Stories You Should Know (7/2/10)

CBS News (Washington, D.C.)
As the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan drew to a close, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) shared “I was disappointed. I have to be honest. I felt she was less than open with us certainly, even less than candid.”  Her response to his questions on the subject “was so consistent with the White House spin.”

Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL)
House Minority Leader John Boehner today escalated a growing battle with Congressional Democrats and the White House, accusing the latter of “childish partisanship” after President Obama criticized him for remarks about the financial crisis.  “For someone who asked to be held to a higher standard, President Obama spends an awful lot of time making excuses and whining about others,” Boehner said at a news conference on Capitol Hill today.

The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
President Obama piled new pressure on Republicans on Thursday to support moves to fix an immigration system he said has become “broken and dangerous,” but key GOP senators showed little sign of being ready to cooperate.

The Washington Times (Washington, D.C.)
Even as some of the first pieces of President Obama’s health care reform legislation take effect, Republicans in Congress and conservative activist groups are still working to repeal or at least rewrite major sections of the legislation.  Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, is circulating a petition that would force an up-or-down vote in the House of Representatives on repealing the vast bulk of the estimated $940 billion, 10-year legislation the Democratic-controlled Congress passed this spring.

The New York Times (New York, NY)
Senator Robert C. Byrd made one last visit to the Senate floor on Thursday to allow his colleagues, staff members and the public to bid him a Capitol farewell after his death Monday at 92.  For decades Mr. Byrd had argued his case as he sought money for his poor state of West Virginia, challenged presidents, opposed the Iraq war and sought to uphold the traditions and trappings of the Senate.

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