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Confirmation Hearings

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Only three candidates are willing to say that the system is corrupt: Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Lawrence Lessig. But Trump has no solution to the problem, while the other two do.

Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

Fixing the VA: An Opportunity for Health Care in the US

Dr. Peter Klatsky | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Dr. Peter Klatsky

In nominating Mr. Bob McDonald to lead the VA, the President chose someone with extensive managerial experience and an honorable military record. I hope Mr. McDonald will use this opportunity not only to fix the many problems at the VA, but to innovate and lead.

Senate Confirms Nominee To No. 2 Homeland Security Post

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed immigration director Alejandro Mayorkas to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Homleand Security. ...

Report: Reid Rebuffed Key Obama Pick

Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Obama's pick to head the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Ron Binz, is expected to face tough questions at his confirmati...

Ms. Ravel and Mr. Goodman Go to Washington?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Many of you may be asking what the FEC does. Great question. I have a short answer for you: virtually nothing. One of the problems with the FEC is that it is set up to allow for partisan deadlock.

What to Listen for at Confirmation Hearing for White House Regulatory Czar

Sidney Shapiro | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Sidney Shapiro

Howard Shelanski's confirmation hearing comes at a crucial juncture in the Obama presidency. Progress on many important rules has been halted, including the EPA' rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from future power plants.

GOP Delay On Obama Picks Raise Tension

New York Times | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics

President Obama’s latest cabinet-level nominees are running into deep resistance in the Senate, pitching Democrats and Republicans into another ten...

Dave Jamieson

Jobs Crisis Takes Back Seat To Politics At Labor Confirmation Hearing | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate confirmation hearing for labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez sounded a lot like a Justice Department oversight hearing on Th...

Dave Jamieson

Obama Labor Nominee Picks Up Key GOP Backer | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican appointee who once held Thomas Perez's current Justice Department post has written a letter to Senate leaders in support ...

Jack Lew Faces Questions Over NYU Bonus Ahead Of Treasury Secretary Confirmation

The Huffington Post | Eleazar David Meléndez | Posted 02.26.2013 | Business

The day before a crucial Senate vote to confirm the nation’s next Treasury secretary, Obama nominee Jack Lew is facing questions about certain unusu...


The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 01.31.2013 | Politics

During Republican Chuck Hagel's defense secretary confirmation hearing on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chose to use a large portion of his five m...

Mike Sacks

Two Justices Took Their Show To The Senate | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia took their constitutional law road show to Congress on Wednesday at the invitat...

Senate Passes Measure To Speed Confirmation Process

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate is taking the rare step of curbing its own power. A measure approved 79-20 Wednesday and sent to the House would cross ...

Stalling for Stalling's Sake

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

This "I'm going to take my toys and go home" attitude is injurious to our needs as a country -- we need to fill these vacancies so trial can be held, opinions written, and decisions made both on the bench and before it.

Clarence and Ginni: Reach Out and Touch Someone?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

[Just another day inside the Thomas household...] "Morning, Ginni!" "Ah, the Great Man rises! How's my Supreme Love this morning? Slept in a bit,...

Jumping Through Hoops

Lloyd Garver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lloyd Garver

Are you tired of the way nominees are grilled by Senators before they get the job? Well, get used to it. Because of today's economy, an employer can subject prospective employees to just about any kind of interview.

Hard of Hearings: The Senate Judiciary Committee's Intelligence Gap

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Forget every other delusive sports comparison you may have heard: Elena Kagan's Senate confirmation hearings are an impeccable doppelganger to soccer's main event.

Jason Linkins

Witnesses Against Kagan Include Head Of Conspiracy-Mad Law Firm | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One witness of interest who will be testifying against Kagan is William J. Olson, Esq. of William J. Olson, P.C. -- a law firm that is heavily involved in all sorts of conservative cause celebres, from the standard-issue, to the totally bonkers.

Con Games: GOP Playing Gay Card With Kagan

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

In the case of Elena Kagan, the bloviators of the Grand Old Party are counting on a good old heterosexual haymaker to knock the Kagan nomination into next week.

Kagan Confirmation Process: Confirming Your Worst Suspicions

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

"Mr. Chairman, and my fellow members of this committee: I'll keep my statement brief today, so that we'll all have an opportunity to engage in the kind of detailed questioning of the nominee that has been this committee's trademark."

Will Kagan Disappoint Progressives?

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

Some on the left are questioning whether Elena Kagan will be the type of progressive Justice they've been waiting for. The answer, I think, turns on what one means by progressive.

Borking Barak: Why the Right's Newest Attack on Kagan Is Wrong

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

This week, Republicans ramped up their newest attack on Elena Kagan: her praise in 2006 for Aharon Barak, Israel's former Chief Justice. This line of attack is as baseless as it is unsound.

Elena Kagan: Bench the Judge-Umpire Analogy

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

Chief Justice Roberts declared during his confirmation hearing that "Judges are like umpires... Umpires don't make the rules; they apply them." There are three strikes against this analogy.

A Hearing to Define "Mainstream" Judicial Views

Thomas Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Goldstein

The decades-long controversy over how broadly to read the Constitution's liberties will not be settled in today's hearing. But Goodwin Liu's fate before the Senate could render the debate practically moot.