How Appealing

Thursday, August 23, 2018

“Is Kavanaugh Legitimate? Senate Democrats now want to deny Trump the appointment power.” This editorial appears in today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 1:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sessions defends himself from President Trump’s criticism, saying the Justice Department ‘will not be improperly influenced by political considerations'”: John Wagner and Devlin Barrett of The Washington Post have this report.

And Adam Edelman of NBC News reports that “Sessions fires back at Trump, says he ‘took control’ of Justice Department from Day 1; The attorney general responded after Trump attacked him by saying, ‘I put in an attorney general that never took control of the Justice Department.’

Posted at 1:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Orders Release of Long-Secret Report on Leaks From Starr Inquiry”: Adam Liptak has this article in today’s edition of The New York Times.

Posted at 1:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Hundreds of Thousands of Veterans’ Appeals Dragged Out by Huge Backlog; VA on track to process a record 80,000 appeals in 2018 amid waiting list of about 238,000”: Ben Kesling of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Posted at 1:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-Supreme Court justice Ketchum pleads guilty to federal wire fraud”: Lacie Pierson of The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette-Mail has this report.

Posted at 1:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Neil Gorsuch is the most illegitimate member of the Supreme Court in U.S. history; The confirmation process broke a quarter century ago, and no one noticed”: Ian Millhiser has this essay online at ThinkProgress.

Posted at 12:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Immigration Fight That May Soon Land in the Supreme Court; A DACA ruling from a federal district judge in Texas could conflict with previous orders that have allowed the program to proceed, and, as a result, bring the issue to the Court”: Priscilla Alvarez of The Atlantic has this report.

Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals court rules Alabama can’t ban second-trimester abortion procedure”: Ivana Hrynkiw of Alabama Media Group has this report.

And Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that “U.S. appeals court finds Alabama abortion law unconstitutional.”

You can access Wednesday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at this link.

Chief Judge Ed Carnes wrote the opinion of the Court, which does not even attempt to mask its distaste with the result. And Senior Circuit Judge Joel F. Dubina wrote a specially concurring opinion, also making clear his dissatisfaction with the U.S. Supreme Court‘s rulings recognizing a federal due process right to abortion. The third judge on the panel, U.S. District Judge Leslie J. Abrams (M.D. Ga.) sitting by designation, decided that discretion was the better part of valor and thus concurred only in the judgment without any further comment.

Posted at 12:05 AM by Howard Bashman