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Confirmation Hearings

Trump's Pick of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court: Back to the Status Quo

Adam Banner | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Adam Banner

Donald Trump ran his campaign on implicit, and sometimes explicit ("drain the swamp," anyone?) promises of an "anti-establishment" presidency. As we s...

One of the Burdens Jeff Sessions Didn't Satisfy at this Week's Confirmation Hearing

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

At his confirmation hearing this week, the burden was on Jeff Sessions to prove to the Senate and to the American people that, if confirmed, he would ...

Even President Trump Must Follow the Rules

William S. Becker | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
William S. Becker

When it became apparent last month that Donald Trump was forming a Cabinet largely made up of zillionaires, the New York Times found reassurance in th...

As A Congressman, Here Are 5 Questions I'd Ask Senator Jeff Sessions

Rep. Jared Polis | Posted 01.11.2017 | Politics
Rep. Jared Polis

Although, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, I do not get to ask Senator Jeff Sessions questions during his confirmation hearing (the Senate has that duty), I have been thinking a lot about what I would ask, and what I encourage Senators to ask with what is at stake.

Congress Must Oppose Trump's Nominees During Confirmation Hearings

Alan Farago | Posted 01.09.2017 | Politics
Alan Farago

In a bully’s world, people are divided between winners and losers. The opposite of a loser is not, however, a winner. It is a hero. In a bully’s w...


Andrew Cristi | Posted 06.25.2016 | Entertainment
Andrew Cristi

Photo Credit: Frank Masi/HBO With a juicy dramatic role in HBO's smash success Confirmation and weekly chance to show off her hilarious comedic chop...

14 Women On Sexual Harassment Since Anita Hill

The Cut | Posted 04.15.2016 | Women
The Cut

Hill's recollection of incidents in which Thomas, her superior, had professed his interest in bestiality porn and Long Dong Silver, was a sobering wake-up call to members of the generation that had both endured the fanny-slapping Mad Men era and given rise to the women's-rights movement.

The Supreme Court and the Republican Coup D'état

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.20.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Although there are liberals who are disappointed that President Obama did not nominate someone more in the spirit of a William Brennan or a Thurgood Marshall, Merrick Garland is an exceptional choice. But Senate Republicans, led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Charles Grassley, refuse even to consider his nomination.

Al Franken: The GOP Argument For Blocking SCOTUS Pick Is Like An 'SNL' Sketch

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.04.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) tore into Republicans on Thursday for their contradictory positions on blocking President Barack Obama’s Su...

Garland: An Excellent Choice for the Supreme Court

Adam Winkler | Posted 03.17.2017 | Politics
Adam Winkler

No one can say that Garland is a political pick. He does not have a notably liberal record, and as a white male he does not appeal to die-hard liberals. Obama didn't pick him to motivate voters. He picked him because he is a bipartisan choice who is undoubtedly qualified for the position.

An Unprecedented Breach of Norms by Senate Republicans

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 03.11.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

We write to you as scholars of American history, politics, and the law. We express our dismay at the unprecedented breach of norms by the Senate majority in refusing to consider a nomination for the Supreme Court made by a president with 11 months to serve in the position.

The Caustic Side Effects of Looking to Supreme Court Justices as Umpires

Allen K. Yu | Posted 02.25.2017 | Impact
Allen K. Yu

According to Chief Justice Roberts, judges are baseball umpires who apply rules impartially to disputes. As neutral actors, judges make everyone play...

The Speech President Obama Should Give in Announcing His Nominee

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Much is at stake in this battle the Republicans have forced upon the nation. It is a battle that must be fought and won, and one that is the president's job, above all, to lead.

The Supreme Court Vacancy and the Constitutional Responsibilities of the Senate

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.24.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that they will not consider any nominee put forward by our nation's president. This is unconscionable. If they carry through on this threat, it will be directly incompatible with their solemn responsibilities under the U.S. Constitution.

Everything You Need to Know About an Eight Justice Supreme Court

Brianne J. Gorod | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Brianne J. Gorod

Imagine the Supreme Court deciding more than 100 cases without its full complement of nine Justices. Imagine this closely divided Court splitting 4-4 in many of those cases, meaning that it cannot issue a decision that provides binding law for the whole country.

Calling Out Corruption

Judy Frankel | Posted 09.01.2016 | 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.

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 tens...

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...