From NBC's Pete Williams and Mark Murray
The confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will begin Monday, June 28, according to Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
There's every reason to expect that this hearing will unfold as past ones have, which would be as follows:
-- Monday June 28: opening statements from committee members and, toward the end of the day, from the nominee;
-- Tuesday and Wednesday: questions from senators for the nominee;
-- Thursday: remaining questions, if any, and beginning of other witness in support of and opposed to the nominee;
-- Friday: Remaining outside witnesses, if any.
By the way, Obama's Organizing for America has unveiled a Web site to spread the word about Kagan to the president's supporters. An OFA spokeswoman tells First Read: "The 'Kagan for Justice Action Center' provides a place for volunteers to find facts about Solicitor General Kagan, listen to her speak in her own words, and a form to sign declaring their support for her. The Action Center also has interactive tools that make it easier for people to send a letter to the editor of a local newspaper and call a local radio talk show to discuss her."