The nomination of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court is bound to produce some interesting confirmation hearings. There is definitely a fight to be made over the judge’s views on things like affirmative action and the role of the judiciary and whether she really believes that courts of appeals are “where policy is made,” which a YouTube video has shown her saying.
The New York Times published an article on May 20 that divulged that “an unreleased Pentagon report concludes that about one in seven of the 534 prisoners already transferred abroad from the detention center in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, are engaged in terrorism or militant activity, according to administration officials.”
President Obama announced the merger of the Homeland Security Council with that of the National Security Council in order to make Americans safer, he said. Also included are several measures hinted at but yet to be delineated.
Item: A May 6 Reuters article, detailing President Obama meeting with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, described the president’s approach as “pragmatic,” “measured” — and of course “diplomatic”:
The Left is in a tizzy over Izzy. More precisely, they are in a tizzy over the latest revelations exposing the late I.F. "Izzy" Stone as worse than a god with feet of clay. Documents from the KGB archives show that instead of being the sainted, fiercely independent crusading journalist he pretended to be, Stone was, in fact, a Soviet agent, a toady for Stalin, one of the most vile, murderous tyrants ever to have stalked the planet.