Supremes to Take Up Arizona Immigration Law; Kagan to Recuse

By: Monday December 12, 2011 11:03 am

The Supreme Court announced they would take up the Arizona immigration law in this term, meaning that an important decision on federal-state powers will be decided by next year. However, they will make that ruling short-handed, because Elena Kagan, who was Solicitor General when the Justice Department initially sued Arizona to block the immigration rules, [...]

Supreme Court Officially Rejects Expedited Health Care Review

By: Monday April 25, 2011 9:58 am

Last week I mentioned that the Supreme Court neglected to take action on an expedited review of the Affordable Care Act and the multiple Constitutional challenges that have been working their way through the lower courts. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and others have sought this expedited review to speed up the process and get [...]

SCOTUS Begins Again, Often with Eight Justices

By: Monday October 4, 2010 10:40 am

It’s the first Monday in October, which means that the Supreme Court reconvenes in Washington. Their docket this term includes a number of First Amendment cases. And while the new members of the Court chosen by President Obama have created a true partisan divide, with the court’s members appointed by Democratic Presidents nominally on the [...]

Senate Confirms Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

By: Thursday August 5, 2010 1:23 pm

As expected, the Senate confirmed Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court with a final vote of 63-37. Five Republicans crossed the aisle to support Kagan – Lindsey Graham, Judd Gregg, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Richard Lugar – while Ben Nelson broke with the Democrats to oppose her. Kagan now becomes the third woman on [...]

Closing the Courthouse Door: The Netroots Nation Panel on SCOTUS

By: Friday July 23, 2010 12:30 pm

An all-star group of experts and politicians may have hit on a signature way of speaking about the perfidy of the Roberts Court and the slew of Federalist Society members ushered into the federal bench by the last series of Republican Presidents. Too often, Democrats ape conservative arguments and put a twist on them and [...]

Graham Supports Kagan for Supreme Court

By: Tuesday July 20, 2010 9:10 am

Lindsay Graham announced his support for Elena Kagan to become the nation’s 4th female Supreme Court Justice today, in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on her nomination. Kagan will clear the Judiciary Committee later today. In his remarks announcing his support, Graham said that “There’s plenty of reasons for a conservative to vote no, but [...]

Specter to Support Kagan, Assuring Passage

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 8:39 am

Not that passage wasn’t assured before, but Arlen Specter’s grudging support of Elena Kagan’s confirmation to the Supreme Court virtually ensures no Democratic defectors. Specter, during the confirmation hearings, expressed concern over Kagan’s lack of answers to his questions, but he concludes that she barely cleared the bar needed for his support. Specter’s remarks in [...]

Up in the Air: Senate Unsure of Next Move as Priorities Pile Up

By: Monday July 12, 2010 8:00 am

The Senate has returned to session with a curious lack of focus on what they will debate or vote on in the coming weeks. To be sure, they have a host of possibilities, but no clear path forward. The schedule for today includes a series of planned speeches and a vote on “a judge.” But [...]

Republican Senators Oppose Kagan

By: Friday July 2, 2010 5:30 pm

In what could be a lead-up to another Republican filibuster, Republican leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Sen. Lisa Murkowski announced today their opposition to the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Senate GOP leader opposes Kagan, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan drew opposition Friday from Republican leader Mitch McConnell and [...]

SCOTUS Hearings: Important Debate on Nature of Corporate Power; Did Kagan Engage?

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 12:22 pm

Contra me, Joshua Green has a story in the Boston Globe on the importance of the Kagan hearings because of the window they opened into the new defining issue of the Court – corporate power. For while Kagan’s fate may not be in doubt, her confirmation hearings come at a time when the court is [...]

Specter Leans No on Kagan; Angered By Lack of Answers

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 7:35 am

Robert Barnes and Amy Goldstein report that Elana Kagan predictably played things close to the vest in her confirmation hearings, as is the rule these days. This is, in fact, why I didn’t watch one second of them, because I don’t find them at all enlightening. Republican senators pressed Kagan on the issues that have [...]

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