Domestic Policy

Marshalled Opposition

Updated, see below.

Jay has a bit of RNC chair Michael Steele’s skeptical response to Kagan’s Supreme Court nomination, but there’s another facet in the full statement. He implicitly criticizes Kagan for her relationship with Thurgood Marshall, for whom she clerked early in her career (emphasis mine):

Given Kagan’s opposition to

First Reactions to Kagan’s Nomination

Clearly, President Obama’s choice of Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court came as no surprise to many. Reactions flooded my inbox before Obama was even done speaking. Here are some excerpts – in order that I received them – of statements reacting to Kagan’s nomination. Some interesting highlights: Mitch McConnell …

Morning Must Reads: Kagan

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–Conventional wisdom played out; Obama will tap Solicitor General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court. The White House is rolling out with a 10 a.m. ET event where the president and his pick are both expected to speak.

–Never having served on the bench, Kagan’s record is …

Employment Numbers Better, Still Not Good Enough

As Adam notes below, some goodish news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics report released this morning:

In April, nonfarm payroll employment rose by 290,000. Sizable employment gains occurred in manufacturing, professional and business services, health care, and in leisure and hospitality. Federal government employment increased due to

Obama Gets Hands-On With Financial Reform

The White House’s general approach to legislation has been to be an interested party — a nudge here, a supportive statement there — while the president himself stays out of the nitty-gritty day-to-day process. Many a commentator insisted he was too aloof on health care, letting petty and parochial interests in Congress hijack his …

When Hollywood And Politics Meet: Machete, Arizona And Immigration Reform

Yes, “Machete” is actually a real movie, due for release in September, just in time for the midterm election season. And yes, it actually stars Steven Segal and Robert DeNiro and Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan (as a socialite/nun, of course) and Cheech, who plays a homicidal priest. But the interesting part, aside from the explosive …

Well Done

It is early days yet in the investigation of the Times Square bombing, but not too early to be impressed by the quick and excellent work done by the FBI, NYPD and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in picking up the prime suspect, Faisal Shahzad, from a flight to Dubai last night. We in the media were quick to jump all over the federal …

Pass the Hot Derivative

On paper and in the public, most Democrats love Arkansas Senator Blanche Lincoln’s proposal to force banks to divest their derivatives operations. It’s populist and gets at the heart of the credit default mess that caused the financial meltdown. Heck, President Obama even warned

Morning Must Reads: Spillover

President Barack Obama talks with U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, aboard Marine One as they fly along the coastline from Venice to New Orleans, La., May 2, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

–The Obama administration is now taking an “all hands on deck” approach to the …

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