After closed talks, Sen. Harry Reid announced a compromise to break a partisan stalemate and avoid making changes to the current rules on filibustering. Gwen Ifill talks to Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., about how the Senate averted a showdown over nominee confirmations. Continue reading
President Barack Obama made three nominations to the influential U.S. Court of Appeals. Jeffrey Brown gets debate from Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network on judicial vacancies and the fight over the president’s candidates for the court. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, President Obama nominated former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, and Richard Cordray to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Also, the U.S. Senate agreed to limit the use of filibusters, including restricting time spent debating bills and nominations. Continue reading
Judy Woodruff reports on President Obama’s nominations of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary and John Brennan for CIA director. Gwen Ifill talks to Jessica Tuchman Mathews of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Reuel Marc Gerecht of Foundation for Defense of Democracies about the president’s picks. Continue reading
At this point in his presidency, the pace of President Obama’s judicial appointees being confirmed is behind that of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Judy Woodruff discusses the politics of confirmation with Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice and Caroline Fredrickson of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Continue reading
The nominations for the 2009 Tony Awards bear a distinctly Tinseltown glint, with big- and small-screen heavyweights leading the list. A number of the recognized performers — Angela Lansbury, James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden, Allison Janney and Jane Fonda, just to name a few — have had incredibly successful careers on television and in film. And many of the nominated works have been adapted from movies.