-running, silent and secret bail-out of the management of the U.S. coal industry.
Paul Ryan (R, WI) and Mitch McConnell (R, KY) reaffirmed their commitment that "the American people should have a voice" in filling the Supreme Court vacancy and denied a hearing for President Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland. And so we have it, our collective "voice," the GOP's latest scapegoat in a long-practiced tradition of obstructionism.
The president has named a superbly qualified, scrupulous, evenhanded judge. Not a mere partisan operative, but a judge.
I have news for Senator McConnell and his fellow Republican senators. When the American people re-elected Barack Obama as president in 2012, they authorized him to nominate anyone he chose to fill a vacancy on the court -- right up to his final day in office.
One wonders what Justice Kennedy thinks of the behavior of Senator McConnell and his colleagues? Does he cringe at the notion that he would not have his job if the Democrats had acted this way in 1988?
President Obama ramped up the pressure on Republicans today by withdrawing his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court and replacing him with what he believes to be the ultimate consensus and "Holier than thou" candidate: Jesus of Nazareth.
2017 is nine months away and Kenyans were just named the happiest people in East Africa in a survey that included a metric assessing "freedom from corruption in government and business"!
Obama's presidency was complicated because it appeared that the president and several of his close advisors genuinely believed that his election indicated that our nation had crossed the bridge from the 20th to the 21st century on the issue of race in America.
The majority party in the Senate is saying it doesn't acknowledge that Barack Obama is the legitimate, twice-elected U.S. president with the right and duty under the U.S. Constitution to nominate justices to fill vacancies on the high court.
Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.
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One may regret that the Supreme Court has become a politicized institution but such strategic calculations do not come out of nowhere -- they reflect the growing ideological divide nationwide.
Garland seems destined for summary rejection, and what I call the court's "death watch" will continue -- with activists and others worrying that at any moment yet another justice's death (three are in their late 70s or their 80s) could intensify the partisan fight over the Supreme Court's future.
The Court is just one of the battle lines in what should be seen as a multifaceted program to weaken the voices of everyday people in favor of the powerful that is also taking place in statehouses and in Congress.
President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, is considered by Democrats and Republicans as brilliant and eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Unfortunately, Garland's superb qualifications will not matter.
McConnell is the "Doctor No" of American politics. And he has a thirty-year Senate track record of obstructionism to prove it.