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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump - Page 2 EmptySat Oct 06, 2018 8:05 pm

Here’s a prediction:

With the mid-terms looming in 30 short days, and SCOTUS now packed with flunkies, Pres. Trump will fire Mueller and attempt to scuttle the investigation within the next week or two.

He will couch it as “a left-wing witch hunt gone out of control”, and Senate Republicans will back him.

Now, what will he do to try to prevent the Dems from reopening the investigation after January when they control both houses?  Will his minions introduce legislation in the House making it illegal to investigate a sitting president?  Will the FBI’s power be limited to exclude the executive branch entirely?  Will he propose a Constitutional Amendment making presidents immune from law enforcement actions?

Any of these would tie up the courts in new lawsuits that would have to be settled before his impeachment could move forward, allowing him to make it to 2020.

Once he makes it that far, all bets are off as to what he’ll do to retain power.
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I don't think the Democrats will hold both houses of Congress in January. While I think they have a good chance of taking the House, the odds of them taking back the Senate are pretty slim. There are twenty-six Democratic Senators up for re-election this year, while there are only nine Republicans. I don't have any confidence that the Democrats can take the Senate.

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump - Page 2 EmptySat Oct 13, 2018 7:27 am

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Once he makes it that far, all bets are off as to what he’ll do to retain power.

I'm not the only one who sees this possibility.

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PostSubject: Re: The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump   The Remaking of Federal Courts under Trump - Page 2 EmptySun Nov 25, 2018 9:34 am

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The recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and Republicans’ 2016 stonewalling of Merrick Garland have upended liberals’ view of the Supreme Court as a protector of key constitutional rights. Now, progressives are starting to talk about how to challenge the power of the sitting Supreme Court.
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This is a good point.  For generations -- since the Warren Court basically -- lawyers and civil rights advocates (and civil rights lawyers) have depended on the Supreme Court to uphold everything that is fair and decent against the venality of local courts and lawmakers.  That "check" is now gone, at least for the next 5-10 years.  We could see some major shifts in our rights and privileges and how people view the fairness of the legal system.

I don't think people realize what a seismic shift we have started.  Don't expect any more stays-of-execution, for one.

However, the idea of packing the Court with four more justices seems like an extreme long shot.
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The first bricks in the wall that is Roe v. Wade are about to come down.. Expect to see abortion re-illegalized in our lifetime.
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Well I'm surprised.  The court upheld the right to an abortion, with Roberts siding with the liberals and Kavanaugh writing a dissent.  His dissent is based on the ludicrous assertion that SCOTUS would re-examine the Louisiana law in 45 days if the three doctors in question are unable to get admitting privileges as expected.

If this is indicative of the future of Kavanaugh's career we're in for a rocky ride.
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He changed the rules to make it easier to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court picks. He tossed out Senate traditions to make it easier to confirm Trump’s circuit judges. So, naturally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) wants to adjust the rules again to make it easier to confirm the rest of Trump’s nominees to lifetime seats on federal courts.

The Senate will vote this week to reduce its debate time for most nominees ― district court judges and lower-level executive nominees ― from 30 hours to two hours. This will not apply to Cabinet secretaries, Supreme Court nominees or circuit court nominees.

Without a whiff of irony, McConnell, whose greatest legacy is denying a Supreme Court seat and dozens of other federal court seats to President Barack Obama, said Thursday that the rule change is necessary because of Democrats’ “unprecedented obstruction” of Trump’s nominees.
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The first bricks in the wall that is Roe v. Wade are about to come down.. Expect to see abortion re-illegalized in our lifetime.
Ohio has joined the 1950s.
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DeWine’s signature makes Ohio the fifth state to ban abortions after the first detectable fetal heartbeat. That can come as early as five or six weeks into pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant.
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Here’s a prediction:

With the mid-terms looming in 30 short days, and SCOTUS now packed with flunkies, Pres. Trump will fire Mueller and attempt to scuttle the investigation within the next week or two.
We now know Trump attempted to do this, on several occasions. Only the refusal of his aides to carry out his orders prevented this from happening.

Meanwhile, the remaking of SCOTUS as a rubber-stamp organization rather than a co-equal branch of government is giving us terrible decisions.
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