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Kagan Kabuki Theater Delivers More than Drama and Comedy

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

OPINION - The senatorial process of vetting Supreme Court candidates is about as close to Kabuki theater as we get in America. Elena Kagan did the ri...

Two Failed Efforts at Muslim-Bashing

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

The news of the week is that two efforts at Muslim-bashing were tried, and both failed. Cause for concern, yes. But cause for some hope as well.

Supreme Court Hearings Remind Us of What's at Stake

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

The Kagan hearings, or any Supreme Court hearings for that matter, are part of the war to win over the hearts and minds of America, to determine what kind of country we want this to become.

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.

Sessions Obsessions Hatch a Conspiracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Supreme Court nominee hearings clearly bring out the worst in Republicans. The contradictions and hypocrisy seen in their differential treatment of Republican and Democratic candidates for the court are awe-inspiring.

The Top 10 GOP Arguments Against Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Erin Booth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the three days that Elena Kagan faced members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for her Supreme Court confirmation hearing, the nominee's Senate cr...

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."

Al Franken Sketches Sessions During Kagan Confirmation Hearing (PHOTO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Al Franken has quite some talent for sketching. AP photographer Alex Brandon caught Franken drawing a portrait of his GOP colleague Sen. Jeff...

Sam Stein

Elena Kagan Has 'Serious Deficiencies,' Filibuster Is 'Conceivable,' Jeff Sessions Says | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One day before Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the committee's top Republican upped his crit...

Why Michael Gerson Misunderstands Originalism

William P. Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William P. Marshall

The answer to judicial overreaching is not adherence to a narrow form of originalism that would suggest the Constitution is incompatible with the demands of modern society. The framers themselves had more foresight than that.

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.

William J. Martinez, Denver Lawyer, May Be Blocked By Republicans In

The Denver Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of a Denver lawyer to a federal judgeship, but only after Republicans raised questions about Wi...

Summer in the District: Getting Dirty and Gritty Over Obama's Supreme Court Pick

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

The President is gearing up for this battle -Both sides of the aisle he'll have to straddle Seeking broad bipartisan support -For his appointment to the High Court.

Dems Urge Holder to Stay Strong on 9/11 Trial

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged AG Eric Holder to stick to his initial determination that the alleged 9/11 plotters should be tried in civilian court, and not bow to partisan politics on what should be a legal determination.

Who's Activist Now? The Roberts Court Bends Over Backwards For Its Corporate Friends

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

The sky is falling! A Democratic president is making judicial appointments and conservative Chicken Littles are raising the usual ruckus about the t...

O'Connor's Voice of Conscience

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Sandra Day O'Connor, who marked her 80th birthday last month, has emerged as the most cogent -- and for conservatives, the most vexing -- foe of the court majority.

The Politics of Poisoning America

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

So, let me get this straight: Lawyers who try to protect children from lead poisoning are unfit to be judges, but judges who will invest heavily in a major polluting industry are fine. Campaign finance reform anyone?

Sessions: No Kagan Hearings Without Clinton Files

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee warned Monday that he would seek to slow Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's p...

Newt Gingrich and Rand Paul Jump the Shark

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

Here we go again. A prominent Republican likens President Obama to Adolf Hitler, and the Republican leadership remains embarrassingly, shockingly silent.

Kagan Filibuster Unlikely

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans are unlikely to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, but they do plan to pepper her with tough question...

Sam Stein

GOP Blocked Raising BP's Liability Cap Because Company Promised To Cover Damages (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Late this past week, Republicans in the Senate effectively blocked legislation that would have raised the cap on the amount of money oil companies lik...

Jeff Sessions: Kagan's Testimony Will Be 'Big Deal'

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is unlikely to face a GOP filibuster but should expect difficult questions from lawmakers who wil...

Kagan Supreme Court Confirmation: Nominee Keeps Up Heavy Schedule Of Hill Visits

AP | JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan won praise from skeptical senators in both parties Thursday, building momentum toward what for no...

Republicans Still Lying About Christmas Bomber

Matt Finkelstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Finkelstein

Sessions' assertion that Abdulmutallab stopped talking after he was read his rights is an outright lie. Further, there's still no evidence for the argument that following the law makes us less safe.

Senate Panel Approves Weakened Cocaine Sentencing Bill

The American Prospect | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this morning, Sen. Dick Durbin announced that he and Sen. Jeff Sessions had reached a "compromise" in the Senate gym over Durbin's bill, which...