Doug Kellett @idougradio

Doug Kellett @idougradio

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Live today on WSPD/Toledo 3-6p et. Monday its WAPI AM/FM Birmingham


3:35p et.  Lawyer Matt Burke will join me to discuss several issues including the new Supreme Court nominee, the adminstration wanting to read our emails WITHOUT a warrant, and a federal judge's decision that says the "National Day of Prayer" is unconstitutional.(Matt's thoughts on the Supreme Court issue posted below.

4:05p et.  Gary Rathbun on financial news of the day with "After the Bell' from Private Wealth Consultants.

  • How can a Judge rule the National Day of Prayer Unconstitutional?

  • What to watch for in Obama's Supreme Court pick

  • Department of Justice wants to read our emails without a warrant. In other words, they are fishing.

  • FBI chief says "home grown terrorists" are bigger threat than Al Qaeda. I have to ask, is he talking about the tea party movement?

  • White NBC reporter confronts black man at tea party and asks him "have you felt uncomfortable?"
Matt Burke's thoughts on Obama's Supreme decision:

What to watch for in Obama's Supreme Court pick

It will be interesting to see who Obama selects to replace the retiring Justice Stevens. To keep it simple for everyone, there is only one name to remember- Merrick Garland. Judge Garland is considered moderately liberal who supervised the Oklahoma City bombing trials in the Clinton administration. He is considered to be to the right on executive power and criminal defense, but trends towards the left on environmental issues.

The reason I say only remember him is that his selection will signal to me how politically vulnerable Obama is with his left wing base. The left wing would clearly prefer a different nominee, such as Diane Wood or Elena Kagan, as would Obama personally. If the President thinks he needs to appeal to the majority of the electorate, then he selects Garland--if he thinks he needs to shore up his base, he looks elsewhere.

What I would like to ask a potential nominee

The Senate usually spend two days grilling Supreme Court nominees asking ridiculous questions. Any savvy observer knows that a nominee will not answer questions about specific issues, and have been well trained on how to avoid directly answering the questions posed. Here are some questions that will be answered, and will provide a great insight as to their judicial philosophy.

1. Name your five worst Supreme Court decisions. The reason I say five is that three decisions are universally despised (Dred Scott, Plessy, Korematsu), the last two will provide great insight. Conservatives would like to hear cases such as Wickard or Kelo, a liberal would like to hear Lopez, Bush v. Gore, or Citizens United.

2. What is the limit on Congress' commerce clause power? If there is a conflict between the text of the Constitution and an amendment, which prevails?

3. Article II states that the executive power shall be vested in a President. What does that mean to you?

4. What legal questions are you looking to have the court address in the future?

The most important issues to be addressed by the Court

Lots of ink and airtime will be spent to the nominee' stance on abortion. Even though I am personally pro-life, I do not believe that is even in the top five of issues that I would like the court to address. My top five are:
1. What is the limit on Congress' power? Are we going to fall under the Wickard standard, where Congress' power is virtually unlimited, or under Lopez, where limits are placed?
2. What are the President's wartime powers?
3. Are we going to continue to view eminent domain as the government can seize for public purpose, or are we going revert back to the text of the Constitution where it says public use?

4. Are the Ninth and Tenth Amendments dormant or active?

5. What is the limit on the authority of executive branch appointees who do not face Senate confirmation?