Poll: Approval of the Supreme Court Hits an All-Time Low

The Supreme Court’s job approval rating has hit an all-time low.

That’s according to a new survey from Quinnipiac University. The poll was conducted shortly after the Supreme Court voted not to block Texas from implementing the most restrictive abortion law in the nation in a 5-4 ruling that has drawn criticism of the court’s usage of the so-called “shadow docket” to make emergency rulings. read more

Senate Will Probe Supreme Court’s “Shadow Docket” Texas Abortion Ruling

Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who is the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, said a panel will probe the Supreme Court’s practice of deciding weighty cases on an emergency basis.

The news comes after the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, voted not to block a Texas law that went into effect Wednesday that prohibits virtually all abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which is typically after six weeks of pregnancy.

The Court voted

5-4 to deny an emergency appeal from abortion providers to block the legislation, saying they had not met the burden required for a stay of the law. read more

Elizabeth Warren on Texas Abortion Ban: “It’s Time for National Laws to Secure Our Reproductive Freedom”

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke out after the state of Texas effectively outlawed abortion by banning most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

Let’s be clear about what just happened in Texas: The second-largest state in America has effectively banned abortions,” she wrote on Twitter. “We can’t rely on the courts to protect our rights. It’s time for national laws to ensure reproductive freedom.”

The senator included a video of past remarks she made about the importance of preserving laws that permit abortions.

“Look, I’ve lived in an America in which abortion was illegal and rich women still got abortions, and that’s what we have to remember about this,” she said during a presidential debate. “States are trying to ban abortion outright and the Supreme Court seems headed in exactly that direction as well. If we are going to protect the people of the United States of America and we are going to protect our rights to have dominion over our own bodies, then it’s going to mean we can’t simply rely on the courts.”

Let’s be clear about what just happened in Texas: The second-largest state in America has effectively banned abortions. We can’t rely on the courts to protect our rights. It’s time for national laws to ensure reproductive freedom. pic.twitter.com/F2xqwQ68nZ read more

Justice Breyer Still Mulling Over Potential Retirement

Speaking to The New York Times, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer said he is still mulling over his potential retirement. At 83 years old, Breyer is the oldest member sitting on the Supreme Court.

“There are a lot of blurred things there, and there are many considerations,” he said. “They form a whole. I’ll make a decision.” read more

Biden Not Going to Pressure Stephen Breyer to Retire from Supreme Court

President Joe Biden and his aides are not going to push Associate Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court, believing that to do so would politicize the institution.

There is not currently a vacancy on the Supreme Court but progressives have been pressuring Breyer to retire to ensure that the vacancy occurs while the Democrats are in control of the Senate. Breyer has not indicated that he will retire. However, if he did, the vacancy would allow President Biden to nominate someone younger and perhaps bring more diversity to the court even if a Democratic appointment does not affect the current 6-3 conservative majority. read more

Schumer Signals That Democrats Are “Ready to Expeditiously Fill” Supreme Court Vacancies

Writing in a “Dear Colleague” letter, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) made clear that Democrats are “ready to expeditiously fill” Supreme Court vacancies as Democrats also weigh a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget resolution.

“Alongside these crucial legislative priorities, the Senate will continue to confirm more of President Biden’s highly qualified judicial nominees. … We will continue this critical work in the months to come. As always, Senate Democrats stand ready to expeditiously fill any potential vacancies on the Supreme Court should they arise,” Schumer wrote in the letter.

Schumer made clear that colleagues should

be prepared to work long nights, over the weekends and into the scheduled August recess to finish their work. read more

WATCH: Alan Dershowitz Explains Why Rudy Giuliani Will Probably be Disbarred

Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz have something in common. At one point, both men were renowned for their legal expertise. Then they decided to go all in on the Trump train. And since, then, both of their reputations have taken quite a hit.

Giuliani, in fact, is in danger of losing his ability to practice law in the state of New York. During a recent appearance on Newsmax, Dershowitz predicted that the former New York City Mayor may not be able to practice law again.

He can appeal this. He can seek a hearing but I think he’s cooked,” said the renowned trial lawyer. “In front of the Appellate Division. They’ve already said it’s likely that there will be permanent sanctions, which means disbarment.” read more

Psaki Signals Biden Committed to Codifying Roe v. Wade Regardless of SCOTUS Outcome

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said President Joe Biden and his administration remain “committed to codifying” Roe v. Wade regardless of the outcome of an upcoming Supreme Court case that could undermine the landmark abortion rights legislation.

Although Psaki did not specifically mention the Supreme Court in her statement, she criticized how “the right to health care, the right to choose, have been under withering and extreme attack, including through draconian state laws” over the last few years.

“And the president and the VP are devoted to ensuring that every American has access to health care, including reproductive health care, regardless of their income, ZIP code, race, health insurance status or immigration status,” she added. “As such, the president is committed to codifying Roe regardless of the… outcome of this case.”

You can listen to Psaki’s statement in the video below.

After Supreme Court takes up case about Mississippi's 15-week abortion ban, Psaki says President Biden is "committed to codifying" Roe v. Wade as law regardless of the case's outcome https://t.co/efnmUGH0mw pic.twitter.com/kZBDQi1Os4 read more

Pelosi Will Not Yet Bring Bill to Expand Supreme Court to the Floor So Democrats Can Focus on Passing Infrastructure Bill

Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during a press conference that she will not bring a bill to expand the Supreme Court to the floor, saying that while the bill is “not out of the question,” the Democratic Party’s focus should for the time being remain on passing President Joe Biden‘s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan.

“No. I support the president’s commission to study such a proposal, but frankly I’m not — right now, we’re back, our members, our committees are working. We’re putting together the infrastructure bill and the rest,” Pelosi said, adding: “I don’t know if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. I think it’s an idea that should be considered and I think the president’s taking the right approach to have a commission to study such a thing. It’s a big step.”

Of expanding the court, Pelosi said, “It’s not out of the question. It has be done before in the history of our country a long time ago. And the growth of our country, the size of our country, the growth of our challenges in terms of the economy, etc., might necessitate such a thing.”

You can listen to Pelosi’s remarks below.

Pelosi’s comments came after Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Representative Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) introduced a bill to expand the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to 13.

Last week, President Biden

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WATCH: NBC’s Pete Williams Explains Why Trump’s “Goose is Cooked”

Donald Trump has spent much of his adult life in litigation. In his 45 years in business, the ex-president was involved in over 3,500 suits.

Over the last four years, Trump enjoyed the protection offered to him by his position. Those days, however, are over and the law is soon to come for him.

This morning the Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s tax returns must be turned over to New York state. And this means, according to NBC’s Pete Williams, that the 45th president’s “goose is cooked.”

Williams said during an appearance on Andrea Mitchell‘s MSNBC show:

“It’s over. The president is out of legal options to try to stop this. Remember, what the grand jury wants is about eight or are nine years of the president’s corporate and personal tax returns from his accountants. The accountants have already said we will do whatever the courts say so I would expect that this material will be turned over within a matter of days.” read more

SCOTUS Dismisses Cases Alleging Trump Violated Constiution’s Emoluments Clause

Trump Press Conference Mail In Voting Meltdown

The Supreme Court of the United States has dismissed cases alleging former President Donald Trump violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause and profited off the presidency during his time in office.

The emoluments clauses is a provision in Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution that states “

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States read more

Trump Takes to Twitter to Beg the Supreme Court to Have The Courage to Destroy Democracy

Trump discourages Republicans from voting in Georgia runoff

Donald Trump did not do all that well in the 2020 election. He lost to Joe Biden by over 7 million votes. He lost in traditionally red states like Arizona and Georgia. He also gave back his 2016 gains, losing Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The president has been trying to overturn the election results for weeks. If the election was any closer, he may actually have a shot. But his incompetent legal team has, to this point, been laughed out of court.

So Trump has now moved to trying to have the Supreme Court change the results and declare him a winner. The attempt already failed once when the court refused to hear a case from Pennsylvania.

Trump has never hidden his intention to have the highest court in the land intervene. He told reporters that he was rushing the nomination of Amy Coney-Barrett because he might need her help after November.

And Trump again relayed his intention with a Thursday night tweet. He posted, “Tremendous support from all over the Country. All we ask is COURAGE & WISDOM from those that will be making one of the most important decisions in our Country’s history. God bless you!”

Tremendous support from all over the Country. All we ask is COURAGE & WISDOM from those that will be making one of the most important decisions in our Country’s history. God bless you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

December 11, 2020 read more