MSNBC's Chuck Todd Gets His History Wrong, Selectively Quotes 14th Ame

July 28th, 2011 10:58 AM
Update: According to the Library of Congress website, July 28, 1868 was the day when Secretary of State William Seward "issued a proclamation certifying without reservation that the Fourteenth Amendment was a part of the United States Constitution." Todd told his viewers that July 28, 1868 was the day the amendment "officially became part of the U.S. Constitution" although…

AP's Abrams, Quoting No One, Claims That 'Some Legal Scholars' Believe

July 27th, 2011 10:18 PM
Gosh, isn't it convenient that Associated Press reporter Jim Abrams, in a Wednesday evening dispatch ("Democrats say Obama should invoke 14th Amendment"), was able to find "some legal scholars" who believe that President Obama can invoke Section 4 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to ignore the nation's current debt ceiling and have the government go out and…

Top Liberal Law Prof Advised Obama Not to Pick ‘Bully’ Sotomayor

October 28th, 2010 3:44 PM
One wonders how Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center managed to get a hold of a private letter sent to President Obama by Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe advising him against nominating Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but be that as it may, its contents are quite interesting and show just how nakedly political Tribe’s view of a justice really is and also how little…

Second Amendment: Obama 'Highly Conservative' in NYT's Eyes

July 3rd, 2008 7:49 AM
I have said consistently that I believe the Second Amendment is an individual right. -- Barack Obama, June 26, 2008In some ways, the Supreme Court term that just ended seems muddled: disturbing, highly conservative rulings on subjects like voting rights and gun control . . . In another sharp break with its traditions, the court struck down parts of the District of Columbia’s gun-control law.…

ABC's Greenburg: 2nd Amendment Not for Individuals Is Legal Orthodoxy

February 15th, 2008 6:01 PM
Noting Sen. Barack Obama's recent statement that he considers the Second Amendment an individual right -- setting aside for a moment his pro-gun control record and defense of the D.C. handgun ban -- ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg dismissed private gun ownership as constitutionally protected, holding instead that the "orthodox" view defends only a state's right.Here's the relevant portion…