Tales from the Trail

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.

May 26 is the real Court drop-dead date

May 3, 2010


Amidst the fever of  speculation about when President Barack Obama will unveil his next nominee to the Supreme Court, administration officials quietly point to one date — May 26 — as the absolute deadline for him to make his choice.

Bill Clinton urges Obama to think young for Supreme Court

April 18, 2010

clintonWhile playwright George Bernard Shaw argued youth is wasted on the young, former President Bill Clinton on Sunday urged President Barack Obama to put youth high on the list of attributes for the next United States Supreme Court nominee.

U.S. Supreme Court advice for Obama

April 15, 2010

Someone experienced in making hard decisions with the imagination to understand how rulings affect the lives of Americans. OBAMA/