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  • In this May 10, 2010, file photo, President Obama walks with his Supreme Court Justice nominee Elena Kagan, into the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to delay her confirmation vote by a week. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Panel Republicans to request delay in Kagan vote

    Judiciary Committee Republicans are expected Tuesday to request a one-week delay before a panel vote to send Elena Kagan's nomination for the Supreme Court to the full Senate. Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy has said he would grant such a request.

  • The Rev. Barry C. Black, chaplain of the U.S. Senate, poses for a portrait in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, July 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

    CAPITAL CULTURE: Lawmakers turn to faith leaders

    For senators living in the world of policies and pressures, sometimes religious leaders are the only ones they feel they can trust.

  • Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

    GOP's Brown to back banking bill

    President Obama's push for a major overhaul of the nation's banking regulatory structure picked up a key vote Monday when Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown announced he would vote for the bill.

NUCLEAR FORCE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid can use the Yucca Mountain issue to remind voters of his clout.

    Is Yucca Mountain a voter molehill?

    The recent ruling reviving the long, bitter debate over the Yucca Mountain waste storage plan has added an element of surprise to a U.S. Senate race in Nevada already on the verge of going nuclear.

Justice Anthony Kennedy is about to take on an influential behind-the-scenes role, that of deciding who will author some high court opinions.

    Political Scene

    The heads of President Obama's national debt commission are painting a gloomy picture as the nation struggles to get its spending under control.

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    WILLIAMS: Supreme Court nominations shouldn't be pro forma exercise

    Since Elena Kagan has no actual judicial experience, one can't help wondering if the Supreme Court nomination hearings were anything other than a political quiz show.

Marco Rubio, a Senate hopeful in Florida, "has more Facebook friends than any other 2010 U.S. Senate candidate."

    Inside the Beltway

    Lady Gaga recently beat out President Obama in the number of Facebook "friends" she accumulated - 11.9 million for the chanteuse versus 10.4 million for the president.

  • Illustration: Health rationing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times


    Throughout the yearlong debate over reforming our nation's health care system, Democratic leaders, including the president, continually reassured Americans that their brand of health care reform would not mean the rationing of care.

  • Dr. Donald Berwick, nominated as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has been called "a one-man death panel."

    EDITORIAL: Obama appointee's prescription for socialism

    Barack Obama promised the most open and transparent administration in history. His vow didn't convince him to extend senators the courtesy of listening to their advice and consent on the nomination of Dr. Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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