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  • Senator: No Kagan hearings without Clinton files

    05/24/2010 1:11:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 119 replies · 5,562+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/24/10 | Julie Hirschfeld Davis - ap
    WASHINGTON – The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned Monday that he would seek to slow Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's path to confirmation unless senators get full access to her files as a Clinton administration aide. "We're heading to what could be a train wreck," Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama said. "I don't believe that this committee can go forward with an adequate hearing" without all records from Kagan's tenure as a White House counsel and then domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the Judiciary Committee chairman, last week set hearings to...
  • Hearings on Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Start June 28

    05/19/2010 8:52:12 AM PDT · by julieee · 1 replies · 107+ views ^ | May 19, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Hearings on Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan Start June 28 Washington, DC -- The Senate Judiciary Committee will start hearings on pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on June 28. Kagan is the second pro-abortion judicial activist President Barack Obama has selected for the nation's highest court following Sonia Sotomayor.
  • What If They Held a Hearing and Nobody Came?

    04/22/2010 6:22:45 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Illinois Review ^ | April 22, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    What If They Held a Hearing and Nobody Came? by John F. Di Leo Flush with the victory of passing their nationalization of the health insurance industry in March, the Democratic leadership in Washington was interrupted in the middle of their celebratory bacchanalia by some stuffy businessmen filing unpleasant forecast revisions with the SEC. Yup, without so much as a “By your leave,” well-known corporations started announcing their formal assessments of what Obamacare was going to cost their shareholders, their employees, and especially, their retirees. A hundred million dollars here, a half billion there… and the surprise of them all,...
  • Gates Issues Terms for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review

    03/02/2010 4:24:34 PM PST · by SandRat · 9 replies · 284+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 2, 2010 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today released the guidelines and parameters of a Defense Department review of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in preparation for its potential repeal. The 10-month review should include input from service chiefs and all levels of the force and their families, Gates said in a memo to Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Army Europe, who was chosen to head the effort along with Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon’s top lawyer. Gates established the review Feb. 2, saying it would be critical to ensuring a smooth transition...
  • Essay" The "Real" Toyota Hearing Transcript

    02/26/2010 8:32:28 AM PST · by naturalized · 305+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | Feb 25, 2010 | Matthew Philbin
    REP SUTTON: Mr. LaHood, what are we to make of these rumors that Toyotas are ... sexual predators? SEC. LAHOOD: Ah, allow me to clarify that, Congresswoman. Let's be clear. It's only certain newer models that have been accused of sexual harassment, and in one case the on-board GPS made very inappropriate comments. That's why we're recommending that single women, or women who are going to be driving alone much of the time, take a look at the 2010 Buick Lucerne, with it's reliability and safety features ... Read more:
  • Washington D.C. Snow Storm Opens Window of Opportunity in "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Fight

    02/13/2010 4:14:11 PM PST · by GoldenEagles · 21 replies · 789+ views
    Washington D.C. Snow Storm Opens Window of Opportunity in "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” Fight The largest snow storm in the history of Washington D.C. has caused the cancellation of the next hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The hearing had been scheduled for Thursday, February 11th. But on Wednesday, February 10th, the committee schedule indicated that this hearing had been canceled. No tears please. This cancellation has given us a window of opportunity to contact all of the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to communicate to them...
  • US Senate holds hearing on "Don't ask, Don't tell."

    02/09/2010 11:13:45 AM PST · by massmike · 9 replies · 394+ views ^ | 02/09/2010 | n/a
    Top military brass caving in after Obama declares support. Radical social agenda would bring terrible consequences. But Congress must change law before it happens. The change would be a crown jewel of the homosexual movement. By repealing this law, homosexuality would be officially recognized as normal. But more than that, it would be affirmed and even celebrated as it is in public schools, government and many corporations. There are few places in life where one individual holds such absolute power over another as in the military. Or where young men are forced to live in extremely close quarters day and...
  • Senator Carl Levin asked to hold off on ‘Don't ask, don't tell’ hearing

    01/25/2010 2:10:20 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies · 465+ views
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2010 | Roxana Tiron
    The White House has asked the top Senate Democrat on military affairs to postpone announcing a hearing that would explore repealing the controversial law that bans openly gay people from serving in the military. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, was expected to have Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen testify before his committee on recent calls to end the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The hearing was expected at the end of January. Sources tell The Hill that even though it has not been...
  • Key Republican calls for intel hearings

    12/31/2009 7:36:06 AM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 6 replies · 504+ views ^ | 12-31-09 | JAKE SHERMAN
    The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform committee called for an investigation into the botched terrorist attack on-board a plane to Detroit, saying that various counter terrorist agencies are “reverting to their pre 9/11 ways.” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said that recent events have “exposed a sobering reality that the very failures that made us vulnerable before 9/11 still threaten our homeland security today.” “There was a breakdown in communication that impacts numerous government entities and this committee should investigate and hold hearings immediately,” Issa said in a news release. Issa said he called Chairman Ed Towns...
  • McChrystal Concludes Hearings on Afghanistan

    12/10/2009 4:56:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 228+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2009 – The commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan today wrapped up a round of hearings on Capitol Hill regarding the new U.S. approach to Afghanistan and Pakistan. The themes Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal touched on in appearances before members of both chambers of Congress this week were consistent: he embraced the plan that sends 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan and sets a flexible date for beginning a withdrawal, and expressed measured optimism in its potential to reverse insurgents’ momentum. “The president's decision rapidly resources our strategy, recognizing that the next 18 months will...
  • Lindsey Graham Schools Eric Holder On The Law

    11/19/2009 9:38:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies · 1,109+ views ^ | November 19, 2009 | Jim Vicevich
    Sen. Linsey Graham puts AG Holder's feet to the fire. From Hot Air. It needs no comment from me other than we have an Attorney General being put in a position to spin the case for a trial unnecessary and one that puts this nation in danger. AP at Hot Air writes: " The real worry in a district-court trial isn’t what’ll happen to archterrorists like Osama or KSM, whose perpetual detention is assured; the worry is that those trials will establish precedents that’ll be exploited by lesser jihadis at their own trials later on. KSM won’t be released because...
  • Lindsey Graham Destroys Eric Holder (Video)

    11/18/2009 1:45:29 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 90 replies · 3,134+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/17/09 | talkradio03
    Graham vs. Holder at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Holder gets his a** handed to him (Video)
  • Holder Defends Sept. 11 Trial Decision on Capitol Hill (Obama declares ksm guilty)

    President Obama said in one of a series of TV interviews during his trip to Asia that those offended by the legal privileges given to Mohammed by virtue of getting a civilian trial rather than a military tribunal won't find it "offensive at all when he's convicted and when the death penalty is applied to him." Obama quickly added that he did not mean to suggest he was prejudging the outcome of Mohammed's trial. "I'm not going to be in that courtroom," he said. "That's the job of the prosecutors, the judge and the jury."

    10/06/2009 9:42:20 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 24 replies · 880+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | October 6, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    Senator Russ Feingold, a liberal Democrat from Wisconsin, in a bold and courageous display of bipartisanship, had some harsh words in regards to President Obama's excessive appointment of 'czars'. At a hearing on on "Examining the History and Legality of Executive Branch 'Czars'" scheduled by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Feingold's opening statement sounded like it came from a conservative member of the President's opposition, rather than a fellow liberal from his own party.
  • Three Questions fior the Wide, er, Wise Latina (Vanity)

    07/18/2009 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Mac from Cleveland · 47 replies · 1,222+ views
    Mac from Cleveland | 7/18/09 | Mac from Cleveland
    Dear Sonia, I've heard a lot from you and about you in the past month--you're all over the news, kind of like Michael Jackson, only not as feminine. Here's 3 questions I want to ask: 1. I looked up where you live-not for stalking purposes, or any nefarious reason-just wanted to see if you walk it like you talk it, as they say. Just what I thought-your pad is in a very nice area of the West Village, only a few blocks away from the late great bar Chumley's. One of the apartments in your building (yours?) is currently on...
  • Testimony of Linda Chavez Against Confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor

    07/17/2009 12:37:19 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 1,023+ views
    Center for Equal Opportunity ^ | 07/16/09 | Linda Chavez
    Thank you Mr. Chairman. I testify today not as a wise Latina woman, but as an American who believes that skin color and national origin should not determine who gets a job, promotion, or public contract, or who gets into college or receives a scholarship. My message today is straightforward, Mr. Chairman: Do not vote to confirm this nominee. I say this with some regret, because I believe Judge Sotomayor’s personal story is an inspiring one, which proves that this is truly a land of opportunity where circumstances of birth and class do not determine whether you can succeed. Unfortunately,...
  • Sotomayor disqualified by cross examination 101

    07/17/2009 11:28:10 AM PDT · by nutsonthebus · 14 replies · 946+ views
    The Jewish World Review ^ | July 17, 2009 | Dave Weinbaum
    Sotomayor disqualified by cross examination 101 By Dave Weinbaum | Perjury — in criminal law, willful false statement made under oath with respect to a material matter, either in a legal proceeding, as by a witness at a trial, or in matters in which an oath is authorized or required by law… The senate is about to confirm a judge to the most powerful position in the nation, arguably MORE powerful than the presidency, who can't keep a story straight. No, she wasn't witness to a crime, unless you consider her speeches an incitement to attack not-so-wise white men....
  • Sotomayor Gets Bounce in the Polls (37% to 44%)

    07/17/2009 8:47:25 AM PDT · by libh8er · 20 replies · 563+ views
    As her week of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings draw to an end, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has received a bounce in the polls. Rasmussen Reports national telephone polling conducted Wednesday and Thursday night shows that 44% favor Sotomayor's confirmation while 37% are opposed. That’s a big bounce from yesterday when just 37% favored her confirmation. Tracking data has been reported all week on a two-day rolling average basis. Looking back on the individual nights of polling, Monday was a good night for Sotomayor following the opening day of the hearings. Polling on Tuesday was much less favorable for...
  • Firefighters to Senatos: ‘We Were Devastated’ (Sotomayor Skates on Racist Decision)

    07/16/2009 3:12:38 PM PDT · by Syncro · 43 replies · 2,678+ views
    CQPOLITICS ^ | July 16, 2009 – 5:42 p.m. | By Seth Stern, CQ Staff
    CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWSJuly 16, 2009 – 5:42 p.m. Firefighters to Senatos: ‘We Were Devastated’ By Seth Stern, CQ Staff Two firefighters whose reverse discrimination claim was rejected by Sonia Sotomayor criticized her handling of the sensitive case on Thursday.“Americans have the right to go into our federal courts and have their cases judged based on the Constitution and our laws, not on politics and personal feelings,” said Frank Ricci, the lead plaintiff in the case, Ricci v. DeStefano, at Sotomayor’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Ricci was joined at the Senate Judiciary Committee witness table by Ben Vargas, both whom...
  • Firefighter Frank Ricci Begins Testimony in Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing - Video 7/16/09

    07/16/2009 2:59:55 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 9 replies · 559+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 16, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of New Haven, Connecticut firefighter Frank Ricci, of the Ricci Supreme Court Case, beginning his testimony today before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Sotomayor ruled against Ricci in a lower court decision that was recently overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Leahy Brushes Off Testimony From Witnesses at Sotomayor Hearing

    07/16/2009 7:43:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies · 1,159+ views
    Fox ^ | July 16, 2009
    Supreme Court nominee returns for a third and final day of questioning Thursday, having avoided saying much on a range of hot-button issues, including guns and abortion.As witnesses prepare to take the stand Thursday in Sonia Sotomayor's last day of confirmation hearings, the chairman of the Senate Juduciary Committee said their testimony will matter little. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Wednesday that he may not ask any questions of the witnesses present at the Supreme Court nominee's hearing. Among the witnesses requested by the committee to testify are New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Connecticut firefighters whom the federal...
  • LIVE THREAD-Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing, Day 4

    07/16/2009 7:43:29 AM PDT · by Califreak · 133 replies · 3,811+ views ^ | 7/16/09 | cspan
    I don't believe anyone else has started one, so here goes.
  • Leahy Lies (audio)

    07/15/2009 8:32:15 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 10 replies · 358+ views
    Evil Conservative Radio ^ | 15 Jul 09 | EC
    In Judge Sonia Sotomayor's show-trial hearings today, Senator Patrick Leahy made a big show of misquoting Sotomayor's oft-repeated racist comments about the superiority of the judgement of Latina women over white men. How does this guy have a job?
  • White Man’s Last Stand (Maureen Dowd alert)

    07/15/2009 8:03:56 AM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies · 1,661+ views
    The New York Times ^ | July 14, 2009 | Maureen Dowd
    You can’t judge a judge by her cover. Despite the best efforts of Republicans to root out any sign that Sonia Sotomayor has emotions that color her views on the law, the Bronx Bomber kept a robotic mask in place. A wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not know that a gaggle of white Republican men afraid of extinction are out to trip her up. After all, these guys have never needed to speak inspirational words to others like them, as Sotomayor has done. They’ve had codes, handshakes and clubs to do that.
  • Americans United for Life's Live-blogging of the Sotomayor Hearings

    07/13/2009 1:56:32 PM PDT · by packyhack · 353+ views
    Americans United for Life Blog ^ | 7/13/09 | Dawn Eden
    LIVEBLOGGING PART I 12:38 p.m. - Leahy announces lunch break. Liveblogging will continue in a new post when the hearing resumes. 12:36 p.m. - Durbin is the second Sotomayor supporter to bring up Gonzales v. Carhart, the decision upholding the partial-birth abortion ban, attacking the Supreme Court for “disregarding a woman’s health.” (See AUL’s page on that case.) 12:34 p.m. - Durbin brings up the umpire analogy again, saying, as did other supporters of the nominee, that we don’t want an umpire. ( If there were a drinking game every time a Sotomayor supporter used that analogy, I’d be under...
  • Sen. Jeff Sessions Grills Sotomayor at Confirmation Hearing - Complete Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 8:49:27 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 709+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video from this morning of Sen. Jeff Sessions grilling Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor on the second day of her confirmation hearing. Sessions held nothing back, pointedly challenging Sotomayor on her "wise Latina" remark, as well as her ruling on a lower court in favor of the city of New Haven, Connecticut against white firefighters who were discriminated against in a test for promotions (Ricci Case). Sessions would not let Sotomayor off the hook, eventually getting her to admit that her "wise Latina" remark was "a bad word choice." . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch Questions Sotomayor on the 2nd Amendment - Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 10:32:01 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 10 replies · 696+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video today of Sen. Orrin Hatch questioning Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor about her views of the 2nd Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Sotomayor danced around the question, justifying some questionable rulings in her career as "based on precedent." It would seem from her past decisions and her words today that she does not hold that the right to "keep and bear arms" is a fundamental right. . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham Asks Sotomayor if She Has a "Temperament Problem" - Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 3:31:40 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 541+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video today of Sen. Lindsey Graham asking Supreme Court nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, if she has a "temperament problem." Graham cited evaluations posted by lawyers who have appeared before Sotomayor on the bench as a judge. Some of the comments posted described her as: "She's a terror on the bench." "Temperamental." "Abuses lawyers." "Lacks judicial temperament." "She can be a bit of a bully." Sotomayor defended herself as being a judge who "asked tough questions of lawyers." Graham said these evaluations "stand out like a sore thumb," when compared to evaluations of other judges. . . . (Watch...
  • Graham Confronts Sotomayor over Involvement in Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund - Video 7/14/09

    07/14/2009 2:46:11 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 664+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | July 14, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video today of Sen. Lindsey Graham questioning Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. Graham confronted Sotomayor with her quote from numerous speeches in which she said she would hope that a "wise Latina woman would come to a better decision (as a judge) than an average white male." Graham worked the exchange to a high point where he pointedly told Sotomayor that if he, as a white male, had ever said anything even close to what she did, his career would be over. He asked her if she could understand that? She said that she could understand how...
  • Lindsey Graham's Smack Down: "If I Said That, They Would Have My Head."

    07/14/2009 7:11:31 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 22 replies · 991+ views
    The Lid ^ | 7/14/09 | The Lid
    Day one of the questioning part of the Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings almost made me feel dirty. Between the Judge backtracking on almost everything she had ever said, and the Democrats kissing up, by the end of the day of hearings I actually felt dirty, like I needed a shower. Probably the most dramatic part of the day's activities were the Judges answers to the "I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male." statement. Her back track explanation was so...
  • An Honest Liberal Law Professor Takes Sotomayor to Task

    07/15/2009 2:29:21 PM PDT · by CMoran325 · 4 replies · 561+ views
    Clearly Nebulous ^ | July 15, 2009 | Colette Moran
    I could not approach being nearly as eloquent as Georgetown law professor Louis Michael Seidman in an on-line debate over at the Federalist Society.Believe me, this guy is as liberal as they come. He not only defended SS's statements about being empathetic and being a wise Latina but also the irrelevancy of not being able to find a single case in which partial-birth abortion was medically necessary.But at least the guy is calling this nomination procedure like he sees it. On July 14 he wrote:"...I was completely disgusted by Judge Sotomayor's testimony today. If she was not perjuring herself, she is intellectually unqualified to be on the Supreme...
  • LIVE THREAD - Sotomayor confirmation hearings day 3

    07/15/2009 4:59:21 AM PDT · by UFC Pride K1 · 184 replies · 8,424+ views
    Day 3 ... Post updates and comments here.. And don't forget to visit
  • Sotomayor declines to talk about abortion views

    07/15/2009 8:41:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 1,032+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/15/09 | David Espo and Mark Sherman - ap
    WASHINGTON – Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor declined repeatedly at Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday to disclose her views on abortion rights, and said President Barack Obama never asked her about the issue before he chose her for the bench. "I can't answer ... because I can't look at it in the abstract," she told Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., as he sought to draw her out with questions about hypothetical cases. Even if she knew more about the specifics of a case, she added, "I probably couldn't opine because I'm sure that situation might well arise before the court."
  • (video) Graham Turns the Heat on Sotomayor

    07/14/2009 6:10:53 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 59 replies · 1,220+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 14 Jul 09 | John Stephenson
    Watch the video here.I know, he has basically already promised her his vote, and he doesn’t have the greatest reputation amongst conservatives, but you should be proud of his questioning here and how he makes Sotomayor squirm about who she really is. He is doing what every Republican on this panel should be doing. If you don’t have time to watch all 30 minutes, at least skip over to around the 7 minute mark.
  • Video: Fred Thompson: Judicial Hearings a Waste of Time

    07/14/2009 3:31:53 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 770+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7-14-09 | Fred Thompson
    July 14, 2009 Fred Thompson: Judicial Hearings a Waste of Time Former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson explains why he believes that the Senate confirmation hearings are largely a waste of time. He believes they are only used to try and get the nominees to commit gaffes.
  • Sotomayor on Sotomayor: Revises, extends her words

    07/14/2009 3:39:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies · 368+ views
    AP via Google News ^ | July 14, 2009 | By NANCY BENAC
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a good thing Sonia Sotomayor speaks Sotomayoran. After week upon week in which plenty of other people on the planet interpreted Sotomayor's past comments, the Supreme Court nominee at last got a chance to deconstruct her own words Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fingers splayed, palms flat, hands bouncing up and then deliberately pressing down to the table, Sotomayor elaborated, clarified, expanded, retracted. She drew loopy circles on her paper; she ran rhetorical circles around her past words. "I didn't intend to suggest ..." she explained. "What I was speaking about ..." she offered. "As...
  • LIVE THREAD- Senate hearings for Judge Sotomayor- Day 2

    07/14/2009 6:39:35 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 647 replies · 23,385+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12 June, 2009
    Supreme Court nominee faces tough questioning from Republican senators about her ability to judge fairly
  • United States Senator Jeff Sessions, Alabama

    07/14/2009 7:54:18 AM PDT · by blueyon · 10 replies · 614+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 | Blueyon
    Please take the time to fax,write or email Sen. Sessions and THANK HIM for a job well done (fair and balanced)on his part in the confirmation hearings of Judge Sotomayor.
  • At Sonia Sotomayor hearing, Republicans are surprisingly tough

    07/13/2009 11:54:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies · 2,499+ views
    Politico ^ | July 13, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    Senate Republicans mounted a surprisingly tough attack to open Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing Monday, with Sen. Jeff Sessions calling her belief in the importance of a judge’s personal background “shocking and offensive to me.” “I will not vote for—no senator should vote for—an individual nominated by any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court,” said Session (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. While some had expected Republican senators to...
  • Poll: Should Sonia Sotomayor be questioned about her "largely unknown views" on abortion?

    07/12/2009 9:13:16 PM PDT · by tenger · 10 replies · 274+ views
    A Daily Poll ^ | July 13, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Should Judge Sonia Sotomayor be questioned about her "largely unknown views" on abortion? A Daily Poll.
  • Firefighter Ricci to Testify at Sotomayor Hearings

    07/10/2009 5:54:43 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies · 1,219+ views
    Bloomberg | July 9, 2009 | Christopher Stern
    No excerpt allowed from, story here .
  • Flight 1549: The miracle that almost wasn't, NTSB hearings begin

    06/09/2009 8:02:26 AM PDT · by Peter Horry · 20 replies · 676+ views (Rochester, NY) ^ | 06/09/2009 | (AP)
    Even after Flight 1549 glided to a near-perfect forced landing on the Hudson River in January, the plane and its 155 passengers and crew came within inches of catastrophe when someone cracked open a rear door, sending water gushing into the cabin. Who opened the door is one of the questions the National Transportation Safety Board hopes to answer during three days of hearings on the accident beginning Tuesday. Other issues include crew training for forced water landings and dual engine failures, whether aircraft standards for ditching are adequate, bird detection and mitigation efforts at airports, and whether engine standards...
  • House No. 2: Explore Pelosi interrogation briefing

    05/13/2009 6:53:42 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies · 473+ views
    Google News ^ | May 13, 2009 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House majority leader reluctantly agreed Tuesday that congressional hearings should investigate Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assertion that she wasn't informed, more than six years ago, that harsh interrogation methods were used on an al-Qaida leader. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called Republican challenges to Pelosi's assertion a diversion from the real question of whether the Bush administration tortured terrorist suspects. Nonetheless, he acknowledged the controversy should be resolved. Democrats will hold a series of hearings on Justice Department memos released last month that justified rough tactics against detainees, including waterboarding — simulated drowning — and sleep deprivation. A...
  • Say No to Show Trials

    04/26/2009 5:00:02 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 11 replies · 609+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 27, 2009 | Ediorial
    President Obama jabbed a political hornet's nest last week when he suggested that Congress might establish a bipartisan review panel to look into the authorization of extraordinary interrogation methods during George W. Bush's presidency. Now the White House and some congressional Democrats want the issue to go away.
  • The Blago Show starts today....

    01/26/2009 8:29:14 AM PST · by NoRedTape · 17 replies · 696+ views
    Self | January 26, 2009 | No Red Tape
    So the Blago Show is beginning! Man, is this some kind of stellar entertainment, or what? Meanwhile, his Impeachment Trial apparently begins today. He won't be there, though. Blago is on the Blitz! Blago was on the morning shows; compares himself to MLK & Ghandi and he's scheduled for the tv show "The View" sometime today. Also, tonight he's scheduled for the "Larry King Show". Hey, he's innocent until proven guilty. Will the tapes be released soon? Only time will tell. Meanwhile, that guy is entertaining. What poems will he be reciting?
  • Eric Holder Vote Delayed

    01/21/2009 3:16:55 PM PST · by fiodora · 27 replies · 2,363+ views
    National Review ^ | 01/21 03:28 PM | Byron York
    The Senate Judiciary Committee held a brief meeting this afternoon in which Republicans forced a one-week delay in a committee vote on the nomination of Eric Holder to be attorney general. Chairman Patrick Leahy wanted to hold the vote today, but ranking Republican Arlen Specter complained that members had not had enough time to question Holder at hearings last week. Under the committee's rules, the minority can be granted a one-week delay in the vote. Specter said he had held a meeting of committee Republicans this morning, "and there was a unanimous view that there has been insufficient time to...
  • Obama AG Nom Eric Holder Approves of Bookstore and Library Searches... Where's Outrage?

    Last Thursday, Barack Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Eric Holder, admitted during his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that he supported renewing the part of the Patriot Act that allows for the FBI to seek records from businesses, libraries and bookstores as the policing agency investigates suspects in this country. For years we've seen news agencies and opinionists rail against the expanded power of the FBI to search such records. But, now with Obama's AG announcing in his confirmation hearing that he agrees that the FBI should have this power, all anti-Bush administration voices are silent on the matter that...
  • Senators Miss Crucial Confirmation Hearing

    01/18/2009 7:13:08 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 28 replies · 1,338+ views
    Corruption Chronicles Only half of the members in the U.S. Senate committee that screens among the most important presidential cabinet nominees—Secretary of Homeland Security—bothered to show up for confirmation hearings this week and only two Republicans participated. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee senators evidently had more important things to do than assure the right candidate will head the crucial agency that keeps the nation safe from foreign threats. Only nine of the panel’s 17 members found the time to ask Barack Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary pick—Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano—questions, making the so-called confirmation hearing somewhat laughable. This is embarrassing...
  • Holder Hearing ( Obama's choice for Attorney General of the United States )

    01/17/2009 11:05:38 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies · 599+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.15.2009 - 5:33 PM | Jennifer Rubin -
    For much of the day the Eric Holder confirmation hearing was a  sleepy affair. Early on there was some minimal questioning on the Marc Rich (with appropriate contrition) and the FALN terrorist pardons (less apologetic on that front), but frankly the questioning was unfocused and ineffective. The highlights: Holder’s admission that DC v. Heller leaves little room for gun regulation, and his extreme position that even if tens of thousands of Americans lives were at risk he would not waterboard a terrorist. ( Is he serious?) Late in the day however Sen. Grassley pushed Holder on the Marc Rich pardon. Holder sought...
  • Holder Hearing Ends with Some Fireworks

    01/17/2009 10:26:50 AM PST · by AJKauf · 15 replies · 930+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | January 17 | Jennifer Rubin
    The confirmation hearing for Eric Holder, the attorney general nominee, did not live up to expectations. In advance of the hearing, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) (in a floor speech and public statements) and a raft of news reports set out the details of Holder’s involvement in controversial Clinton-era pardons and identified the main issue for his confirmation: could he be relied upon to resist political pressure and act with independence as the country’s chief law enforcement officer? But at the hearing it soon became evident that the Republicans did not have the stomach for a full-blown fight. When the hearing...