June 28th, 2010
09:11 AM ET

On the Radar: Robert Byrd dies, Kagan hearings, Gulf oil

Sen. Robert Byrd passed away at the age of 92.

Robert Byrd dies - West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, the self-educated son of a coal miner who became the longest-serving member of Congress, died early Monday at age 92, the senator's office said. Byrd, a nine-term Democrat, was known as a master of the chamber's often-arcane rules and as the self-proclaimed "champion of the Constitution," a jealous guardian of congressional power.

As news of Byrd's passing echoes through Washington, and as his family plans his funeral, colleagues are remembering Byrd for his humble nature, fighting spirit and determination.

Senator Byrd: 'I love the Senate' Video | Modest roots shaped Byrd's life Video

Elena Kagan Supreme Court hearings - Leading senators on the Judiciary Committee signaled a contentious hearing starting Monday on Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination, with some Republicans saying a GOP filibuster was possible. Democrats countered that no nominee from President Obama would have satisfied Republicans.

A look into Kagan's past shows the U.S. solicitor general is no stranger to defending herself - and is willing to work with her ideological opposites. Although she has never been a judge, Kagan is seeking a lifetime job on the nation's highest court. To get there, she herself must first be judged - by 17 senators on the Judiciary Committee, who will decide whether she deserves a final floor vote. As that process begins, we take a look at the five big issues that could affect her confirmation.

Gulf oil and a possible hurricane - Tropical Storm Alex could strengthen into a hurricane Monday but is heading away from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm could become a major hurricane and could make landfall anywhere from Port Lavaca, Texas, to Tampico, Mexico, the center said.

"We will know much more as this storm continues to intensify today and tomorrow," the center said in a statement.

Forecasting models suggest that it could make landfall in northeastern Mexico, probably Thursday.

Filed under: BP • Elena Kagan • Gulf Coast Oil Spill • On the Radar • Politics • Robert Byrd • Supreme Court
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Charlie

    Kyra has twice said Byrd was in the senate for over a century. I find that miraculous given that he was only 92 years old.

    June 28, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. CWD

    57 years...... one of the longest "welfare recipients" on record!!! You don't serve for 57 years in the Senate..... that is just a leech upon our society and we have supported him and his family for over half a century.....

    June 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      The man isn't even in the ground yet. God and you think people like him are whats wrong with this country...maybe you should look at yourself.

      Freaking embarrassment to society is what you are.

      June 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dennis Buller

    The only thing I can say is" Term Limit"!

    June 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Smith in Oregon

    US Democratic Senator Robert Byrd 1917-2010 RIP had the courage to stand up and declare that West Virgina would and could not serve Big Coal any longer. Senator Robert Byrd was very mindful of the enormous environmental damage that was occurring to West Virgina and to the people of West Virgina directly by it's special favors to Big Coall corporations that had run rampant in the State of West Virgina for 100 years.

    When are the politicians in Louisiana going to have the courage to stand up and declare that Louisiana would and could not serve Big Oil any longer?

    June 29, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    I'm disappointed that CNN's Anderson Cooper gave Mississippi Governor Haley Barbar a in-depth interview on the ongoing Gulf Coast BP Oil gushing disaster and neglected to even inform the viewers that previously Haley Barbar was a Big Oil lobbyist and remains the number one Big Oil Republican fundraiser. Haley's comments suggested the spill was 'minimal' has 'minimal impact' and the crude Oil is 'harmless' and 'non-poisonous' like 'food mousee' is so sad and lacking, it is in my opinion beneath the creditable reporting routinely found on CNN by other anchors and reporters.

    CNN, you can do so much better. When you put on a Big Oil lobbyist to spew out their spin, at least inform the viewers where those twisted and inaccurate opinions are coming from.

    June 29, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |