- Newsmaker: Renomination of Rejected Judges
When Trent Lott of Mississippi was forced to give up Senate leadership because of insensitive comments on race, some thought there would be an impact on President Bush-s selections for federal judgeships. But the name of Charles Pickering, a friend of Lott-s whose views on race have been challenged by Democrats, has been sent to the Senate again. David Savage covers the courts for the Los Angeles Times.
- Reporters Notebook: Small Provision Protects Eli Lilly in the Homeland Security Bill
Consumer groups, Democrats and Indiana Republican Congressman Dan Burton are up in arms over a measure slipped into the Homeland Security Bill. The last minute addition, which escaped public debate, would protect a major drug company from lawsuits by the parents of autistic children. John Carey, who reports for BusinessWeek magazine, has more on the backroom political deal that provides legal protection for Eli Lilly.
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On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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