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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.