( Daily Caller ) The most liberal court in America could be heading for a split.
A House panel held a hearing on possibly splitting the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday morning. The 9th Circuit is recently serving as the primary antithesis to President Donald Trump.
Three 9th Circuit judges, including Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, Judge Alex Kozinski, and Judge Carlos Bea gave testimony before House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. All three judges, like most of their 9th Circuit colleagues, support the current configuration and oppose splitting the court.
The subcommittee’s chairman, Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, said the court has become too unwieldy to operate efficiently. At 12,000 cases, the court hears twice as many appeals as the next largest circuit court per year. The court also has the largest geographic jurisdiction in the country, running as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Fully one-fifth of the country’s population sits in the 9th Circuit. As such, the court’s massive docket generates lengthy turnaround times in decisions and can make access to the courts challenging for average citizens.
The sprawling 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was split into two appeals courts in 1981 over similar concerns. Alabama, Georgia, and Florida were removed from the 5th Circuit and reestablished as the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Issa pointed out that the legislation was adopted quickly in both houses of Congress with unanimous consent.
‘TO FIGHT – AND TO WIN’: TRUMP’S SPEECH TO A JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS
‘Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America:
‘Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains. Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.
‘Each American generation passes the torch of truth, liberty and justice –- in an unbroken chain all the way down to the present.
‘That torch is now in our hands. And we will use it to light up the world. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.
‘A new chapter of American Greatness is now beginning.
‘A new national pride is sweeping across our Nation.
‘And a new surge of optimism is placing impossible dreams firmly within our grasp.
‘What we are witnessing today is the Renewal of the American Spirit.
‘Our allies will find that America is once again ready to lead.
‘All the nations of the world — friend or foe — will find that America is strong, America is proud, and America is free.
‘In 9 years, the United States will celebrate the 250th anniversary of our founding — 250 years since the day we declared our Independence.
‘It will be one of the great milestones in the history of the world.
BEAUTIES! MELANIA AND IVANKA BRING SIMPLE GLAMOUR, GOT STANDING OVATION AT TRUMP’S FIRST SPEECH TO CONGRESS
Trump beauties! First Lady Melania Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Kushner bring simple glamour at Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress. The beautiful First Lady received standing ovation from the crowd.
The 46-year-old wore a sleek, sequinned Michael Kors black suit, pulled together with a wide black belt. The jacket retails for $5,000 while the skirt goes for $4,600, according to E News.
Stunning Ivanka, however, chose a $2,995 Roland Mouret Rawlings fuchsia dress.
( Daily Mail ) President Donald Trump took his first mission-critical trip down Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday to address a Joint Session of Congress, telling his political opponents that ‘the time for small thinking is over, the time for trivial fights is behind us.’
At that very moment, a member of the Democratic Party hissed.
But Trump’s 60-minute speech drew 94 interruptions for applause, including a sustained, tear-jerking ovation for the widow of a Navy SEAL killed in action just eight days after Trump took office.
As Carryn Owens wept and Ivanka Trump comforted her, Trump said her husband Ryan was happy that the lengthy applause ‘broke a record.’
The slain sailor’s father made headlines last week when he said he had refused to speak with the president when his son’s remains were returned to the U.S. in a somber ceremony. He also blasted Trump for green-lighting what he called the ‘stupid mission’ that claimed Ryan’s life.
But the president praised Ryan as ‘a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.’
‘Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity’ Trump said. ‘For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom. We will never forget Ryan.’
Trump began Tuesday night with a claim on the role of political peacemaker, saying he wanted to bring Americans who voted for him together with those who didn’t.
‘I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart,’ he said.
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