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Biden’s Supreme Court commission failed to convince Americans to change anything

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Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden created a Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. The Commission appeared to be political cover for those on the Left hoping they could reshape the U.S. Constitution to secure the Left’s political gains of 2020.

They have, thus far, failed to convince the American people to change anything, let alone remaking the Supreme Court to suit their ideological purposes.

BIDEN’S SUPREME COURT COMMISSION CONSIDERS TERM LIMITS FOR JUSTICES

Assembled from a mixture of mostly far-Left policy experts, law school academics, and lawyers, the president tasked the Commission with evaluating the various ways in which a supposedly “broken” federal judiciary could be reformed. After six months of meetings, nothing has changed. 

Do the American people want President Joe Biden to remake our judiciary? No, they do not.

A full moon rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

A full moon rises behind the U.S. Supreme Court on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 18, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
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According to the Wall Street Journal, polling released in April—just ahead of the Commission’s inaugural meeting—revealed that not only did a supermajority of the country oppose packing the U.S. Supreme Court; it considered the President’s Commission a political tool of the Democrat Party to satiate the interests of its far-Left base. 

That opinion remains unchanged. Americans—by a margin of 65 percent to 24 percent—still oppose court-packing, according to polling released just last week. What then-Senator Joe Biden once called “a bone-head idea,” in reference to FDR’s court-packing scheme, Americans understand is, in fact, “a bone-head idea” that ought to be relegated to ash heap of American history.

U.S. President Joe Biden, who was given a physical this morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, walks from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque     

U.S. President Joe Biden, who was given a physical this morning at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, walks from Marine One upon his return to the White House in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque     
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Yet, the Commission pivoted early on, perhaps knowing that the chances of a do-over on a retread of FDR’s court-packing scheme were slim. So, the Commission started to fix upon “term limits” and other Constitutionally suspect “court reforms” which would politicize the courts and place the judiciary more under their power.

But even the Commission’s own membership is largely unconvinced. One member, Professor Laurence Tribe, even changed his mind after hearing testimony. Tribe is a Harvard Law School professor, one of the most cited legal academics, co-founder of the ultra-liberal American Constitution Society, and would likely have been nominated as Chief Justice if Al Gore had won instead of President George W. Bush.

FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo
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At the end of the Commission’s meeting in October, Tribe explained that, where he had once leaned in favor of one of term limitations, a deceptively modest court-reform measure, he no longer could. What changed his mind? President Biden’s Commission and the American people. 

According to the polling, Americans appear evenly divided on the issue of term limitations for judges. Voters generally support limiting the tenure of politicians. Perhaps they remember Newt Gingrich and his “Contract for America” that made term limits a popular political measure in the mid-1990s. 

FILE PHOTO: Storm clouds roll in over the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Storm clouds roll in over the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2021.  REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo
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But what works in legislative races does not work so well when applied to federal judges. As Alexander Hamilton explained in Federalist No. 78, the type of judicial independence the Founders had in mind “can certainly not be expected from judges who hold their offices by a temporary commission.”

Article III of the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee that federal judges hold their office “during good behavior.” The Founders meant this to secure judicial independence, removing them from any undue influence stemming from employment prospects after their tenure on the bench ends. Socialist liberals now tell us Hamilton and his friends were wrong.

The debate over term limitations is likely to receive more attention if simply in a lazy attempt at justifying the Commission’s work. Laying aside whether term limitations would make judges more independent (it would not), the far left would need to convince the nation to amend our Constitution to implement such a measure. 

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That is a nonstarter for the average American. A supermajority—66 percent—of Americans surveyed oppose amending the Constitution to change the Supreme Court’s structure. But that may not matter. After the electoral bloodbath liberals suffered November 2, the prospect of radical changes to our Constitution may have a greater headwind against them.

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Despite what the socialist progressives of the Democrat Party would have you believe, the American judicial system crafted by the Founders is still the best option of securing our civil liberties and protecting our freedoms. The American people think so too. The system the Founders envisioned may not be perfect, but it is a far sight better than anything the world has concocted since. 

President Biden, himself sagging in the polls, would do well to let the Commission’s recommendations expire with its charter. To change our judicial system now would be “a bone-head idea” indeed.

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James Austin Johnson is already the best ‘SNL’ Trump [POLL RESULTS]

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James Austin Johnson only just joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” this fall, but he’s already made a big impression. The comedian not only played President Joe Biden in the opening sketch of the season but he’s also portrayed the former president, Donald Trump, to rave reviews. After decades of Trump impersonations on the late-night sketch series, fans have voiced their overwhelming support for the most recent one.

Johnson collected the vast majority of votes in our “best ‘SNL’ Trump” poll results, with a whopping 61% of the vote. The actor has only played him twice on “SNL,” though he has cultivated his impression of Trump for many years through viral videos. In a distant second place, Alec Baldwin collected 22% of the vote. Baldwin played Trump through his turbulent presidency and even won an Emmy for his performance in 2017, with additional nominations in 2018 and 2021.

Darrell Hammond came in third place at 10%, despite playing him for the longest period of time. Phil Hartman, the original Trump impressionist for “SNL,” placed in fourth at 3% of the vote. Johnson, Baldwin, Hammond and Hartman are the best-known Trump portrayers on the show, with all others playing the businessman in an episode or two.

Among that smaller group, Jason Sudeikis received 1% of the vote (though he won our “best ‘SNL’ Biden” poll), followed by Leslie Jones and Vanessa Bayer at 0.5%. Taran Killam, who actually played him in three episodes, and John Cena failed to collect a single vote in the poll.

Considering Trump has left office, it is likely that we will see less of Johnson’s impression on “SNL,” though they have already found a way to integrate him into multiple Judge Jeanine Pirro (Cecily Strong) cold opens.

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Covid-19: Decision on resumption of international flights to be reviewed, MHA says | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Centre’s decision on the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers service will be reviewed as per evolving global scenario, MHA spokesperson said on Sunday.
This was discussed during an urgent meeting that was called by the home secretary earlier in the day in view of the possible threat that the new Covid variant of concern ‘Omicron’, can pose to the nation.

Various experts were part of the meeting, including Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, D Vijay Raghavan, principal scientific adviser to Prime Minister, senior officers from health, civil aviation and other ministries.

Here’s what other things were discussed during the meet-
* Overall global situation in wake of the Omicron virus was comprehensively reviewed.
* Various preventive measures in place and to be further strengthened were discussed.
* Genomic surveillance for variants to be further strengthened and intensified.
* Airport health officials (APHOs) and port health officials (PHOs) to be sensitized for strict supervision of testing protocol at airports/ ports.
* Closer watch on the emerging pandemic situations within the country will be maintained.

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2024 Watch: Trump super PAC holding top-dollar fundraiser this week

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Former President Donald Trump’s super PAC is hosting its largest fundraiser to date this week.

The Make America Great Again, Again super PAC event on Thursday, Dec. 2, will be held at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Sources in Trump world tell Fox News to expect some of the biggest GOP donors from across the country to attend the function.

The super PAC is steered by former Florida state Attorney General Pam Biondi, who defended the former president at his first Senate impeachment trial. But Trump’s adding to the group’s leadership. Ric Grenell and Matt Whitaker, who served as acting national intelligence director and acting attorney general during the Trump administration, respectively, are joining the super PAC’s board of directors.

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The beefing up of the former president’s super PAC follows his move to expand his staff at his Save America political action committee, which recently brought on board longtime Trump aide Lynne Patton in a political coalitions building role. 

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 12: U.S. President Joe Biden hosts a meeting about reducing gun violence in the Roosevelt Room at the White House on July 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. The meeting with law enforcement, elected officials, and others included Attorney General Merrick Garland, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, Brooklyn Borough President and New York City mayoral nominee Eric Adams, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, Chicago Police Chief David Brown, Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy, Newark Police Lieutenant Anthony Lima and Community-Based Public Safety Collective Co-Founder Aqeela Sherrills. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) PHOENIX, ARIZONA – JULY 24: Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix-based political organization Turning Point Action hosted former President Donald Trump alongside GOP Arizona candidates who have begun candidacy for government elected roles. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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Thanks in part to an aggressive push of text messages, emails, campaign style events and even ads, Trump’s been a fundraising juggernaut this year. His three main fundraising operations, which include Save America, reported over $100 million cash on hand as of the end of July, which was the most recent filing period for the groups.

The brisk fundraising and the expansion of his political operations come as Trump continues to play a kingmaker’s role in GOP politics heading into the 2022 midterm elections and repeatedly flirts with making another White House run in 2024.

Former president polls Trump-Biden 2024 showdown

For the first time, Trump’s political operation commissioned a poll in a hypothetical 2024 matchup between the former president and President Biden.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Former President Donald Trump speaks at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The survey was conducted in five key battleground states where Biden edged Trump in last year’s election to win the White House. It suggests Trump leading Biden by single digits in Arizona, Georgia and Pennsylvania and by double digits in Michigan and Wisconsin.

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The survey was conducted by veteran Republican pollster Tony Fabrizio, who polled for Trump’s 2016 presidential election victory and his 2020 reelection defeat. Besides the top line numbers in the horse race, Fabrizio pointed to the “wide chasm that currently exists” between Trump’s recalled job approval and Biden’s currently job approval. He told Fox News Trump’s advantage “is staggering given we are only 10 months into Biden’s presidency.”

The poll, which appears to be another sign that Trump’s gearing up for another presidential bid, was first reported by Politico.

Biden’s 2024 ‘intention’

In the wake of plenty of speculation the past month on whether President Biden will run for reelection in 2024, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that “that’s his intention.”

Psaki’s comments seemed to confirm reports that the president has been telling advisers and staff that he plans to run for a second four-year term steering the country.

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  

Biden hands a service member a challenge coin as he greets members of the Coast Guard at U.S. Coast Guard Station Brant Point in Nantucket, Mass., Nov. 25, 2021.  
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Biden, who turned 79 last weekend, made history last November when he became the oldest person ever elected president. If he campaigns for reelection in 2024 and wins, Biden would be 82 at his second inauguration and 86 at the end of his second term.

Asked in March at the first formal news conference of his presidency about his 2024 plans, Biden said, “My answer is yes. I plan on running for reelection. That’s my expectation.”

And Democratic sources tell Fox News the president repeated that message during a virtual fundraiser earlier this month.

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A day ahead of his birthday, the president told reporters, “I feel great,” after undergoing the first of his annual physical exams at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

“Nothing has changed. We’re in good shape,” Biden said.

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