- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009


McConnell: Panel needs more time

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that the Senate Judiciary Committee needs more time to review records in connection with Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination.

Mr. McConnell of Kentucky said that in the past few days about 300 boxes of materials have turned up from Judge Sotomayor’s years as a lawyer with a legal advocacy group, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Mr. McConnell told “Fox News Sunday” that the committee needs time to go through the boxes.

Confirmation hearings for Judge Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge, are set to begin July 13.

Republicans have complained that the hearings for Judge Sotomayor are taking place too soon. Democrats said the schedule is in keeping with hearings for recent Supreme Court nominees.


Barbour doubts presidential run

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Sunday that he would be “very surprised” if he ended up running for president.

For that matter, the Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” his wife would be even more surprised if he were to make a White House bid in 2012.

A former national chairman of the Republican Party, Mr. Barbour has been mentioned as a potential candidate for president.

He is in his second term as governor and became the head of the Republican Governors Association after South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stepped down following his admission of an extramarital affair.

Mr. Barbour said Republicans should focus on next year’s congressional elections rather than the next presidential race.


Envoy: U.S. tracks North Korean ship

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that the United States is keeping close tabs on a suspected North Korea arms ship.

An American destroyer has been tracking the North Korean freighter sailing off China’s coast, possibly on its way to Myanmar.

Ambassador Susan E. Rice, appearing on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” said the United States is pursuing and following the ship’s progress closely. But she is not saying what the United States actually might do on the high seas - such as whether to contact and request inspection.

It is the first ship to be monitored under a U.N. resolution that bans North Korea from selling a range of arms and weapons-related materiel. The resolution allows other countries to request boarding and inspection of such ships, but the ships don’t have to give permission.


Show me the jobs, Boehner says

Republicans concerned about the Obama administration’s big spending on economic stimulus, energy and health care are asking, “Where are the jobs?”

“The president and Democrats in Congress claim this spending binge is necessary to put Americans back to work,” House Republican leader John A. Boehner said Saturday in the Republican radio and Internet address. “They promised unemployment would not rise above 8 percent if their trillion-dollar stimulus was passed.”

The administration was wrong, Mr. Boehner said. “Unemployment has soared above 9 percent. And now the president admits that unemployment will soon reach double digits.

“After all of this spending, after all of this borrowing from China, the Middle East, our children and our grandchildren, where are the jobs?” he said.


Women outdo men in chores at home

The annual U.S. Department of Labor accounting of how Americans spend their time finds that women put in way more hours on household chores than men, even if both are employed.

On an average day, 20 percent of men said they did housework - such as cleaning or doing laundry - compared with 50 percent of women. And in homes with children younger than 6 , women spent about 1.2 hours providing physical care (bathing or feeding) to children, while men spent about 25 minutes.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics study, which was released last week, was based on interviews last year of about 12,700 people across the country.


Young folks spurn health insurance

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that, in 2006, 5 million Americans ages 19 to 23 had no health insurance, more than 80 percent were working at least part time and 30 percent said they did not think health insurance was worth the cost.

Young men were nearly twice as likely as young women to go without health coverage for the entire year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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