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Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Ohio gay rights debate mirrors national mood

Thirty years ago, a vote like the one just decided in the university town of Bowling Green, OH, wouldn’t have happened; gay-rights activism hadn’t taken root across most of America. Thirty years hence, such votes may seem a historical curiosity in a time of equality for gays. Right now, though, the gay rights movement is […]

Kagan sworn in as newest Supreme Court justice

Kagan sworn in as newest Supreme Court justice

Elena Kagan was sworn in Saturday as the 112th justice and fourth woman ever to serve on the Supreme Court. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath to Kagan in a brief private ceremony at the court. Kagan, joined by family and friends, pledged to faithfully and impartially uphold the law. Afterward, she smiled broadly […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kagan nomination clears Senate panel

Kagan nomination clears Senate panel

President Barack Obama‘s second US Supreme Court pick, Elena Kagan, drew one step closer Tuesday to being just the fourth woman to reach the high bench as a key senate committee backed her nomination. The Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with vetting Kagan voted 13-6 to send her nomination to the full Senate, where her all-but-certain […]

Bank bill passes but work remains

Bank bill passes but work remains

In the end, it’s only a beginning. The far-reaching new banking and consumer protection bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature now shifts from the politicians to the technocrats. The legislation gives regulators latitude and time to come up with new rules, requires scores of studies and, in some instances, depends on international agreements falling into […]

Republicans fail to rattle Kagan

Republicans fail to rattle Kagan

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who has displayed a cool demeanor and a sense of humor during her Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, was expected to move one step closer Wednesday to succeeding Justice John Paul Stevens, barring a major gaffe. Republicans who oppose her nomination will need to resort to a filibuster to block a […]

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Kagan takes cautious road in confirmation hearings

Elena Kagan is following the path of every recent Supreme Court nominee in pledging “a fair shake for every American” who comes before the court and stressing her ordinary roots. The 50-year-old solicitor general is promising “evenhandedness and impartiality” and insisting she will be properly deferential to Congress while safeguarding individuals’ rights. But as senators […]

Conservatives come out for Kagan

Conservatives come out for Kagan

Conservative lawyers and academics are voicing support for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, praise that could soften criticism from the right and provide cover for any Republican senators inclined to vote for her nomination. The essence of their take on Kagan, the former Harvard Law School dean who now serves as solicitor general, is that […]

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

Social issues may dominate Kagan debate

President Barack Obama‘s nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court seat is elevating touchy social issues in an election year, just as the tea party is showing how volatile and unpredictable the political landscape has become. Any Supreme Court confirmation battle stirs a pot of issues important to conservative and liberal activists. Kagan can […]