What politicians really do in their spare time

Let this be another reminder: Look around before you start playing solitaire when you shouldn’t. Three state lawmakers are facing public ridicule for their computer activities during debate Monday on the floor of the state House of Representatives over the new biennial budget. Rep. Barbara Lambert of Milford and Rep. Jack F. Hennessy of Bridgeport, […]

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After record delay, state passes budget

Connecticut finally has a budget — well, almost. After a nearly seven month budget battle between Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell and Democratic legislative leaders, both houses of the General Assembly successfully passed a budget late Monday for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Funding for the New Haven and the state’s 168 other towns and […]

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Sotomayor breaks records

Earlier this month, Judge Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 took her seat as a Supreme Court justice, replacing retiring Justice David Souter. It had been a nomination of records. Sotomayor, 54, is the first Hispanic justice on the High Court, only the third woman, and the ninth to have attended Yale Law School. Her confirmation, though, […]

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Peers approve of Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79, confirmed as a Supreme Court justice on Aug. 6 by the Senate, has come a long way since publishing her first article in the Yale Law Journal. In the week after President Barack Obama announced her nomination in late May, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge began preparing for a […]

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Dean ’71 talks health care, Yale

Long considered one of the most knowledgeable figures on the topic of health care, Howard Dean ’71 has recently been the subject of a number of profiles, as debate on a “public option” continues. Dean will be teaching a residential college seminar this semester, “Understanding Politics and Politicians,” with his friend and fellow Piersonite, organizational […]

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Bomb scare shuts down Broadway

Broadway was closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic for two hours Friday afternoon after an unattended bag left near the bus stop outside A-One Pizza prompted a bomb scare. The suspicious item turned out to be nothing more than an empty laptop bag — but police took no chances. With the New Haven Police Department’s […]

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Firefighters: Sotomayor ruling violated our rights

Two New Haven firefighters told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that they believe Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 and other judges on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals infringed upon their rights when they summarily rejected their appeal in a reverse discrimination lawsuit. Ricci did not address Sotomayor in his testimony, speaking only […]

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Two firefighters, Law School professor to testify at Sotomayor confirmation hearing

Updated 3:36 p.m. Two New Haven firefighters and a Yale Law School professor will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor LAW ’79 to the Supreme Court, the committee announced today. The professor, Kate Stith, who served as the Law School’s acting dean this year, will be […]

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Harold Hongju Koh’s day of reckoning is here

Update: The vote has been moved up to 4:10 p.m., according to Reid’s office. The long-awaited confirmation vote on Harold Hongju Koh’s nomination to be legal adviser to the Department of State should take place around 5:30 p.m. today, according to a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

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Reid to force vote on Koh confirmation

Updated 7:03 p.m. Harold Hongju Koh’s future should get a lot clearer in about 36 hours. Senate Democrats said this evening that they would give Republicans that much time to come to an agreement to consider Koh’s nomination for the position of legal adviser to the Department of State. If no agreement is reached, a […]

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Senate approves Koh. No, not that one.

One of the above Kohs has been confirmed by the Senate. Guess which one! (Hint: The less controversial one.) The Senate voted Friday to approve the nomination of Howard Koh ’73 MED ’77 — pictured at right — for the position of assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services, said […]

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