Bench Memos

Inventory of Posts on D.C. Circuit Nominee Caitlin Halligan

Amidst all the talk of other courts that face “judicial emergencies” and despite the fact that the D.C. Circuit is underworked, there is buzz that Senate majority leader Harry Reid may soon press for a floor vote on Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit.

For the sake of convenience, I am providing here an inventory of various of my posts on Halligan’s record and testimony. (The titles below don’t exactly match the titles on the posts, as I’ve shortened many of them and tweaked others to make their topic clearer.)

Halligan on National Security

Halligan on Same-Sex Marriage

Halligan on Racial Preferences

Halligan on the Death Penalty and State “Consensus”


Halligan’s Incredible Testimony

A Rebuttal on Halligan’s Incredible Testimony

Halligan’s Testimony on Report on Indefinite Detention—Part 1

Halligan’s Testimony on Report on Indefinite Detention—Part 2

More on Halligan’s Testimony on Report on Indefinite Detention

I’ll also call attention to Gary Marx’s post on Halligan and the Second Amendment.

Most Popular


Stick a Fork in O’Rourke

If, as I wrote last week here, Joe Biden may save the Democratic party from a horrible debacle at the polls next year, Beto O’Rourke may be doing the whole process a good turn now. Biden, despite his efforts to masquerade as the vanguard of what is now called progressivism, is politically sane and, if ... Read More

In Defense of the Electoral College

Senator Elizabeth Warren has joined a growing chorus within the Democratic party in calling for the abolition of the Electoral College. Speaking at a forum in Mississippi on Monday night, Warren said that she hoped to ensure that “every vote matters” and proposed that “the way we can make that happen is ... Read More

Ivy-League Schools Wither

A  number of liberal bastions are daily being hammered — especially the elite university and Silicon Valley. A Yale and a Stanford, or Facebook and Google, assume — for the most part rightly — that each is so loudly progressive that the public, federal and state regulators, and politicians would of ... Read More
National Security & Defense

In Defense of the Iraq War

Today is the 16th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, and Twitter is alive with condemnations of the conflict -- countered by precious few defenses. Yet I believed the Iraq War was just and proper in 2003, and I still believe that today. When Donald Trump condemned the war during the 2015 primary campaign and ... Read More