Senate set to confirm Kagan

Senate set to confirm Kagan

Her confirmation assured, Elena Kagan is on the brink of becoming the fourth woman ever to serve as a Supreme Court justice. The Senate is set Thursday to confirm President Barack Obama‘s nominee, whose addition to the court will mark the first time three female justices have served concurrently. Nearly all Democrats, the Senate’s two […]

White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

White House failed to act to prevent Sherrod debacle

As a racial firestorm erupted last month, the White House buzzed with questions and concerns about the forced ouster of a black Agriculture Department employee. But no one stepped in to stop Secretary Tom Vilsack from pressuring Shirley Sherrod to resign, a decision administration officials from President Barack Obama on down now say was a […]

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Repubicans go after birthright citizenship

Leading Republicans are joining a push to reconsider the constitutional amendment that grants automatic citizenship to people born in the United States. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington’s immigration focus should remain on border security. His comments came […]

Another incumbent goes down

Another incumbent goes down

Incumbents beware. Another lawmaker just bit the dust. Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son’s legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers. She’s the sixth — and the fourth in the House — to lose so […]

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democrats: Corruption? What corruption?

Democratic leaders say they’ve emptied the swamp of congressional corruption. Never mind the ethics trials to come for two longtime party members. “Drain the swamp we did, because this was a terrible place,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week of the Republican rule in the House that ended in January 2007. Pelosi’s statement might seem […]

Kagan on way to confirmation

Kagan on way to confirmation

A confirmation vote is all but assured for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as the Senate begins debate on making her the fourth female justice. Supporters and opponents were to weigh in during debate starting Tuesday on President Barack Obama‘s nominee. A vote is expected before week’s end. Confirming Kagan, 50, for a lifetime seat […]

Obama: U.S. mission changing in Iraq

Obama: U.S. mission changing in Iraq

President Barack Obama will set a course Monday for the nation’s changing mission in Iraq as the military prepares to end its combat operations there. In a speech at the national convention of the Disabled American Veterans in Atlanta, Obama was to address the progress being made to meet his deadline of drawing down all […]

Court eats away at Miranda rights

Court eats away at Miranda rights

You have the right to remain silent, but only if you tell the police that you’re remaining silent. You have a right to a lawyer — before, during and after questioning, even though the police don’t have to tell you exactly when the lawyer can be with you. If you can’t afford a lawyer, one […]

Pelosi ‘out of the loop’ in Rangel probe

Pelosi ‘out of the loop’ in Rangel probe

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s “out of the loop” in the House ethics committee‘s investigation of fellow Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel. Rangel — a longtime New York congressman and a former chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee — is facing 13 counts of wrongdoing. Allegations include providing official favors in return […]

Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

Maxine Waters: Another ethics mess for Democrats

A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority. People familiar with the investigation, who were not authorized to be quoted about charges before they are made public, say the allegations could be […]