Friday, July 29, 2005

Anti-Anti-Federalist Society Manifesto

The Anti-Anti-Federalist Society Movement needs a manifesto or statement of principles. This sums up our positions and will serve as our manifesto until one is written: Anti-Anti-Federalist Society Manifesto.

(The posting of the link to this op-ed should not be considered his endorsement of this movement.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Supreme Court Nomination Watch: White House To Withhold Nominee's Tax Returns

Document Release Excludes First Bush Administration

From the Washington Post:

  • The Bush administration will not give Senate investigators access to the federal tax returns of Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr., White House and congressional officials said yesterday, a break with precedent that could exacerbate a growing conflict over document disclosure in the confirmation process.
  • The change in policy on tax returns could fuel the debate. The Bush administration changed the policy in 2001, no longer requiring judicial nominees at any level to provide tax returns. Instead, the IRS performs a "tax check" of the past three years to detect any problems or disclose if investigations were conducted during that period. "The reason we changed it was an effort to reduce the duplicative paperwork and streamline the process," White House spokeswoman Dana M. Perino said yesterday.
  • The White House did not announce the policy change, and some senior Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee said yesterday that they were unaware of it. When Democratic staffers learned of the change after queries by The Washington Post, they expressed surprise that the White House would not seek Roberts's tax returns, even if it did not plan to share them with the Senate.
  • Senate Democrats have suggested to Finance Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who is authorized to obtain individual tax returns under prescribed circumstances, that he try to obtain Roberts's. Grassley said yesterday that Democratic staffers approached his aides with the idea, but he signaled he was inclined to rebuff them. "From the standpoint of taxes for justices, I don't know that that has ever been done before," Grassley said.

Roberts Listed in Federalist Society '97-98 Directory

Court Nominee Said He Has No Memory of Membership

From the Washington Post:

  • Over the weekend, The Post obtained a copy of the Federalist Society Lawyers' Division Leadership Directory, 1997-1998. It lists Roberts, then a partner at the law firm Hogan & Hartson, as a member of the steering committee of the organization'sWashington chapter and includes his firm's address and telephone number.
  • Yesterday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Roberts "has no recollection of being a member of the Federalist Society, or its steering committee." Roberts hasacknowledged taking part in some Federalist Society activities, Perino said.
  • Yesterday, a liberal organization that has been skeptical of Roberts's nomination said that the White House's description of his relationship with the society showed the need to take a close look at his background.
  • What matters is whether he hung out with them and not whether he signed the form or wrote the dues check," said David Garrow, a law professor at Emory University. "What's important is the intellectual immersion."
  • The questions about Roberts's involvement with the society may come down to the meaning of the word "membership."

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Nominee John Roberts Is Not A Federalist Society Member

Monday, July 25, 2005

Anti-Anti-Federalist Society

This blog does not support the Federalist Society. However, in the great American tradition of the anti-anti-communist, this blog is anti-anti-federalist society.