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Wednesday News: Clinton, Trump Win Big; Supreme Court Pick Imminent; No Metrorail Today


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, March 16.

  • Quizzical

    Flint water contamination hearing
    Unfortunately upstaged by Metro shutdown

    • Thanks for pointing that out!

  • Video: Van Jones says “Republican establishment has been completely destroyed tonight”


  • Video: PBS NewsHour report on primary night results


  • From President Obama:

    Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court.

    As President, it is both my constitutional duty to nominate a Justice and one of the most important decisions that I — or any president — will make.

    I’ve devoted a considerable amount of time and deliberation to this decision. I’ve consulted with legal experts and people across the political spectrum, both inside and outside government. And we’ve reached out to every member of the Senate, who each have a responsibility to do their job and take this nomination just as seriously.

    Please join me in the Rose Garden at 11:00am Eastern for my announcement.

    This is a responsibility I do not take lightly. In considering several candidates, I held each to three principles that reflect the role the Supreme Court plays in our democracy.

    First, a Justice should possess an independent mind, unimpeachable credentials, and an unquestionable mastery of law. There is no doubt this person will face complex legal questions, so it is imperative that he or she possess a rigorous intellect that will help provide clear answers.

    Second, a Justice should recognize the limits of the judiciary’s role. With a commitment to impartial justice rather than any particular ideology, the next Supreme Court Justice will understand that the job is to interpret the law, not make law.

    However, I know there will be cases before the Supreme Court in which the law is not clear. In those cases, a Justice’s analysis will necessarily be shaped by his or her own perspective, ethics, and judgment.

    Therefore, the third quality I looked for in a judge is a keen understanding that justice is not about abstract legal theory, nor some footnote in a dusty casebook. It’s the kind of life experience earned outside the classroom and the courtroom; experience that suggests he or she views the law not only as an intellectual exercise, but also grasps the way it affects the daily reality of people’s lives in a big, complicated democracy, and in rapidly-changing times. In my view, that’s an essential element for arriving at just decisions and fair outcomes.

    Today at 11:00am Eastern, I’ll introduce you to the judge I believe meets all three of these standards.

    I’m confident you’ll share my conviction that this American is not only eminently qualified to be a Supreme Court Justice, but deserves a fair hearing, and an up-or-down vote.

    In putting forward a nominee today, I am fulfilling my constitutional duty. I’m doing my job. I hope that our Senators will do their jobs, and move quickly to consider my nominee. That is what the Constitution dictates, and that’s what the American people expect and deserve from their leaders.

    President Barack Obama

    P.S. If you’re looking for the latest on my Supreme Court nominee and the confirmation process in the Senate, check out @SCOTUSnom on Twitter. You’ll find all the facts and up-to-date information there.

  • Rational Lefty

    MSNBC’s website says Hillary won Missouri, making it a clean sweep. www(dot)msnbc(dot)com/msnbc/clinton-back-track-win-nomination

  • Putting today’s VA-Dominion-Microsoft solar announcement in perspective

    Glen Besa, Director

    Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

    On the same day that the Governor announced a 20 MW solar project with Dominion and Microsoft to be built in Fauquier County, there is a hearing on a 1600 MW natural gas power plant in Greensville County, Virginia. Additionally, Dominion’s often repeated pledge to install 400 MWs of solar by 2020 should be contrasted with the simple fact that North Carolina installed 400 MWs last year alone.

    Dominion’s overwhelming reliance on natural gas to generate electricity, with gas’ long history of volatile price swings, poses a serious financial risk for its customers and the state’s economy. Dominion’s drive to build new gas plants and a gas pipeline reflect its status as one of the countries largest gas storage and transmission companies and represents a serious conflict of interest that Virginia’s public officials choose to ignore.

    Dominion’s big investments in natural gas also undermine Virginia’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address climate change. Right now Dominion actually proposes to increase its total carbon pollution emissions by more than 60% by 2040.

  • Video: President Obama nominates a Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Sen. Tim Kaine statement on Merrick Garland nomination to SCOTUS:

    “Merrick Garland is a well-respected jurist with impeccable qualifications and unrivaled experience. His legacy as an attorney includes overseeing high-profile domestic terrorism cases. He has also garnered enthusiastic support from Democrats and Republicans in the past, which should leave Republicans in the Senate no excuse for obstructing his confirmation process. Justice demands that the Senate provide advice and consent for any Supreme Court nominee. I commend President Obama for fulfilling his constitutional duty. It’s time for the Senate to do the same.”

  • Senator McEachin Statement on Supreme Court Nomination

    Henrico – State Senator A. Donald McEachin today issued this statement in response to President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. “I commend the president for executing his Constitutional responsibility and naming a Supreme Court nominee. The judiciary is a crucial and equal partner in our government and must function for our government to work properly.

    “I call on the Senate to do its job of ‘advise and consent.’ I would ask them to take their responsibility seriously, hold timely hearings, ask appropriate questions and make a rational determination, not based on partisan showmanship or priorities. In Garland Merrick, President Obama has chosen an experienced jurist who deserves a fair and prompt hearing,” Senator McEachin concluded.


    ~ On nomination of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court ~

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released the following statement on President Obama’s nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court:

    “Judge Garland is an exceptional judge worthy of the honor of serving on the Supreme Court. On the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, he has served with integrity and distinction fitting of a nominee to our nation’s highest court, and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle. He is the kind of consensus nominee that I believe is needed at this time.

    “This remarkably qualified appellate judge deserves a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, thoughtful consideration by the full Senate, and an up-or-down vote. I strongly urge my colleagues to respect the process and hope that they will allow the Senate to perform its constitutional duty to consider Judge Garland’s nomination.”

  • Hillary Clinton statement on Merrick Garland nomination to SCOTUS:

    “It is the President’s Constitutional responsibility to nominate justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. Today, in announcing Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee, President Obama has met his responsibility. He has chosen a nominee with considerable experience on the bench and in public service, a brilliant legal mind, and a long history of bipartisan support and admiration. Now, it’s up to members of the Senate to meet their own, and perform the Constitutional duty they swore to undertake.

    “Evaluating and confirming a Justice to sit on this nation’s highest court should not be an exercise in political brinkmanship and partisan posturing. It is a serious obligation, performed on behalf of the American people, to ensure a highly qualified candidate fills a vacancy on the Court. That obligation does not depend on the party affiliation of a sitting president, nor does the Constitution make an exception to that duty in an election year.

    “The Senate has never taken more than 125 days to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, and on average, a confirmation or rejection has taken just two months. This Senate has almost a full year to consider and confirm Judge Garland. It should begin that work immediately by giving Judge Garland a full and fair hearing followed by a vote. That is what the American people deserve, it is what our Constitution demands, and with millions of people’s lives in the balance, anything less is entirely unacceptable.”

  • AG Mark Herring statement on Merrick Garland nomination to SCOTUS:

    The U.S. Supreme Court is one of our nation’s most revered and important institutions. It should be beyond the kind of political games we have seen in recent weeks surrounding this nomination. In the last year alone, the Supreme Court has settled difficult and important questions related to healthcare, marriage equality, and housing discrimination, and in the near future they will decide important questions on women’s healthcare, voting and redistricting, and immigration. I join my fellow state attorneys general, and millions of Americans across the country who understand the Supreme Court is too important for political games, in urging the Senate to take up Judge Garland’s nomination. To refuse to even consider the nomination of a jurist with such impressive and extensive credentials, experience, and past bipartisan support is to sacrifice the Constitution in an unprecedented pursuit of political obstruction. The wheels of government and the proper functioning of the highest court in the land cannot simply grind to a halt for an entire year because the Senate is controlled by a different political party than the president.

  • Quizzical

    I think Garland was a good nomination, and a smart one if the objective is to get the Court back up to 9. My only quibble that Garland is another nominee from the DC Circuit.

  • A day without EW Jackson’s frothing-at-the-mouth insanity and hatred is like a day without…oh forget it. LOL