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Senate Confirmation

Time To Put Nation Ahead Of Party, Mr. Goodlatte

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

Congressman Goodlatte, if there's one thing people can count on you for, it's that you will put your party's interests ahead of the good of the nation. Fortunately, there's something you can do now to redeem yourself.

Chuck Grassley on Judicial Confirmations: 'Let's Do Our Jobs.' (But That Was 2005)

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Ari Rabin-Havt

Grassley should simply follow his own admonition from more than a decade ago, come back to Washington, tell his Republican colleagues "let's do our jobs," and get to work confirming Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

What to Expect Out of John King, US Secretary of Education

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 03.21.2016 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

John King has the makings of another Arne Duncan, and on some points (e.g., ESSA Title I state plans), Sen. Lamar Alexander will want to use the Senate to rein King in. However, on other points (e.g., reckless charter spending; pressuring states to deliver on that 95 percent of test takers), King and Alexander will get on just fine.

An Asian American Justice Next Time?

Frank H. Wu | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Frank H. Wu

For Asian Americans, as for other immigrant groups before them, there will be opportunity, but only if we continue to insist on our stake in the nation. We are equals. We deserve to be included.

The Speech President Obama Should Give in Announcing His Nominee

Andy Schmookler | Posted 02.25.2016 | 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 02.24.2016 | 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.

Insulting Justice Scalia

Richard Klass | Posted 02.19.2016 | Politics
Richard Klass

Let's see where this argument leads. If they are arguing that the president should not submit a nomination in the last year of the presidential term, that restriction should apply ALSO to the first presidential term.

Justice Scalia's Death and the Fight for the Soul of Our Constitution

Nan Aron | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Nan Aron

The unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the resulting Supreme Court vacancy has rattled a political system already destabilized by what is shaping up to be a bizarre political campaign.

McConnell and Obama Both Wrong on Scalia Replacement

Tom Mullen | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Mullen

One of the dumber debates in recent history has broken out in the wake of Justice Antonin Scalia's passing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has...

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.

Let's Make Fixing Political Institutions the Political Issue of 2016

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Politics
Barbara J. Nelson

Let's make campaign finance reform the question candidates cannot escape. Let's move from grumbling at meetings and Tweeting about fresh outrages. Instead, every citizen, journalist, researcher and pollster can repeatedly ask candidates how they plan to make the institutions they hope to serve in stronger.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."

Kate Sheppard

Top Interior Official To Take Over At Helm Of Environmental Group | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A top Department of Interior official is leaving the Obama administration to take over as the new president of the Natural Resources Def...

When Going Nuclear Makes Sense

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Doug Kendall

The invocation of the nuclear option last November addressed a real problem with the functioning of the Senate, paved the way for a new generation of insightful legal minds to join the ranks of the federal judiciary, and has allowed the president to address the nation's judicial vacancy crisis by accelerating the pace of confirmations. We are all better off for it.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice... Cory Booker?

Scott Porch | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Scott Porch

The former mayor of Newark, N.J., and a sitting United States senator, has an academic background and relevant experience for the job. He is a Democrat, but not a fire-breathing partisan.

Jennifer Bendery

Harry Reid On Filibuster Reform: Maybe Democrats Should Have Gone Further | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scuffled with Republicans Thursday over delayed action on President Barack Obama's nominees, ...

Senate Confirms Another Noncontroversial Nominee

Posted 12.13.2013 | Politics

By HENRY C. JACKSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's pick to serve as Secretary of the A...

Shutdown Redux

George Goehl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
George Goehl

As Republicans continue to block highly qualified nominees like Rep. Watt from receiving an up-or-down vote, Senator Reid must make good on his threat to change the Senate rules.

Dave Jamieson

Ousted Obama Nominee To Land Safely | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After losing his nomination to the National Labor Relations Board this week as part of the Senate filibuster deal, Richard Griffin is ex...

Michael McAuliff

GOP Vows Payback In Filibuster Showdown | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) declared Thursday that he intended to push ahead with a "nuclear option" rules change in...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Leader On Weak Senate Dems: 'We're Done' With Them | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The head of a major labor union is warning Senate Democrats that those who aren't willing to take on Republicans over the obstruction of...

Droning On: The Need to Establish a New Norm

Eugene K. Chow | Posted 04.17.2013 | Politics
Eugene K. Chow

Let us remember that the measure of a democratic society is not how it treats its best, but its worst.

John Kerry, Male Secretary

Marie Woolf | Posted 02.07.2013 | Politics
Marie Woolf

The 94-3 Senate vote confirming John Kerry as our new Secretary of State is, in that regard, a remarkably unifying, indeed affirming, action as I see it. Not a thing to do with gender, race, God, age or political party: simply the most qualified American for the job.

Permitting Legislative Repeal by Blocking Nominations: The DC Circuit Recess Appointment Disaster

Peter M. Shane | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

Of course, the Senate is not intended to be a rubber stamp. But stalling nomination votes simply to keep laws from being enforced -- effectively repealing the laws that cannot be enforced without the nominees in place -- is utterly inconsistent with the Senate's proper confirmation role.

WATCH: Huntsman Makes Prediction On Chuck Hagel Nomination

The Huffington Post | John Stephens | Posted 01.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Former Republican presidential candidate Gov. Jon Huntsman discussed the controversial nomination of Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense Monday, sayi...