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Senate panel will begin Kagan confirmation hearings on June 28

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Kagan hearings will begin June 28

The Senate Judiciary Committee will begin confirmation hearings June 28 for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, the panel's chairman announced Wednesday.

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) said the schedule should allow the hearings to be completed before senators go home in early July for a week-long break.

"I would urge everybody to come to the hearing with an open mind, listen to her answers to those questions, and we will make sure that every senator -- both sides of the aisle -- has ample time to ask the questions they want," he said.

Leahy settled on the timetable over the objections of Republicans, who said they wanted more time to review documents from Kagan's past, particularly from her years serving in the Clinton White House.

But Sen. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), the panel's ranking Republican, said his party will "try to do our best to conduct an effective hearing" in the time provided. "We'll discuss judicial activism, faithfulness to the Constitution, and I expect it to be a vigorous and important hearing," he said.

-- Associated Press

OREGON

Former NBA player wins GOP primary

Former National Basketball Association player Chris Dudley won his rookie political contest Tuesday night, claiming the Republican nomination for governor of Oregon.

Dudley had nearly 40 percent of the vote among a field of nine candidates. He will face former governor John Kitzhaber in November; Kitzhaber easily won the Democratic primary. Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) is leaving office after two terms.

-- Associated Press


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