At Issue: Sept. 9 - Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings, Mining Ban Lifted in BWCA

September 09, 2018 06:25 PM

Committee Vote Expected This Week on Kavanaugh Confirmation

Three days of intense questioning and political squabbling will come down to a key vote this week to determine if Brett Kavanaugh will become the country's next Supreme Court justice. Lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee got a chance to state their case both for and against Kavanaugh, and ask him his positions on everything from abortion to executive power.


Multiple protesters were escorted from the hearing room over the course of the three-day hearing. Senate Democrats tried, unsuccessfully, to postpone the hearing on Tuesday. They say they had insufficient time to review thousands of pages of documents, from Kavanaugh's time in the White House, that were released hours before the hearing started. 

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) asked Kavanaugh many questions about his views on executive power and an article he wrote for the University of Minnesota Law Review in 2008 saying sitting presidents should not have to face criminal prosecutions while in office. 

Trump Administration Lifts Mining Ban on Thousands of Acres near Boundary Waters Canoe Area

The Trump administration is opening up thousands of acres of land near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for mining. This week, the government lifted a ban on minerals exploration on more than 230,000 acres of the Rainy River Watershed near Ely. It was originally put in place by the Obama Administration in 2016. The reversal could open the area up to mining companies interested in looking for copper, nickel and other precious metals.

Minnesota environmental groups are denouncing the decision, saying mining could destroy the pristine wildlife in the BWCA. Supporters say the move could bring hundreds of good-paying jobs to the region. 


Amanda Theisen

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