Senate Hearings Continue for Kagan

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's the third day of Congressional hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Kagan has spent the past two days testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, fielding questions on her record as a teacher at the University of Chicago, the Dean of Harvard Law School, an aide under the Clinton administration and as U.S. Solicitor General.

Yesterday, Kagan faced criticism over whether she barred military recruiters from Harvard's campus. Kagan said as dean, she always worked to balance the military's access to students with Harvard's anti-discrimination policy; and, in response to a question from Senator Jeff Sessions, she reaffirmed her opposition to the military's "don't ask, don't tell policy," according to the Associated Press.

Other issues of contention include what many have categorized as Kagan's lack of judicial experience (she has never served as a judge) and that her judicial decisions would take on a partisan slant (she served under two Democratic administrations); but as the AP reports, she is still expected to win approval for the Supreme Court seat, barring a Republican filibuster.

To watch Kagan's confirmation hearing live today, click here.

 

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