Tales from the Trail

Funnyman Franken turns serious on Senate stage

July 13, 2009

The Senate’s newest member, former comedian Al Franken, is making clear that he is taking the new job seriously and it’s no longer funny business for him.

Of umpires and the heart at Sotomayor hearing

July 13, 2009

Senators trying to make points turned to baseball umpires, football, and matters of the heart, at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sotomayor hearings begin, lines drawn

July 13, 2009

The political lines are drawn.

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee wasted no time in setting the battle plans for the debate over the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The First Draft: The judge faces her questioners

July 13, 2009

Confirmation hearings begin for Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic USA-COURT/SOTOMAYORwoman to be nominated for the Supreme Court.

1,200 law professors sign up as Sotomayor fans

July 8, 2009

Nearly 1,200 law professors from across the country signed up to support U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, and one early Republican critic says he may even vote for her.

The First Draft: Block that metaphor

June 26, 2009

PEOPLE-JACKSON/Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett may no longer be with us, but Congress is still hanging around. Good thing, too, as they’ve got plenty of work to do.

The First Draft: the Supreme Court and the Spelling Bee

May 28, 2009

SPELLING BEE/KIDSWith Congress gone this week and President Barack Obama out of town for most of today, Washington turns to its two traditional inside-the-Beltway sporting events: handicapping a Supreme Court nominee’s chances of confirmation, and watching the nerve-wracking finals of the National Spelling Bee.

The First Draft: Obama campaigns again – for his court pick

May 27, 2009

OBAMA/President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail.

But this time he’s not trying to win himself a job …he is trying to win over support for his Supreme Court nominee,  Sonia Sotomayor.

The First Draft: Obama picks hispanic woman for court

May 26, 2009

President Barack Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee for the Supreme Court this morning.