FROM Alex Kingsbury
First Day of Questioning in Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Under grilling by Republican Senators at her confirmation hearing today, Judge Sonia Sotomayor firmly denied racial bias. Once again, she found herself responding to challenges about her famous comment that " wise Latinas " would make better decisions than judges with other backgrounds. Alex Kingsbury is associate editor at US News and World Report .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."