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July 7, 2010
Questioning Kagan's judgment Elena Kagan is a bright, likable person. She communicates very well and has a great sense of humor. The fact that she denied access to military recruiters on the grounds of discrimination against gays is flawed and shows poor judgment. The facts are that "don't ask, don't tell" is a public law (PL 103-160) passed by the 103d Congress, and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and not a military policy. I feel a Supreme Court justice must first look at the facts of a case before making judgment.
NEWS
July 4, 2010
Brain Food, C2 Sally Schwartz Friedman: At Penn 50th reunion, women graduates look back at a world transformed. Pop quiz: July 4th speeches. Insights and Observations, C3 Dick Polman: Afghanistan policy and the antiwar left. Buzz Bissinger: Thinking about America from the vantage point of a first-century Philadelphia. Editorials, C4 The Senate should confirm Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee to replace John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.
NEWS
July 4, 2010
Elena Kagan has shown herself to be worthy of the Supreme Court. The Senate should confirm her nomination. Through three days of questioning last week, Kagan, currently the U.S. solicitor general, showed a temperament that will serve her well on the bench. She has a first-rate intellect and a sharp sense of humor. Kagan, 50, didn't meet her own standard for candor that she outlined in 1995, when she complained in an article that judicial confirmation hearings are a "vapid and hollow charade.
NEWS
July 2, 2010
TO SOME, the Supremes sang an old song this week, ruling once again that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms in self-defense. Been there, done that, two years ago in the Heller case. Yawn. But most of us court junkies look at each new decision as legal crack, and couldn't wait to see if the justices would follow precedent and extend that right to the states, since Heller covered only gun owners in the District of Columbia. In other words, we wondered if they'd do their job and not pander to the gun-control crowd.
NEWS
July 2, 2010
More than a few of us African Americans are not very liberal. We are born-again Christians, instill a strong work ethic in our children, and are aghast at others who game the system. Some of us voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984, because he was more optimistic than Walter Mondale; for George Bush the father in 1988, because he was more experienced than Michael Dukakis; and for George Bush the son in 2004, because John Kerry was too elitist. We wondered why the Republican Party did not encourage Gen. Colin Powell to become the first black president in 2000.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
Excerpts from Wednesday's confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan: Kagan , denying that she had tried as an adviser to President Bill Clinton to allow, in line with her own views on abortion, the broadest possible practice of a late-term procedure that opponents call "partial-birth" abortion: "It's not true. I had no agenda with respect to this issue. " Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.): "I certainly have an agenda when it comes to abortion. You can be pro-choice and be just as patriotic as I am. You can be just as religious as anybody I know.
NEWS
July 1, 2010
Although the Senate Judiciary Committee's questioning of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has concluded, the committee will convene at 4 p.m. Thursday to hear from outside witnesses called by each party in support of or opposition to her confirmation.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.), returning to his customary role as a maverick in Supreme Court confirmation hearings, said Wednesday he was "thinking about" voting against nominee Elena Kagan because of her less-than-substantive answers to his questions. He said he needed time to "digest" Kagan's record and the full range of her testimony in two days of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee before making up his mind. Minutes earlier, Specter had cut short his second round of allotted questions and warned that he might withhold support for the nomination.
NEWS
July 1, 2010 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Inquirer Staff Writer
As probing senators delve into the past of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a handful of locals are trying their best to remember the family's Philadelphia roots. "I think Kagan has all the qualities of her mother," said Shirley Zove, 82, a former neighbor. "But it's only been, what, 70 years?" Kagan's late mother, Gloria Gittelman, was born in April 1930 in South Philadelphia to Russian Jewish immigrants. In 1933, Gloria Gittelman's father, Laizar, founded Gittelman's, a butter-and-egg shop at 2127 S. Seventh St., claiming the property when the previous tenant took his own life in the throes of the Great Depression.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
A commentary Tuesday misidentified the journal that published a 1995 article by Elena Kagan. It was the University of Chicago Law Review.
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