Tales from the Trail

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.

Healthcare reform debate: Is it “czar” or “czarina”?

September 25, 2009

It is day four of the Senate Finance Committee consideration of a sweeping overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system in an effort to rein in soaring costs and expand medical coverage to millions of uninsured people. The debate has turned to White House czars. RUSSIA