Lunch Links

In the hot seat on the Hill

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues its confirmation hearings today of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. If you missed Monday’s opening hearing, be sure to watch this TPM video with several Republicans slamming the judicial philosophy of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, one of Kagan’s heroes.

General David Petraeus is also in the hot seat with confirmation hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Petraeus has vowed to “look very hard” at Stanley McChrystal’s controversial rules of engagement.

North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones called for a review of the rules last week, saying the restrictions were endangering the lives of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Gonna need a lot of egg cartons…

In the on going effort to minimize the damage from the BP spill, federal wildlife officials plan to dig-up and move as many as 50,000 sea turtle eggs from oil-plagued beaches to Florida’s east coast. The turtles would hatch in a controlled environment and eventually be released into the Atlantic Ocean.

Juice boxes and sippy cups rule the day

In addition to taking their first vote on the state budget, Senators will also get their chance to weigh in on legislation that would bring stronger nutritional standards to North Carolina’s childcare centers.

The House passed the bill Monday, but rejected a ban on sugar-sweetened beverages as opponents complained North Carolina was becoming a “nanny state” in telling parents what their children should and shouldn’t be drinking.

The Dating Game

John Tedesco’s dating life has now entered into the debate over the Wake County School Board’s decision to discard the county’s socioeconomic diversity policy. We’re not kidding.

Making a difference this summer

The Washington Daily News has a nice profile on the summer interns at Democracy North Carolina, who have been lobbying members of the General Assembly as they considered an ethics-reform bill. As Bob Hall points out in his Link of the Day, they are our next generation of social justice advocates.

Radio worth listening to

Finally, WUNC (91.5) begins their new series today “NC Voices: Global Health Comes Home” with a look at research on orphans.

One Comment

  1. Chris Hatfer

    June 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

    Senator Leahy (D-Vermont) was slurring his words so bad no one could possibly understand him, and Al Franken (D-Minn.) was drawing cartoons in between his naps during the hearing. These guys are nothing but a joke- sometimes I wonder if it is even worth voting these days.