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 road Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison won't vote to confirm Elena Kagan: “Her decision on military recruiters while at Harvard gives evidence of her personal views instructing her professional decisions in order to promote a social agenda. I simply cannot reconcile Ms. Kagan’s sparse record and my concerns about whether she will be an impartial arbiter of the law and so I will oppose her appointment."

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Senate Judiciary Committee Confirms Elena Kagan

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Full Senate to vote in early August:

"Democratic and Republican senators alike lamented the increasingly sharp partisan divide over the Constitution and the courts Tuesday, and then divided mostly along party lines to approve Elena Kagan, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court. The lone maverick was Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who voted to confirm Kagan because, he said, she is smart, well-qualified and of good character. 'But yes, she's liberal,' he said, and paused. 'Sort of expected that, actually.' Kagan won a 13-6 vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee, the next to last stop on her way to a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court."


Watch: Elena Kagan Asked About Gay Marriage

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Senator Chuck Grassley asks Kagan if marriage is a question reserved for states to decide. She also gets an odd question from Senator Lindsey Graham.

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Watch: Senator Asks Elena Kagan to Comment on the Famous 'Edward vs. Jacob' Twilight Case

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): "I keep wanting to ask you about the famous case of Edward vs. Jacob, or, the vampire vs. the werewolf."

Kagan: "I wish you wouldn't."

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Kagan: 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy is 'Unwise and Unjust'

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Senator Jeff Sessions, as predicted, aggressively went after Elena Kagan and her position, while Dean at Harvard, opposing military recruiters because allowing them went against the school's non-discrimination policy.

Sessions started out with Kagan and DADT.

Said Kagan: "Senator Sessions I have repeatedly said that I believe that the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is unwise and unjust. I believed it then and I believe it now. And we were trying to do two things. We were trying to make sure that military recruiters had full and complete access to our students, but we were also trying to protect our own anti-discrimination policy, and to protect the students whom the policy is supposed to protect, which in this case were our gay and lesbian students."

Later, Sessions got into the military recruiting issue.

Said Kagan: "I'm confident that the military had access to our students and students had access to our military throughout my deanship, and that's incredibly important. [The only issue was that the recruiting was done through a campus veterans' organization, rather than through the school's Office of Career Services.]  This was a balance for the law school. On the one hand, we wanted to make absolutely sure our students had access to the military at all times, but we did have a very longstanding, going back to the 1970s, antidiscrimination policy."

Sessions later accused Kagan of "punishing the military."

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