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Sunday, April 24, 2005

“In Telecast, Frist Defends His Effort to Stop Filibusters”: Monday’s edition of The New York Times will contain this article.

In Monday’s edition of The Washington Post, Charles Babington will have articles headlined “Frist Urges End to Nominee Filibusters; Democrats Decry Speech at Church Rally” and “Unexpectedly, Capitol Hill Democrats Stand Firm.”

In commentary, The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi today contains an editorial entitled “Filibuster follies: What goes around comes around.”

The Anchorage Daily News contains an editorial entitled “Religion and politics: When compromise doesn’t have a prayer, it’s time to say one.”

The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon contains an editorial entitled “Avoid the nuclear option: Senate headed for mutually assured destruction.”

In The Tampa Tribune, columnist Daniel Ruth has an op-ed entitled “Stay Tuned For Next Week’s Witch Burning.”

In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz has an op-ed entitled “The end of American democracy? The Republican majority threatens to alter vital mechanisms of our government.”

Finally for now, the organization People For the American Way has today issued a press release titled “Truth Sacrificed by ‘Justice Sunday’ Speakers; PFAW’s Neas Criticizes Continued Religious McCarthyism.”

Posted at 11:32 PM by Howard Bashman

Access online the statement of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D. (R-TN) at this evening’s “Justice Sunday” event: You can access the text online at this link and the video online at this link (RealPlayer required).

Also available online, a transcript of the remarks Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) delivered Friday on the floor of the U.S. Senate, available via Senator Leahy’s web site under the heading “Leahy Denounces Religious Smear Campaign On Judicial Nominations; Urges Republican Senators, White House To Condemn Demagoguery.”

And Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT) delivered these quite interesting remarks on the subject of judicial filibusters and the so-called “nuclear option” on the floor of the U.S. Senate on Friday.

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-judge urges Americans to ‘rise up'”: The Louisville Courier-Journal provides a news update that begins:

Hours before appearing as part of “Justice Sunday,” one of President Bush’s former nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals encouraged Americans today to “rise up and take action” against filibusters in judicial confirmations — a tactic that prevented a Senate vote on his nomination.

“People need to be warned of what is going on in the battle for confirmation of judges,” said Charles W. Pickering, a senior partner in a law firm in Jackson, Miss., whose nomination to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans was blocked from a full Senate vote by Democrats for two years.

And The Associated Press reports that “Judge blocked by filibuster calls it unconstituional tactic.”

The Courier-Journal also offers a news update headlined “Rally rebuts GOP stance on filibusters; Ecumenical crowd of 600 says dissenters can be people of faith.”

Posted at 8:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Changing Senate Rules: The ‘Constitutional’ or ‘Nuclear’ Option.” This recently-updated Congressional Research Service report, which I previously mentioned here, can now be accessed online in PDF format at this link. (Via “Confirm Them.”)

Posted at 8:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Senate, judges, and the filibuster: As a showdown looms over judicial nominees, both sides of the aisle turn to the Constitution.” Warren Richey will have this article in Monday’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted at 8:11 PM by Howard Bashman

“Did Martha break house arrest? U.S. Probation Dept. looking into attendance at dinner, New York Post reports”: CNN/Money provides this report. The article from today’s issue of The New York Post can be accessed here.

Posted at 1:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“Frist Defends Effort to End Filibusters”: The Associated Press provides this report.

Newsday reports today that “GOP hopes to strip Democrats of filibuster.”

The Baltimore Sun reports that “Filibuster fight may imperil agenda; Fallout in Senate may prove too much for Bush to ignore; ‘It will stand in the way of all legislation’; Leaders scrambling to finish what they can ahead of clash.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Frist Initiative Creates Rift in GOP Base.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that “Justice Sunday to air tonight; Filibuster fight cast as an issue of faith.”

The San Antonio Express-News contains an article headlined “Passing judgment on activist judges.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that “Pryor lauded as gutsy in Senate judicial row; Have right to speak up, evangelicals say.”

The State of Columbia, South Carolina (a city I’ll be visiting later this week) reports today that “DeMint, Republicans target filibusters; Senator from S.C., others want to stop Democrats from holding up judicial nominations.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that “GOP says Democrats have flip-flopped on filibuster; Feingold voted to curb it 10 years ago; now he says it’s essential.”

And The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina reports that “Boyle’s record stirs ruckus; The North Carolina judicial nominee is at the center of a Senate brouhaha.”

In commentary, The Salt Lake Tribune contains an editorial entitled “Whither the filibuster: Republicans should not change Senate rules lightly.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an editorial entitled “The Filibuster Rule: Don’t drop the bomb.”

The Seattle Times contains an editorial entitled “Frist’s frisky filibuster.”

The Grand Rapids Press contains an editorial entitled “Yes or no on judge nominees.”

The Louisville Courier-Journal contains an editorial entitled “Holy war Sunday.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contains an editorial entitled “Mark Pryor’s sermon: The war on religion heats up in the U.S. Senate.”

In The Maine Sunday Telegram, John W. Porter has an op-ed entitled “Once the filibuster is breached, it’s gone.”

In The State, Steven Millies has an op-ed entitled “Conservatives for radical change.”

In The New York Daily News, John Leo has an op-ed entitled “Rally has me losing faith in pols.”

In The Denver Post, columnist Diane Carman has an op-ed entitled “Salazar is the one keeping faith.”

In The Oregonian, Garrett Epps has an op-ed entitled “Conservatives in conflict: The Republican far right charges ahead with limits on individual freedoms, trampling the record of the party’s libertarians.”

In The San Antonio Express-News, David A. Crockett has an op-ed entitled “Nominations no place for filibuster.”

Finally for now, in News & Record of Greensboro, North Carolina, Edward Cone has an op-ed entitled “Passing judgment on the nation’s judiciary.”

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman