CQ's Legal Beat:

Congressional Quarterly (aka CQ) has a new blog focusing Congress and the courts, "Legal Beat." Among its initial posts are one on Senator Specter's call for "bipartisanship" in judicial nominations and another on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Leahy and "Blue Slips."

Just an Observer:
The Leahy item was tantalizing, if inconclusive, and I think the Specter item was news when the handout was published. But this one dated today (Feb. 4)?

The most telling evidence so far that President Obama will abandon some of George W. Bush's more audacious claims of presidential authority wasn't Obama's ballyhooed Jan. 22 executive order closing the Guantanamo Bay detainee prison. It was the little-noticed appointment of Georgetown Law professor Neal Katyal as Principal Deputy Solicitor General at the Justice Department.

Little noticed? Huh?

Perhaps I am being picky, and I wish CQ well with this new vehicle. Even more, I wish it well in finding a new corporate parent with a benign management and a strong balance sheet.
2.5.2009 12:05am
Larry Fafarman (mail) (www):
The "blue slip" policy is stupid -- why should Senators have a veto over judicial nominees from their states. And some judicial nominees move from state to state -- they are not residents of particular states.
2.5.2009 3:54pm

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