President Endorses Reinstatement of Assault Weapons Ban, Other Gun Safety Legislation

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 6:20 am

The President will support a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. He will also “consider” legislation limiting extended magazines that carry a high capacity of bullets, as well as legislation closing the “gun show loophole,” which enables gun purchasers to avoid [...]

Conservative Law Professor Charles Fried: We Know the Public Option is Constitutional

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 11:42 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a largely meaningless salon today about the constitutionality of the individual mandate. There are a bit over three hundred million people in America, and the only one who matters on this score is Anthony Kennedy. And he wasn’t at the hearing. So I’m not sure what it accomplished. However, while [...]

Wyden Disables Internet Kill Switch Bill

By: Monday November 22, 2010 12:31 pm

I’ve had quite a few people email me about the “Internet kill switch” bill that recently rode through the Senate Judiciary committee. Late on Friday, we got word that Ron Wyden was working to stop it. A bill that critics say would have given the government power to censor the Internet will not pass this [...]

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 [...]

Goodwin Liu Gets Party-Line Vote Out of Senate Judiciary

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 8:57 am

A lot of attention goes into Supreme Court nominations, and that makes perfect sense; they hold as much power in the federal government as Congress. But the nominations in district courts or federal appeals courts have their own importance as well, and on that front, Goodwin Liu finally got his vote and passed out of [...]

PA-Sen: Specter Comfortably Ahead Of Sestak

By: Wednesday April 7, 2010 7:37 am

With six weeks to go in the Pennsylvania Senate primary, Arlen Specter holds an easy lead over Joe Sestak, up 53-32. With neither candidate on the air, Specter has a massive lead in name ID and Sestak has done nothing to chip away at his Democratic bona fides, despite his representing the state as a [...]

Republicans Block Committee Hearings Again

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 9:47 am

Republicans, still not finished with their temper tantrum, have blocked committee hearings across the Senate today, invoking a little-known rule requiring unanimous consent to holding hearings after 2:00pm. Among the hearings cancelled is the confirmation of Goodwin Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy released this statement: Senate [...]

Nelson Never Asked For Johnsen Confirmation Vote

By: Monday January 25, 2010 10:15 am

The Indianapolis Star has a fascinating tidbit in the ongoing Dawn Johnsen saga: Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has said he is likely to vote for her, which would give Democrats the 60 votes they need for confirmation if all Democrats stick together. But while Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., recently reversed positions and said he would [...]

Holder, Obama On The KSM Trial, OPR Torture Report

By: Wednesday November 18, 2009 9:48 am

Marcy Wheeler is liveblogging the Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing with Attorney General Holder. I just wanted to point out a few interesting pieces that I’ve seen. • Much of the hearing is concerned with the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and some co-defendants in federal criminal court in New York rather than through [...]

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