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Videos of the Week – May 28, 2022

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t want to contend with the brutal honesty of a Sky News reporter, so he reacts how cowards always do – he walks away.

Steve Kerr is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors professional basketball team.  In this video, he delivers a personal message following the Uvalde school shooting.

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Political Cartoon of the Week – April 9, 2022

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Worst Quote of the Week – April 9, 2022

“Public defenders often have a natural inclination in the direction of the criminal.  Their heart is with criminal defendants.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, on why he opposed the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court

Previously, Jackson had been a public defender.  Despite right-wing opposition, Jackson was confirmed to the High Court by the U.S. Senate.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – March 26, 2022

“Do you agree…that babies are racist?”

Sen. Ted Cruz, to Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, repeatedly asking about her views on racism, children’s books and critical race theory (CRT)

He specifically asked if she agrees with a children’s book called “Anti-Racist Baby,” by Ibram X. Kendi, which is in the library at Georgetown Day School, a private school in Washington, D.C., at which Jackson was a board member.  Cruz held up a copy of the book and described it as one of the “most stunning” taught at the school.  He claimed it teaches children that babies are taught to be racist, not born racist, and that they are encouraged to admit if they have been racist and to talk about it.

In response, Jackson noted, “Georgetown Day School, just like the religious school that Justice [Amy Coney] Barrett was on the board of, is a private school.”

“On a scale of 1 to 10, how faithful would you say you are?  Do you attend church regularly?”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, inquiring about Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s faith and how important it was to her

Jackson replied that, although faith played a big role in her life, she was reluctant to talk about it in detail because “I want the public to have confidence in my ability to separate out my personal views.”  Jackson noted she is “Protestant, non-denominational”.

Graham conceded that judges could separate their religious beliefs with the way they rule.  It must be highlighted, though, that Graham voted to confirm Jackson three times to other posts: her current seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a court considered second only to the U.S. Supreme Court; her previous seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; and her previous seat on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

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Best Quotes of the Week – March 26, 2022

“You are worthy. You are a great American. I know what it’s taken for you to sit in that seat.”

Sen. Cory Booker, during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Senate confirmation hearing

Booker chose to praise Jackson instead of asking her questions.  Booker also railed against his Republican colleagues who highlighted specific cases from Jackson’s past. The senator referenced abolitionist Harriet Tubman and Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to serve as a federal judge in 1966, as role models in his life and who paved the way for Jackson’s historic path.

“That is the nature of a right.  When there is a right, it means that there are limitations on regulation.”

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, in response to Sen. John Cornyn’s question whether a 2015 Supreme Court ruling establishing a right to same-sex marriage conflicts with the beliefs of some religions

Cornyn was referring to the High Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which compels states to recognize same-gender marriage under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“At some point, you have to follow the rules!”

Sen. Dick Durbin, to Sen. Ted Cruz, as the latter went beyond his time limit during the Jackson confirmation hearing

Frustrated with Durbin’s repeated gavel-banging, Cruz shouted, “You can bang it as loud as you want!”

“It shows considerable effort when somebody goes to that much trouble to create that many organizations to hide how much money they’ve spent to control the nominations process to the court.”

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, comparing the efforts of some conservative groups to the Republican Party’s recent attacks on progressive groups, such as Demand Justice, as well as Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Demand Justice supports Jackson’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Whitehouse also specifically named The Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network among the conservative groups he claims encompass a vast network of secretive “dark money” groups that have played a major covert role in seating five of the Supreme Court’s current justices.

All told, he said, these groups have spent at least $400 million to help select and confirm Justices John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

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Worst Quote of the Week – February 12, 2022

“There were tens of thousands of people engaged in peaceful free speech that the press and Democrats try to demonize falsely.  Violence is wrong, and those who engage in violence should be prosecuted.  But peaceful free speech is protected by the First Amendment.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, about the January 6, 2021 riot

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Tweet of the Week – January 15, 2022

Rep. Brendan Boyle condemning Sen. Ted Cruz for apologizing to Tucker Carlson recently about calling the January 6 rioters “terrorists”.

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Video of the Week – January 8, 2022

This is Sen. Ted Cruz giving something of a mea culpa to talk show screed Tucker Carlson over the senator’s frequent description of the January 6, 2021 Capitol Hill insurrection as a terrorist attack.  It’s obvious Cruz is terrified of faux journalist Carlson who always gives the same expression a puppy does when it tries to understand what you’re saying.  Of course, puppies are way cuter – and often far more intelligent – than Carlson on his best day.

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Worst Quotes of the Week – January 8, 2022

“The establishment will never love you, Ted.  You know, you can bend over and bend a knee for them, but they’re just not going to love you.”

Rep. Matt Gaetz, to Sen. Ted Cruz for calling the events of January 6, 2021 a terrorist attack

“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth.  That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, reacting to Twitter suspending her account for repeated violations of their COVID-19 misinformation policy

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Podcast of the Week – May 15, 2021

Recently the State of Texas passed a bill that was disguised as a voting integrity measure, but in reality, puts more restrictions on the voting process.  In a podcast interview with Jon Favreau, former U.S. Congressman Beto O’Rourke (who challenged Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018) discussed the Texas bill and its adverse effects on voting.

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