June 28, 2010
4:00 PM Eastern
Good Monday Afternoon -
The Elena Kagan SCOTUS hearings opened this afternoon. The hottest topic of discussion was the Citizens United case. From Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, "Ms. Kagan has less real legal experience of any nominee in at least fifty years. It's not just that she has never been a judge. She has barely practiced law, and not with the intensity and duration from which real understanding occurs. Ms. Kagan has never tried a case before a jury. She argued her first appellate case just nine months ago. While academia certainly has value, there is no substitute for being in the harness of the law, handling real cases over a period of years." Keep reading.
Ask Kagan these questions: For the first time in decades, the Constitution is a major issue in an election year. This is not because of reliably inflammatory social issues like abortion and gay marriage, but because of fresh questions in the public consciousness about the role of the federal government. After over a trillion dollars in bailouts and the hard-won Obamacare colossus, Americans are correctly asking: Are there any limits to government power anymore?
A cheeky ObamaCare decision: This cavity search can be found at Section 4102(d)(2) of the minty fresh health care law, which directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to "develop oral healthcare components that shall include tooth-level surveillance for inclusion in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey."
Troops' funding held hostage by public sector union politics: A $33 billion war supplemental to fund ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan is being held up by House Democrats who want to attach $10 billion for bankrupt states like New York and California that refuse to cut unsustainable education funding in these troubled economic times.
The Blago trial daily update: Oprah considered for Senate seat, Alexi Giannoulias subpoenaed, Balgo's ex-chief of staff testifies against him.
Most popular politician in Mass.? Scott Brown. He is more popular than Kerry and Obama according to a recent poll.
CNN: Stealth ban on offshore drilling – The offshore drilling ban imposed after the BP disaster is only supposed to hit operations in deep water — 500 feet or more. But drillers in shallow water say they haven't been issued permits since the April 20 explosion. The delay has already forced hundreds of layoffs, and many more could be on the way.
Unfaithful friend of liberty: As Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens "gradually became the leader of the court's liberal wing," The New York Times reported, "he became increasingly skeptical of claims of government power." According to a Washington Post editorial, "his voice was consistently raised on behalf of those vulnerable to government excesses."