"I want this government to stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! Stop spending! STOP SPENDING! That's what we want! Stop spending," Rick Santelli yelled from the floor of the Chicago Board of Traders. "Go back to Russia where you understand the state and the citizen," Santelli told CNBC analyst Steve Liesman after he argued against the be
"It's time to stop talking about fiscal discipline and national security threats as if they're separate topics: Debt is a national security threat," said House Democratic Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
Stephen Hayes (Weekly Standard): She doesn't want to make mistakes or a gaffe. He adds her performance was "well choreographed." Hayes also wonders how the GOP will get Elena Kagan to discuss substance. Juan Williams (NPR): Obama administration is at war with the Roberts court. Kagan's opening statement gave a preview to her strategy of believin
The sinking "was a provocative action but one taken by the military of a state against the military of another state," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters. "That in our view does not constitute and act of international terrorism."
Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan said former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall revered the Court because it was part of the government that was most open to every American. "The time I spent in other branches of government convinced me that the Supreme Court must be modest," Kagan said.
Chris Matthews reacts to Sen. Jeff Sessions' (R-AL) opening statement at the first day of the Elena Kagan confirmation hearing. The terms "terrorist" or "terrorism" were not used in Sen. Sessions' opening statement.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) defends Elena Kagan on "Hardball." Chris Matthews and Sen. Schumer agreed the attacks on Kagan are "right-wing." "She always tries to find a practical middle ground," Schumer said of Kagan. He added the American people are going to like her.
"After all, there's 59 Democrats, and I suspect there will be a few Republicans who will vote for her regardless," Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said on "Morning Joe."
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) gives his opening statement at the confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan: "Ms. Kagan has less real legal experience of any nominee in at least fifty years. It’s not just that she has never been a judge. She has barely practiced law, and not with the intensity and duration from which real understanding occurs."
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) praises Elena Kagan's background. "I hope Elena Kagan would offer a sense of consensus within the court," Sen. Cardin said.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was a Clinton operative and the point person on restricting gun rights. "There are a number of things here that cause us to believe -- and any American should be concerned -- that she would be an activist judge, someone willing to promote her agenda from the bench," Sen. Jeff Sessi
"To call her anti-military is simply dead wrong," Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) said of Elena Kagan.
Sen. Patrick Leahy is asked what his reaction would be if a Republican with the same credentials as Elena Kagan was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) says if the shoe were on the other foot, Democrats would use similar tactics. Chris Matthews tries to play up the issue of sexism and misogyny being used against Elena Kagan. Sen. Durbin, however, disagrees and says it has not reached that level.
Vice President Joe Biden: "He never lost sight of home. He may have spent half a century in Washington -- but he never, never, never took his eye off his beloved Mountain state. We shall not see his like again and the Senate is a lesser place for his going."
Nancy Pelosi said a $35 million train station in St. Paul, Minnesota funded by the stimulus is "a small price to pay for taking this region into the future." The train station is not expected to open to Amtrak services until September 2012 and will not be fully operational until 2014.