Here is an interesting interview CBS News’ Charlie Rose did with conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. In the interview, Scalia made it clear he was shocked that he was in the majority on not upholding ObamaCare as Constitutional under the Commerce Clause, but lost when it was upheld thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts as a “tax.” Scalia called the ruling “water over the dam,” and agreed with Rose that people have to “get over it,” just as with the Bush v. Gore case from 2000, which he said was “not even close” on the merits of the case.
Here is complete video of today’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer on CBS News. It opens with a fascinating report from Jan Crawford on the state of the U.S. Supreme Court in the aftermath of the ObamaCare Decision. According to Crawford’s sources, there is a real sense of “betrayal” felt by the conservative justices toward Chief Justice John Roberts because he first sided with them against ObamaCare and then changed his vote to join the liberals.
President Obama took a swipe at the Supreme Court today during a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Harper and Mexican President Calderon. Obama said the Supreme Court should not engage in “judicial activism” and added, “That an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law is a good example of that.”
Here is complete audio of the U.S. Supreme Court’s final day of hearings on “ObamaCare.” The final day of arguments focused on “severability” – the issue of whether the entire ObamaCare Law must fall if the individual mandate is found to be unconstitutional.
Here is a new ad put out by the Republican National Committee (RNC) on the difficulty Don Verrilli, Jr. – the lawyer representing Barack Obama’s “ObamaCare” Health Law – had in making the case for “ObamaCare” before the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. Many on the Left are horrified at the job Verrilli did yesterday, choosing to focus on him rather than obvious reality that ObamaCare is unconstitutional. It’s just hard to defend, a “tough sell,” which is the point of this ad.
Here is one of the key exchanges in today’s U.S. Supreme Court hearing, with Justice Anthony Kennedy stating that the individual mandate “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” Kennedy is likely to be the deciding vote in whether ObamaCare is upheld or struck down as unconstitutional.
Here is complete audio of Day two of the U.S. Supreme Court “ObamaCare” Hearings. Day two focused on arguments that centered on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare’s “Individual Mandate.”
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin called today’s arguments a “train wreck for the Obama Administration.” He said he now believes the Supreme Court will strike down the ObamaCare Law.
Here is video of CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin reacting to today’s oral arguments on ObamaCare before the U.S. Supreme Court. Toobin said flat out that today “was a train wreck for the Obama Administration.” He further said he now believes ObamaCare “will be struck down” as unconstitutional, after hearing the line of questioning and statements by swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was quite skeptical in his remarks. Toobin said he had previously predicted it would be upheld – but not now, after hearing today’s arguments before the court!
Here is complete audio of the nearly 90 minutes of oral arguments on ObamaCare today before the U.S. Supreme Court. From what I understand, this first day dealt with the Anti-Injunction Act issue of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act cases (Dept. of H&HS v. Florida, 11-398). This was essentially dealing with the procedural question of whether the Court really has jurisdiction to rule on ObamaCare at this time or wait for a later time. Tomorrow is when they are expected to hear arguments on the merits of the case – the constitutionality of the Individual Mandate.
Click here for a transcript of today’s hearing.
Here is video of a good discussion by the Fox News Sunday Panel on the upcoming Supreme Court Hearings on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. The Supreme Court will hear arguments beginning tomorrow, and continuing for three days. They are expected to issue a ruling in June. The panel believes it could go either way, with the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot believing it could end up 7-2 to uphold the Law or 5-4 against.
Either way, Chris Wallace believes it’s a loss for Obama, because if it is upheld, the American public will see that the only way to get rid of ObamaCare is to vote Obama out of office. If it is struck down, Obama loses a lot of credibility because it is the signature accomplishment of his Presidency. Brit Hume absolutely agree with that, and added that whether in the short run or long term, ObamaCare is toast, because the expensive entitlement model it follows is simply something the nation cannot afford economically. Eventually, he said, it will collapse if it is not struck down by the Supreme Court.
Here is a CNN Breaking News Report saying that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was robbed by an intruder using a machete while he was vacationing with family in the West Indies, on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. An intruder with a machete reportedly entered a home Breyer owns there at around 9 PM ET last Thursday, and demanded money from Breyer. The intruder took $1,000, but Breyer and everyone else in the house were reportedly unhurt.
Poor Rick Perry. The gaffes just keep coming.
Here he is talking to the Des Moines Register Editorial Board where he started to name “activist judge” appointments to the Supreme Court made by Barack Obama. But he then went completely blank once again and could not remember Justice Sonya Sotomayor’s name, taking a stab at it finally with, “Montamayor.”
It’s not a big deal really, but he then later compounded it (not in the video) by also forgetting how many Supreme Court Justices there are! He said there are eight instead of nine. What makes that amazing is that Rick Perry became Governor of Texas when George W. Bush’s victory was assured in 2000 when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 (=9) against Al Gore’s endless recount in Florida.
BREAKING: The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected giving a stay of execution to Humberto Leal Garcia, an illegal alien scheduled to die at 6 PM today in Huntsville, Texas for the 1994 brutal murder of a 16 year-old girl in Texas:
REUTERS: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a last-minute stay of execution in a Texas case involving a Mexican national who was not told of his right to diplomatic counsel when arrested.
The high court’s 5-4 decision was a setback for the Obama administration, which supported stopping the execution of convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia because of concerns over international treaty violations.
Leal Garcia, 38, was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl and then bludgeoning her to death with a piece of asphalt in 1994 in Texas. He is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection at 7 p.m. EST on Thursday in Huntsville, Texas. . . . Read More
The Obama Administration continues to try and get a stay of execution for convicted murderer Humberto Leal Garcia, who is scheduled to be executed in Texas tonight at 6:00 PM. Leal Garcia is set to die for the brutal kidnapping, rape and murder of a 16-year old girl in Texas in 1994. He is an illegal alien – a citizen of Mexico – and both the United Nations as well as the Obama Administration are trying to stop his execution on those grounds:
AFP: The state of Texas appeared set to push forward with the controversial execution of a Mexican national Thursday despite calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government.
Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, is scheduled to die at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas prison for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994.
With hours left before his execution, Leal has just two chances: a commutation of his sentence to life in prison or a postponement granted by Republican Governor Rick Perry or the US Supreme Court. . . . Read More
UPDATED 6:42 PM CT: Fox News has confirmed that Leal Garcia has been executed by Lethal Injection in Texas.
The Obama Justice Department is reportedly trying this afternoon to get the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a stay of execution.
UPDATED 3:05 PM CT - Spokesperson for Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he has not yet decided on whether he will delay the execution.
UPDATED 5:09 PM CT - The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected 5-4 Obama’s request for a stay of execution.