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June 30, 2010 | By David Lightman and Michael Doyle, McCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON - Elena Kagan spent the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing fending off Republican efforts to paint her as a liberal activist, saying she would be a fair, open-minded justice and refusing to call herself a "legal progressive. " "I honestly don't know what that label means," she said. However, when Kagan was asked later where she stood politically, she said that she had been a Democrat all her life and that "my political views are generally progressive.
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June 30, 2010
The Senate Judiciary Committee's hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, which opened Monday, are expected to last much of the week and will be widely covered live on television and online.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
By Dana Milbank Opposition researchers digging into Elena Kagan's past didn't get the goods on the Supreme Court nominee - but they did get the Thurgood. As confirmation hearings opened Monday afternoon, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee took the unusual approach of attacking Kagan because she admired the late Justice Thurgood Marshall, whom she clerked for more than two decades ago. "Justice Marshall's judicial philosophy," said Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, " ... is not what I would consider to be mainstream.
NEWS
June 30, 2010
WHAT'S NEXT, renaming the Baltimore Airport? On the first day of confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan on Monday, Republican senators attacked, not the Supreme Court nominee, but the revered justice and civil-rights lawyer Thurgood Marshall, for whom Kagan once clerked (and for whom the airport is named). "Activist judge," "outcome-driven," out of the "mainstream," are just a few examples of the talk about Marshall. Reporters toted it up and found that Marshall, who died in 1993, was mentioned 35 times during the hearing.
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June 30, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Sen. Arlen Specter, Democrat of Pennsylvania, wasn't getting straight answers and was kind of grumpy about it, peering down Tuesday at Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan and lashing her with questions - as if she were a first-year law student who had overslept and didn't know the cases for the day. "Let me go on to another question - I have not been making much progress," Specter said at one point, exasperated after the former Harvard...
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June 29, 2010 | By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 92, a son of West Virginia coal country who used his mastery of Senate rules and a taste for hardball tactics to become a passionate and often feared advocate for the state and the Senate he loved, died Monday. The Democrat's 51 years in the Senate made him the longest-serving senator in history, while his white mane, stentorian voice and flamboyant speeches citing Roman emperors gave him the presence of a man from a grander, distant time. In many ways, Sen. Byrd embodied the changes the nation has undergone in the past half century.
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June 27, 2010 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elena Kagan wrote 15 years ago that Supreme Court confirmation hearings had become a "vapid and hollow charade" filled with blather instead of rigorous thought. For a lifetime appointment, she argued, there should be a substantial exchange of ideas. When her own turn before the Senate Judiciary Committee begins Monday, however, Kagan probably will stick to platitudes. Since Judge Robert Bork's blunt lectures on his views of constitutional law sank his nomination in 1987, would-be justices and the administrations that pick them have mastered the art of the bland.
NEWS
June 23, 2010
Midwest storm causes Ind. floods AVON, Ind. - Central Indiana residents fled flooded neighborhoods Tuesday, while those in a small Wisconsin town tried to figure out why a warning siren failed to alert them before a tornado destroyed 25 homes there. The storms that pelted the Midwest weakened as they moved east Tuesday, but the National Weather Service said another wave was moving into Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana. Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle declared a state of emergency in Waukesha County, where crews searched door to door in Eagle after the siren failed to sound before Monday night's tornado.
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