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    What are the confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch really about? How does this fit in with what we’ll be talking about, involving the Constitution and (for a completely separate theme that’s not in the Constitution) political parties?
    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/loretta-lynch-hearing-114659.html?ml=tb

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    Today it’s Ashton Carter, President Obama’s nominee for Defense Secretary, who’s getting grilled by a Senate panel. (We’ll be looking at the Constitution next class, including the fact that a presidential nominee has to be confirmed by a simple majority vote in the Senate.) As with Loretta Lynch, he’ll be confirmed, but Republican Senators will use his hearings as a forum to air their criticisms of the Obama administration. The nominee in the hotseat has quite a balancing act to do: be both loyal to Obama and independent of him, when it comes to stands on specific issues.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/02/john-mccain-ash-carter-hearing-114898.html?hp=r1_4

    What political news stories are you folks following?

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    stephanieg
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    The political news that I’m following is a captive Jordanian pilot being burned alive. It created a wave of anger in Jordan and Arab.

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