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07.10.2018 - 09:08 [ New York Times ]

Kavanaugh Is Sworn In After Close Confirmation Vote in Senate

The Kavanaugh confirmation, playing out against the backdrop of a midterm election where control of Congress is at stake, gave Republicans what they believe is momentum to ensure that they keep their slim Senate majority.

Republicans are now painting Democrats and their activist allies as angry mobs. Senator John Cornyn, Republican of Texas, delivered a speech on Saturday assailing what he called “mob rule,” while the majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that “the virtual mob that has assaulted all of us in this process has turned our base on fire.”

06.10.2018 - 08:27 [ New York Times ]

Collins and Manchin Will Vote for Kavanaugh, Ensuring His Confirmation

A final vote is expected late Saturday afternoon.

Judge Kavanaugh’s ascent to the nation’s highest court is a huge victory for President Trump, Senate Republicans and their conservative allies, who have mounted a decades-long campaign to remake the Supreme Court in their image. He will replace the court’s swing vote, the retired Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, with a committed conservative who is likely to push the court to the right for decades.

05.10.2018 - 19:40 [ CNN ]

Kavanaugh nomination: Murkowski no, Flake yes for Saturday’s final vote

Flake said he will back Kavanaugh unless something changes. Asked how he will vote, he said „yes, unless something big were to change. I don’t see what would.“ The Arizona Republican had forced a one-week delay and an extended FBI investigation into Kavanaugh.

05.10.2018 - 19:36 [ Washington Times ]

GOP defeats Dem filibuster, keeps Kavanaugh on track

The 51-49 vote saw one defection from each party, canceling each other out and giving the judge enough leeway to clear the procedural hurdle. A final confirmation vote now looms on Saturday, and that remains in doubt.

29.09.2018 - 09:54 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Glad the FBI will now look into the allegations regarding Judge Kavanaugh before the Senate takes a vote. This should’ve been done already, but better late than never. The American people deserve better from our leaders.

29.09.2018 - 09:19 [ thisisinsider.com ]

What’s really going on in the viral picture of women grimacing during Kavanaugh’s angry defense

An image from Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony as he denied sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford went viral.
The image shows several women behind Kavanaugh scowling as he became visibly angry during his hearing on Thursday.
Many saw it as a wider symbol of how women were reacting to Kavanaugh and to the visible emotion Ford displayed during her testimony earlier in the day.
But people sitting behind Kavanaugh were his friends, family, and allies.

29.09.2018 - 09:16 [ CNN / Youtube ]

Anderson Cooper: This is what a U-turn looks like

President Donald Trump ordered a limited, week-long FBI probe of the allegations against his Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. It was a 180-degree turn from his previous statements about making such a move.

25.09.2018 - 16:58 [ NationalReview.com ]

We Are Living Nineteen Eighty-Four

In Orwell’s world of 1984 Oceania, there is no longer a sense of due process, free inquiry, rules of evidence and cross examination, much less a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. Instead, regimented ideology — the supremacy of state power to control all aspects of one’s life to enforce a fossilized idea of mandated quality — warps everything from the use of language to private life.

Senator Diane Feinstein and the other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee had long sought to destroy the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. Much of their paradoxical furor over his nomination arises from the boomeranging of their own past political blunders, …

25.09.2018 - 16:53 [ Lindsey Graham, US Senator / Twitter ]

Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36 year old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections

25.09.2018 - 16:46 [ Time ]

Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Confirmation Is Now the Ultimate Test of Political Power in 2018

(20.9.2018) Both parties have every incentive to fight to the finish: Democrats see an opportunity to galvanize their already furious base, while Republicans, who’d hoped to put a big election-eve win on the board, fear discouraging theirs.

25.09.2018 - 16:39 [ CBS News ]

The Supreme Court: Every seat „a chess piece in the struggle for power“

(23.9.2018) Totenberg broke the Anita Hill story, and is covering the replay.

„This is an election year, after all,“ Totenberg said. „Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats want to look insensitive. But it is a very political proceeding. A great deal of what we see on camera will be, and has been, role-playing.“

In The New York Times last week, Hill wrote that the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to have „learned little from the Thomas hearing, much less the more recent #MeToo movement.“

10.09.2018 - 05:24 [ South China Morning Post ]

Shinzo Abe indicates he wants to revise Japan’s pacifist constitution

However in his speech to the SDF’s top brass at the defence Ministry, Abe stopped short of directly mentioning amending the constitution, which took effect in 1947.
But repeatedly over the past year, Abe has called for adding an explicit reference to the SDF in the war-renouncing Article 9, so that there is no room to view Japan’s military as “unconstitutional”.

29.08.2018 - 12:10 [ The Wire ]

A State That Fears the Constitution

Where the ritual of voting has remained necessary in “open” societies for the legitimation of political power, nothing is more inimical to the security of that power than knowledge among the masses and the marginalised of the substance of democracy. Thus, peasants, workers, Adivasis, Dalits, women, the minorities – in short the bulk of the population of India – are expected to believe that their democratic right remains limited to voting once every five years. They are not expected to acquire knowledge about the rights the constitution furnishes them as citizens, rights that bear the potential of becoming instruments of momentous transformation. The acquiring of such knowledge clearly carries vast implications for those who are privileged, and therefore for the rearrangement of assets among the population at large. Given that such people rarely have access to the judicial system, their quiescent ignorance of the provisions of the constitution is the best guarantor of the continuance of dominant economic, social, cultural and political power.

02.08.2018 - 17:21 [ Fox News ]

Trump ’sanctuary cities‘ executive order is unconstitutional, US appeals court rules

„Absent congressional authorization, the administration may not redistribute or withhold properly appropriated funds in order to effectuate its own policy goals,“ Chief Judge Sidney Thomas wrote for the majority.

In a 2-1 ruling, Thomas also said he’s sending back the case back to the lower court because there wasn’t enough evidence to support a nationwide ban on Trump’s executive order. The case will receive more hearings on the nationwide ban question.

24.07.2018 - 08:28 [ Prensa Latina ]

Draft of New Constitution in Cuba, the People Have the Floor

Every Cuban will be able to express their opinions freely and contribute to achieving a constitutional text that will show the today and future of the Homeland, the president noted.
The draft of the new Constitution ratifies Cuba’s socialist nature and contains changes in the structure of the State, including the creation of the posts of president and vice president of the Republic and prime minister to replace the current president of the Councils of State and Ministers.
It also expands people’s rights by including matters like the guarantees of due process, habeas corpus, the presumption of innocence and the social reinsertion of prisoners.
It also includes several forms of ownership, including socialist property of the entire people, mixed and private properties, and changes in the institution of marriage, as it defines it as the union of two persons, while the current Constitution establishes the voluntary and agreed union between a man and a woman.

30.05.2018 - 10:40 [ New York Times ]

Italian President’s Loyalty to the Euro Creates Chaos

But in deliberately forcing a new election over the euro, which a majority of Italians say they support, the usually careful and measured Mr. Mattarella expressly put an explosive issue with the potential of transforming Europe front and center. And by using his constitutional powers to block the new government in order to protect Italian savings accounts from increasingly wary markets, he also handed the gifted and gleefully hostile populist parties the talking point of a lifetime before the elections.

28.05.2018 - 17:19 [ Seattle Times ]

Ex-IMF official tapped to head Italy firmly backs euro

The man tapped to head a neutral government in Italy after two populists failed in their bid is a former official at the International Monetary Fund who is a firm believer in the euro and in the necessity of Italy cutting its stubbornly high-debt load.

28.05.2018 - 16:43 [ Ansa.it ]

No one contemplated euro exit-Salvini

„No one ever thought about quitting the euro,“ Salvini told Radio Capital.
„It wasn’t in our programmes, it wasn’t in Savona’s programme.
„There was just the revision of the banking system and the taxes“.

28.05.2018 - 16:36 [ Ansa.iit ]

Impeachment talk irresponsible-Berluscon

„At a time like this, everyone’s first duty is to defend the savings of the Italian people, safeguarding our country’s families and companies“ Berlusconi said.

28.05.2018 - 16:31 [ Ansa.it ]

PD backs Mattarella

The centre-left Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday backed President Sergio Matterella after his controversial rejection the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„The League and the 5-Star Movement are using unheard of words and unprecedented threats,“ caretaker PD leader Maurizio Martina said via Twitter.

28.05.2018 - 16:20 [ Bloomberg ]

Italy’s Establishment Vetoes the Populists

Italy’s two populist leaders forged a coalition from very different policy platforms. They found a prime minister that both could accept. Then President Sergio Mattarella vetoed their finance minister and their bid for power foundered, unleashing chaos and rage in equal measure in Rome.

28.05.2018 - 16:19 [ Euractiv.com ]

Technocrat PM to take over in Italy as President steps in to protect the euro

Shortly afterwards, he summoned former International Monetary Fund (IMF) senior official Carlo Cottarelli for a Monday morning meeting — an indication he may be considering asking him to head a government of unelected technocrats.

28.05.2018 - 16:09 [ Ansa.it ]

Impeachment Mattarella – Di Maio

5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio said Sunday that President Sergio Mattarella should be impeached after he rejected the nomination of Paolo Savona as economy minister.
„(What) if we have elections and we win and the we go to the president’s palace and they say we cannot form a government?“ Di Maio said on a telephone interview with RAI show ‚Che Tempo Che Fa‘.

28.05.2018 - 16:00 [ CNBC ]

Italy plunged back into political crisis as president faces calls for impeachment

Luigi Di Maio of the populist Five Star Movement (M5S) said Sunday that the actions of Italy’s president had triggered an „institutional crisis.“
Mattarella, who was installed by a previous pro-EU government, refused to accept the nomination of eurosckeptic candidate Paolo Savona for economy minister.

28.05.2018 - 09:53 [ Ignazio Corrao, Mitglied des EU-Parlaments / Twitter ]

The Italian Constitution clearly says “the sovereignty belongs to the people”, not to financial markets. Today #Mattarella is denying the result of free elections and is declaring that Italy is a colony of Germany. It’s a financial coup! Help us. Stand up for italian democracy!

23.05.2018 - 20:45 [ Forbes ]

Has Our Government Spent $21 Trillion Of Our Money Without Telling Us?

(8.12.2017) First, what is the source of the additional $794 billion in the Army’s Fund Balance? This adjustment represents more than six times appropriated spending. Second, do these transfers represent a flow of funds to the Army beyond those authorized by Congress? Third, were these funds authorized and if so when and by whom? Fourth, what is the source of these funds?

04.05.2018 - 08:18 [ theHill.com ]

Rod Rosenstein is not above the law

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s reaction to reports of possible impeachment for failing to respond to congressional subpoenas was to proclaim that the Justice Department “will not be extorted.”

I suppose he meant to say, “Only we here at the Justice Department do the extorting, with special counsels, daylight raids of people’s attorneys, bankrupting people with legal fees, threats to prosecute family members, and questionable wiretapping of Americans.”

28.04.2018 - 16:02 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

Constitutional and Global War Concerns with Draft Corker AUMF Resolution

(12.4.2018) It would be hard to overstate the depth and breadth of our concern about reports of the new AUMF. Not only would the Corker AUMF almost irretrievably cede to the Executive Branch the most fundamental power that Congress has under
Article I of the Constitution—the power to declare war—but it also would give this president and all future presidents authority to engage in worldwide war, sending American troops to countries where we are not now at war and against groups that the President alone decides are enemies.

15.04.2018 - 07:30 [ Reason.com ]

When Trump Loses Alex Jones‘ and Gains Elizabeth Warren’s Support, All Things Are Possible!

In the other direction, a wide variety of #NeverTrump conservatives and liberal interventionists—including John McCain and Elizabeth Warren—are praising the attacks. Hillary Clinton was calling for them a week ago and there are apologists for unbridled state power such as former Obama State Department official Anne Marie Slaughter, who writes:

15.04.2018 - 06:50 [ ThinkProgress.org ]

Republicans and Democrats blast Trump for bombing Syria without legal authority

In a briefing after Trump’s announcement, Secretary of Defense Mattis argued that the President relied on his Article II powers under the Constitution to authorize the strike. This is the same authority Trump claimed to authorize his 2017 attack.

15.04.2018 - 06:47 [ theAtlantic.com ]

The Unconstitutional Strike on Syria

“To see what is under one’s nose,” George Orwell wrote in 1946, “requires a constant struggle.” Orwell didn’t add that trying to point out what is under our noses can turn one into a kind of Ancient Mariner at whose approach both friend and foe are tempted to flee.

But here goes: Trump did not have the authority to order any kind of strike on Syria. Congressional authorization was needed before any use of force against Syria; Friday’s attack was unconstitutional.

14.04.2018 - 15:12 [ Daily Mail ]

‚Should we go back to 16 years?‘ Trump jokes about getting Congress to change the U.S. Constitution so he can serve more than two terms as president

(12.4.2018) – President Trump jested about a constitutional amendment that would allow him to serve more than two terms as president today
– Suggested that Congress repeal the Twenty-Second Amendment so he could rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s four terms in office
– FDR was elected to four, four-year terms but he died in office after 12 years
– Trump joked last month at a closed-door fundraiser that he’d like to be ‚president for life‘ like China’s Xi Jinping, who’d just greatly expanded his powers
– Comment set off alarm bells, because he’s also praised multiple authoritarians

14.04.2018 - 14:37 [ Ted Lieu, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Use of force by @realDonaldTrump against Syria is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. This is not self defense & no AUMF covers it.

Use of chemical weapons is horrific. But our Constitution does not allow @POTUS to attack a country–which has not attacked the US–without Congressional approval.

13.04.2018 - 16:04 [ Japan Times ]

Japan calls for ’emergency measure’ blocking access to websites that pirate manga and anime

The government will also seek to develop a legal basis in 2019 to restrict access to piracy websites.

Critics have expressed concern that blocking certain websites violates Article 21 of the Constitution, which states: “No censorship shall be maintained, nor shall the secrecy of any means of communication be violated.”

11.04.2018 - 09:39 [ NewStatesman.com ]

Why Theresa May would have parliament’s backing over an intervention in Syria

The truth is that in most democracies, the right to go to war is one that is held by the legislature, rather than the executive. Nonetheless, Mercer is half-right in that under the United Kingdom’s unwritten constitution, the recent(ish) convention that Parliament weighs in on whether to go to war isn’t worth the paper it’s not printed on.

07.04.2018 - 09:18 [ Techdirt ]

Japanese Government Seeks To Circumvent Its Own Constitution To Censor ‚Pirate‘ Sites

The writers of the Japanese constitution clearly were concerned about government censorship and specifically prohibited it.

This has not stopped the government from trying to dip its toes in these waters, chiefly by pretending that copyright infringement is something that it isn’t.