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112th Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan to Be Sworn in today


It's swearing in time for Elena Kagan; well, it will be at 2:00 pm Eastern time:

Elena Kagan will be sworn in on Saturday as the 112th person and the fourth woman to serve on the Supreme Court, continuing a generational and demographic transformation of the nation’s highest bench.

In keeping with tradition, Ms. Kagan will first take the constitutional oath, which is given to a wide array of officials, and then the judicial oath, which is administered to those wearing the robe. Joined by family and friends in the Supreme Court building, she will swear to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”

President Obama will not be attending.

In the first part of Saturday’s ceremony, to take place in the justices’ conference room, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the constitutional oath for federal employees, who swear to “support and defend the Constitution.” Then they will move into the larger West Conference Room, where Chief Justice Roberts will administer the judicial oath.

Let's hope that she surprises us by not veering to the right of Justice Stevens, just as he surprised everyone by seeming to veer to the left... or as he put it, the court moved right:

He has been considered part of the liberal bloc of the Court since the mid-1980s and he has been dubbed the "Chief Justice of the Liberal Supreme Court",[21][22] though he publicly called himself a judicial conservative in 2007.

Fingers crossed.


Senate Confirms 27 Obama Nominees


By GottaLaff

From the Department of It's About Time But What About the Rest?

Before leaving for the President’s Day break, the Senate tonight confirmed — by unanimous consent — 27 of President Obama’s nominees to federal positions, under a threat made earlier this week by the president that he might make recess appointments not requiring Senate votes. None of these seemed controversial; the senators approved these amid a backlog of presidential nominations and holds on some.


After the Senate’s moves, the White House tonight issued a statement by Mr. Obama, in which he welcomed the votes, and seemed to signal he would not be making recess appointments anytime soon.

Here's an excerpt from his statement:

While this is a good first step, there are still dozens of nominees on hold who deserve a similar vote, and I will be looking for action from the Senate when it returns from recess. If they do not act, I reserve the right to use my recess appointment authority in the future.

The list of confirmed nominees is here.

Like pulling teeth.


U.S. Senate Confirms Ben Bernanke for a 2nd Term as Fed Governor


By GottaLaff

Via a million e-mail alerts, but here's the one from the N.Y. Times:

The Senate confirmed Ben S. Bernanke to a second term at the
helm of the Federal Reserve. The confirmation was a victory
for President Obama, who had called Mr. Bernanke a critical
leader in the nation's recovery from recession, but the
rancor surrounding the vote also signaled the extent to which
the Fed, once little known to the public, has become the
object of populist anger over high unemployment and bank

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