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The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year's version.
It is customary to avoid speaking ill of the newly deceased, so perhaps the less admirable elements of the life and career of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd are better left to be examined at a later date. The West Virginia Democrat died yesterday at age 92. Set aside, for now, his background as a leader of the Ku Klux Klan, his outrageous pork-barreling and his general liberal-blowhard tendencies. Instead, Americans today can respect Mr. Byrd's devotion to Senate traditions, even when they ran contrary to his own political desires.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich called Oprah Winfrey a kingmaker who could influence voters as he mulled naming the talk-show host to President Obama's former Senate seat, according to an FBI tape played Monday at his corruption trial.
Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who was forced out last week as the top U.S. general in the stalemated Afghanistan war, has told the Army that he will retire.
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Even the most hopeful conservatives should not expect Senate Republicans to derail President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Ms. Kagan's credentials are impressive, she has a modest "paper trail," and the Democrats still have a sizable majority in the Senate.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan on Monday appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first of several scheduled days of testimony, as Democrats called her an independent moderate while Republicans portrayed her as liberal ideologue.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, now the Senate's oldest member at age 86, says he is cancer-free.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan pledged Monday to be properly deferential to Congress if confirmed as a justice and to strive to "consider every case impartially, modestly, with commitment to principle and in accordance with law."