Here’s hoping lawmakers have had enough time to mine through the first batch of documents on Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan released last week by the Clinton Presidential Library – all 46,000 pages of them. Because today 40,000 more pages are on their way to Capitol Hill.
The first two batches of documents amount to about half the amount of documents amassed by the library relating to Kagan’s work in the Clinton White House.
Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Jon Kyl and Jeff Sessions are giving more hints about the questions they will post to Kagan during her confirmation hearings, which begin later this month. Today they are taking aim at memo’s Kagan wrote as a clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall. The lawmakers said that these early writings of Kagan show that she was seeking results based on politics and not the law.
“It indicates a developing lawyer who has a political bent to their legal work – pretty significantly so,” said Sessions, according to the AP.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama met with families of the 11 workers killed in the oil rig explosion that led to the massive spill in the coast. The families are urging lawmakers to reverse a law that limits the amount of compensation they can receive, per this post on the New York Times’ Caucus blog.
In other news,
Speak, or hold her peace? Will Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan talk about her views on issues from gay rights to abortion to affirmative action to allowing military recruiters on campus at her confirmation hearings? Should she? (Lawyers USA)
Plaintiff’s peril: Plaintiffs bringing employment discrimination claims often receive modest settlements, if anything at all, according to a new report by the American Bar Foundation. (Lawyers USA)
FDA’s S.O.S.? The Food and Drug Administration’s abilities to protect the public from outbreaks of foodborne illness are hampered by inefficiencies, limited resources and a piecemeal approach to gathering and using information on potential risks, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council. (Lawyer’s USA)
Military surprise: Tucked into the same Pentagon policy bill as the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” is a little-noticed amendment that takes on making abortion easier for military women in war zones. (NYT)