October 21, 1991 |
Soap Opera City. Since only Justice-designate Clarence Thomas and Professor Anita Hill know what happened between them, the rest of us are left trying to evaluate credibility and to figure out why it became such a procedural mess. Seems to me one of the first points that needs to be addressed is the misplaced anger aimed at Hill by some senators and others, blaming her for the timing of her allegations against Thomas. Sen. Strom Thurmond, in a stupefying display of hypocrisy, demanded to know: "Why didn't they come forward if they had something against him?
May 1, 1997 |
Attorney General Janet Reno and the Senate Judiciary Committee gathered yesterday for a strange ritual: The Washington Inquisition. Officially, it was called an "oversight hearing. " In fact, it was a bit of scripted political theater. The Republicans called the hearing to pressure Reno to appoint an independent counsel to investigate campaign-finance abuses. But they knew she wouldn't budge, and she didn't. Reno sat alone at the witness table, dressed in regal purple, thick legal books spread before her. She repeated her mantra: She hasn't seen evidence of a crime yet to require such an appointment.
February 13, 1998 |
Congress has been experimenting with the Internet and with telephone conferencing for years. But yesterday, the Internet and video conferencing were combined to produce what was billed as the first "virtual" Capitol Hill hearing. The occasion was an otherwise unexceptional hearing on reforming the Internal Revenue Service. But this time, witnesses in St. Louis and Salt Lake City appeared via video in a Senate hearing room. The public could also participate by asking questions through a "chat room" on the Internet.
June 4, 1993 |
There's a principle at stake in the Lani Guinier affair that transcends the ideological battle over how this country enforces its civil rights laws. It's the grand American tradition of fair play. Since when in America has it been standard operating procedure to let vocal opposition deprive a nominee the chance to be heard? Since when does the comfort level of a certain select group of politicians determine a person's integrity? Yet that's what the President seems to be saying as he vacillates over whether to withdraw the nomination before she even has a chance to explain her views to the Senate.
December 3, 1992 |
As more people came forward to say Marge Schott had made racist remarks, a U.S. senator said yesterday that the Cincinnati Reds' owner would be a topic of discussion next week at a Senate hearing on baseball. Sen. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D., Ohio) said he was appalled by remarks attributed to Schott, which are being investigated by a committee appointed by baseball's ruling executive council. "Hitler was good in the beginning, but he went too far," Schott was quoted as saying in a New York Times article Sunday.
September 14, 2000 |
Top film studio executives skipped a Senate grilling yesterday on their reported practice of marketing films with R ratings to underage viewers. "By some uncanny coincidence, every single studio executive was either out of the country or unavailable," said Commerce committee chairman John McCain (R., Ariz.). "I can only conclude the industry is too ashamed of, or unable to defend, their marketing practices. " Video-game and music-industry executives summoned to answer the same questions showed up at the hearing, at which Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, and Lynne Cheney, wife of his Republican counterpart, Dick Cheney, also testified.
January 17, 1986 |
Twisted Sister, performing tomorrow night at the Spectrum, is best known to the non-heavy-metal audience as one of the prime targets of the Parents Music Resource Center's anti-rock campaign. The band's lead singer, Dee Snider, was one of three pop stars (Frank Zappa and John Denver were the others) who testified before a Sept. 19 Senate hearing in defense of rock music. There, Snider was calm and articulate; in concert, he provides the sort of addled froth and naughtiness that his fans seem to find peerlessly witty.
April 11, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - A former U.S. Justice Department official warned at a Senate hearing here Wednesday that the $45.2 billion merger of Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. would lead to a dangerously large corporation with "massive tentacles" in the pay-TV and Internet industries. Comcast executive David Cohen, who was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, countered that "consumers will be big winners in this transaction. " A three-hour, sometimes tense hearing revealed deep skepticism among Democratic senators about the proposed merger of the nation's largest and second-largest cable-TV operators.
June 30, 2012 |
TRENTON - Despite a few questions about her role in the firing of a prosecutor, Gov. Christie's former attorney general, Paula Dow, cruised through her judicial confirmation Thursday in the New Jersey Senate. Dow, who said she recently moved from Essex County to Willingboro, will serve on Superior Court in Burlington County. The Senate voted to confirm her by 38-0 with two abstentions. Dow originally was nominated by Christie to serve in Essex County, but an apparent dispute between Christie and senators there held up her hearing.
June 18, 1995
There is the temptation, having watched the grim, self-righteous testimony of the commandants of America's scattered, 100,000-strong militia movement, to dismiss them as stone fools, blowhards and big boys playing dress-up. The raw material certainly was there: Michigan gun shop owner Norman Olson in his frown and fatigues with the rolled-up sleeves; former toy-company owner Robert Fletcher, now of rural Montana, rambling on about how the U.S. government's weather-altering tornado technology could be used to kill "a million Americans.