The resurfacing of Jaycee Dugard, in 2009, after being kidnapped by Phillip Garrido in 1991 when she was only 11 years old, was greeted with joy by residents of California. Some residents, however, now appear to be unhappy with the news released last week that Dugard and her children will receive a $20 million payout from the state.
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Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, made the rounds of key senators’ offices on Capitol Hill today. In what has become a ritual for high court nominees, Kagan started her day with a visit to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. She then huddled with Senate Minority Leader – Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman – Patrick Leahy, and Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee’s top Republican.
Kagan, who if confirmed would become the 112th Supreme Court justice, seemed relax and gave no indication that she is aware of speculations swirling about her sexual orientation. While Kagan probably will not make a statement about her sexual orientation (rightly so), her choice of clothing speaks volumes.
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In a not-too-surprising move, President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday. If confirmed, Kagan will replace Justice John Paul Stevens, the leading liberal voice on the Court.
Although Kagan’s nomination appears to be a ‘safe’ one, it may nevertheless entice strong opposition from Republicans. Obama’s nomination of Kagan is lauded by Democrats as a good choice for the following reasons: