In other news Thursday, the Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee approved a new ban on assault weapons. Also, President Barack Obama met with both Senate Republicans and House Democrats on Capitol Hill to push a long-term budget agreement.
Elena Kagan's confirmation hearing appeared to be winding down, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy predicted she would be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Kwame Holman reports on the third day of hearings.
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan faced questioning from some Senate Judiciary Committee members on her role in barring military recruiters from meeting with Harvard students. Kwame Holman recaps the second day of confirmation hearings.
Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal speaks with Judy Woodruff about the second day of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings, saying that the Supreme Court nominee is showing her confidence and comfort by injecting increasingly more humor into her responses…
Attorney General Eric Holder faced heated questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee over his decisions on trying terror suspects and the closure of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
By Dave Gustafson
Nine of 40 Senate Republicans voted with the Democratic majority Thursday to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Amy Walter of The Hotline dissects the vote and discusses whether it is likely to have any impact on next year's elections.
In other news, lawmakers asked new questions on the spending of federal bailout dollars, and the Senate Judiciary Committee has delayed a vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor by one week.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy called for a nonpartisan "truth commission" to investigate the Bush administration's policies on interrogation of terror detainees. Kwame Holman reports.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Top aides to former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales violated federal law by allowing politics to influence the hiring of career prosecutors and judges, a new Justice Department investigation concludes.
A House panel heard testimony Thursday on the controversial interrogation technique of waterboarding, which simulates the experience of drowning. A former Navy instructor and an intelligence expert discuss the legality and effectiveness of the procedure.
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