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Takeouts: Senate Looks for Ammo in Kagan's Paper Trail, NBA and NHL in Conference Playoffs

Monday, May 17, 2010

  • Washington Takeout: Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan hasn't left much of a paper trail, but that could change. We talk to Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich about the reams of paper the Senate will soon be sifting through to get a better sense of her record, and what Senate Republicans might be hoping to find. [Read the Senate's full questionnaire for Elena Kagan (PDF).]
  • Sports Takeout: In the NBA and NHL Conference finals this week, historic teams are going against upstarts. We talk to Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin about old wounds, fresh blood, and best bets.

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What Should a Supreme Court Nominee Read?

Friday, May 14, 2010

As Elena Kagan prepares for her confirmation hearings, we are wondering: What should she read? Essence Magazine senior editor Patrik Henry Bass came up with some suggested reading for the nominee as she awaits her confirmation hearings.

Do you have recommended reading for her? Share your suggested book list in the comments.

Here's Patrik's list:

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Takeouts: Kagan Draws Crowds on the Capitol, Canadiens upset the Penguins in NHL Playoffs

Thursday, May 13, 2010

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT: Elena Kagan paid her first visit to Congress as Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court yesterday. She met with some of the Senators who will help decide her fate. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich tells us about this "senatorial version of speed dating."
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul Matin recaps an exciting game seven upset in the NHL conference semifinals last night, when the Montreal Canadiens upset the Pittsburgh Penguins to continue their Cinderella streak through the playoffs.

(You can follow Todd on Twitter @Todd_Zwillich)

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Takeouts: Will Elena Kagan Take Her Own Advice? Sports Update

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

  • SUPREME COURT TAKEOUT: If Elena Kagan needs help preparing for a potentially long and messy confirmation hearing, The New York Times' Adam Liptak says she should read a 1995 article on the topic that she wrote.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: We're in the midst of NHL and NBA playoffs. And in the boxing world, Manny Pacquiao won his Congressional election in the Philippines. Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin updates us on these stories.

 

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Listeners Respond: Is Elena Kagan a Good Supreme Court Pick?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

All week, we've been examining President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Solicitor General Elena Kagan. If she is confirmed, there will be three women on the bench, six Catholics, three Jews and no Protestants. We asked you how much diversity her nomination would add to the nation's highest court and hear what you have to say.

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Glimpses Into the Life of Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan has carefully guarded her professional and personal lives, especially since being nominated for the Supreme Court earlier this week. To get a fuller picture of the woman who could become one of the nine justices, we talk with two people who knew her as a colleague, a teacher, and a baseball fan, during her time at the University of Chicago Law School from 1991 - 1995.

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Kagan Faces Scrutiny from Right and Left

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It's only been a day since President Barack Obama nominated Elena Kagan to succeed retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, but political forces on both sides of the aisle have already begun to scrutinize the nominee. Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich explains what we can expect to hear from both sides as the confirmation hearings get underway and helps detangle the legitimate concerns from the political rhetoric.

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How Elena Kagan Would Change the Supreme Court's Diversity Makeup

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

President Obama announced yesterday his nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third woman and the third Jew — the highest number ever of either group — to sit in the high court. She would also become the court's fourth New Yorker. And for the first time in history, there would be no Protestant justice.

But how much do all of these diversity numbers matter? What attribute is most important for a Supreme Court justice?

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Top of the Hour: Elena Kagan's Record, Morning Headlines

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Anupam Chander, professor of law at the University of California, Davis, on Elena Kagan's record on diversity; headlines.

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Conservative Objections to Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

We talk to two conservative legal experts about Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, and listen to their opposing opinions on two issues that are sure to have critics talking: the banning of military recruiters at Harvard's Law School Office of Career Services, and Kagan's role in the Citizens United case.

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The 'Unknowable' Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

There is still a lot that is unknown about President Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. The question remains as to whether her positions as solicitor general can tell us what she'd be like as a Supreme Court judge.

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Adam Liptak on Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

Monday, May 10, 2010

The biggest issue facing Elena Kagan may be the fact that she's never been a judge. New York Times reporter, Adam Liptak explains.

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Left and Right Respond to Kagan Nomination

Monday, May 10, 2010

Both Conservatives and liberals have their concerns about Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan. Senior editor for Slate, Emily Bazelon, explains that the left worries that she is too untested, while the right worries that she is too "gay friendly." This is based on a fight about the government's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, when law schools didn't allow military recruiters to come to schools.

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Obama to Nominate Elena Kagan to Supreme Court

Monday, May 10, 2010

Later this morning, President Obama will nominate Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The Senate confirmed her appointment to her current position last year, 61-39. Justice Stevens has long been a reliably liberal voice on the court and Kagan would likely continue that philosophy. If confirmed, she would be the third woman on the court and the first justice in nearly forty years who has not already served as a judge.

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