11:39 AM, Sep 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan officiated a same-sex marriage over the weekend, the Associated Press reports. It was her first.
"Justice Elena Kagan has officiated for the first time at a same-sex wedding, a Maryland ceremony for her former law clerk and his husband," reports the AP.
"Kagan presided on Sunday over the wedding of former clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall in the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Maryland.
"Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Monday that the same-sex ceremony was the first at which Kagan officiated.
"Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have previously officiated at the wedding of gay and lesbian couples, including at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg most recently performed the wedding of Washington theater director Molly Smith."
9:45 AM, May 7, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
This week, the Supreme Court affirmed a New York town council's tradition of beginning its meetings with a prayer. In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the court held, by a bare majority, that the First Amendment's Establishment Clause does not prohibit such prayers led by local clergymen, even when the prayers tend to be Christian.
But will the case be heard by 8 justices, or 9?10:12 AM, Nov 15, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a challenge to the Obamacare ruling issued by a 3-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
10:34 AM, Mar 31, 2011 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Questions continue to arise about the propriety of having Justice Elena Kagan hear a constitutional challenge to Obamacare.
4:46 PM, Aug 5, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Here's a video of ranking judiciary committee Republican Jeff Sessions making his closing argument against Elena Kagan:
3:58 PM, Aug 5, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Solicitor General Elena Kagan was confirmed as a United States Supreme Court justice on a 63 to 37 vote this afternoon.
Ben Nelson of Nebraska was the lone Democratic vote against the 50-year-old Kagan. Five Republicans voted for her: Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (Maine), Judd Gregg (N.H.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), and Lindsey Graham (S.C.).
3:02 PM, Aug 4, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Will Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska be the only Democrat to vote against the confirmation of Elena Kagan? It looks increasingly likely as two other red state Democratic senators announced their support for Kagan yesterday. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas told Politico that she'll vote for Kagan, and Arkansas's other Democratic senator Mark Pryor said he'll do the same.
3:42 PM, Jul 20, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
The Hill reports:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he planned a vote on Elena Kagan's appointment to the Supreme Court before the August recess.
1:16 PM, Jul 7, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
John McCain has an op-ed in USA Today explaining why he is opposing Elena Kagan:
In 1987, I had my first opportunity to provide "advice and consent" on a Supreme Court nominee. At that time, I stated that the qualifications essential for evaluating a nominee for the bench included "integrity, character, legal competence and ability, experience, and philosophy and judicial temperament." On that test, Elena Kagan fails.
"Deference" has no place in "advice and consent."9:50 AM, Jul 2, 2010 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Jack Goldsmith ranks among the very best conservative legal scholars. He also wins acclaim from liberals, who applauded his criticism of the Bush administration's legal arguments supporting aspects of the nation's response to the attacks of 9/11, during his tenure in President Bush's Justice Department.
4:27 PM, Jun 30, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
This afternoon, Sen. John Cornyn intensified his criticism of Elena Kagan's decision to deny the military access to the office of career services at Harvard Law School. Cornyn suggested that Kagan's policy was to "stigmatize" the military and give it "separate but equal" access to students at Harvard.