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Livestream: Senate Intelligence Committee Holds Nomination Hearing for Director of National Intelligence

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 9:30 a.m., the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will hold an open hearing to consider the president’s nomination of Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas to serve as director of national intelligence.

You can watch a livestream of the hearing here and below:

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Livestream: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on Nomination of Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. to consider the nomination of Jeffrey A. Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. The livestream is available here. Rosen's prepared testimony is available here and below.

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

One PCLOB Nomination to Applaud and Three More to Urge

The nomination of Adam Klein as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is a welcome move by the president. Klein has excellent credentials for this position, having served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and most recently as a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security. As readers of this site, to which he is a frequent contributor, know well, Klein is well situated to build upon the solid foundation created by previous PCLOB Chair David Medine.

Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB)

The President's Power (Not) to Nominate Officers? Paralyzing an Agency Through Attrition

There are many tools available to a president who seeks to scale back the scope and authority of an administrative agency. He can push to cut the agency's budget. He can embrace legal theories and litigation strategies that interpret the agency's statutory authority narrowly. He can try to appoint leadership that shares his reductionist agenda (and he can try to remove incumbent leaders who don't). And at the extreme, he might seek legislation formally shrinking the agency's authority or even abolishing the agency outright.

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