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Roll Breakdowns

By on 5.26.06 | 1:55PM

The vote for Kavanaugh, incidentally, was 57-36, comparable to the 58-42 vote by which Samuel Alito was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. Four Democrats backed Kavanaugh, two of whom, Carper and Landrieu, had opposed Alito. Conrad, who backed Alito, sat this one out; Johnson, who supported Alito, voted against Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Carper backed Alito having opposed Kavanaugh. Only Byrd and Ben Nelson voted for both.

Meanwhile, Michael Hayden had an easier time of it in winning confirmation to head the CIA by 78-15. Arlen Specter was the only Republican to vote against him; Hillary Clinton joined a strong liberal cohort to oppose him. Schumer, Leahy, Mikulski, Harry Reid did not. Barbara Boxer abstained -- okay, that's cheap; she was merely absent, one of seven senators who did not participate in today's voting.

Capitol Incident

By on 5.26.06 | 1:52PM

If you've been watching the news, you'll know that shots were reported in the garage of the Rayburn House Office Building about 10:30 am. The Capitol was locked down briefly, and Rayburn remains so while a room-by-room search continues. There are no reports of injuries except one young lady who was evacuated after suffering an anxiety attack.

The search of the Rayburn building is a non-trivial affair. What the television coverage isn't telling you is that the whole Capitol complex -- the Capitol itself, the House and Senate office buildings -- are all connected by a network of underground tunnels. Searching them, if it is to be done, would take many hours.

Capitol Police are supposed to have a news con in a couple of minutes. Not much news is to be expected.

Judge Kavanaugh

By on 5.26.06 | 1:11PM

Finally, finally, Brett Kavanaugh has won Senate confirmation to serve on the mightily influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Now it can be revealed. He's long wanted Congress to do the right thing and not evade its responsibilities. Here's what he wrote in a post-Clinton impeachment and acquittal symposium in The American Spectator's April 1999 issue:

Virginia Senate Race

By on 5.26.06 | 9:25AM

SurveyUSA has new poll numbers out on Sen. George Allen, Jim Webb, and Harris Miller. Of registered voters with a margin of error of 4.6% (pretty high), 47% have a favorable opinion of Allen. That's nothing to write home about, but neither are the numbers for his Democratic challengers, Miller and Webb, Kilo writes. While most Virginians know who they are, the majority also has an unfavorable opinion of them.

NR’s Top 50

By on 5.26.06 | 8:33AM

One moral: ABC News is the live-action New York Times.

George Galloway

By on 5.25.06 | 10:14PM

NR’s Top Fifty Makes ABC

By on 5.25.06 | 6:23PM

Shet mah mouth. A 30-second feature story just appeared on the nationwide top of the hour ABC radio news report (6:00 p.m. EDT). Subject: National Review's article in the current issue on the top 50 conservative rock songs of all time. Congrats to the magazine and to John J. Miller.

There's a moral in here somewhere...

Re: Bush Seals Docs

By on 5.25.06 | 4:37PM

Dave: I only wish I knew what was going on in the White House. No vetoes, extraordinary pork in the budget, the war languishing and the immigration disaster being pushed through the Senate. I'm not ready to give up on President Bush. But I don't see why conservatives should line up with him on almost any issue. Almost, not quite.

Re: Bush Seals Docs?

By on 5.25.06 | 3:54PM

Jed, No vetoes, no legal searches of a criminal offices? Does this President only believe in the power of his office in theory?

Bush Seals Docs?

By on 5.25.06 | 3:45PM

According to Breitbart's report President Bush ordered that the documents seized by the FBI in executing the search warrant of Rep. William Jefferson's office be sealed for 45 days. What the president is doing is baffling. Why is there even an issue of these documents being kept from investigators? Something is badly wrong here.

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