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Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, met with Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Capitol Hill last week. Not since 1972 has a president chosen someone for the high court who hasn't been a judge.

    EDITORIAL: Strange Graham-Kagan dance

    It's troubling that Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is openly considering a favorable vote on the Supreme Court nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan. The nominee has acted contrary to several matters particularly close to the senator's core values.


  • Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan

    GOP promises tough queries at Kagan hearings

    Elena Kagan returns Monday to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a seat on the Supreme Court hangs in the balance.


  • Peter Lockley / The Washington Times 
Andre Carter was with the 49ers when Thomas Herrion died in the locker room in 2005.

    Primary voters buck establishment

    The Washington order suffered big losses Tuesday, with establishment-backed candidates losing or facing a fight for their political survival in all three marquee Senate primaries on both the Republican and Democratic sides.


  • "TEA PARTY" POWER: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (center) is accompanied by his wife, Kelley, his father and mother, Ron and Carl, and his son, William, as he arrives Tuesday evening for his victory party in Bowling Green, Ky. Mr. Paul trounced primary foe Trey Grayson, the Kentucky secretary of state.

    Primary voters buck establishment

    The Washington order suffered big losses Tuesday, with establishment-backed candidates losing or facing a fight for their political survival in all three marquee Senate primaries on both the Republican and Democratic sides.


  • Sen. Scott Brown has supported Democrats on six of the nine filibuster votes taken during his two-plus months in office. "I have pledged to do my best to change the tone in Washington," Mr. Brown said. ("Face the Nation" via Associated Press)

    Voting party line: Specter, yes; Brown, no

    Despite pledging not to be an automatic vote for Democrats, in the nearly one year since he switched parties, Sen. Arlen Specter has been all but that, repeatedly supporting his new party when they needed to head off Republican filibusters.


  • Specter fundraiser stalls Senate voting

    Senate Democrats halted voting Tuesday afternoon to help their newest convert, Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, attend fundraisers back home with President Obama, as party bigwigs made clear who they back in what's expected to be a brutal Democratic primary.


  • Sen. Arlen Specter

    Specter flip-flops again, backs labor bill

    Flipping yet again, Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday told labor leaders he will back the labor-friendly bill Democratic leaders want to bring up for a vote later this year.


  • Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said he's organizing his own kitchen cabinet to figure out how to approach President Obama's Supreme Court nominees and said he hopes to put forward some principles that both Republicans and Democrats can agree to "what we should look for in a nominee." (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)Sen. Jeff Sessions, new senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that "the federal legal system is a tremendous thing to me. ... To be a part of being able to make that better is an honor for me." The senator also spoke with The Washington Times about the need for a higher-level judicial confirmation process. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Sessions offers fair fight on Supreme Court

    Republicans' new top man on the Senate Judiciary Committee said even without a new Supreme Court nominee having been named, Republicans will begin looking into the shortlist of names President Obama reportedly is considering and even could warn the White House confidentially if they think a nominee is unacceptable.


  • **FILE** Sen. Orrin Hatch (Associated Press)

    Hatch cites Obama assurance not to appoint 'radical' justice

    Sen. Orrin G. Hatch on Monday said President Obama promised him he would not nominate a radical liberal to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter.


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