Cuban migrants who set foot on American soil get to stay as refugees. But those caught at sea are sent back. So, many migrants are no longer taking a boat to Florida. Lygia Navarro reports on what they’re doing now.
The congressional caucus gunning for AG Alberto Gonzalez and, perhaps,
seeking a thorough investigation, seems undeterred by last week’s failure to pass a vote of no confidence against the nation’s lead law enforcer. Subpoenas are now in the works for two White House insiders as Democrats in
Congress press ahead with their investigation into the firing of eight federal prosecutors. Former White House counsel and one-time Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers will soon be called to testify. She’ll be joined by former White House political director Sara Taylor.
It’s a direct volley into the West Wing as the Bush Administration has thus far refused to allow sworn testimony from senior White House officials. If Big Al’s testimony was any indication, however, this volley will be nothing but duds.
Nuestra Familia, Our Family won the top medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) over the weekend at the award ceremony in Phoenix, Arizona. Congratulations to Oriana, Julie and George!
Cox reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and documentary film producer Marco Williams converged at San Francisco State University in May to talk to students and visitors and answer questions about their respective projects. Jaspin read an excerpt from his new book Buried in the Bitter Waters and Williams screened his award-winning documentary Banished.
Credits BANISHED Director/Producer: Marco Williams Co-Producer: Maia Harris Editors: Kathryn Barnier, Sandra Christie Camera: Stephen McCarthy Sound: J.T. Takagi Music Composed by David Murray Original Art by Karen Zasloff Associate Producers: Shukree Tilghman, Van Dora Williams Additional Camera: Elia Lyssy, Yoni Brook, John Foster, Jay A. Kelley, Allen Moore Additional Sound: Judy Karp, Philip Keeler, […]
Bloomberg reports: “Boyle declined an invitation last month by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to withdraw his nomination, said Lars H. Liebeler, a Washington lawyer and former Boyle law clerk who spoke on behalf of the judge.”
Boyle’s nomination was again returned to the President because it did not receive unanimous consent to stay pending in the Senate over the long recess. President Bush will have to renominate Boyle, as he did on Sept. 5, to keep his confirmation chances alive.
The Senate Judiciary Committee today failed to vote on Boyle’s nomination, passing up its last chance to move him out of committee before the Senate adjourns for the November election. The lack of action on Boyle and other appellate nominees has infuriated conservatives. The next chance for Boyle would be during a “lame duck” session of Congress after the election.
The Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new policy requiring “all federal courts to use conflict-checking computer software to identify cases in which judges may have a financial conflict of interest and should disqualify themselves.” This was prompted by “recent reports” that “several judges may have participated in matters in which they had a financial interest,” according to a memo sent to all federal judges in August.
President Bush formally renominates Terrence Boyle to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, following through on his Aug. 30 announcement. Senators Leahy and Kennedy both issue statements condemning the renomination of Boyle, citing his conflicts of interest.
The Raleigh News & Observer reports that the next several weeks that the Senate is in session are critical for Boyle. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute said of Senate Republicans: “This may be their last bite at the apple for nominations like Boyle’s. But it sure seems to me this is not likely to go forward without a big controversy.” The paper’s Barbara Barrett also reports that, behind the scenes, Boyle’s former clerks have made more than 30 trips to Washington to push his nomination. One former clerk said, “I think we’re on the cusp of getting him a vote.” According to the paper, the White House wants to see Boyle confirmed immediately and “is expected to be bending ears in the Senate.” And Sen. Elizabeth Dole says she works on Boyle’s case “each and every day,” adding that she sees “growing and considerable support” among the Gang of 14 moderates. Dole said, “Certainly I would hope we would be able to get a vote in September.”