The Roberts’ Supreme Court nomination hearings are off to a rousing start today. As expected, “Republicans advised Roberts against responding to probing questions on controversial topics.” “Some have said that nominees who do not spill their guts about whatever a senator wants to know are hiding something from the American people,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “Some compare a nominee’s refusal to violate his judicial oath or abandon judicial ethics to taking the Fifth Amendment. These might be catchy sound bites, but they are patently false.” But in her remarks, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., gave an indication on whether she’d vote to confirm Roberts.
Editor’s Note: Food for thought given the beginning of the Robert’s comfirmation hearings in Senate Judiciary Committee today… Do you favor permissive abortion laws even if you personally don’t like abortion? Do you favor some restrictions on abortion but do not want Roe v. Wade overturned? Does a fear that we will go back to the bad old days of back-alley abortions if Roe is overturned keep you up at night? Finally, aren’t you just a little sick and tired of Republicans using the abortion issue to distract voters from issues like US leadership in the world, the failure of Bush’s foreign policy, and the growing gap between rich and poor?
Ron posted the link (in the comments below) to a Boston Globe story about Kerry heading to LA today with supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. There were a couple of quips in the story that struck me as worthy of highlighting in their own post: … he recalled talking about issues of coastal flooding at an event he held in Louisiana during the campaign. He also recalled warning that the nation is not being sufficiently prepared for a terrorist attack, especially one targeting nuclear or chemical plants.
NBC’s Brian Williams says the lasting legacy of Hurricane Katrina for journalists may be the end of an unusual four-year period of deference to people in power. Continue reading
“The trouble with our country has been that we do this for a while, like in the Civil War or the civil rights movement, then we stop and retrench.” Continue reading
Theres’ a bit of strange irony in the fact that the Dalai Lama’s visit to Idaho today to sponsored by Idaho’s Republican Governor. Personally, I have a great deal of admiration for the Dalai Lama. He is without a doubt one of the world’s great spiritual leaders of our times. His message transcends politics and speaks to the heart, bringing hope for the future… Dalai Lama: Fight violence with peace, poverty with compassion By John Miller – Associated Press Writer HAILEY, Idaho — With his amplified words bouncing off the mountains surrounding Sun Valley, the Dalai Lama told a crowd of about 10,000 people Sunday to fight violence with peace and poverty with compassion. The wide-ranging address by the spiritual … Continue reading
Early Saturday morning I reported that John Kerry would be heading to the Gulf Coast with supplies donated from MA area businesses. Here’s an update on that story… Boston-area businesses and organizations have donated two semi-trucks filled with supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims at the request of U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who will help deliver them to the Gulf Coast today.
C-Span will broadcast the Roberts nomination hearings tomorrow starting at 11:30 am, est on C-Span 3. There are many questions ahead for John Roberts, tough questions that America deserves answers to. The WaPo has summary of some the key issues that will come into play in the hearings, here. The WaPo reports that, “in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, concerns about the treatment of poor people and minorities could heavily influence the thrust of some of the questioning.”