It takes place in Room 216 of the Hart building in the shadow of the Nation's Capitol. And boy does it get crowded in there. With hundreds of reporters, Senators, aids, cops, friends, spectators, and one "wise Latina" sitting by herself, center stage. Sonia Sotomayor. And boy her mother should be proud.
In a strange course of events including a power outage, I found myself without a studio. However, with the help of my friends around the district, I was able to broadcast the show from the White House today. Here are a few behind the scenes photos.
Jack appears on KOA Radio in Denver with his buddy Steffan Tubbs to discuss the U.S Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Sonia Sotomayor. With one day down, the proceedings will be dominated by Q & A between the Judge and the Senators.
Just as a side note, Steffan and I became friends on a trip to Iraq some years ago and actually learned that we were both born in the same small hospital in northern San Diego County. Small world. . . .
Looking forward to appearing on The Ed Show tonight. With the Sotomayor Supreme Court confirmation hearings raging and questions of the CIA/Cheney connection still festering, there will be a lot to talk about.
Hope you can watch.
The seat where Sonia Sotomoyor will field questions from U.S. Senators. What is not obvious is a stool under the table for her two rest her foot. She recently had an accident and still is sporting a cast.Sotomayor's mother sits in the front row right behind the place her daughter is to sit.Today is the opening of the Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court Justice confirmation process which is taking place in Room 215 of the Hart Building here in Washington DC. And the crush of the press isn't even obvious in the photos above.
The process is expected to take about 2 weeks with about a week of testimony from supporters and those opposed to Sotomayor. The following week, most Senate Democrats expect to hold a vote. And unless something unexpected happens, all in the room seem to assume that Sotomayor will be confirmed as the next Supreme Court Justice. By the way, she would be the first hispanic to ever sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jack looks at the CIA scandal and former Vice President Dick Cheney's apparent involvement. If it is true, the real question is whether the CIA effort was operational. If so, the VP may have some problems.
Jack's interview can be heard across the CBS radio affiliates around the country.
With new revelations that Former Vice President Cheney and David Addington ordered the CIA not to bried Congress on an ongoing operation, real questions exist as to whether there was undue influence or even violations of the 1947 National Security Act.
Jack appears on The Ed Show on MSNBC from Washington DC tomorrow night. Hope you can watch.
Did the CIA lie to Congress? Was it the Agent giving the briefing? What the Agwency? Was it the White House telling them to do it? Jack joins Ed to talk about it.
Rachel Pulfer, a journalist, writes about how Michael Jackson impacted her life in apartheid South Africa. It is a surprizing piece because of its reach and talks about how issues of race, and divisions of race, became less important because Michael seemed to make them less important. And this happened during apartheid for a white girl in a predominantly African area of Lesotho.
Rachel Pulfer joins me on Air America radio and airamerica.com today.
Rachel Pulfer is a Toronto-based journalist; Webster McConnell Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto.