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  Harriet Miers submits resignation as White House counsel - USATODAY.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-15)
He said Miers, 61, a loyal adviser to the president for years, has been having conversations with White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten about leaving for some time and both agreed that it was time for a change at the White House office of legal counsel.
At the White House, Miers is known as a diligent adviser, one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave.
Ironically, one of Miers' tasks as counsel was to vet potential nominees for openings on the federal bench — and the Supreme Court.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2007-01-04-harriet-miers_x.htm   (694 words)

 President Nominates Harriet Miers as Supreme Court Justice
Harriet's greatest inspiration was her mother, who taught her the difference between right and wrong, and instilled in Harriet the conviction that she could do anything she set her mind to.
Harriet was the first woman to be hired at one of Dallas's top law firms, the first woman to become President of that firm, the first woman to lead a large law firm in the state of Texas.
Harriet Miers has given generously of her time and talent by serving as a leader with more than a dozen community groups and charities, including the Young Women's Christian Association, Child Care Dallas, Goodwill Industries, Exodus Ministries, Meals on Wheels and the Legal Aid Society.
www.whitehouse.gov /news/releases/2005/10/20051003.html   (1575 words)

 Media Lies - - Harriet Miers
Miers begins by describing the purpose of her speech — to comment on lawyers and the courts in the context of current events.
Harriet Miers will judge fully understanding that she does so as a steward of the public trust in accordance with a strict reading of the document that creates that public trust– the Constitution of the United States of America.
Harriet Miers graduated from SMU with a bachelors degree in mathematics.
www.antimedia.us /harriet_miers   (11578 words)

 Harriet Miers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Harriet Ellan Miers (born August 10, 1945 in Dallas, Texas) is an American lawyer, currently serving as White House Counsel.
After graduating from law school, from 1970 to 1972, Miers was a law clerk for the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Joe E. Estes.
Miers is said to be one of Bush's closest personal friends, and appears given to effusive praise for the President.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Harriet_Miers   (2690 words)

 Harriet Miers Bio
Miers made partner at her law firm in 1978; the next year, she was honored as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Dallas by the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.
Miers also served as the chair of the ABA's Commission on Multi-jurisdictional Practice and was a member of the ABA Governance Committee.
Miers is single and very close to her family: two brothers and her mother live in Dallas, and a third brother lives in Houston.
www.legalreforminthenews.com /leaders/Miers/Miers_bio.html   (1085 words)

 t r u t h o u t - Harriet Miers: Bush's Pit Bull
Harriet Miers was the first woman to serve as president of the Texas Bar Association.
Harriet Miers is likely to be as circumspect about her views as was John Roberts about his.
Harriet Miers has a high burden to carry to convince the Senate that she is qualified to sit on the highest court in the land.
www.truthout.org /docs_2005/100405I.shtml   (1013 words)

 The Harriet Miers I Know - New York Times
Harriet Miers, says Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, is undoubtedly a well-meaning person, but he was expecting "brilliance," and her selection signaled "weakness" and "capitulation." Mr.
But Harriet Miers, who is only the president's friend, is now to be led away like Carlo in "The Godfather" with his "ticket to Vegas." Quickly replace her with some credentialed luminary, and in a week no one will even ask where the woman is.
Indeed, about the best quality to recommend Harriet Miers just now is that she is not at all the sort of person who goes about readily and confidently dismissing other people as third-raters, hacks and mediocrities.
www.nytimes.com /2005/10/14/opinion/14scully.html?ex=1286942400&en=0fed1c15978f3f81&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss   (691 words)

 The Left Coaster: Who is Harriet Miers?
Miers environmental views prior to her association with George Bush are not publicly known yet (and I would appreciate information from anyone who knows more on this).
In an ABA panel discussion on Supreme Court nominations" Miers was one of the panelists who was asked whether, if she were to be President, it would be appropriate for her to ask a "potential [judicial] nominee about his or her views on abortion".
Miers replied that it would not be appropriate, saying "Nominees are clearly prohibited from making such a commitment and presidents are prohibited from asking for it" and that [people who think such inquiries are proper display] "a misunderstanding of the separation of powers by proposing that judicial nominees should mirror a president's views".
www.theleftcoaster.com /archives/005630.php   (2666 words)

 Harriet Miers | media girl (mediagirl.org)
Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination to the Supreme Court.
Miers pushed for the creation of an endowed lecture series in women's studies named for Louise B. Raggio, one of the first women to rise to prominence in the Texas legal community.
The women lawyers groups favored Miers despite her stand on abortion because she was a candidate acceptable to the Establishment, thus making her electable as a woman.
mediagirl.org /tags/harriet-miers   (2941 words)

 TomPaine.com - Interpreting Harriet Miers
When Miers asserted last fall that the future of the American economy depends, among other things, on making the president's tax cuts permanent and getting rid of unnecessary regulations, she was setting forth a particular view of what’s best for America’s working people.
Miers’ economic values are as important for us to know as her social values.
All we have to go on is contained in memos Miers wrote during the past six years she served in the White House.
www.tompaine.com /articles/2005/10/06/interpreting_harriet_miers.php   (654 words)

 Harriet E. Miers - SourceWatch
Harriet Ellan Miers, White House Counsel, was nominated by President George W. Bush October 3, 2005, as Associate Justice to the Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Miers nomination was sent to the Senate on October 7, 2005.
Miers, a Bush "longtime confidante," was formerly his personal lawyer in Texas and "came with him to the White House in 2001 as staff secretary, the person who screens all the documents that cross the president's desk.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Harriet_E._Miers   (2884 words)

 CNN.com - Miers withdraws Supreme Court nomination - Oct 28, 2005
Bush's decision to nominate Miers, 60, White House counsel and a longtime adviser, had divided his supporters, many of whom wanted a nominee with a clear record of opposition to abortion and solid views on other legal issues important to conservatives.
However, Ed Gillespie, a Republican strategist heavily involved in Miers' nomination and the previous one for Chief Justice John Roberts, maintained that the nomination process forced her to withdraw, not opposition from conservative activists.
Miers' withdrawal also was applauded by conservative activists, many of whom opposed the nomination from the beginning.
www.cnn.com /2005/POLITICS/10/27/miers.nominations/index.html   (1022 words)

 Harriet Miers Supreme Court nomination - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Miers said in 1992 that she felt Supreme Court nominees should not be asked about how they would rule on abortion issues [5].
Miers indicated on the questionnaire that she supported civil rights for homosexuals, but opposed the repeal of the sodomy laws that were ultimately overturned by a 6-3 decision (with Justice O'Connor in the majority) in Lawrence v.
Bush and Miers attributed her withdrawal to requests from the Judiciary Committee for the release of internal White House documents that the administration has insisted were protected by executive privilege.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Harriet_Miers_Supreme_Court_nomination   (2178 words)

 Withdraw Harriet Miers
As White House counsel, Miers either approved of the Defense Department’s improper assignments of women to units required to be all-male, without prior notice to Congress, or she was unaware of the long-term legal consequences of that practice, or she gave sound advice that the President did not heed.
OCT 12/05 - When President Bush introduced Harriet Miers to the nation last week, his description of his Supreme Court nominee - that of a trailblazing female lawyer and a dedicated public servant - seemed designed to define her to Americans before any critics could.
Miers' lack of experience as a judge, her virtually non-existent paper trail on key legal issues and her closeness to Bush have led critics - notably fellow conservatives such as commentators George Will, William Kristol and Charles Krauthammer - to essentially cast Miers as an unqualified crony.
www.exorthodoxforchrist.com /withraw_harriet_miers.htm   (3554 words)

 Harriet Miers is all business - Salon
Whether the Senate judiciary committee will wrest substantive answers from Miers during hearings remains to be seen, but the clearest indication of her legal outlook, at least for now, lies with the cases she tried for her corporate clients.
Miers was brought in as lead counsel because of her reputation on class action and antitrust matters, according to attorney Robert Mowrey of Locke Liddell & Sapp, who took over the case from her when she left the firm.
Bush's Miers pick more than a decade later points to an intriguing tension within the Republican Party, between its ideology-driven right-wing base and its constituency of conservative business leaders, who are eager to develop stem-cell technology, and hire and promote talented employees, whether they be gay, lesbian or straight.
www.salon.com /news/feature/2005/10/06/corporate_miers/index.html   (1580 words)

 ABC News: Who Is Harriet Miers?
Miers was Bush's personal lawyer in Texas and took on the tough job of cleaning up the Texas Lottery when he was governor.
Miers met Bush in the 1980s, according to published reports, and was counsel for his 1994 campaign for governor.
In announcing Miers' nomination, Bush noted that her inspiration is her 91-year-old mother, who is said to be ill and living in a nursing home.
abcnews.go.com /Politics/SupremeCourt/story?id=1170572   (457 words)

 Harriet Miers
With Miers having absolutely no judicial record she was perhaps a prudent choice by the president -- a choice done out of safety rather than boldness -- but to the rest of the country a great uncertainty.
In the White House that hero worshipped the president, Miers was distinguished by the intensity of her zeal: She once told me that the president was the most brilliant man she had ever met.
Miers withdrew her nomination on 27 October 2005, retaining her position as White House Counsel.
www.nndb.com /people/669/000104357   (327 words)

 Judging Harriet Miers -- In These Times
The confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and the nomination on October 3 of Harriet E. Miers as an Associate Justice are the right-wing’s exclamation points at the end of a line of neoconservative judges who have paraded onto the federal bench during George W. Bush’s presidency.
At her confirmation hearing, Miers should be energetically questioned about her views on the locus of rights within the Constitution, the law’s frequent lack of clarity and certitude, the judge’s role as barrier between the individual and the government’s claimed prerogatives, and so on.
Like Karl Rove, Harriet Miers has functioned for more than a decade as an alter-ego and confidant of George W. Bush, so there is no reason to think that she will merit awards from the N.A.A.C.P. or the A.C.L.U. any time soon.
www.inthesetimes.com /site/main/article/2342   (2095 words)

 blog | Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Harriet Miers, as expected, defied a Congressional subpoena and did not show for her hearing before the House Judiciary Committee this morning.
Harriet Miers was expected to testify tomorrow before the House Judiciary Committee about the U.S. Attorneys scandal.  Today, her former boss, George Bush, told Miers not to appear: 
Miers has absolute immunity from compelled congressional testimony as to matters occurring while she was a senior adviser to the president," White House Counsel Fred Fielding wrote in a letter to Miers' lawyer, George T. Manning.
www.citizensforethics.org /blog   (2277 words)

 Citizen Journal: Harriet Miers Archives
The AP is reporting that Harriet Miers has withdrawn her nomination.
Robert Bork writes about the damage President Bush's defense of Harriet Miers is inflicting on conservatives, referencing both the infighting and the kick in the teeth Miers' pick represents to originalists.
The "Harriet Miers" destined to be remembered (and caricatured) by history seems a poor player indeed, doomed to strut and fret her hour upon the stage.
www.citizen-journal.net /mt-weblog/archives/harriet_miers/index.html   (1349 words)

 Judicial Nominations - Harriet E. Miers
Harriet Miers was born in Dallas, Texas on August 10, 1945.
She was one of two candidates for the Number 2 position at the ABA, chair of the House of Delegates, before withdrawing her candidacy to move to Washington to serve in the White House.
Miers to a six-year term on the Texas Lottery Commission, it was mired in scandal, and she served as a driving force behind its cleanup.
www.whitehouse.gov /infocus/judicialnominees/miers.html   (531 words)

 Harriet Miers, Hard at Work - TIME
After Harriet Miers asked President George W. Bush to withdraw her nomination to the Supreme Court on Oct. 27, she went back to the second floor of the West Wing and resumed her job as White House counsel that afternoon.
Miers, 60, declines to cast blame for her nomination's demise, preferring to "leave all that for other people to analyze." Her brothers were upset by the uglier comments about her, but she professes no bitterness.
Miers, who hasn't had a vacation other than Christmas since well before the Supreme Court episode, hopes to take some time with her family in May--although "nothing grand." She gives unpaid speeches to bar associations and will speak at a law-school commencement next month.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,1184085,00.html   (545 words)

 Harriet E. Miers Profile
Harriet Ellan Miers was born in Dallas on Aug. 10, 1945.
Miers responded that she supported civil rights for gays and lesbians but did not support the repeal of a law criminalizing consensual, private sexual behavior between gays and lesbians.
Miers wrote that "our legal community must reflect our population as a whole," and under her leadership the organization embraced racial and gender set-asides and set numerical targets to achieve that goal.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/03/AR2005100300305.html   (1269 words)

 White House counsel Harriet Miers resigns
Miers, a 61-year-old Dallas native, who spent more than 20 years in private practice in Texas, did not outline her plans.
Analysts said Miers contributed to the stability of the Bush administration, chiefly through her loyalty to the president during difficult times when sober and reliable legal counsel are critical to a president.
Miers graduated from the SMU law school and was the first female president of the Dallas Bar Association in 1985, repeating that distinction for the State Bar of Texas in 1992.
www.startribune.com /587/story/915281.html   (450 words)

 Althouse: Harriet Miers?
Miers is leading the White House effort to help Bush choose nominees to the Supreme Court so naming her would follow a move Bush made in 2000 when he tapped the man leading his search committee for a running mate -- Dick Cheney.
Harriet has the keen judgment and discerning intellect necessary to be an outstanding Counsel.
Miers became the first woman elected Texas State Bar President following her selection in 1985 as the first woman to become President of the Dallas Bar Association.
althouse.blogspot.com /2005/09/harriet-miers.html   (1622 words)

 Harriet Miers Withdraws from Supreme Court Fight » Outside The Beltway | OTB
Harriet Miers withdrew her nomination to be a Supreme Court justice Thursday in the face of stiff opposition and mounting criticism about her qualifications.
Miers’ surprise withdrawal stunned Washington on a day when the capital was awaiting news on another front — the possible indictment of senior White House aides in the CIA leak case.
I didn't ridicule Harriet Miers, merely stated a case for why I believe she wasn't qualified for the office to which she was appointed.
www.outsidethebeltway.com /archives/2005/10/harriet_miers_withdraws   (2291 words)

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