Monday, June 28, 2010

The Edward M Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

I got this in an email and I'd thought I'd post it here, some of you might be interested.
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From Peter Meade:

I'm writing to announce an important new initiative of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

But first, and on behalf of the Institute, I want to offer my deepest condolences to the family of Senator Robert C. Byrd, whom Senator Kennedy once called "a Senator for the ages." In Senator Kennedy's words, "We honor our friend not simply because he's become the longest-serving Senator in our history, but also because there's no doubt that he's earned his rightful place besides Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John Calhoun, and other giants in Senate history."

On this sad day for all of us who love the Senate and its traditions, one of its grandest traditions begins anew: confirmation hearings for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Few responsibilities were more important to Senator Kennedy, who cared deeply about the vital work of protecting the fundamental rights and liberties of all Americans.

As the Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan get underway today, the Edward M. Kennedy Institute is partnering with the PBS NewsHour to provide video highlights of the nine most recent Senate confirmation hearings.

Watch our Supreme Court highlights now:

As you watch these videos dating back to 1987, you'll be watching the Senate exercise one of its chief responsibilities: to advise and consent on presidential nominations, including Supreme Court justices.

You'll see dramatic moments like the Robert Bork hearings, controversial moments like the Clarence Thomas hearings, and historic moments like the Sonia Sotomayor hearings. Each of these reports previously aired on NewsHour broadcasts on PBS at the time of the respective nominations.

This is a terrific opportunity to learn about Supreme Court nominations and the Senate confirmation process. Take a look now - and share the videos with your friends:

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about our system of government.

By sharing these confirmation hearing highlights, we hope to help the American people better understand the pivotal role the Senate plays in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominees.


Peter Meade
President and CEO
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

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