Tonight: Texas Senator to Question Kagan, Stimulus Debate Heats Up, and more…
It looks to be another busy broadcast on Monday night, with not nearly enough time to get to everything I want to discuss in our two hours together. I’ll try my best, though. Some of the things I know we’ll get to:
At 7:05: We’ll break down the opening day of Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings. It could be pretty rough and tumble, with the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee already saying there’s a possibility the GOP will try to filibuster her nomination. Up until now, it’s been widely thought Kagan’s confirmation would be easily secured. Texas Senator John Cornyn will be among the lawmakers questioning Kagan during the hearings, and says she’ll need to explain her role in limiting military recruitment when she was the Dean of Harvard law school.
At 7:20: The widow of a Houston Police Officer who was gunned down in his squad car by an illegal immigrant questions why President Obama has chosen former Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt (pictured) for a key position at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Chris Salcedo and I got into this last week. You’ll notice in the intervew that the widow, Joslyn Johnson, says she thinks Chief Hurtt is “competent” for the Washington job he’s been chosen for, so the question must be asked: Is she being played for someone’s political gain?
At 7:35: Am I finally going to stop getting fund-raising letters from the National Rifle Association? With the latest gun-rights victory at the Supreme Court, you might think the fight would be over. I’ll chat with NRA Board Member Charles Cotton about that and whether this ruling means we’ll see a renewed push for “open carry” laws in Texas and elsewhere.
UPDATE WITH AUDIO: Listen to my conversation with Charles Cotton:
At 8:05: We’ll take a break from politics to chat with John Spong at Texas Monthly about his “story behind the story” of how “Lonesome Dove” changed how people around the nation view Texas, and how we view ourselves, too. I’m looking forward to talking with John about it. Meantime, here’s one of my favorite scenes from the movie:
Note: I wouldn’t say that’s my favorite scene, just one of many. It would be very hard to say which is my absolute favorite.
UPDATE WITH AUDIO: Listen to my conversation with John Spong here:
At 8:35 I’d like to get into the major differences between how President Obama and the leaders of other nations want to tackle the recovery from the global economic slump. He wants more stimulus spending but European leaders have been jolted (by the crisis in Greece, for example) into cutting spending drastically. Taegan Goddard at Political Wire will check in about that.
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