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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?

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.

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...

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...

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.

Jason Linkins

Sessions, Hatch Distance Themselves From RNC Attack On Kagan | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two high-ranking Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have sought to distance themselves from the RNC in the wake of yesterday's bizarre deci...

Citing Kagan's Lack of Judging Experience, GOP Proposes Paula Abdul

Andy Borowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Andy Borowitz

Howling in protest over Obama Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's lack of judging experience, leading Republicans today urged the President to withdraw Kagan and instead nominate Paula Abdul.

The Online Fight to Define Elena Kagan (VIDEO)

Jose Antonio Vargas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jose Antonio Vargas

And so it begins -- the online war to define Elena Kagan, whom President Obama nominated early Monday to be the 112th justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Bunning Put a Face on Obstructionist, Mean-Spirited Republican Party

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Bunning is a Republican superhero. He personifies the mean-spirited, hypocritical, wealthy-serving, obstructionist Republican Party.

Jason Linkins

Jeff Sessions Warns That Following The Rule Of Law Will Result In 'Dire Consequences' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If you want just one taste of the essential stupidity of the politicization of the Abdulmutallab investigation, you need only look at today's Washingt...

John McCain's No Longer a Hero: His Stance on Patriotic Gays is Shameful and Un-American

Michael Russnow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Russnow

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearings on repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, I couldn't help feeling relief John McCain was soundly beate...

An Intelligent Way to Enhance National Security?

Human Rights First | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Human Rights First

By Daphne Eviatar, Senior Associate, Law and Security Ever since the failed attempt to blow up a Northwest airline carrier on Christmas Day, critics ...