Bench Memos

Committee Vote on Alito

In his opening comments, Chairman Specter firmly stated his expectation that, absent “something extraordinary,” the committee vote on Alito will take place next Tuesday, January 17. That timing will enable a full Senate vote on confirmation on the long-planned date of January 20.

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Why Is Lin-Manuel Miranda Throwing Away His Shot?

Everybody needs a vacation, and after Hamilton maybe Lin-Manuel Miranda needed one more than most. At some point, though, relaxing becomes loafing. Miranda has a wonderful gift, but what he’s done with it lately is unconscionable. This week marks four years since Miranda’s musical masterpiece Hamilton ... Read More