Senate Judiciary Committee takes up Elena Kagan nomination
The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at 12:30pm today.

Kagan is the former dean at Harvard Law School. During her six years there, she never filled the The Oneida Indian Nation Professorship of Law, which was funded by the Oneida Nation of New York with a $3 million donation.

During the Clinton administration, Kagan worked on domestic policy at the White House from 1997 to 1999. Documents from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum show she was closely involved in tribal tobacco issues.

The hearing will be broadcast on the Internet and is expected to continue over the course of the week.

Get the Story:
Harvard officials defend Kagan on Indian issues (Indian Country Today 6/28)
As Kagan confirmation hearings begin, Republicans struggle for line of attack (The Washington Post 6/28)
The Kagan hearings: Drama at the staff level is unseen but intense (The Washington Post 6/28)
Study Finds Questioning of Nominees to Be Useful (The New York Times 6/28)

An Opinion:
Kagan's Commerce Clause (The Wall Street Journal 6/28)

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