Tales from the Trail

Al Franken’s moment of backsliding…

August 6, 2010

It was one of those moments Al Franken seems to work hard to suppress.

The comedian-turned-politician has kept a mostly straight face through his first year as a senator — listening seriously to hours of committee testimony and posing pointed questions with only the flicker of a smile crossing his face.
Thursday’s Senate debate over Elena Kagan was evidently too much for the clown in him to bear.

In Brown vs. Kagan, the decision is in…

August 5, 2010

Just because he introduces you to his colleagues, doesn’t mean he’ll vote for you.

‘Twilight’ falls at Kagan hearing

July 1, 2010

There is no escaping the “Twilight” juggernaut. Not even on Capitol Hill.

The teen vampire romance saga that’s captivated a gazillion youthful fans managed to seep into Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing Wednesday, thanks to a probing question from Senator Amy Klobuchar.

Humor in the hearing room

June 30, 2010

kaganOn day-two of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearing, she didn’t reveal much about her specific views on a wide range of issues over nine hours.

To reach Supreme Court, first court the senators

May 13, 2010

Elena Kagan is making the rounds.

To get a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, a nominee must first wear out a lot of shoe leather on Capitol Hill. And smile, smile, smile.

Obama picks “Shorty” for Supreme Court

May 10, 2010

Elena Kagan rose to the occasion — literally — stepping up onto a riser behind the podium so she would be closer to eye level with the President and Vice President of the United States on either side of her.

Traders put their money on Kagan to be Supreme Court pick

May 7, 2010

Traders are betting that there is a 75 percent chance that President Barack Obama will decide on U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court and that she would be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.