The Supreme Court began hearing arguments on President Obama’s health-care law on Monday.
Lawyer Edwin S. Kneedler Deputy Solicitor General Edwin S. Kneedler, representing the United States in the arguments over whether the full law should be overturned if the insurance requirement is ruled unconstitutional, is one of a handful of attorneys who have argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. Kneedler, 66, is a graduate of Lehigh University and the University of Virginia law school. He has worked in the solicitor general’s office, the government’s advocate before the Supreme Court, since the Carter administration. The cases he has argued include that of Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban refugee who was sent home to his father, and the case on whether Paula Jones could sue President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment while he was in office. Lonnie Tague/U.S. Department of Justice
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump lit the National Christmas Tree for the first time. The program was hosted by television personality Kathie Lee Gifford and actor Dean Cain and featured performances by the Beach Boys, Jack Wagner, Wynonna Judd, Craig Campbell and others.