Daily Clips: February 1, 2017

Daily Clips: February 1, 2017

At CNN Town Hall, Pelosi is asked if Democrats would turn socialist: I was not prepared for Nancy Pelosi to knock this question out of the park. She does a compelling job of telling the audience she believes in capitalism, while stating that capitalism needs to do a better job of spreading the wealth around. NPR’s legal affairs correspondent on Trump’s SCOTUS pick: Scalia, the sequel: Robert Bork’s nomination for the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate in 1987 precisely because of such originalist views. An originalist would reject constitutional protection for privacy, including for reproductive autonomy, reject constitutional protection for marriage equality for gays and lesbians, and reject protecting women from discrimination under equal protection because none of these were envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. All of these were Justice Scalia’s positions. If they are Gorsuch’s, if he is truly an originalist like Bork and Scalia, he definitely should be denied confirmation, including by filibuster. Teachers with guns could eventually become the norm in Texas classrooms Tweet of the day: "A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." – Robert Frost pic.twitter.com/x126qiwIwH — Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 1, 2017

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