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AUL vs. White House on Kagan 



WASHINGTON, D.C. - (6/23/2010) - Americans United for Life’s President and CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, observed today that the White House’s attempts to drown out opposition voices to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan are falling flat.

News reports indicate that the White House appeared to release some colleague endorsements as more serious figures weighed into the debate on Kagan’s qualifications.

According to Politico, “Yesterday, in advance of the AUL conference, the White House organized a conference call of its own with three people who were fellow Supreme Court law clerks with Kagan in1987 and 1988, at the time she clerked under Marshall. They stuck closely to the administration’s script: Kagan, they said, was fair-minded and nonideological.”

Stories that some former office mates found her pleasant and that her work needed few corrections ran alongside of stories of AUL’s virtual news conference Wednesday with legal luminaries Judge Robert Bork, William Saunders and Professor Gerard Bradley. The three urged the Senate to refuse to endorse her confirmation to the high court because of the radical political positions she has taken in her career and because of the people she has extolled as her heroes.

“Judge Bork and our distinguished legal experts substantively outlined Elena Kagan’s agenda-driven judicial philosophy, a philosophy that is  far outside the boundaries of our Constitution,” said Yoest. “This nomination is not about personality, it’s about an attempt to grant a lifetime appointment to a political operative who has already pre-judged important issues like abortion. The American people want an impartial justice who will interpret the law and they are finding out very quickly that Elena Kagan is anything but impartial.”  

For more information on Kagan’s legal record, check out the Kagan File at

On Background:

Some of the stories in question:


Dahlia Lithwick on Twitter sometime around 11 a.m. today:


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Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.

AUL's legal team has been involved in every pro-life case before the U.S. Supreme Court including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.

Recently, Americans United for Life detailed the facts on taxpayer-funding of abortion during the debate over federal health care legislation, provided legal assistance to states working to opt out of abortion provisions created by federal health care law, and has played a major role in educating policymakers on the record of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.


NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 

June 21, 2010
4:00 PM Eastern


Good Monday Afternoon -

There is a disturbing Judicial appointment before the Senate. The Senate may promote a rapist, serial killer apologist to the Second Circuit Court if they approve Robert Chatigny. According to ALG News, "This week, the Senate may take up the controversial nomination of Robert Chatigny for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appleals, after being reported from the Judiciary Committee on June 10th. Chatigny currently serves for the U.S. District Court of Connecticut, where he made his claim to fame by ordering a stay of execution in 2005 for convicted serial rapist and murderer Michael Ross."

Disclosure is overrated. From Robert Romano, "last week, after being on the fast track, campaign speech restrictions on corporations and not-for-profit organizations became sidetracked in the House of Representatives by Congressional Democrats, prompting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pull the bill off the floor prior to any vote."

ACORN"s American Institute for Social Justice could impact mid-term elections. From NRD's Kevin Mooney, "Despite its recent setbacks, the renamed ACORN network remains well positioned to receive support from left-leaning foundations, corporations, unions and the federal government, according to a whistleblower group comprised of former board members. Moreover, the existing financial apparatus that made it possible to transfer public money away from their stated purpose and into partisan political efforts remains intact."

No surprise: Rahm traded favors with Blago.

Donald Berwick faces confirmation battle. From the NYT, "In two decades as a professor of health policy and as a prolific writer, he has spoken of the need to ration health care and cap spending and has confessed to a love affair with the British health care system. He has made numerous public appearances to talk about health care and has published a book of his speeches on the topic." We have covered Berwick at NRD, and you can read more on him here.

Conservatism and the spirit of reform. From the WSJ, "Today's conservative reformers appreciate that within its limited sphere government should be excellent. Promoting individual responsibility, self-reliance and opportunity requires targeted action, beginning with health-care reform that really controls costs by eliminating barriers on insurance companies operating across state lines and limiting malpractice damages; public-sector reform that reins in unions by reducing benefits and expanding accountability; and education reform that through school-choice programs gives parents, particularly in low income and minority communities, greater control over their children's education."

Obama's climate Rx: All pain, no gain. From the New York Post, "The cap-and-trade bill that the House passed last summer aims to force Americans to reduce those dreaded carbon emissions by 83 percent in less than four decades — to the same per-capita level as 1867. Yet, even under the Al Gore-approved climate-science models, the bill would do nothing to stop global warming."

Spending will kill, not save, our recovery. From the Washington Examiner, "Congress passed rules earlier this year to prevent itself from spending money it doesn't have. But the same majority Democrats who voted for Pay-Go simply override those rules whenever they have to pass an actual spending bill. And on Saturday, Obama ripped opponents of his second stimulus, saying that they are endangering the jobs and unemployment benefits of millions of Americans. It's time to face reality and start cutting spending."

Ron Paul: I can beat Obama.

DISCLOSE ACT: First Amendment foolery.

Rahm Emanuel expected to quite by the end of the year. From the Telegraph, "His abrasive style has rubbed some people the wrong way, while there has been frustration among Mr Obama's closest advisers that he failed to deliver a smooth ride for the president's legislative programme that his background promised."


NRN - Must Reads for June 21, 2010



Thursday June 17th

Concord, NH- Peterborough Republican Charlie Bass today issued the following statement regarding U.S. Representative Joe Barton’s (R-TX) comments to BP chief executive Tony Hayward during a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations.

Bass stated, “Joe Barton’s comments were totally inappropriate, and he was right to retract them and apologize.  This oil spill could be worst environmental calamity in U.S. history.   BP must be held totally accountable for stopping the leak, cleaning up the spill, restoring the environment, and fairly compensating Gulf Coast people and businesses for damages incurred.  The entire oil industry should pay close attention.  Cutting corners and putting cost over safety is completely unacceptable – and you will be held accountable for your actions.”


NHDP Calls on Charlie Bass to Denounce Rep. Joe Barton's Shameful Comments, Crawl out of the Pocket of Big Oil 

Does Charlie Bass agree with his recent endorsee that BP shouldn't have to pay for damage done by the terrible oil spill in the Gulf?

Concord - In congressional hearings today, Rep. Joe Barton of Texas apologized to the chief executive of BP for having to take responsibility for his company's oil spill.  Barton added that it was a "tragedy" that BP would have to pay to repair the damage it has caused.

Just two weeks ago Barton was in Belknap County endorsing Charlie Bass in the second Congressional District Republican Primary.  Bass called Barton, who has taken over $1.4 million in campaign contributions from oil companies, a "great member of Congress, and a good friend."  [,]

"It's disgraceful that Rep. Joe Barton thinks BP shouldn't be held responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico," said Harrell Kirstein, press secretary for the New Hampshire Democratic Party.  "The tax payers in the second Congressional district deserve to know if Charlie Bass agrees with Rep. Barton's outrageous claim."

During his 12 years in Congress, oil companies could consistently count on Bass's vote to deliver billions of dollars in tax breaks and subsidies to pad their bottom line. [HR4297, Vote #121, 5/03/06] And Bass voted in favor of exempting the oil and gas industries from clean-water laws, streamlining permits for oil wells on public lands.  [HR 6, Vote #445, 7/28/05] 

"Bass's numerous votes to give oil companies tax breaks and subsidies, paid for by the American tax payers, are shameful," continued Kirstein.  "And the real tragedy is that Bass continues to recklessly support big oil, even calling for drilling off the coast of New Hampshire."

Weeks after the BP oil spill began, Bass continued to support drilling on all of America's coasts.  As recently as June 3rd, Bass said, "every coastline ought to be involved" in our national off-shore drilling policy.

"Do all the Republican candidates for U.S. House and Senate think we should risk having the same kind terrible disaster that occurred in the Gulf happen on New Hampshire's coast?" asked Kirstein.  "Where do Kelly Ayotte, Jim Bender, Bill Binnie, Ovide Lamontagne, Rich Ashooh, Bob Bestani, Bob Giuda, Frank Guinta, Sean Mahoney, Jennifer Horn and the Republicans who were at the fundraising event with Joe Barton and Charlie Bass stand on drilling off New Hampshire's coast?"