- Making News: Confirmation Hearings for Samuel Alito Begin
Appellate Judge Samuel Alito got a White House send-off from President Bush this morning. Then he listened as Judiciary Committee members of both parties made their opening statements. After the Committee members have held forth, Alito will get his turn, and Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick is watching it all for Slate.com.
- Reporter's Notebook: Microsoft Censors the Internet in China
Though the Internet has provided an opportunity for millions of Chinese to express their opinions in public, their leaders still require service providers to monitor web logs, erase banned content and report offenders. At the government's request, Microsoft is shutting down an Internet journal that talked about sensitive issues. Rebecca MacKinnon, Harvard research fellow and co-founder of Global Voices Online, discusses the cost of free expression and the role of western business in enforcing government censorship.
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