President Obama's nominee to head the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel has withdrawn her bid for confirmation after she languished for more than a year without a Senate vote.
Merrick Garland has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 1997. His nomination languished under the Republican-controlled Senate, for reasons that had little to do with him personally. He is a favorite of the Washington legal establishment, widely praised by lawyers and other judges for his well-reasoned and generally moderate opinions. His opinion last summer upholding a Guantanamo Bay detainee's appeal was joined by a very conservative colleague.
Diane Wood worked at the antitrust division of the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, and she was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit by President Clinton in 1995. She knows Obama from her days as a professor at the University of Chicago law school, where he also taught.
Kagan is one of the country's top constitutional and administrative law scholars. After years of working as a professor, Kagan became the Harvard Law School dean in 2003. She is the first woman to hold the office of solicitor general in the Justice Department, often referred to informally as the "10th justice." The solicitor general argues for the government in front of the Supreme Court.
Divided over Michael Steele and undecided on a 2012 frontrunner, Republicans are nonetheless united this week in New Orleans on the failings of President Obama and the importance of ousting him in two years.
A few hours after North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Tom Fetzer called for RNC chairman Michael Steele to resign, other Republicans were saying just the opposite.
SEIU, one of the nation's biggest labor unions and a major backer of President Obama, is condemning his Department of Homeland Security's immigration enforcement practices, protesting the use of deportation quotas for agents and expanded workplace audits.
White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass, the face of the Obama administration's health-care messaging campaign, will leave that job April 16.
| April 8, 2010; 12:46 PM ET |
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A year ago, President Obama vowed in Prague "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." On Thursday, a president who has grown accustomed to settling for compromises returned to the Central European capital to ink an arms control agreement that would move the world only a small step toward his stated goal.
| April 8, 2010; 8:06 AM ET |
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The FBI arrested a California man Wednesday for threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) over her support of health care legislation in a series of phone calls, a senior law enforcement official said.
When was the last time the chairman of either national party committee was in the headlines as much as Michael Steele has been in the last week?
In the ongoing scandal engulfing the Republican National Committee and Michael Steele, everyone in the party looks bad. No one shining moment awaits the GOP.
Religious leaders from a spectrum of faiths have been invited to the White House on Tuesday for an "Easter Prayer Breakfast." President Obama and senior White House officials intend to use the event to highlight the important service role that Christian organizations play in this country.
Click here for the best photos from today's Easter egg roll on the White House...
Via Fox News' Greta van Susteren, here's a video of the normally taciturn Senate Majority Leader making fun of the tea party protesters (including Sarah Palin) who descended on Searchlight, Nevada last weekend.
Arizona Sen. John McCain is trying to shake loose the mantle of the maverick brand he shared with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in 2008.
Gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh is used to stirring up spiritual storms, but the Bowie, Md.,-president didn't expect to see the president and first family rocking on their feet at Allen Chapel AME Easter Sunday morning.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had some choice words today for Michael Steele after the RNC chairman said that being black gives him and President Obama less margin for error as public figures.
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By Perry Bacon Two top GOP congressional leaders sidestepped questions about their confidence in Republican...