This week started the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. As usual, these hearings were more about grandstanding by the politicians and less about quizzing the nominee on their knowledge of the law. She was questioned on the New Haven firefighter case and on Roe v Wade, as well as a few other random topics (including Perry Mason). I cannot say that I learned more about Sotomayor other than her ability of providing "politically correct"
The Agitator – "Sotomayor’s First Big Case May Be on the Right to Confront Expert Witnesses"
A few weeks from stepping down as Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin resurfaces in her new role. Righting an op-ed piece this week, she challenged President Obama and his Democratic allies to their Cap-and-Trade plan and energy production. As expected, she was instantly criticized by the media and even Senator Kerry.
Rioting and violence continues in Iran. After reaching a lull a week ago, tension rose again this week, with Iranian forces taking action against one of the opposition candidates and firing tear gas at participants during Friday prayers.
D-Day – "Another Wave In Iran"
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Card check, the process for a majority of employees to form a union via a public ballot, took a blow this week when weary Democrats broke with the Party over the new labor legislation. Currently, organized labor is working with a handful of Congressional Democrats to rework the legislation without the Card Check provision. The intent is to make it easier for the Unions to increase their membership and impact the compensation received by companies both large and small.
The Health Care reform debate continued this week, as well as news that President Obama’s campaign organization will be releasing commercials in key states to pressure wavering Democrats and moderate Republicans into passing the yet incomplete legislation. Questions over the total cost of the legislation and if new taxes will be passed dominated much of the discussion. The pressure is on the White House and Congressional Democrats to pass the legislation as soon as
Cato @ Liberty – "Why (Some) Docs Support the House Bill (So Far)"