Hurricane Alex - Hurricane Alex churned through the western Gulf of Mexico overnight, slowly picking up steam as officials in northeastern Mexico and southern Texas made preparations Wednesday. The Category 1 storm, which became the first June hurricane to form on the Atlantic side of the United States since 1995, is expected to make landfall Wednesday evening.
President Obama issued a federal emergency declaration for Texas ahead of Alex's expected arrival, the White House said Tuesday night. A hurricane warning was issued for the Gulf Coast from Baffin Bay, Texas, to La Cruz, Mexico.
Kagan nomination hearing - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will face another round of questioning from senators Wednesday after mounting a spirited defense against her critics the day before. By late Wednesday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee could go into closed session where Kagan's FBI background check is likely to be discussed, as has been the practice in past hearings.
On the second day of the hearing, which is expected to last throughout the week, Kagan expressed a judicial philosophy of impartiality and equality, saying the courts provide a "level playing field" for all and advocating for televising high court proceedings. She also provided some sharp answers and displayed some of her quick wit.
Widows go to Washington - Two wives of workers killed in the BP oil rig explosion are scheduled to be in Washington for a congressional hearing Wednesday aimed at holding responsible parties accountable for the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Shelly Anderson and Natalie Roshton, whose husbands were among the 11 killed in the April 20 blast, are expected to testify at the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday. BP is still trying to contain the massive oil spill, but the company said Tuesday its plans had to be altered because of choppy sea conditions. The cleanup effort has been complicated by Hurricane Alex.