Is Justice Kennedy About to Announce His Retirement?

from One News Now:

Much speculation abounds that United States Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may soon retire, and if that happens, one observer contends that it would be the political equivalent of World War III.

Justice Kennedy will turn 82 next year, and Fox News recently reported that a potential announcement from aging judge could come after Thanksgiving. read more

Shut Down the CFPB – Save the $650 Million

from IBD:

Like so many bureaucracies, the Obama-era Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, began with the very best of intentions. But it has failed to do its job. Following the resignation of CFPB chief Richard Cordray, it’s a good time to consider shutting down the agency altogether.

CFPB is often mischaracterized as a “consumer watchdog” in the mainstream media. Consumer attack dog is more like it.

Set up to protect consumers from predatory lenders and rogue banks, the CFPB has in fact led to less credit for financially troubled Americans, and is arguably not even legal. And no, that’s not just our opinion.

An October 2016 Supreme Court ruling found CFPB’s structure to be unconstitutional, a violation of the separation of powers in the nation’s supreme law. read more

Mitch McConnell and Trump are Suddenly BFFs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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There’s something odd going on in the Republican Party. All of the sudden, Mitch McConnell appears to be leading the establishment wing of the Party toward Trump.

This is very strange indeed, for nary a kind, or even civil word has been said of the President lo these last several months by any the lords and ladies of the ruling class.

Now, the midterm elections are just over a year away. Historically the mushy moderates all start moving right like clock work, ala John McCain, attempting to convince (lie to) voters of their conservative bona fides – voters who have paid scant attention between the last election and this.

But it seems to be starting a bit early. And this may be due, at least in part, to republican internal polling – something of which we commoners in the general population will never be privy.

We hear constantly of how unpopular Trump is and that only his hardcore base is continuing to stand by him. Yet establishment Republicans are far less popular than Trump. And I’m guessing the latest batch of internal polling tells them so. read more

A Federal Judge Meddles in Indian Affairs

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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On Wednesday, August 30, a U.S. District Judge ruled that the descendants of black slaves once owned by Cherokee Indians could legally become citizens of the Cherokee Nation.

This is just another of a long and growing list of judicial usurpations. This lower court justice, Thomas Hogan, Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, has no business sticking his nose in this case.

“Descendants of black slaves, known as freedmen, who once were owned by members of the Cherokee Nation have a right to tribal citizenship under a ruling handed down by a federal court in Washington, D.C.,” writes the AP. “The Cherokee Nation can continue to define itself as it sees fit,” Hogan wrote in the ruling, “but must do so equally and evenhandedly with respect to native Cherokees and the descendants of Cherokee Freedmen.”

Well, evidently it cannot “define itself as it sees fit.” It can define itself as a hack judge determines it must.

The Constitution is quite clear that is the sole authority of the United States Congress alone, “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes…” (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3)

Yet the Constitution no longer seems to be the barrier it was designed to be against government intrusion and the overreach of activist Judges – especially old white judges. read more