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July 25, 2009

Planned Parenthood Bailout Prevails

H.Amdt. 389: An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 111-222 to provide that none of the funds in the bill be available to Planned Parenthood for any purpose under title X of the Public Health Services Act (Population Research and Voluntary Family Planning Programs).
Failed 183-247

July 13, 2009

Dos and don'ts of Senate confirmations

Sonia Sotomayor begins her confirmation hearings today.

A few tips from Politico:

Don’t: Say the Constitution is a “living” document.
Do: Say the Constitution may be applied to “changed conditions.”

Don’t: Suggest you would never even consider overturning decisions hated by Republicans.
Do: Leave them some hope.

Don’t: Say you have empathy.
Do: Suggest that you have empathy.

Don’t: Confuse Earl Warren and Warren Burger when you’re asked to name your favorite justice.
Do: Avoid controversy by spreading the love around.

Don’t: Compare being a justice to being a baseball player, an NFL star, LeBron James or anyone else famous.
Do: Compare the job of a justice with that of an umpire, as Roberts did.

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