Posts Tagged ‘kagan

06
Apr
13

Misogynist!

Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, President Obama’s Supreme Court appointments, with Justice Ruth Bader, Oct, 2010

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Surrounded by members of Congress, signing the Lilly Ledbetter Bill, Jan, 2009

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….. at a Homeland Security Council meeting with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

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Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

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Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, 2009-2013

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Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, 2009-2013

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Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security Secretary

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Susan-Rice-Obama

Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations

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Dr Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General

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13
Sep
11

‘a remarkable diversity achievement’

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with Justice Sonia Sotomayor prior to a reception for the new Supreme Court Justice at the White House, on Aug. 12, 2009.

AP: President Barack Obama is moving at an historic pace to try to diversify the nation’s federal judiciary: Nearly three of every four people he has gotten confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities. He is the first president who hasn’t selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

 More than 70 percent of Obama’s confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were “non-traditional,” or nominees who were not white males. That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton (48.1 percent) and George W. Bush (32.9 percent), according to Sheldon Goldman, author of the authoritative book “Picking Federal Judges”.

 “It is an absolutely remarkable diversity achievement,” said Goldman, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst…

 …. The president won Senate confirmation of the first Latina to the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor. With the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan, he has put three women on the high court for the first time. The Obama administration also nominated and won confirmation of the first openly gay man to a federal judgeship: former Clinton administration official J. Paul Oetken, to an opening in New York City.

 … Of the 98 Obama nominees confirmed to date, the administration says 21 percent are African-American, 11 percent are Hispanic, 7 percent are Asian-American and almost half – 47 percent – are women…

 … “The more diverse the courts, the more confidence people have in our judicial system,” said Nan Aron of the liberal Alliance for Justice. “Having a diverse judiciary also enriches the decision-making process.”

Full article here

30
Aug
11

96-3 …..

Steve Benen: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg believes her nomination would probably be defeated if it came up today. She’s correct:

Ginsburg said that to practice for her Senate confirmation hearings, White House staffers in mock hearings grilled her on her work for the ACLU. During those mock hearings she told them: “There’s nothing you can do to get me to bad mouth the ACLU.”

Such grilling, though, did not happen, she said. She was confirmed 96-3. “Today, my ACLU connection would probably disqualify me,” she said.

Ginsburg was the former director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project, which would seem to make her a left-wing radical in the eyes of the Republican Party.

And yet, in 1993, Ginsburg was confirmed by the Senate on a 96-to-3 vote. That’s not a typo …. Note that plenty of Republican senators whose names will sound familiar – Chuck Grassley, Kay Bailey Hutchison, John McCain, Mitch McConnell – all voted for her nomination. (Then note that in 2010, Elena Kagan confirmed on a 63-to-37 vote – and Grassley, Hutchison, McCain, and McConnell all voted against her.)

….The political center of gravity has moved rather dramatically in a very short period of time.

Full post here – more at Think Progress

19
Aug
11

historic successes, historic delays

25
Jan
11

state of the union

Attorney General Eric Holder, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

“Don’t cry – again.”

A seat sits empty for recovering Rep. Gabrielle Giffords

…with John, Dallas and Roxanna Green, family of the late Christina Taylor Green of Tucson

…with Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)

with Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill, right, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., center, and Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa

Read the text of the address here

President Obama’s arrival:

The official White House video:

Here’s the C-Span version:

Enhanced White House version:

05
Oct
10

ah, more change you can believe in

The Supreme Court began a new era Monday with three women serving together for the first time – Ruth Bader Ginsburg and President Obama’s appointments, Sonia Sotomayor (left) and Elena Kagan (right)

01
Oct
10

so, you got the job?

President Barack Obama talks with Justice Elena Kagan and Chief Justice John Roberts before Kagan’s Investiture Ceremony at the Supreme Court, Oct. 1, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Artist rendering of the investiture ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Oct. 1, at the court in Washington. From left are, Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John Roberts, Kagan, Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel Alito. Attorney General Eric Holder, seated, foreground, left, and President Barack Obama, seated, foreground, right, look on.

24
Aug
10

holding court

President Barack Obama visits with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan in the Blue Room of the White House, prior to Kagan’s confirmation reception in the East Room, Aug. 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

24
Aug
10

supremely close

President Barack Obama walks into the Oval Office with newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Aug. 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

07
Aug
10

holding court

President Barack Obama signs Elena Kagan’s commission in the Oval Office, before a reception in the East Room celebrating her confirmation to the Supreme Court, Aug. 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)




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