Bench Memos

Kennedy Opening Statement

Kennedy falsely alleges that Alito has expressed support for an “all-powerful executive branch,” tries to link Alito to controversy over NSA surveillance. Cites “well respected expert Cass Sunstein” for charge that Alito doesn’t give individual citizens a fair shake. Inaccurately summarizes Alito’s 1985 job essay. Repeats highly dubious claim that Alito now says that he was just applying for a job. And, then, of course the silly Vanguard charge.

The misstatements came too fast for me to keep track of all of them.

Most Popular

Culture

Jussie Smollett Changes His Story Again

The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

We’ll Regret This

Mitch McConnell says the president will sign the budget deal and he will also declare a national emergency to build the wall, as I expected. We’ll see the legal justifications he uses, but as a political and constitutional matter this is a long-term disaster. Oh, it might be good for Trump according to the ... Read More