- 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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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
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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