Supreme Court Nominations

Pro-Lifers Call for Senate Investigation of Kagan Testimony

By on 7.1.10 | 8:39PM

The Senate should investigate "discrepancies" between Elena Kagan's testimony Wednesday and the record of her Clinton-era involvement in the partial-birth abortion controversy, a leading pro-life activist said Thursday.

"I urge this Committee to officially investigate the discrepancies that have arisen this week between Ms. Kagan's testimony and the written record about her actions related to lobbying the American Medical Association [AMA] and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists [ACOG] during her tenure in the Clinton White House," Americans United for Life (AUL) president Charmaine Yoest said in her own testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Clinton Files Show Kagan Advocated Cloning for Human Research

By on 6.10.10 | 6:05AM

White House memos from 1997, when Elena Kagan was a top domestic policy advisor to President Clinton, show that Kagan -- nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama -- recommended that the Clinton administration permit cloning of human embryos for research purposes.

Writing just months after Scottish researchers had announced the birth of a cloned sheep, Kagan and another Clinton aide recommended that the president announce a ban on cloning that would lead to the birth of human infants, but emphasized that the policy "would not ban the creation of cloned embryos for research purposes."

Pro-Life Group Asks Senate to Delay Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing

By on 5.24.10 | 10:25PM

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the committee, Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life writes:

We are deeply concerned that the Senate Judiciary Committee will have insufficient time to review Elena Kagan's record before commencing her hearing on June 28, 2010. Therefore, we request that you provide whatever time is needed for members to thoroughly prepare for the hearing, even if it requires postponing the hearing date.

Yoest cites statements by the executive director of the Clinton Presidential Library that it will be "very difficult" to provide records of Kagan's service in the Clinton administration by the planned starting date of Kagan's confirmation hearing next month.

Constitutional Opinions

Vote No on Sonia Sotomayor

By 7.30.09

She will not protect the Constitution -- or even live up to Sen. Durbin's standard.


Is Lindsey Graham Crackers?

By 7.29.09

The senator breaks his promise not to stray from the conservative reform agenda.

Constitutional Opinions

Sotomayor and Affirmative Action

By 7.15.09

The judge got ahead the old-fashioned way -- so why does she pretend otherwise?

The Nation's Pulse

Polling the Constitution

By 7.15.09

A "great American story" adds to the nightmare.

Special Report

Two Presidents and the Court: When Bigotry Takes the Bench

By 7.14.09

Obama names Sotomayor to seat held by racist Woodrow Wilson appointee.

Political Hay

Trumping the Race Card

By 7.14.09

Republicans content to let another opportunity slip by.

Constitutional Opinions

Supreme Confrontation

By 6.30.09

Alas, Sonia Sotomayor is not likely to be asked whether she will be more prosecution-friendly than David Souter proved to be in his final term.